Who is K.?

Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist

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This video by NYLON is centered on the personal profiles of representatives of the dapperQ community, including Kay Ulanday Barrett.

 

“Maybe I’m not in a mainstream magazine per se, but I’m honoring the way I look, I’m honoring the way my communities look. There are all the movements by Trans People of Color, Gender Non-Conforming People of Color, Trans Femmes of Color engaging in a body politic so that there’s a future. There’s going to be future. There’s going to be future Queer, Trans, GNC people– Black, Brown, and Indigenous folx and then there’ll be an archive.”

Kay Ulanday Barrett on NYLON with dapperQ, “We Ask Some DapperQs Why Fashion Matters”

 

 

 

 

Immense gratitude for my previous Spring 2017 Tour

Thank you to all the students, organizers, activists, resource centers, co-sponsorships,
and collaborators that supported by book and work, namely:

4/7 @ Colorado College | Colorado Springs, CO.
4/13 : @ Young Chicago Authors, Queeriousity | Chicago, IL.
4/18 @ Northwestern University | Evanston, IL.
4/20 @ George Washington University | DC.
4/21 @ Women & Children’s First | Chicago, IL.
4/25 @ Michigan State University | Lansing, MI.
4/26 @ University of Maryland | Baltimore, MD.
4/28 @ Queer Students of Color Conf | Portland, OR.
5/16 @ Portland Community College | Portland, OR.

“I believe that Kay is an artist of merit. Kay is all heart. All in… We need Kay’s stories, Kay’s stellar art, Kay’s warrior vision.”

— Sharon Bridgforth – Author of love conjure/blues, the Lambda Literary Award winning, the bull-jean stories, RedBone Pressand co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project

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“Queer Icons” by Gabriel Garcia Roman, 2015

 

 

Long Bio

A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. They have been a poetry fellow of The Home School, Drunken Boat, and Lambda Literary Review. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, The Chicago Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, and even an invitation to The White House. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. A seasoned speaker, Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in PBS News Hour, NYLON, ColorlinesBuzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio.

As a fellow of The Home School, Drunken Boat, and The Lambda Literary Retreat, honors include: 18 Million Rising Filipino American History Month Hero, Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. Their contributions are found in Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, ENTROPY, Poor Magazine, Apogee, Plentitude, Kicked Out Anthology, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology, Asian Americans For Progress, The Advocate, Fusion.net, and Bitch Magazine. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes.

Recent publications include contributions in the upcoming anthologies, Subject To Change (Sibling Rivalry Press), Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-genre Press).  When The Chant Comes (Topside Press) is their first collection of poetry. See their online wobble on twitter/tumblr/instagram as brownroundboi and on his website, kaybarrett.net

 

Short Bio
A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, Kay Ulanday Barrett aka  @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. They have been a poetry fellow at The Home School, Drunken Boat, and The Lambda Literary Review. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: 18 Million Rising Filipino American History Month Hero 2013, Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. Their contributions are found in RaceForward, Entropy, APOGEE, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, Asian Americans For Progress, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. K. turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes.  Recent publications include contributions in the anthologies, Subject To Change (Sibling Rivalry Press), Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-genre Press). When The Chant Comes (Topside Press) is their first collection of poetry. Check out their work at kaybarrett.net

 

Summary Bio

Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. K. has featured globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, The Chicago Historical Society, The Guild Complex, The Hemispheric Institute, Musee Pour Rire, & The White House to name a few. They have received fellowships from Lambda Literary Review, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, NYLON, The Margins, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Apogee, Entropy, Make/Shift, Colorlines, Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. When The Chant Comes is their first collection. www.kaybarrett.net

 

Areas of interest
Movement Building, Cultural Work, Cultural Strategy, Community Art & Performance; Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality, and Disability; Disability Justice; Asian & Pacific-Islander American Culture; Mixed Race issues; Queer & Transgender Justice; Critical Food Issues; Intersectionality; Poor & Working Class perspectives.

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RECENT NEWS: Kay Featured on RaceForward's #RaceAnd Series

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LIVE Performance: You are SO BRAVE,
Asian American Writers’ Workshop 2015.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 2, 2017


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic Series

7 PM – 9 PM

Asian American Writers Workshop
112 W 27th St, New York, New York 10001

 

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Tanea Lunsford Lynx and Tonilyn A. Sideco. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists.

RESERVE A SEAT!
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | DOORS OPEN AT 6:00
NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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October 3, 2017

7 PM – 9 PM
Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Held each October, Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) is a month of queer-and-trans-centered programming at Columbia and Barnard. QuAM aims to raise awareness, build community, provide resources, and celebrate queer and trans life on campus and beyond.

We cordially invite you to our annual opening ceremony in The James Room at Barnard Hall! Help us kick off the month with this year’s QuAM theme: “Crossroads”: focusing upon the many ways queerness and transness are (inter)connected—both to each other and the innumerable other facets of identity and existence that, together, make up our lives in the world.

