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Hard Hat Reading: Kay Ulanday Barrett

Poet, essayist, and cultural strategist Kay Ulanday Barrett reads Mejdulene B. Shomali’s “I Keep Waking Up in America,” plus their own poem “Said the tourmaline around your neck,” dedicated to the Anti-Violence Project & Prism Arts Group.

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, a James Baldwin Fellowship at MacDowell, and most recently in 2023, residencies at Baldwin for the Arts and Millay Arts awarded by Lambda Literary. 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 featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, The Whitney, The MoMA, Symphony Space, The Ford Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, & more. Their contributions are found in The New York TimesPoetry MagazineColorlines, Literary Hub, The AdvocatePoetry Unbound, Split This Rock, Al Jazeera, NYLONVogue, The Rumpus, The Lily, and elsewhere. For more info: & @Brownroundboi on social media.

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