Who is K.?
Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist
Queer Filipinx/Pilipinx Poetics: Celebrating Filipino American History Month by Kay Ulanday Barrett October 25, 2017 | Published on Lambda Literary Review
RECENTLY FEATURED ON:
- 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, NYLON, 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, 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
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
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, & formerly homeless perspectives.
RECENT NEWS: Kay Featured on RaceForward's #RaceAnd Series
LIVE Performance: You are SO BRAVE,
Asian American Writers’ Workshop 2015.
Friday, March 9th
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Red Door No. 5
1910 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 3360
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Doors at 7:00pm
Reading at 8:00pm
March 10, 2018
Emerging Poets of Color Surviving/Resisting American Empire
AWP Conference 2018
Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Moderator: Rajiv Mohabir, Winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize at Tupelo Press (The Cowherd’s Son), the Four Way Books Intro Prize 2014 (The Taxidermist’s Cut), and the AWP Intro Journal Award 2015 is an assistant professor of poetry at Auburn University’s creative writing program.
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Jo-Jikum cofounder and College of the Marshall Islands faculty, is a VONA alumna; author of Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter; and past editor of Jitdam Kapeel. Her poems and journalism are in Hawai’i Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and The Marshall Islands Journal.
Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti. A Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop fellow, she is also the coeditor of poetry at Apogee Journal. She is currently pursuing her PhD in creative writing and literature at University of Southern California.
Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator. K. has featured on stages globally with offerings in PBS News Hour, The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, RaceForward, The Deaf Poets Society, Winter Tangerine, Entropy, and Apogee. When The Chant Comes is their first book.
March 20, 2018
Lecture and Q&A with Kay Ulanday Barrett
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 3:00pm
The 2018 Center for Documentary Studies Lehman Brady professor, Cristy Road Carrera, is hosting poet, activist, and cultural worker Kay Ulanday Barrett for a lecture/presentation and Q&A session celebrating Barrett’s new book, When the Chant Comes. Kay Ulanday Barrett is a published poet, performer, educator, food blogger, cultural worker, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and disability advocate based in New York and New Jersey, whose work has been showcased nationally and internationally. Barrett’s writing and performance centers on the experience of queer, transgender, people of color, mixed race people, and members of the Asian and Filipino communities.
MARCH 24, 2018
On March 15th, Dodge Poetry social media accounts will be taken over by the #WhoseBody hashtag as we fill our feeds with images and words that speak back to the stream of stylized, filtered and edited bodies that we see on our screens every day.
The Dodge Poetry Staff and friends will be sharing posts that celebrate and praise our bodies, exactly as they are, and we hope that you’ll join us and do the same using #WhoseBody
Celebration and Reclamation: March 24th Event
To culminate this month of Poetry & the Body, we will be hosting the Whose Body? Celebration and Reclamation event in Princeton, New Jersey, featuring a diverse group of poets in a day of performances, readings, conversations and writing activities approaching the question from many points of view.
Featured performers include: C. Bain • Kay Ulanday Barrett • Mahogany L. Browne • Robert Carnevale • Cortney Charleston • Ona Gritz • Nicole Homer • Priscilla Orr • JC Todd • Margaret Waldock • Rachel Wiley
This celebration, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is now open.
#MyDreamingMyLoving #PoetryCoalition #WhoseBody
April 4, 2018
When the Chant Comes: An OUT for Lunch with Kay Barrett
Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. They will serve as a featured performer for the LGBTQ Center’s poetry and art showcase, When the Chant Comes: A Night with Kay Barrett. This space seeks to challenge narratives of rigidity while celebrating the fluidity and movement across time, space, and identities that is exemplified by queer and trans collective existence.
Drop by the LGBTQ Center prior to the poetry showcase at 7pm for an opportunity to chat with Kay and learn more about them and their work!
Kay asks that attendees be scent free
Co-Sponsored by: Student and Employee Accessibility Services, the Asian American Heritage Series, and the Literary Arts Department
When the Chant Comes: A Night with Kay Barrett: 7pm
April 13, 2018
Tucson Poetry Festival
April 16, 2018
University of Vermont
Hosted BY LGBTQA Office, UVM Asian American Students,
Student Life, Chaplain College, Rainbow Alliance
Silver Maple Room
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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