Queer Longings and Longevity: A Workshop
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Queer Longings and Longevity: A Workshop

4 Sessions, 2 Hours
Mondays, January 22nd – February 12th
Fees & Payment Options: $150-$250 Sliding Scale
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 17th, 2018

**Note: tickets are listed on Eventbrite as “donation” in order to enable the sliding scale function. Please note that your registration is not confirmed unless you have paid a registration fee.
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Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop engages in the spirit of performance, reading, and content development. Together, we examine and chart poetry methods that center Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming poetry of Color. A keen focus will include vital work of Sick, Disabled, Migrant, and working class/poor perspectives.

Class Description:

“Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing.”
— José Esteban Muñoz.

Understanding our lineage as QTPOC is critical to innovating our own writing and creative forces. Collectively, we will read, write and share work, pushing our own multiple tool kits that emphasize poetry as method, as interrogation, as praxis. This four-session workshop will incorporate theater, performance, writing exercises, and encourages us to polish our emotional practice that embraces an accessible and thriving practice of writing and witness. The space is for Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. We ask that white allies and writers do not attend sessions as it is critical for BIPOC to develop space, trust, and craftsmanship together. If Non-Queer/Transgender/GNC people aim to attend, please understand the material and participation engaged will center distinctly QTPOC perspectives and straight allies are asked to move back on participation within the sessions.

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.
*There is no ASL interpretation available for this event. The event will be facilitated in English with multi-lingual experiences encouraged and there will not be language translation available.
*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.

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Queer Longings and Longevity: A Workshop

Kay Ulanday Barrett
Monday, January 22, 2018
6:30 PM
$0.00
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th Street, STE 600
New York NY 10001
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