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[ February 27, 2017 | Performance & Workshop: Williams College!]

[ February 27, 2017 | Performance & Workshop: Williams College!]

 

FEATURE: Kay Ulanday Barrett
Kay Ulanday Barrett
is coming to Williams! On March 1st, at 4:30pm, Kay and the Office of Accessible Education will be hosting a panel in Griffin 3 speaking to disability and access at Williams and beyond, the specific ways these experiences and structural histories affect queer/trans people, people of color, and low-income folks. This is an event that will speak critically to ableism here and elsewhere, and provides ways to learn and improve our own communities. 

Access Notes: Please refrain from wearing any type of scent to the event, including perfumes, colognes, and scented detergent. The event will be a scent-free space. If you or anyone attending the event has access needs you would like accommodated, please contact Olivia Goodheart at ojg2@williams.edu.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Feminist Collective, the Dively Committee, the Davis Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, EComm, Williams Students with Disabilities, Queer Student Union, WGSS Department, Asian Studies, the English Department, Minority Coalition, the History Department, Comparative Literature, and the VP of Campus Life.

[September 12, 2016: Now Booking | Fall 2016 -Winter 2017]

[September 12, 2016: Now Booking | Fall 2016 -Winter 2017]

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What’s good fall & winter?! Let’s get into it, shall we? Eastcoast & Midwest, #whenthechantcomes is on the way to you– please book me for talks, performances, workshops, & keynotes! Wobble with me na.  #gendernonconforming #qtpoc#spoonie #queerpoets #transpoc #queer#queerandbrown #sdqtpoc #transgenderart
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[description: in a photo a brown round queer with glasses looks to the left. Bold purple text reads KAY ULANDAY BARRETT & beneath is white text with date/time/event info. In bright pink bold text reads, NOW BOOKING 2016-2017.] photo by JESS X SNOW.

[ August 10, 2016: Sogumi, Shalforoosh, Marciano, Barrett]

[ August 10, 2016: Sogumi, Shalforoosh, Marciano, Barrett]

Shouts out to Berl’s Poetry Shop and for an incredible set of poets of color and women
sharing their guts and moxy. I had a lovely time and was so thankful to celebrate
my night before surgery performing poetry!

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[ July 30, 2016 | NYC Poetry Festival! ]

[ July 30, 2016 | NYC Poetry Festival! ]

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[July 2-3, 2016: SET ON FREEDOM, Artist Retreat | Queens Museum]

[July 2-3, 2016: SET ON FREEDOM, Artist Retreat | Queens Museum]

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Dearest ones!

Set On Freedom Arts Retreat at @QueensMuseum. What a brilliant first retreat! Today is going to be on fire working with #peopleofcolor & #Qtpoc artists doing their the damn thang! What a blessed time to connect with such amazing people in artistic process. With Orlando, the shock and loss of so many Black & Latinx Queer & Trans community, the ache of our artistic spaces

being uprooted, with global pain and attacks, with trans women of color being murdered more & more this 2016; this is what we deserved.  Thank you so much to my co-faclitators Silvia, Thanu, Simone?!, & Dominique for working on this 3-month long process that carved out necessary salve for space, reflection, sharing.

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Subjects embodied/discussed:
transmisogyny & misogyny in working with theater/industrial/literary.studio spaces, what ways does depression & grief breathe in every creation you make?, white gaze on our brown & black art, how does tokenization isolate and maybe even profit us?, in what ways does class access to materials & resources shape our art, how do we remain of community & with integrity as we create/collaborate?, how do we bridge what we do with our families & communities that may not embrace our art/politics/gender/sexuality?, how do diasporic & migrant artists maintain home in their art space?, what does chronic pain & PTSD trauma do with you art & access to artistic practice? what ways can we pool resources for grants, studio space, community engagement?, if you can imagine yourself as an ancestor in the making, what ways will art uplift your world?

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[Description: to the left, a brown round boi with glasses & to right, a black trans femme with glasses both smile in a selfie.] Tenderness & gratitude to be able to witness the the shine of @venusselenite! Support her work & by her new book, Trigger! Go to venusselenite.com

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[ June 26, 2016: Trans Day of Action, NYC.]

[ June 26, 2016: Trans Day of Action, NYC.]

 

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[Description: 1) a brown round queer as gnc person holds a colorful placard on a orange & purple floral malong. They have a MCS mask on and are holding their cane as they sit. It is very sunny on a park bench. 2) three trans & gnc brown people sit on a bench during #tdoa2016. They range in size, style, gender, skin shade, & spirit & still oddly have similar hairstyles. To the left, @gelenifontaine wears a stripped green & blue shirt with placard, “Honor Sick & #Disabled Trans & #Queer People of Color.” In the middle, @amitaswadhin wears a black T-shirt that reads “Demilitarize the Police.” I wear a placard “Brown Trans Disabled Liberation #sdqtpoc” & hold my cane.]
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To fam, to trans & gnc #spoonies of color! #qtpoc #gendernonconforming #tdoa #transpeopleofcolor #nyc #transdayofaction #qpoc #sickanddisabledqueers #demilitarizepride

[May 3, 2016 | #TransLiberationTuesday w/ Micah Bazant]

[May 3, 2016 | #TransLiberationTuesday w/ Micah Bazant]

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Thank you, glorious artist & wonderful collaborator, Micah Bazant! Happy May Day edition of #TransLiberationTuesday! featuring Kay Ulanday Barrett — poet, performer, educator, and disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer.

“For my dad, who didn’t graduate past 8th grade & got sick working in the underbelly of ships for a country that forgot about him after the cargo was delivered; for my mama, forced to migrate outta her town to clean up after ungrateful white people, who got cancers from all the chemicals scrubbed into her bare hands only to crack jokes from sick beds; for my trans people of color siblings who are underemployed, working in the streets, hustling, exposed to unsafe conditions & doing jobs amerikans never really think about; for the sick people who go unbelieved & beautifully self-doctoring themselves to breathe again & again.

