Join us for another Mouth to Mouth with Open Mic on August 31 at 7 PM ET! Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett, this month Mouth to Mouth celebrates magical writers Arianna Monet & Maya Marshall!
Limited open mic slots are available! To put your name in for lottery selection, SIGN UP HERE by August 28!
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Mouth to Mouth provides a safer community space for queer and trans folx of the global majority and rising migrant artists. We seek to uplift these voices and ask all allies to step back & show your support by cheering our performers on.
KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, essayist, cultural strategist, and A+ napper. They are the winner of the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, a winner of the 2022 Next Book Residency with Tin House, and a recipient of a 2020 James Baldwin Fellowship at MacDowell. Their second book, More Than Organs (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020) received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. They have been featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, Symphony Space, The Ford Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton, Yale, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, & more. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Colorlines, Literary Hub, Poetry Unbound, Al Jazeera, NYLON, Vogue, The Rumpus, The Lily, and elsewhere. Check out @Brownroundboi on social media.
Arianna Monet is a queer Black poet and strawberry ice cream enthusiast from eastern Massachusetts. In addition to being a 2023 Lambda Literary Fellow, Arianna is a 2022 Zoeglossia Fellow and was a member of the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team. Her work can be found with the Poetry Foundation, Split This Rock, and elsewhere.
Maya Marshall is the author of ALL THE BLOOD INVOLVED IN LOVE. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Adelphi University. Marshall cofounded underbelly, the journal on the practical magic of poetic revision. She serves as an editor-at-large for Haymarket Books.
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This event will be captioned and ASL Interpretation is provided by our friends at Pro Bono ASL.
Event Image Description: Atop a flat purple-ish red plum background is a rose pink, bright purple, and periwinkle curved wave graphic. The graphic includes bold white text that reads “MOUTH TO MOUTH SHOWCASE WITH OPEN MIC, CURATED AND HOSTED BY KAY ULANDAY BARRETT, FEATURING ARIANNA MONET & MAYA MARSHALL, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 7PM ET, ONLINE, ASL PROVIDED”. To the right of the text are three circular greyscale portraits: Kay Ulanday Barrett, a Pilipinx queer, trans, disabled poet with a round face, black coifed hair, and clear acetate glasses. They have a serious facial expression and are looking off into the distance; Adrianna Monet, a queer Black poet and performing artist with curly hair. Her mouth is slightly open showing her teeth; and Maya Marshall, a Black Chicago-based writer, editor, and poet. She has black hair that is pulled back and is smirking and looking away from the camera. She is wearing a large rectangular earring. Across the bottom of the graphic are alternating images of an open mouth and a bold, black, italicized AAWW logo.