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, Francesca Royster, and Darien R. Wendell.
Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, The Chicago Historical Society, & even an invitation to The White House. They are a fellow of The Home School, Drunken Boat, & The Lambda Literary Review. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Asian American Writers Workshop's The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, EAOGH, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Magazine. When The Chant Comes is their first collection. www.kaybarrett.net / @kulandaybarrett
H. Melt is a poet and artist who was born in Chicago. Their work proudly documents Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has been published many places including Lambda Literary, Newcity, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring (2015) and currently editing an anthology of trans poetry for Sibling Rivalry Press. H. Melt co-leads Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors and works at Women & Children First, Chicago's feminist bookstore.
Francesca T. Royster is a queer writer, teacher, scholar, mother, and jazz bassist living in Chicago. She has published two books: Becoming Cleopatra: The Staging of an Icon and Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era, in addition to numerous scholarly essays.
Darien R. Wendell is a black, mixed, trans, queer, nonbinary, femme person dreaming up strategies and deploying them towards abolition and collective liberation. When Darien isn’t working against and moving through/beyond systems of domination and oppression through their artwork, they don’t exist. Put another way, a bitch/boi out here tryna survive the ways they learn and know how. Their art is their life & they treat life, in all its complex arrangements, as art. They practice with the intention to fit the materials to the problem, issue, or inquiry which taken many forms such as sex education, sculpture, embroidery, and healing arts.