“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 Poor Magazine, 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). Their first book of poetry, When The Chant Comes, is due out from Topside Press in summer 2016. 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, 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 summer 2016. 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.

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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

Thursday April 6, 2017
Colorado Springs College Presents
7:00pm in Slocum Commons

April 13, 2017

Young Chicago Authors
Queeriosity
7pm

Liberation Shows Up!: Ableism 101 with Kay Ulanday Barrett

Hosted by: Northwestern University Multicultural Student Affairs

Tuesday, April 18
6PM8PM 

 

 

As we discuss the ways politics impose ableism on our lives, we ask ourselves: How can we honor our unique identities with politics that encourage intersectionality?

You are invited to embrace our complicated and powerful lineage as an SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer). Everone is encouraged to participate, but priority is offered to SDQ. Please bring journals or writing materials.

The first twenty students get a free signed copy of Kay’s new book When the Chant Comes. Scent free event, accomodation needs go to MSA@northwestern.edu.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hosted by Women & Children First Bookstore

Kay Ulanday Barrett with H. Melt & Francesca Royster
7:30 PM – 9 PM
5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640

Join us as we welcome Kay Ulanday Barrett for the Chicago launch party for their poetry collection, WHEN THE CHANT COMES. For this event, Kay will be joined by H. Melt and Francesca Royster.

WHEN THE CHANT COMES

4/25 Michigan State University.
7pm in East #Lansing at MSU
Hosted by Alliance – 542 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing,
Michigan 48824.

Come scent-free!

Queer + Asian American Monologues ft. Kay Ulanday Barrett:
University of Maryland, College Park

7pm, Atrium Stamp
University of Maryland

Join us at STAMP, 1120 Stamp Student Union. It’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Poetry Month, and PRIDE Month — get into it and come scent-free. Event has ASL interpretation and is wheelchair accessible.

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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

 
 

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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!

Any donations you can donate via my PayPal by clicking this guy:

 

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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