Kit Yan is an award-winning queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit’s solo slam poetry show Queer Heartache recently won the Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice awards at the Chicago Fringe Festival.
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, and the Brooklyn Museum.
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, and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit’s work has been featured in Flicker and Spark, Troubling the Line, and Glitter and Grit, three 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.
Kit has a way of approaching very difficult topics with a perfect balance of humor and candor.
-Washington University in St. Louis
Personable, engaging, provocative, and powerful!
-True Colors LGBT Youth Conference
Very positive experience. Even students who do not identify as a sexual or gender minority enjoyed the performance.
The students who were able to attend had nothing but positive feedback. A few of the students from the writing workshop said they had never been challenged to write like that before, and plan on continuing their writing. One our our students even started a blog just for their new found passion of Spoken Word.
It was a great experience and brought a lot of issues that people don’t usually think about to light. It was funny, emotional, and serious all at the same time, which a lot of people liked.
-St. Olaf College
Many students noted how you talked about painful and complex emotions that we often lack words to describe.