Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit performs entertaining and educational theatrical slam poetry pieces about his life as a queer, transgender, and Asian American through stories about family, love, and social justice. Kit has been seen on television programs such as HBO’s Asian Aloud, PBS’ Asian America and MYX TV. His recent performances include headliner at the True Colors Youth Conference, headliner at the New England Queer People of Color Conference, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen. His poetry has been taught all over the world and he has been seen on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, the Department of Justice, and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit’s work has been recently featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press.
Kit has toured internationally with Sister Spit, The Tranny Roadshow, and Good Asian Drivers. He is on both the Advocate and Campus Pride’s lists of top LGBT speakers.
Some fun facts: Kit is the first ever Mr. Transman, and when he isn't performing he is eating ramen, playing ukulele, and talking story.
“Knockout spoken-word!-New York Magazine
“Incredible slam poetry”- Curve Magazine
“The eloquence of Kit’s spoken-word delivery lies in the anti-racist, anti-homophobic, gender-inclusive, language that ties his lyrics together.”- Bitch Magazine
“Fierce Stories!”-Hyphen Magazine
Creating Safer & Affirming Spaces for LGBTQ Students of Color Through Slam Poetry
Bring Kit to your campus this year for National Coming Out month (Oct) and Trans* Awareness month (Nov.)
He'll br performing an hour long slam poetry show with many new poems telling stories from his life as a queer and transgender Asian American. He's looking for opportunities to perform at colleges and universities to spark dialogue on LGBT and Queer social justice and the intersections of race and ethnicity in order to create safer and more affirming campuses.
In addition to his show, hewill be facilitating both open-level and advanced slam poetry workshops for students interested in using slam poetry as a form of art and activism. Part of his work as an artist, is teaching what he knows about slam poetry to folks who are searching for an outlet to tell their own stories of living on the margins, struggling for acceptance, and questions of identity.