Join us in welcoming Kay Ulanday Barrett, a multi-talented Brown, Trans, Disabled artist for a performance and question/answer session at Metropolitan State University.
Kay will be performing “When the Chant Comes: Poetry & Margins at the Center.” Their poetry and work is focused on resilience, centering people whose narratives are not always told, and empowering communities in times of challenge. Kay’s performance also will be recognizing LGBT Awareness Month, Disability Awareness Month, Filipinx Hxstory Month, Suicide Prevention Month, and other intersections of identities.
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. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. Kay 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.
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
This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be provided.
Cosponsored by Metropolitan State University’s Student Life and Leadership Development, University Activities Board, the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Affirmative Action, Counseling Services, TRiO Student Services, and the Women’s and LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
This event is scent-free to make the space accessible. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or detergents.
Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event.