Who is K.?

Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist

“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

 

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

Video

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

Upcoming Events

Feature for University of Minnesota

Gender Women’s Studies
Featured Speaker
7pm

Highline College
Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Keynote Speaker

On-site location in Hollywood & Mojave Desert, shooting a
film with Director, Jess X. Chen starring Sonia Guinansaca & I.
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Trans * Asterisk Conference
UC Riverside
Keynote Speaker

Haverford College

 

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Dickenson College/ LGBTQ Center PA / Planned Parenthood
LGBTQ SUMMIT of PA. Conference

Keynote Speaker

Depaul University
Gender & Women’s Studies

Feature Speaker & Performer

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Reviews

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

— 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.

— Princeton University
IvyQ Conference

 

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

— 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

 
 
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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
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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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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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October 20, 2015
Featuring: Kay Ulanday Barrett
Mark Travis Rivera, & more!

QUEERING DISABILITY
NYU’s Kimmel Center
(60 Washington Square South)
7 PM – 9 PM

October 22, 2015
Performance + Workshop: Kay Ulanday Barrett

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

October 24, 2015
Vassar
Trans Artist Feature: Kay Ulanday Barrett

6pm
124 Raymond Ave, Box 2451
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

October 25, 2015
Vassar
Liberation Shows up!: 
Ableism 101
Workshop: Kay Ulanday Barrett

10:30-12pm
124 Raymond Ave, Box 2451
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

 

 

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

November 3, 2015
Performance talk + Q & A: Kay Ulanday Barrett

University of Minnesota
5:30pm-7:30pm

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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!

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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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