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

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




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
[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.

[January 19, 2016 | Beyond A Dream – Feature & Workshop Highline College]

[January 19, 2016 | Beyond A Dream – Feature & Workshop Highline College]

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[November 12, 2015 | you are SO Brave 2015 Tour: Mn. & LA!]

[November 12, 2015 | you are SO Brave 2015 Tour: Mn. & LA!]


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[Dearest twin cities & LA: you are wonderful for holding, laughing, building jokes, quiet, mourning. Bless the aches over tabletops & slow spoons. Thank you for the humility, for opening your heart time and time again to a wary stranger with his weird poems. My belly is humming so much with gratitude. I’m closer to trans justice, chosen family, ocean calling, collaborations, and care. Shouts to my bro fam longstanding, Elakshi Kumar. Big care & spoons to Kiyaan Abadani for all his uncanny spoon coordination. Yiming Sophia Swee for hosting home so amazingly, Andre Leneal Gardner being my fam light love, & Ezak Perez for grounding space in trans community to hold home & history.
[description: a brown round boi in patterns & fitted sips juice.]




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[Description: brown round #gendernonconforming boi with glasses performs poetry while sitting down. Their hair is spiky & they appear to have all the feels. Below them is their favorite gold & purple #malong.] #tbt to #GenderJusticeLA dopeness with trans & gnc #poc westcoast way. “Sit down & keynote: a sick brown trans reclamation.”



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[Description: a group of queer, transgender, black, indigenous, & people of color give saucy faces. They range in size, skin tone, gender, ability, & spirit.] University of Minnesota crowd brought this and it was glorious. Cc: Fayise Mohamed Ahmed Abrahim. — Calista AdeboyeTensae HailuKay Ulanday BarrettBree Zimmerman and Tori Hong.



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[Description: a group of #qtpoc pose for a group photo with various style, spirits, gender, size, & sexuality with serious grumpy faces.] Cc: KE MelendezJoshua KwanTumi Akin-DekoChantal Figueroa giving grimy. yooo when the qtpic campus org asks all the questions re: queer justice, #disability justice, children of migrant family perspectives, etc. Special thanks for my homes & fam, Elakshi Kumar for #carletoncollege support. Fam collaborations are the best. — with Joshua KwanTumi Akin-DekoKE Melendez and Chantal Figueroa.



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[Description: a #queer asian woman of color sits next to her child in a chinese restaurant. They sit at a table full of food.] This was my #midwest going away committee! Thanks Chong & Cherish for all the food, fly conversation, and patience! Cherish: I want to be a mermaid!! (pulls Chong’s hand towards giant fountain) Come with me, let’s go! Oh, Twin Cities how you swoon me with your foods & midwest family! 



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1) “You know, my gender swung from boi femme to ho femme.” 2) “Let’s talk about how this shit socially & legally informs ableism.” 3) “Bring me the deranged. Give it to me, but be accountable of that shit.” — Kiyaan Abadani.

This is the first face I see in LA. [Description: a fat queer irooni swana boi with black fitted & piercings wears various silver necklaces. He smiles in a restaurant.]  — with Kiyaan Abadani.



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via amitaswadhin we don’t need no filter. #SDQTPOC ???
Sick & Disabled Queer Transgender People of Color Dinner in LA!

[October 24, 2015 | Vassar College]

[October 24, 2015 | Vassar College]

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Today! 530pm-7pm at Vassar College for Transmission & Unframed in Poughkeepsie, NY. Come scent free, come ready for stories & poems all down, brown, & wobbly on. Holler at me as new merch, posters, and poetry to listen to. Thanks to Matthew McCardwell. Photography by the on-point, @vixiv.v!

[October 22, 2015 | University of CT.]

[October 22, 2015 | University of CT.]

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[Description: a black queer person of size with very short hair wears glasses and gray argyle sweater vest. She has his arms around a brown round boi with wily hair & gray bowtie and cane. They stand in front of a rainbow flag.] .
Look who I worked with today! Special thank you to Fleurette King, director of U Conn’s Rainbow Center for hosting me as part of a workshop lecture series & featured performance. She’s known me since babyqueer days in undergrad at Depaul University. In fact, some of my first anti-oppression trainings i facilitated were supervised by Flo almost 16 years ago to which she said, “Clearly now, they are very transferable skills.” Clearly, we’ve always been beyond the confines of a rainbow flag. To be honored by your mentors or people who saw your beginnings is a powerful thing. Thought of all the QT/POC DePaulians that raised me. Thinking about you, @andreleneal & @browngirlrevolution#qtpoc #qtbipoc #sickanddisabledqueers
#sdqtpoc #queerchicago #uconn #queer#gendernonconforming#transpeopleofcolor #youareSObrave15

July 8, 2015 | Rally: Queer Art & Activism Now – Dixon Place

July 8, 2015 | Rally: Queer Art & Activism Now – Dixon Place

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[Description: a visual of a brown round boi with a red and gold halo has handwriting surrounding their image. above text reads “Dixon Place” and below a yellow box with black letters reads, “RALLY #QUEER ART AND ACTIVISM NOW.”]

This exhibit opens tonight at Dixon Place 4pm-6pm, 161A Chrystie St. New York, New York 10002. Come by & say hello?







#qtpoc #qpoc#queerpoets #gendernonconforming#transmenofcolor
#transpeopleofcolor#sdqtpoc #kaybarrett

July 8, 2015 | Asian American Writers’ Workshop FEATURE

July 8, 2015 | Asian American Writers’ Workshop FEATURE



From Asian American Writers’ Workshop:

Bummed that you missed the fireworks on the 4th of July? Don’t worry, we’ve got you – Mouth to Mouth Open Mic is back this Saturday with some crazy literary fireworks, featuring Jess X. Chen and Kay Ulanday Barrett! Bring your best prose or come to be inspired by others’ stories and songs!

Saturday, July 11 at 7pm. Open mic sign up at 6:30pm. RESERVE A SEAT NOW:

My Potential (Read: All Fiction) Projects for Age 33

Based on various conversations with chosen fam, here are my potential (read: all fiction) projects for age 33 aka a few examples of events/workshops our communities actually need in real life: 1) i feel like i should write a book titled “Snapbacks & Hospital Socks: Sick Sad Steez.” (no. too much. alliteration.) 2) workshop: “Leave my bed FOR WHAT?! the myth of bootstraps, productivity, & worth.” 3) workshop: “White transmasculinity, bro: How TPOC get “overlooked” for paid jobs, partners, & resources.” 4) workshop: “How ableism fucks you over: It just does. 5) an interpretive dance: “Ah, reactionary agreements & the partners who have them!” 6) a cd compilation: “Fuck your music festival: why womyn & cissexism are obnoxiously violent.”