Kelly Tsai is an award-winning spoken word poet, theater artist, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been featured at over 700 performances worldwide including the White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Apollo Theater, HBO’s “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud ”and HBO’s “Def Poetry.” She's been honored as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Non-Fiction Literature for her memoir-in-progress The Invisible Word (2017),a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women (2016), an "Asian American Poet to Watch" by NBCNews.com (2015), and a National Leader Awardee by Americorps Alums (2014-2015). She is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants (Taipei & Tainan). She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Double B.A., High Honors in Urban Planning and Comparative Literature.
Poet in Residence
Kelly Tsai is a Taiwanese American, and an award-winning writer, performer, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is very aware of the history of Taiwan. Her works are in different formats, and are in the same spirit of the “Poetry with Diversity” that Festival has aimed for. In this residency, Kelly is connecting with the literary circle of Taiwan for the first time sharing her creative process and theater performances.
Poet in Residence Recites Songs and Poems
Tuesday, Sep 26, 19:30 @ Nadou Theatre
Kelly Tsai is a renowned performance poet in the US, and has been featured at over 700 venues worldwide. She successfully incorporates poetry in different art forms, and won great receptions. Her achievements also earned her status as a well-recognized Asian-American women figure, and many arts prizes. Chu Yueh-hsin has been known as a leading artist in creating original protesting songs in Taiwanese language. This meet is not only between poetry and songs, but also a clash between poetry and reality
Poetry Theatre: Formosa
Friday, Sep 29 & Saturday, Sep 30, 19:30 @ Nadou Theatre
Formosa is a one person poetry show that received a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and has been on stage in different variations since 2012. What initially started as a curiosity about the history of Barbie doll manfuacturing in Taishan, Taiwan turned into a larger poetic meditation of Kelly's own experiences as an Asian American woman growing up in the U.S. negotiating issues of culture, beauty, body image, and sexism. The show is a series of poems that range from the life of the creator of the Barbie doll to the views of Asian factories by Westerners to the effects of the internet and social media on female beauty and even the impact of Barbie's legacy on Hillary Clinton and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Each poem is introduced by Kelly's direct address to the audience bringing the poems to life in real time.
＊In English with Chinese subtitle
Note on Tickets：Tickets are required for the performance “Poetry Theatre: Formosa,” free but reservations are required. 1 ticket per person can be reserved starting on Sep 20.
Tickets available @ KKTIX