Our 2014 Touring Artists

Kay Ulanday Barrett, 2014 Touring Artist
Kay Ulanday Barrett, 2014 Touring Artist

Kay Ulanday Barrett
Jersey City, NJ

A 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist, 2013 Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a disabled pin@y amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Based in NY/NJ, K. has featured at universities and stages internationally; Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Loft in Minneapolis to name a few. Their bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences.

K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels for NQAPIA, Forward Together, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, NQAPIA, Res Artis, and is a proud member/facilitator for The Brown Boi Project and Disability Justice Collective. He has also served on committees and advisory boards for The Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Transgender Law Center. Honors include: Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, and Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. His literary contributions can be found in Kicked Out Anthology, Windy City Queer, Filipino American Psychology, Asian Americans For Progress, POOR Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and upcoming anthology, Criptiques. K. turns art into action, dedicated to TQPOC, Asian, youth communities, and remixing his mama’s recipes. Please see his online swerve at: www.kaybarrett.net and on twitter @kulandaybarrett.

Beast Ly
San Francisco Bay Area

Beast Ly’s mediums of expression and areas of collaboration include film, repertory theater, painting, writing, and protest/street art, the sweet spot turned out to be site specific performance art and dance installation. Names of shows and artistic collaborations include: Are you there Gaga? It’s me, Mazique. (a lady gaga drag performance in an all queers of color curated by Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring), if it’s leaking it’s working, if it’s leaking i want it (with Blair Talbot, a contemporary dance on the hysterical ecstasy of menstruation), and Look at Me (a dance duet in the performance series Penny’s Big 21: queer rites of passage). Beast began working and living in the SF Bay Area in 2011, when they summer interned with the performance project Sins Invalid, doing media, PR, party planning, and promotion, returning again in summer 2012. In June 2013 they returned to live in the Bay full time.

Films about/starring Beast have gone to such film screenings as the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, “The Monstrous Series” of the MisAlt Film Festival”, the2013 Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities, and The European Film Festival. Summer Stew, directed by Aaron Richmond Havel and inspired by if it’s leaking it’s working, has gone into the vault at Periwinkle Cinema, a queer San Francisco screening series. A fan and sculptress of erotic art, you can also find the seabitch sliding around on an increasing number of places for the romantic, the dirty, and the altsy like Queerporntv, Crash Pad Series, and Indiepornrevolution. “Lame is Punk!” was Beast ly’s short lived and potentially resurrectable guest column in Maximum Rock n Roll. Beast’s performance with Mangos with Chili includes pieces from the erotic essay on bodies, sex, surgery, coming out, and coming in, “body/Horror:Yours/mine”, which is to be published in the forthcoming issue 2 of LIES through AK Press.

 Askari González, 2014 Touring Artist
Luna Merbruja, 2014 Touring Artist

Luna Merbruja
San Jose & Santa Cruz, CA

Luna Merbruja es una bruja, a magical gurl dropout, a wannabe xingona, a genderescent divinity, y a political trans woman of color. She is a poet, a mixed media artist, and the author of Trauma Queen (available here: http://publish.biyuti.com/traumaqueen/). She aspires to create films centered on queer and trans people of color. Her hobbies include online shopping, copious amounts of anime marathons, and unraveling her inner trauma healer.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, 2014 Touring Artist
Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, 2014 Touring Artist

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Oakland Based. New York Gully. Nigerian Soul.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etagheneis an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video artist and mixed-media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane.

Etaghene has rocked stages and melted microphones internationally. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a digital media project that collects the stories of LGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with both of her one-woman shows, Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA.

A mixed-media visual artist who has produced four solo art exhibitions, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop. Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos that marry film, poetry and music, has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry and independently released an album of poetry and music. Her second album of poetry, Nigerian Dyke Realness, drops in 2014. Etaghene’s first novel, For Sizakele, which addresses Queer African love, identity and inter-partner violence, will be released in 2014. For more info: http://www.myloveisaverb.com & YouTube.com/AfroCrownDiva

Monica McIntyre, 2014 Touring Artist
Monica McIntyre, 2014 Touring Artist

Monica McIntyre
New Orleans, LA

Monica McIntyre is equal parts Jamaican metaphor-laden mother and read-the-dictionary-for-fun father; a perfect writers combination. Originally from Hyattsville, MD, she began her cello career in classical studies; honing her craft through private lessons and orchestral ensembles with the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra (DCYO). After graduating from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, Monica migrated to Philadelphia, PA to study Fashion Design at Drexel University. In 1999 she earned a BA from the Nesbitt College of Design Arts.

Living in the city of Brotherly Love, where she was immersed in: Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, and World Music; brought her back to her first love, music. In October 2003 she released her debut album Blusolaz — a collection of original songs which fused the genres of Blues, Soul and Jazz. Bars of Gold, her first single, was released in August 2005. Monica has been featured at numerous events throughout the world most notably: Soul Sista’s Jukejoint (GA) 2005, The 215 Festival (PA) 2005, Sistahood Celebration (Vancouver) 2008, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA) 2008 & 2009, The Black Women’s Art Festival (PA) 2009, Sisterspace (MD) 2009, Ladyfest New Orleans (LA) 2010 & 2011, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (LA) 2013, and The French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013. Most recently Monica was a featured artist on the online International music show “Balcony TV”.

In November 2010, Monica relocated to New Orleans, LA and became immediately involved in the thriving local music community. She joined forces with singer-songwriters Lynn Drury and Margie Perez forming The Honeypots, an acoustic women-led group which beautifully blends genres, original songs and harmonies. Their debut album Something Sweet was released in April 2011 on the ThreadHead Record label. The Honeypots have had immediate success being nominated for The Best of The Beat Awards 2013 and landing coveted spots on the Abita stage of the French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013 and the Lagniappe stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (LA) 2013.


Julio Salgado
Berkeley, CA

Julio Salgado is the Art Director of Dreamers Adrift, a creative project documenting the struggles of undocumented youth. He arrived in California from Mexico in 1995 when he was 11 years old, and became undocumented as a child when he overstayed his visa. Julio is a leader in implementing cultural organizing tactics in the immigrant rights movement, and believes that we (undocumented people) should be leaders in documenting our history. He has a bachelors degree in journalism from California State University and is riding the bus because “[he] want[s] to make sure other folks know we have to come out and not be afraid.”

Cherry Galette
Cherry Galette

Ms. Cherry Galette

Ms. Cherry Galette is a movement artist, choreographer, queer showgirl, performance artist and producer who has earned recognition for creating movement narratives exploring race, power, empire, migration, queer bodies in diaspora, and for presenting genre pushing work based in sultry, sacred, and profane fusions of traditional dance forms and song with queer story, burlesque and cabaret. Cherry’s performance is a collision – a crossroads of era, tradition, and place – evoking elements of the cosmopolitan cabarets of the golden age of Middle Eastern and Latin American dance, the legacy of movement passed down in women’s kitchens and salons, and the energy, joy, and enthusiasm of collective street dance.

She has has captivated, delighted, roused and stunned audiences on stages across the Americas from La Habana to Montreal, including La UNEAC, Teatro el Sotano (La Habana, Cuba), Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Tipitina’s, One Eyed Jack’s (New Orleans), Palace of Fine Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brava Theater (SF), Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), Juste Por Rire (Montreal), Columbia City Theater, (Seattle), Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, The Knitting Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, WOW (New York), over 28 universities, as well as burlesque and cabaret stages in cities all over North America.

Ms. Galette has danced with some of the Bay Area’s most noted dance ensembles, is proud to have been an Oakland Tribune Timeout covergirl, and has also been featured in Oakland Local, Bitch, Make/Shift, San Francisco Bay Guardian, the SF Chronicle, and other independent media across the US. Cherry was raised by a family of legendary music makers, performers and innovators who centered song and dance as tools for transmitting hope, history, revolt, and the ability transform and lift heavy hearts. She is proud to continue her family’s work by giving audiences quality dance and burlesque performance based in roots of resistance, tradition, and inherited movement and musical legacy. Cherry’s work is grounded in the transformative power of story to make change, creating accessible, community oriented theater and performance, and putting movement and music back in the bodies of the people through creating a dance movement that encompasses all experiences, ages, genders, and bodies. For info on recent projects, please visit http://www.mscherrygalette.com.

Leah, photo credit Naty Tremblay 2014

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Oakland, unceded and occupied Mississauga of New Credit territory, Toronto.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan cis femme writer, performer, transformative and disability justice organizer and psychic tarot card reader. The author of the 2012 Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Letters Lived, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.  She is part of the Allied Media Conference family and a member of the Badass Visionary Healers.

A lead artist with Sins Invalid and an educator with June Jordan’s UC Berkeley’s Poetry for the People, in 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future” and is one of the the 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105. She has taught, performed and lectured across North America, Sri Lanka and Australia and co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. She is currently completing her memoir, Dirty River, a third book of poetry, Bodymap, and a writer’s manual, Writing the World, to be published by AK Press in 2014. brownstargirl.org

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