Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Eddie Maisonet & Santiago J. Sanchez
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

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 Eddie Maisonet and Santiago J. Sanchez. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists.


Eddie Maisonet is an afroboricua nonbinary boi from Boston, MA. He’s a teaching artist, performer and storyteller. He believes mining personal narrative is a great way to build a more joyful, righteous, and playful resistance in the face of marginalization. He likes to play with personal narrative and see where it can lead to healing and community building. This ethic drives his usually QTPOC-centered storytelling workshops and his own writing. When he’s not writing or performing, he’s likely playing video games, cooking or scheming on petting a dog. Eddie has been published in bklyn boihood’s Outside the XY. He was a 2017 Theatre Offensive OUThood Resident Artist. He’s been featured on panels in Boston and NYC. He’s had features at gallery receptions such as “Marca X” and “Displaced”. Between keynotes, poetry and open mic features and even performing his work at a black burlesque show, he’s really geeked and grateful. Most recently, Eddie was one of the openers in Kit Yan’s Queer Heartache show in Boston and he’s still swooning over that. There’s a website in the works but in the meantime, he keeps it cute on instagram at @eddiemaisonet_storyteller.

Santiago Jose Sanchez was born in Ibagué, Colombia and raised outside of Miami, Fl. They were a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow and have published with Mask Magazine and The Missing Slate. Their photography has been exhibited at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and Video Revival in Brooklyn, NY, along with publications in Aint-Bad Magazine and The Latent Image. They have a BA in anthropology from Yale University. They live in Brooklyn, NY. Follow them on instagram or twitter at @sntsnchz.

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 Know by Remezcla, as well as one of 13 Coolest Queers on the Internet by 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,, 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.

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Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sonia Guiñansaca, Eddie Maisonet & Santiago J. Sanchez
Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
Brooklyn NY 11238
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