Discipline: Literature – poetry

Kay Ulanday Barrett

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Jersey City, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @Brownroundboi is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. Their second book, More Than Organs (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020) received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. They are a three-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and two-time Best of the Net Nominee. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Bitch Media, Colorlines, Asian American Literary Review, Al Jazeera English, NYLON, Vogue, The Rumpus, Frontier Poetry, and more. Currently, they remix their mama’s recipes and live in Jersey City with their jowly dog.

While at MacDowell, they wrote and revised poems for their third collection of poetry as well as worked on a collection of essays entitled Eat Good For Me. Barrett was a Lambda Literary 2018 Writer-In-Residence and 2019 Best of the Net Nominee by Split This Rock.



Kay Ulanday Barrett worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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