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Who is K.?

Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist


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. 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, ColorlinesBuzzfeed, 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

 

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. 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

 

Summary Bio

Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. K. has featured globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, The Chicago Historical Society, The Guild Complex, The Hemispheric Institute, Musee Pour Rire, & The White House to name a few. They are a 3x Pushcart Prize nominee  and has received fellowships from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, NYLON, The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Apogee, Entropy, Make/Shift, Colorlines, Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope, 2016) is their first collection of poetry. www.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.

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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

Queer Magic: A Reading + Celebration

Friday, March 9th
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Red Door No. 5
1910 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 3360

Copper Canyon Press and Lambda Literary present an #AWP18 off-site reading and celebration of queer literary magic featuring:

Kay Ulanday Barrett
Ilana Masad
Natalie Sharp
Jericho Brown
Jenny Factor
Rachel McKibbens

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

Poets show how joy in their poetry subverts a racist, trans/homophoic, and ableist political climate that threatens their daily lives. American poets of color consider their varied and complicated connections to “empire” as they present their intersectional, multicoastal, transnational, diasporic, queer, and anti-colonial poetics. They respond to, survive against, and thrive despite what American Empire means in this time of the Dakota Access Pipeline, climate change, and anti-Blackness.

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.

Event Speaker:
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Event Location:
Center for Documentary Studies

 

MARCH 24, 2018

#WhoseBody

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. BainKay Ulanday Barrett  • Mahogany L. BrowneRobert CarnevaleCortney CharlestonOna GritzNicole HomerPriscilla OrrJC ToddMargaret WaldockRachel 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

7pm-9pm
Silver Maple Room

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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
205
Poems Written

What K. Tweets

K. on Twitter

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

Events

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 2018. 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 $100, you’ll get an upcoming SPRUNG 2018
PACKAGE
, that includes postcards, cds, stickers, & other goodies!

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