Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians who want to share their work with the community! After a brief hiatus, we are back with our Mouth-to-Mouth open mic series, a safe space for forging new art and communities. We’ve seen emerging writers and established authors, sparked book deals, and provided a platform for comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. This time, we will be joined by Kay Barrett and Jess X. Chen and hosting the event will be our two new MC’s – poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Shinji Moon.
Kay Ulanday Barrett 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. A seasoned speaker, Kay has
facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, featured in colleges, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio. Check out their work at kaybarrett.net.
Jess X. Chen is a first generation Chinese-American poet, artist/activist, filmmaker, and educator. She is the author of poetry chapbook, From the Earthworm To The Night. Her work intimately exposes narratives of ecological and colonial trauma, Asian-American diaspora and collective protest by connecting the violences between the female/colored body and the body of the Earth. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, and a facilitator of Artists Against Police Violence. Scope out her work at jessxchen.com.
This event is open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Come at 6:30 PM to sign up for a 5-minute slot! Program starts at 7 PM.
Image titled “Queer Earth,” by Jess X. Chen. Ink & digital color on paper.