We are very excited to be joined by Moriah Skye Rivera (singer-songwriter) and Kay Ulanday Barrett (dynamic poet and activist).

Dinner will be provided by Massawa with vegan/vegetarian options available. AND admission is FREE.

The James Room is located on the 4th floor of Barnard Hall and is physically accessible by elevator.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email queerawarenessmonth.cu@gmail.com!

October 10,2017

 

Tuesday, October 10 at 6 PM – 8 PM

NYU Kimmel Center 60 Washington Square South NY NY

60 Washington Square South, New York, New York 11385

Kay Barrett brings their years of knowledge to teach vulnerable queer and of color communities how to use our voices & bodies to control threatening or dangerous situations. We will learn basic physical and verbal techniques to help us engage our spirits towards confidence & uplift ourselves. Come dressed in comfortable clothing.

This event  is elevator accessible and will be fragrance-free. Please help us maintain this in the space.

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THE ICARUS PROJECT EVENT:

FULL BLOOM

7pm-9pm

NYC: 20th Street between 5th Ave and Broadway
– exact address provided upon RSVP.

20th Street between 5th Ave and Broadway
New York City NY, 10011

October 16, 2017
When The Chant Comes
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

  UC Hamilton Room

228 Wyman Pedestrian Mall
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

This event is accessible with elevator access. ASL interpretation, and scent-free.

Please contact Sara for any questions at vogts@uww.edu

Thinking Its Presence 2017: the Ephemeral Archive Conference

Hosted by Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts

 

University of Arizona Poetry Center

1508 E Helen St, Tucson, Arizona 85721

 

 

Friday, October 20

9:00am
Grief-Work: The Poetics of Melancholia and Mourning 

2:00pm
Modes of Alteration: Aesthetics of Discomfort and Softening as Brown Heavenly Bodies

 

October 25, 2017

Ramapo College, Disability Awareness Month
Friends Hall
2pm- 3pm
Elevator accessible & scent-free

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Praise

Kay’s work is impressive and any chance you get to witness their spoken word or contribute in a workshop shouldn’t be missed!

— Fleurette King
Director, The Rainbow Center

University of Connecticut 

 

K’s keynote was phenomenal. Through sharing with us their multifaceted experience, K’s presence had a tremendous impact and helped to cement the shift towards a theme of greater intersectionality.

— Tzu Yung Huang 
Head Organizer, Ivy Q Conference
Princeton University

 

 

Kay’s presentation at our college was both enlightening and educational. My students expressed a genuine appreciation for Kay’s passion, poetry and honesty.

— Vivek Shreya
Professor, George Brown College

 

Kay’s creative writing and performance workshop loosened the memories we carry in our bodies, made us aware of the politics we display on our faces, and excavated the truth in our language

— Gender & Women’s Studies Program
Pace University 

 

Kay Ulanday Barrett kicked off our school year right with a night of unapologetically badass poetry. Kay spits truth with passion and fire, breaking down topics such as oppression, gender, disability, intersectionality, masculinity, the diaspora, and home.

— Disability Center
University of Washington

 
 

CREATING CONNECTIONS

SEEKING LIBERATION

FINGER ON THE PULSE

11680
Snacks Eaten
81
Speeches Made
10680
Miles Traveled
205
Poems Written

What K. Tweets

K. on Twitter

K. Work
Since My Body – EP / Uploadable Drop Card (Live Recording)

Since My Body – EP / Uploadable Drop Card (Live Recording)

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Chapbook – for^in (self-publication) by Kay Ulanday Barrett

Chapbook – for^in (self-publication) by Kay Ulanday Barrett

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brown out shouts!

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since my body

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Everything down at your feet

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Psalm for a womon at age 60

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song for the kicked out

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Scheduled Events

Events

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BOOKING

Is your university working on People of Color survival?
Are you exhausted of white or rich guh-ayyy events?
Do you want brown and poor sass, transgender tenacity,
and some sick knowledge on disability justice? Now booking
for events, workshops, performances, and more this
Spring & Fall 2016. Priority will be given to collaborations
that center QT/POC and sick & disabled community! Book now
to reserve your workshop, keynote, & wobbly swerve.
For more info/inquiries, go here. 

All donations will go to the following:

  • basic costs of medical needs including medication, pain management, long-awaited surgeries
  • medical tools/aids
  • basic living expenses

SUPPORT K.

Can’t book me but want to support my work?

Feel free to donate to a BROWN ROUND WOBBLY BOI HUSTLE!

You can send some kindness my way via donation for my basic livelihood are appreciated.

If you can guess, being transgender, disabled, brown, and poor cultural critic/worker isn’t a lucrative career. My work does incite ways that navigate some hope.

If you live this life similarly, you know access, resources, and daily sustenance aren’t a game. Being sick/chronically-ill/disabled in this big ableist gender-binary world has some (systemic) struggle!

Any donations you can donate via my PayPal by clicking this guy:

 

If you donate more than $40, you’ll get an upcoming SPRUNG 2016
PACKAGE
, that includes postcards, cds, stickers, & other goodies!

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