Friday, Feb 14 | 4:30 PM EST | Miller Auditorium
Named one of "9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know" by Vogue, Kay Ulanday Barrett (aka @Brownroundboi) is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. K has featured at The Lincoln Center, The UN, Symphony Space, Princeton University, Tucson Poetry Festival, NY Poetry Festival, The Dodge Poetry Foundation, The Hemispheric Institute, and Brooklyn Museum. They are a 2x Pushcart Prize nominee, Best of the Net Split This Rock 2019 nominee, and 2019 Queeroes Literary Honoree by Them.+ Condé Nast. They received fellowships and residencies from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, Monson Arts, and Macondo. They have been guest editor for Nat.Brut and guest faculty for The Poetry Foundation. They have served on boards and committees for the following: The Audre Lorde Project, Transgender Law Center, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The Leeway Foundation, Res Artis, and the TransJustice Funding Project. Their contributions are found in Academy of American Poets, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, Race Forward, NYLON, The Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, and more. Their first book, When The Chant Comes, was published by Topside Press in 2016. More Than Organs, published by Sibling Rivalry Press, is their second collection. Currently, Kay lives outside of NYC area with his jowly dog and remixes his mama's recipes whenever possible.
Saturday, Feb 15 | 5:00 PM EST | Miller Auditorium
Kat Blaque is an Animator, Illustrator and Youtuber from Southern California who has been openly blogging about her life for the past 10+ years on Youtube. She playfully refers to herself as “intersectionality salad” as she embodies various identities and experiences. As a black woman, she is invested in starting conversations about white supremacy and how it’s impacted her own life as well as various others. As a Trans woman, she believes that speaking about her growth and acceptance of self is vital in a world where trans people aren’t seen as valid and their possibilities are often seen as limited. She currently contributes to Everyday Feminism, Pride.com, the Huffington Post and has appeared on Buzzfeed, MTV News and MTV’s Decoded."
Sunday, Feb 16 | 10:30 AM EST | Miller Auditorium
Saeed Jones is an essential author as well as a powerful voice in the world of literary activism, and his writing often takes on questions of identity. Formerly a major contributor at Buzzfeed, he shaped his platform into a tool for social awareness with his no-holds-barred personality. His poems engage themes of intimacy, race and power, and often incorporate elements of mythology. In a 2014 interview for PEN America, Jones stated, “I’m obsessed with manhood as a brutal and artful performance. My mind always finds its way back to the crossroad where sex, race, and power collide. Journeys, transformation as well as dashed attempts to transform, fascinate me as well.”
Friday, Feb 14 | 8:00-10:30 PM EST | Bernhard Center Ballrooms
Open Mic Night, hosted by Great Dane
Attendees are encouraged to sign up! Participants must provide their own instruments, poems, pieces, or other necessary equipment for their performance. MBLGTACC provides two microphones, cables, and a DI box.
Saturday, Feb 15 | 8:00-10:30 PM EST | Bernhard Center Ballroom
I.B.S Productions presents: The MBLGTACC 2020 Drag Show
Featuring: Fay Ludes, Cyber Larose, and Oliver Woodstock
Hosted by: Irita B. Syndrome and Lady Gapenhole
Doors open at 8:00 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm.