Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Amir Rabiyah & xoài phạm

Monday, December 4, 2017 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St #600
New York, New York 10001

Media Gallery

Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by AAWW Fam poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Amir Rabiyah and xoài phạm. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists.

RESERVE A SEAT!
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | DOORS OPEN AT 6:00

xoài phạm is a Vietnamese trans woman who believes in tenderness and care. She is in a slow process of learning what's possible. She writes poetry and essays about intimacy, desire, violence, and family. She wants to live in a world that nurtures all oppressed peoples, and is especially passionate about the survival of trans people of color, Indigenous sovereignty, and sex workers' protections. She resides in Lenape territory, what many call Brooklyn.

Amir Rabiyah is a two-spirit disabled queer femme poet and writing coach. They were born in London, England to a Cherokee and European mother and a Lebanese and Syrian father. Their work explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, redemption--and speaks on silenced places. Amir is the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and has published in numerous anthologies and journals. They currently live in San Diego with their beautiful partner, two dogs, one super senior cat, and a 13-year-old film-making prodigy. They love being a housewife and believe domestic work, chanting Sufi prayers over a home-cooked meal, and nurturing our communities is crucial for revolution.

Sonia Guiñansaca is a Queer Migrant Feminist Poet , Cultural Organizer, and Activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. In 2007, Guiñansaca came out publicly as an undocumented immigrant. Since then she has co-founded and help build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country, coordinating and participating in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions in the immigrant rights movement. She is a VONA/Voices alumni who has performed at El Museo Del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY Poetry Festival, Galleria de La Raza, and featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, and the Poetry Foundation to name a few. Praised as badass in 1 of 10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Knowby Remezcla, as well as one of 13 Coolest Queers on the Internetby Teen Vogue. Guiñansaca was recently announced as the 2017 Artist in Residency at NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope 2016) is their first collection. K. has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They are a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. You can read their interview with PBS on poetry as a testimony to survival.

NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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