Queer Heartache (Trans Genre Press 2016)



Chicago Fringe Spirit of Fringe

Chicago Fringe Audience Choice

Chicago Fringe Artists Choice Award

San Fran Fringe Best of Fringe

San Fran Fringe Volunteer's Choice



Troubling the Line

Glitter and Grit


Original Plumbing

Asian American Literary Review

Flicker and Spark

Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is an Asian-American Brooklyn based artist by the way of Hawaii.

Kit's theater work includes INTERSTATE: a new musical with Melissa Li (terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading), QUEER HEARTACHE (The I.D. Festival at the American Repertory Theater, IRT Theater, Chicago Fringe, Transgender Theater Festival at the Brick Theater, San Francisco Fringe), and AI WEI WEI: ACCORDING TO WHAT (Brooklyn Museum).

Kit’s poetry has been commissioned by CHANG(E) at HERE Arts, the Census Bureau, OUTmedia, and Campus Pride. Their first solo poetry show and book QUEER HEARTACHE won the Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the Chicago Fringe Festival and is published by TransGenre Press (2016).

Kit’s work has received recognition from Campus Pride, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the OUTmusic awards.  Kit holds a B.S. from Babson College and is a nationally touring artist whose poetry and performances have been reviewed by New York Magazine, Bitch, Hyphen, and Curve Magazines . Kit is currently working on a theatrical poetry investigation that has been supported by a fellowship from the Civilians R&D Group. It focuses on the effect of testosterone on transgender bodies aiming to disrupt common transgender narratives that reinforce binary happiness and the “born into the wrong body” story.


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kit has performed all over america!


kit has performed all over america!


Kit has performed at:

HBO's Asian's Aloud

Yale University

Wellesley College

Columbia University

NQAPIA Conference

Harvard University 

NY Trans Theater Festival

Chicago Fringe Festival

Brooklyn Museum

The New England Queer People of Color Conference

True Colors Youth Conference

Arizona State University

Pacific Lutheran University

University of Arizona

East Meets West Bookstore

And more!


View more of Kit's poems here.


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