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. 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, ColorlinesBuzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio.

As a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat 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, “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. 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 upcoming anthologies, “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

 

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

The Circle Kisses Itself
Tuesday 6/20/17:

Located at AC Institute @ac_institute
7:30pm.

Musical performance by @roarkemenzies
Readings by @sylk_z @vsthill #peterbd
@brownroundboi
@heatherjme


FRIDAY: June 23, 2017
7pm-9pm

Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Queer & Trans Showcase: When the Chant Comes

7pm– Get good poetry for your Queer, Transgender, &
#gendernonconforming weekend at @aaww_nyc.

Down to be a thoughtful, powerful, and chill night. Featured
guests include @migrantscribble, @lxs_revoltosxs,
Angela Peñaredondo. Special guest performance by @dlocokid!
Curated by me. | Wine, refreshments, & snacks available,
Scent-free, Wheelchair accessible with elevator leading to the event.

7pm

Set on Freedom Exhibition: Opening Reception

3 PM – 5 PM

Queens Museum

 

Set on Freedom (SoF) was an artist retreat organized by the Open A.I.R. Artist Service Program at the Queens Museum for women, gender non-conforming, trans, queer artists of color in the summer of 2016. The program was held following violent tragedies like the mass shooting at Pulse and in the midst of several high-profile acts of police brutality that took the lives of Black people. Over the course of the year, a group of queer artists of color from the summit continued to hold space to discuss how the themes of displacement, dispossession, home, and strength have impacted their everyday experiences and informed their artistic practices. One year following the inaugural SoF retreat, the works presented in thisexhibition and accompanying program series, Set on Freedom, were created during the artists’ work to foster an inclusionary and mutually-supportive artistic community. Acting as self-disciplined cultural organizers during this process, the exhibiting artists have explored their own representations of race, gender, sexuality, and love, de-centering whiteness and imagining radical systems of progress to uplift themselves as queer artists of color.

Participating Artists:
Jes Fan
Lee Bullitt
Sue Jeong Ka
Ayasha Guerin
Tiffany Joy Butler

The receptions will include readings by participating artists and the following poets:

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope 2016) is their first collection. K. has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They are a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. Kaybarrett.net

Shivani Davé is a queer Indian femme living in NYC. She is a community organizer and aspiring educator. She writes for her community, for healing and learning. She will be reading from her debut collection of haikus exploring anxiety, assimilation, connection, and coming home–its too cold i’m going home. The haikus are paired with collages, each hand-stitched book is hand-painted with custom art inspired by traditional mendhi designs.

The reading will start at 4pm.

The reception will held in the 2nd Floor of the Queens Museum in the Community Partnership Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Accessibility Information:
• The sidewalks immediately surrounding the museum have ramps and are in good conditions. There are metal benches too. From the museum’s sidewalks to inside of the museum, the floor is mostly flat, and one does not depend on going using steps to move around the museum. The reading will be in the Community Partnership Gallery. You may take the elevator to the second floor, which opens facing the Community Partnership Gallery.
• The nearest bathrooms are both 15ft and 25ft away from the Community Partnership Gallery.
• We have plastic, light-weight foldable chairs in the space with little cushion. If you need any other kind of accommodation for seating, we may support with larger office chairs, but these are limited. Please let us know if you may need this assistance.
• The Community Partnership Gallery is on the second floor of the museum, with a large crystal wall that lets plenty of sunlight come into the room, and with a view of Flushing Meadow Park.
• Flushing Meadow Park and the Queens Museum are smoke free spaces.
• Please be aware of community members with chemical and scent sensitivities and refrain from using scented products in your hair, on your body, or on your clothes (scented soaps and detergents, perfumes, hair spray, shampoos, lotions, etc.) For more info, please visit www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

Special thanks to all the participants of Set on Freedom 2016 and its core organizers, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Dominique Hernandez, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Simone?! Satchell, and Thanushka Yakupitiyage.

Upcoming Collaborative Events:
Sunday, July 16th: Workshop Day with BUFU, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Saturday, July 22nd: Film & Video Screening with Hot Cabinet, 3:00PM-5:00PM

www.queensmuseum.org/2017/06/set-on-freedom

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hosted by Lincoln Center Education

Kay Ulanday Barrett: One-on-One Conversation

Moderated By Ayesha Williams
9:00-10:00am

70 Lincoln Center Plz
New York, New York, NY 10023

July 13, 2017

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

 

July 19, 2017

 

Please join us in lovely Orlando, Florida for the 40th Conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Just as Orlando offers something for everyone at any age, so does the 40th anniversary of AHEAD, with its focus on equity and excellence.

Equity and Excellence: Access in Higher Education welcomes keynote speaker Kay Ulanday Barrett, on Wednesday morning. A PBS News Hour featured poet, Kay’s presentation focuses on social justice and intersectionality, using poetry, performance, and personal reflections.

Hilton Orlando Hotel
Orlando, Florida
July 17 – 22, 2017

August 8-12, 2017
Lambda Literary Retreat: Poetry

 

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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

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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

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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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Scheduled 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!

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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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