MORE THAN ORGANS: Book Launch Reading + PRIDE Celebration
Featuring Kay Ulanday Barrett alongside Ashna Ali, Jimena Lucero, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Rajiv Mohabir, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Natalie Sharp, Eddie Maisonet, & Jubi Arriola-Headley with ASL by Brandon Kazen-Maddox.
Join us for a Book launch & PRIDE Celebration of Kay Ulanday Barrett‘s second book, More Than Organs published by Sibling Rivalry Press. What better way to usher Kay’s new arrival than to celebrate the dynamic and beautiful work of Queer, Non-Binary, and Transgender poets! For this event we are highlighting & fundraising for the TRANSgrediendo Intercultural Collective a nationally recognized bilingual and multicultural movement that defends and promotes the human rights of the diverse Trans* and gender-diversity identity populations in the United States.
A love letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans futures, Kay Ulanday Barrett’s More Than Organs questions “whatever wholeness means” for bodies always in transit, for the safeties and dangers they silo. These poems remix people of color as earthbenders, replay “the choreography of loss” after the 2015 Pulse shooting, and till joy from the cosmic sweetness of a family’s culinary history. Barrett works “to build / a shelter // of / everyone / [they] meet,” from aunties to the legendary Princess Urduja to their favorite air sign. More Than Organs tattoos grief across the knuckles of its left hand and love across the knuckles of its right, leaving the reader physically changed by the intensity of experience, longing, strength, desire, and the need, above all else, to survive. Kay will be joined by Ashna Ali, Jimena Lucero, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Rajiv Mohabir, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Natalie Sharp, Eddie Maisonet, & Jubi Arriola-Headley with ASL by Brandon Kazen-Maddox.