Some people work their spirits to the bone in ways that aren’t considered valuable. Sometimes, the amerikan dream is actually a nightmare you inherited & now, disown. Every year I challenge the limited notions of labor & productivity. Every time, white cis amerikan ableist expectations on brown, poor, transgender, and sick bodies get a little more obsolete and I feel us getting closer to holding one another whole, getting what we need together, like we deserve.”

Contact Kay for amazing workshops, performances and speaking gigs at www.kaybarrett.net.

#mayday #fuckyourprowess #imnotaproductofmylabor #iwd2016
#disabilityjustice #transjustice #TLT

[visual description: watercolor & ink image of a brown round boi with a cane, wearing a white t-shirt that says “every cane is a drum on the earth” in front of a background of swirling stars.]

 

[April 16, 2016 | Chicago re-cap: hometown sprang.]

[April 16, 2016 | Chicago re-cap: hometown sprang.]

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[Description: a brown round #boi sits with #floral patterned collared shirt & blazer near a #mic & mic stand. Behind them are an ASL interpreter & a black #cane.] #TBT to my performance at #depauluniversity last week with a packed house of #chitown peoples. Very Social thanks to @depaul_inclusion, LGBT Studies, & the English Dept. for their energy & generosity. | “A home filled with nothing but yourself. It’s heavy, that lightness. It’s crushing, that emptiness.” — Margaret Atwood.
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[Description: a brown round boi with glasses is being hugged by an older brown woman with glasses with a stripe vest. They are in a beautifully opulent #restaurant with #thai art, wood carvings.] This is cook & owner, Sue. She with her two sisters have had their restaurant #PSBangkok in the north side of Chicago for over 20+ years. In a world where every building has changed, every storefront switched awnings, they remain cooking food recipes from their homeland & childhood with integrity & poise. She’s seen me as an awkward gay teen, a bandana dawning dyke, & the #gendernonconforming trans person I am today. She says, “Finish this… Eat this with this sauce.. Button up your coat, it’s cold outside.” Sue looks down as she clenches my hands after I’ve eaten, “I’m not sure when my sisters and I will go back home, if we can afford to go at all. But it’s time.” We both hold a still pause. She’s also one of the rare people who talk with me about my mama and actually knew her. She’s my chosen fam auntie and we talk about old Chicago every chance we get. My belly and heart are so full! 

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[Description: a series of books in the women’s & gender studies section at my Chicago fave bookstore.] Captive Genders, Exile & Pride, Whipping Girl.
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[Description: a group of people ranging in gender, size, race, age, ability, pose for a selfie in front of a brick wall. They look marvelous.] Title: The bestest. Food & caring company. With the mentors, their child Cece, and family. My poetry, work, activism wouldn’t be anything without the people in this photo. I’ve grown from lovely powerful roots. When I was 17 & queer teeny & poor & needed support, the women in this photo helped educate & nourish me into the adult I’ve become. Every stanza & talk I give, comes from their lasting imprint. Thinking of you @doctressstory & @krisclemonsphd, how we got to grow politically with such love. 
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[Description: fried chicken wings & kimchi fries from Del Seoul.]

[April 14, 2016 |Heyyyy Chicago, DePaul University!]

[April 14, 2016 |Heyyyy Chicago, DePaul University!]

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Event tonight 6-730pm, Performance & Talk with food & refreshments sponsored by – DePaul University, Center for Social Inclusion, LGBT Studies, & the English Dept! Stop by scent-free & wheelchair accessible space, ASL interpretation offered. [Description: flyer of outlined brown round boi in purple, black, shows their silhouette. With name in pink “Kay Ulanday Barrett,” title in black “you are SO brave.”] https://www.facebook.com/events/202679923428110/
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#qtpoc #gendernonconforming#transpeopleofcolor #qpoc #sdqtpoc
#youaresobrave16 #queerart #kayulandaybarrett #sickanddisabledqueers
#queerpoetry #QAPI #gaysian 
#queerchicago #spoonies

[March 23, 2016 | Performance @ Haverford College]

[March 23, 2016 | Performance @ Haverford College]

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[Description: an illustration by @rommyyy123 is on a purple flyer with bold letters that say, “Kay Ulanday Barrett” March 23-24, Haverford College. The design is in magenta, blue, and black.] What’s good Philly area?! Spring #youareSObrave16 tour takes me to you. I’m going to feature at #HaverfordCollege tonight and tomorrow, a workshop on ableism 101.

 

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[Description: a brown round boi with glasses and gray vest sits and performs in front of an audience silhouette.] Props to Hartford’s Women’s Center/@hcwomensctr for hosting me so gloriously & to @queerbrujx for all his coordination & planning magic.

 

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[Description: one brown #boi with #beard & glasses smiles holding a green poster with text & illustration. His arm is around a shorter brown round boi with glasses who wears a gray vest.] Joyful gratitude to @queerbrujxfor being marvelous (per usual) as fam and as a host at @hcwomensctr at #HaverfordCollege! Your energy radiates, supports, & collaborates in ways that are sheer blessings. Thank you for your insights & thanks to the women’s center for being an amazing audience & workshop crew. 

 

 

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[Description: brown round boi cane user wears a three piece #suitwith purple black patterned #bowtie & black leather #fitted hat. They wear an amethyst #crystal via @gyngerprynce.] #TransCrushTuesday? Me & my astrological forecast via @chaninicholas#Virgo – “Understanding the internal signals that get set off when life happens around us can help us to lead lives that are self-directed instead of being about simply surviving.”