Who is K.?

Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist

“Kay’s command of craft, commitment to truth and dedication to art as service is to be commended. 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. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. 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 Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio.

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 Poor Magazine, 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.

See their online wobble on twitter/tumblr/instagram as brownroundboi and on his website, kaybarrett.net

 

Short Bio
A Campus Pride Hot List artist, 2013 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. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, 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 Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology, 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 upcoming anthologies, “Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity” (Magnus Books) and “Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices” (Trans-genre Press). Their first book of poetry, When The Chant Comes, is due out from Topside Press in fall 2015. Check out their work at kaybarrett.net

Upcoming Events

Performance + Workshop: Kay Ulanday Barrett

Rainbow Center, A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Center
University of Connecticut
403 Student Union
Time: TBA

“Take Back Your Body” Conference 2K15
hosted by Vassar Queer Health Initiative

The Vassar Queer Health Initiative cordially invites
you to “Take Back Your Body” a three day event hosted at Vassar College that will focus on locating health services and self care on campuses for queer and trans college students.

Take Back Your Body will host…
– Kay Ulanday Barrett, a performance poet and activist. They will speak and hold a workshop on being disabled and trans

– Musicians, including DRY DAYSPigeon Pit, and singer/songwriter Shai

– Networking opportunities with other college activists and panel discussions with Vassar health activists

Liberation Shows Up: Ableism 101 Workshop

60 Washington Square South, Suite 602
11am-12:30pm

NYU: Students Orientation & Education
Special Invitation Only

Dark Sciences: A People of Color Dream Retreat

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and The Revelry invite you to a love-filled people of color retreat on the magic, technology and practice of dreams!

Where: Alma de Mujer retreat center
(outside Austin, TX)
When: August 20-24 2015
Participation: Closed Group

MOUTH TO MOUTH Open Mic: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jess X Chen with Shinji Moon (MC)  & Sonia Guiñansaca (MC)

at 7:00pm

110-112 W 27th Street, Suite 600,
New York, New York 10001

Advance Tickets here.

Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians who want to share their work with the community! After a brief hiatus, we are back with our Mouth-to-Mouth open mic series, a safe space for forging new art and communities. We’ve seen emerging writers and established authors, sparked book deals, and provided a platform for comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. This time, we will be joined by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jess X. Chen and hosting the event will be our two new MC’s – poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Shinji Moon.

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. A seasoned speaker, Kay has
facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, featured in colleges, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio – 99.5 FM. Check out their work at kaybarrett.net.

Jess X. Chen is a first generation Chinese-American poet, artist/activist, filmmaker, and educator. She is the author of poetry chapbook, From the Earthworm To The Night. Her work intimately exposes narratives of ecological and colonial trauma, Asian-American diaspora and collective protest by connecting the violences between the female/colored body and the body of the Earth. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and a facilitator of Artists Against Police Violence. Scope out her work at jessxchen.com.

This event is open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Come at 6:30 PM to sign up for a 5-minute slot! Program starts at 7 PM.

No-one Leaves Unmoved: Amber Dawn, Charles Theonia, Lilith Latini & Kay Ulanday Barrett

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    7pm-9pm

    Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
    172 Allen St, New York, New York 10002

    Arsenal Pulp Press & Topside Press present an evening of queer poetry featuring Amber Dawn, Charles Theonia & Lilith Latini, and Kay Ulanday Barrett. Come witness the latest, greatest, deftest, funniest, sharpest, prettiest poetry from two of North America’s most excellent queer independent publishers. No-one leaves unmoved, we guarantee it. Also maybe there will be beer.

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A FEAST FOR GHOSTS: REIMAGINING GRIEF.

[workshop]

6:00pm – 8:00pm
State Hall: Room 128

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Session Audience  Mixed-Everyone

University of California, Santa Barbara
Queer People of Color Conference 2015 (QPOCC)​

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First Friday Isla Vista with Kay Ulanday Barrett,
Lysander Valenzuela, Radio Xicana,
J Mase III​, & more!

9pm-midnight
Perfect Park, UCSB

Performance talk + Q & A: Kay Ulanday Barrett

Carleton College
1 North College St.,
Northfield, MN 55057

7pm-8:30pm

Sponsored By:
Women’s and Gender Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center, Office of Intercultural & International Life (OIIL), Intergroup Dialogue, and Office of Disability Services for Students

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CREATING CONNECTIONS

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SEEKING LIBERATION

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FINGER ON THE PULSE

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Snacks Eaten
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Speeches Made
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Miles Traveled
205
Poems Written

What K. Tweets

K. on Twitter

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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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Questions to the president

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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

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and The Revelry
invite you to a love-filled people of color retreat on the magic,
technology and practice of dreams!

Where: Alma de Mujer retreat center
(outside Austin, TX)
When: August 20-24 2015
Participation: Closed Group

August 26, 2015
Liberation Shows Up: Ableism 101 Workshop
60 Washington Square South, Suite 602
11am-12:30pm

NYU: Students Orientation & Education
Special Invitation Only

 

September 17-18, 2015
“Take Back Your Body” Conference 2K15
hosted by Vassar Queer Health Initiative

The Vassar Queer Health Initiative cordially invites
you to “Take Back Your Body” a three day event hosted at Vassar College that
will focus on locating health services and self care on campuses for queer and
trans college students.

Take Back Your Body will host…
– Kay Ulanday Barrett, a performance poet and activist. They will speak and
hold a workshop on being disabled and trans

– Musicians, including DRY DAYSPigeon Pit, and singer/songwriter Shai

– Networking opportunities with other college activists and panel discussions with Vassar health activists

 

October 22, 2015
Performance + Workshop: Kay Ulanday Barrett

Rainbow Center, A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Center
University of Connecticut
403 Student Union
Time: TBA

November 2, 2015

Performance talk + Q & A: Kay Ulanday Barrett

Carleton College
1 North College St.,
Northfield, MN 55057

7pm-8:30pm

Sponsored By:
Women’s and Gender Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center,
Office of Intercultural & International Life (OIIL),
Intergroup Dialogue, and Office of Disability Services for Students

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
Fall/Winter 2015 & 2016. Priority will be given to collaborations
that center QT/POC and sick & disabled community! Book now
to reserve Trans and Queer Months this Fall/Winter.
For more info/inquiries, go here. 

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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 $30, you’ll get an upcoming WINTER SNUGGLE
gift that includes my upcoming new EP come the new 2015 year!

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