Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, Alan Pelaez
Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes

Spend the second to last Friday of Pride Month with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, & Alan Pelaez! Join us as we honor queer and trans voices, emphasize the importance of this month, and celebrate Kay’s first poetry collection When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope)! Featured in The Margins and a co-host of AAWW’s Mouth To Mouth Open Mic Series, Kay joins poets and performers on stage to share timely and necessary work in a transformative Spring Showcase.


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 here.

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a writer and performer. She is the author of the collection of poems and art work, Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011) and the limited edition chapbook POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013). Her second full collection of poems and artwork is YOU DA ONE (Noemi 2017, Coconut 2014). From 2010-2015, Jennif(f)er has served as the Managing Editor for Futurepoem an independent NYC press publishing contemporary poetry and prose. She is a Canto Mundo Fellow and a Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics EmergeNYC Fellow (2016).

Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pinoy poet and artist. She is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute 2016) and the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications 2015), and winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. She/Siya is a VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow, a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, to name a few. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. Check out her work featured in the Margins here.

Alan Pelaez is an alumni of VONA/Voices, and Culturestrike’s UndocuWriting. Their poetry and nonfiction essays are influenced by growing up Black, poor, queer, and undocumented. Alan has been published in Black Girl Dangerous, Fusion, A Quiet Courage, The Feminist Wire, and (Un)documenting, to name a few. In 2015, Alan was named one of “10 Poets for the Revolution” in the Best American Poetry Blog, and one of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know” by Remezcla. In their community organizing, Alan uses writing as a tool to address Complex PTSD. They have also taught 7th grade poetry, and facilitated after school writing workshops for high school youth. Alan is currently a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism, and collecting writing for an anthology centered on the realities of Black undocumented migrants.

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Queer & Trans Spring Showcase: When the Chant Comes

Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Angela Peñaredondo, Alan Pelaez
Friday, June 23, 2017
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 St 6FL
New York New York 10001
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