Kit Yan

Kit Yan

 New York City, New York, USA
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Kit Yan is a nationally ranking transgender slam poet who uses poetry and humor to address political issues relating to race, class, gender, and sexuality. He is entertaining, funny, poignant, and has received glowing reviews from New York magazine, HBO, Bitch Magazine, and Curve Magazine.


Featured in HBO's Asian Aloud, Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kits work has been recently featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press.

Kits 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, the Department of Justice, and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit's poetry has been commissioned by the Census Bureau and national queer visibility campaigns such as OUTmedia and Campus Pride's joint "Be Queer Buy Queer" and "Queer It Up" campaigns.

Kit has toured internationally with Sister Spit, The Tranny Roadshow, and Good Asian Drivers. He is on both the Advocate and Campus Prides lists of recognized 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.

Knockout spoken-word!
-New York Magazine

Incredible slam poetry
- Curve Magazine

The eloquence of Kits spoken-word delivery lies in the anti-racist, anti-homophobic, gender-inclusive, language that ties his lyrics together.
- Bitch Magazine

Fierce Stories!
-Hyphen Magazine


"As We Fell" (2012)
"A Couple of Love Poems I Saved for a Time Like This" (2011) - Kit Yan live, feat. Sharon Mok
"Drive Away Home" (2009) - Good Asian Drivers
"Kit Yan - Live" (2008) - Kit Yan, feat. Melissa Li

Set List

Third Gender
26 Steps
Someday Soon
Silicon Dicks
Josh and Drake
Edwin's Poem
Queer Heartache