Spring Craft Intensive: Kay Ulanday Barrett


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HYBRID ASSEMBLAGE: Poetry and Performance Possibilities
Sunday, June 18
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM PST/ 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Understanding hybrid approaches to poetry means to embrace critical strategies beyond the literary norms of writing. Here, the building of poems will be like the construction of a mixtape, a curated and connected composition. Poems innovated by multiple forms of artwork and connective physical experience can magnify our impact. Collectively, we will read, write and share work, pushing our own multiple tool kits that emphasize poetry as method, as interrogation, as performance, as praxis. This session will incorporate theater, performance, writing exercises, and encourage us to polish our emotional and connective landscape. This is generative intensive will also include readings, video study, sound study, and discussion.

BIO: 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 and a recipient of a 2020 James Baldwin Fellowship Award 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 received fellowships from VONA Voices, Monson Arts, Macondo, and The Lambda Literary Review. They have featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Museum, Dodge Poetry, The Poetry Foundation, The School of the Arts Institute, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, & more. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Magazine, Colorlines, Asian American Literary Review, The Advocate, Al Jazeera, NYLON, Vogue, The Rumpus, The Lily, VIDA Review, and elsewhere. Currently, they serve as a co-curator at The Asian American Writer’s Workshop.