Join us at AAWW for an evening of eco-feminist poetry that navigates time travel, queer resilience, migrant justice, love, trauma, fantasy, and indigenous survivance featuring Jess X. Chen, Demian DinéYazhi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ficara McDoom, Ceci Pineda.
This is the homecoming show of SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary poetry of Chinese-American migrant artist JESS X SNOW and Indigenous Diné artist Demian DinéYazhi founder of RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. We are blessed that this show will be joined by a powerhouse of NYC-based queer poets of color. Bring $ for zines, prints, and merch magic.
Solastalgia (n.) is the pain experienced when the place that one lives and one loves is under immediate threat.
Demian DinéYazhi aka @heterogenoushomosexual is a Portland-based transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Táb??há (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) & Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water) of the Diné (Navajo). His work is best understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, and art production. Demian’s artwork and writing is a continual inquiry into Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology and has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally.
Sonia Guiñansaca aka @thesoniag 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. She is the co-founder of some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country, coordinating and participating in groundbreaking civic actions in the immigrant rights movement. She has emerged as a national leader in the undocumented migrant artistic and political communities.
Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, 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. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities.
Jess X. Chen aka @jessxchen is a queer filmmaker, multi-disciplinary artist/activist and nationally-touring poet. After the Cultural Revolution, her parents immigrated from rural Nanchang, China to Canada in 1989. Her work exposes narratives of colonial trauma, diasporic love and collective protest. Through film, mural-making, poetry and education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own.
Cecilia Pineda is an organizer, educator, and cultural worker based in Brooklyn, New York. They are dedicated to climate justice and queer and trans people of color liberation. Through their creative work, they strive to scaffold a space that transcends borders, and connects us with our spirits, each other, ancestors, earth, and/or universe. They have held these spaces in community spaces throughout New York City, including the Audre Lorde Project, the Hattie Carthan Community Garden, Make The Road New York, the Ya Ya Network, and more. They are committed to using their music and poetry for healing and movement work.
Ficara McDoom breathes in her square of space in New York, New York as a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is a member of the 2015 and 2016 Barnard/Columbia Poetry Slam Team. She is Connecticut Based. New York Gully. Pisces/Aries Cusp. Indo-Caribbean Soul. Her skin is colorful, like her tongue and she was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane When she is not writing, she is listening to Billie Holiday, watching foreign films, and buying calla lilies. As a Queer artist of color, McDoom is inspired by the strength of womyn, the artistry of mother earth and the cosmos, the necessity of revolution and the beauty of liberation.