Live Poetry: Queer Heartache Summer Tour Featuring Kit Yan and Jess X Chen

Published Gaby Gross - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:02pm

Join award-winning queer Asian-American poets, Kit Yan and Jess X. Chen on the Queer Heartache Summer Tour. Combining oceanic laughter, the violence of heartbreak, and the sorrow lost in translation between generations of diaspora, their collective shows inspires a capacity for both vulnerability and radical joy that is large enough for all of us. Their work shows us that if heartbreak can wound crevasses larger than the systems that create them, then we also have the infinite resilience to dream of their healing. Queer Heartache shows that queer survival is deserving of an evening-length show filled with a rainbow of colors beyond the borders of imagination. Together, they turn the blank page, the empty stage, the queer body into a portal to the heaven this world never gave them.

 

Kit Yan is a transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii and an award-winning slam poet and performer. His work has been featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line, as well as Vetch, Original Plumbing, and elsewhere. His first full-length solo slam poetry show, Queer Heartache, has toured around the country and was featured in last year's Chicago Fringe Festival, where it was awarded the spirit of fringe award, artists’ pick award, and audience choice award at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival. This spring, Queer Heartache was published as a poetry collection through Trans-Genre Press, and this summer, the show will come to the NYC Trans Poetry Festival and San Francisco Fringe.

Watch Kit’s performance at the first annual Transgender Theatre Festival here.

 

JESS X SNOW is a queer Asian American artist/activist, filmmaker and nationally-touring poet and performer. Her work exposes narratives of diasporic time travel, intimacy and collective protest by connecting the traumas between the queer and colored body and the body of the Earth. Her artwork has appeared in the The LA Times, The Huffington Post, The UN Human Rights Council and on indoor and outdoor walls throughout the US. She has performed her poetry on stages, TEDx conferences, backyards and rooftops nationwide. Through film, mural-making, youth 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.

Watch Jess’ performance at TEDxCUNY here.

Cost: 
$3-$15 Sliding Scale
When:
Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-$15 Sliding Scale