10:00 PM22:00

[SPOKEN WORD] Common Ground Awards Gala: She, the Peacebuilder

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Kelly will be presenting and performing spoken word as a part of Search for Common Ground’s Annual Common Ground Awards Gala. This year’s theme, “She, the Peacebuilder,” highlights the extraordinary contributions of women peace builders around the world. Funds from the evening will help place gender advisers in areas where Search for Common Ground works across the US, Africa, Asia, and MENA. For more info on the Common Ground Awards, .

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to Dec 31

[SCREENING] Urban Tribes Exhibit

“To Find Your Place in the World,” Kelly & animator/illustrator Ryan Hartley Smith’s award-winning animated poetry short will be screened as a part of the Urban Tribes Art Exhibit. The exhibit is scheduled for 2021 at MonTUE Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Dates TBA. For more info on MonTUE, click here.

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to Jul 5

[SCREENING] Light Year Art Exhibit

“To Find Your Place in the World,” Kelly & animator/illustrator Ryan Hartley Smith’s award-winning animated poetry short will be screened as a part of the Light Year Art Exhibit, simultaneously projected on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City (Pearl St. Triangle from dusk to 10:00 PM). For more info on Light Year,

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6:30 PM18:30

[SPOKEN WORD] Kundiman Reading & Performance Seminar

Kundiman creates a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave for our future. Kelly will be leading an interactive reading and performance seminar for this year’s Retreat. Closed to the public. For more info on Kundiman,

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to Sep 13

[SCREENING] Urban Tribes Art Exhibit

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“To Find Your Place in the World,” Kelly & animator/illustrator Ryan Hartley Smith’s award-winning animated poetry short will be screened as a part of the Urban Tribes Art Exhibit. The exhibit runs from 6/8/19-9/13/19 at the New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery. Seminar: 6/8/19 3:30-5:30 PM. Opening: 6/8/19, 8:00 PM.

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[SPOKEN WORD] Page Meets Stage: Kelly Tsai & Eileen Huang!
6:00 PM18:00

[SPOKEN WORD] Page Meets Stage: Kelly Tsai & Eileen Huang!

In Performance & Conversation 

5/2/18 | 6PM | FREE!

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In partnership with the popular New York City reading series Page Meets Stage, The Crossover is a quarterly event where fellows and writers associated with Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Apicha Community Health Center and other like-minded organizations are paired with emerging teen poets from Urban Word NYC to engage in a reading and conversation about their works. Each event will pair voices of young artists with organizations that create space for and support the work of communities underrepresented in American letters. Join us on May 2nd to spotlight these two dynamic artists! 

Eileen Huang is a senior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The Kenyon Review, and the Poetry Society of the UK. From 2015-2016, she served as one of five student poets in the National Student Poets Program, the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. She currently serves as a prose editor for TRACK//FOUR, a literary journal for writers of color. She will attend Yale University in the fall.

Kelly Tsai is an award-winning artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work as a poet has been featured at over 700 venues worldwide including the White House, Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, three seasons of HBO's "Def Poetry," HBO's "East of Main Street: Asians Aloud," MTV Iggy, and events for Gloria Steinem & Tyra Banks. Her work has been profiled by Forbes, NPR, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, NBC News, NY1, C-SPAN, HBO and more. Her short films have been screened at film fests in the US and abroad and won awards at Media That Matters & UrbanWorld VIBE. Her work as an interdisciplinary performance artist has been presented nationally and internationally via New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Museum, HERE, Ars Nova, Culture Project, Taipei Poetry Festival and more. Her artistic work spans live performance, print, screen, and new media. She is currently working on her memoir, The Invisible Word (Winner of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship 2017 - Nonfiction Literature) and a new electronic music project. She will also be a featured actress on an episode of a new HBO series premiering Summer 2018.

William Nu’utupu Giles is a fa'fafine second generation Samoan Immigrant, poet, and educator born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their work has put them on stages ranging from the San Francisco Opera House to the Kennedy Center and into classrooms from the University of Papua New Guinea to Yale University. Will was featured in the HBO documentary Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices, where they helped the Hawaii team win their first International Poetry Slam Championship; Will is also the first Pacific Islander to win the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition. Will’s poetry finds the political seeds in personal stories and crosses oceans of immigrant identity, colonization, representation, and masculinity, and their work has been featured by NBC NewsThe National Parks ServiceHBOBustleLitHub,  Button Poetry, and elsewhere.

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6:30 PM18:30

[SPOKEN WORD] Asian American Arts Alliance 35th Anniversary Benefit Celebration

>a: More Than: Asian American Arts Alliance 35th Benefit Celebration honoring Baayork Lee (2017 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award Winner) and Roberta Uno (Arts in a Changing America) featuring Shoey Sun, 2017 Jadin Wong Awardee in Choreography, Pawan Benjamin, 2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Performance. and Rob Rusli, 2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Composition. 

Kelly will be performing a poem at the celebration. 

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7:30 PM19:30


44 Charlton is the place where you’ll find a feast of music, comedy, dance, poetry, art, and more – all served up right here in our own Soho studio on the first Friday of every month. Powered by brilliant performers who call the five boroughs home, it’s a celebration of the vibrant creative life of our city.

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