Who is K.?
Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist
- APOGEE: FEELING OUR POSSIBLE VOLUMES: Jenni(f)fer Tamayo interviews Kay Ulanday Barrett
- AAWW on The Margins: When The Chant Comes, Two Poems By Kay Ulanday Barrett
- AUTO STRADDLE: Dapper Crip: Queercrip Encounters with Fashion and Community
- BITCH Magazine: POETIC RESISTANCE AGAINST EVERYDAY TRANSPHOBIA, RACISM, ABLEISM: A REVIEW OF “WHEN THE CHANT COMES”
- BLACK GIRL DANGEROUS: Book Review- “When The Chant Comes”
- DAPPER Q: DAPPER CRIP: DISABILITY, QUEER MASCULINITY, AND FASHION
- LAMBDA LITERARY: Kay Ulanday Barrett: On Dancing it Out, Revising Masculinity, and Poetry as Testimony
- WINTER TANGERINE: Book Review- When The Chant Comes, Kay Ulanday Barrett
- ENTROPY, DINNERVIEW: Dinnerview: Kay Ulanday Barrett
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.”
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 Press; and co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project
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, Colorlines, Buzzfeed, 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, “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
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 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.
RECENT NEWS: Kay Featured on RaceForward's #RaceAnd Series
LIVE Performance: You are SO BRAVE,
Asian American Writers’ Workshop 2015.
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 email@example.com with any questions on reserving priority seating.
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October 3, 2017
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@gma
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.
THE ICARUS PROJECT EVENT:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking Its Presence 2017: the Ephemeral Archive Conference
October 25, 2017
Ramapo College, Disability Awareness Month
Elevator accessible & scent-free
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
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
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
FINGER ON THE PULSE
What K. Tweets
K. on Twitter
Since My Body – EP / Uploadable Drop Card (Live Recording)Audio View Project
Chapbook – for^in (self-publication) by Kay Ulanday BarrettBooks View Project
brown out shouts!Poetry View Project
since my bodyPoetry View Project
Everything down at your feetPoetry View Project
Psalm for a womon at age 60Poetry View Project
song for the kicked outPoetry View Project
“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 Press; and co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project
“We deeply need disabled queer of color writers to be writing and performing our lives, and do not have nearly enough of our voices writing and publishing in the world. Kay’s work fills a much needed void.”Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – 2012 Lambda Award winning Love Cake, Consensual Genocide, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. I am the co founder and co director of Mangos With Chili.
“I was immediately blown away by Kay’s ability to break down complex issues in a such an accessible, powerful, and artistic vernacular.
Regardless of the audience or space, Kay has an ability to open people’s hearts and ears…”Mia Nakano – Director of the Visibility Project, a founder of Hyphen magazine & a board member of the Queer Cultural Center.
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