In light of #Rent20, poet Kit Yan and Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer Melissa Li talk about “Interstate,” their new musical about a queer Asian band traveling across the U.S. inspired by touring the country with their band, Good Asian Drivers.
Kit Yan is an award-winning New York based spoken word artist raised in Hawaii and living in Brooklyn. Kit has been seen on television programs such as HBO’s “Asian Aloud” and PBS’ “Asian America.” Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen magazines and he has toured internationally with Sister Spit, The Trans* Roadshow, and Good Asian Drivers. Kit’s work has recently been featured in “Flicker and Spark” and “Troubling the Line” — two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press. His recent performances include two national tours of “Queer Heartache” and a performance at the Brooklyn Museum. Kit’s solo slam poetry show “Queer Heartache” was recently awarded the spirit of fringe award, artists’ pick award, and audience choice award at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival. His solo show will be produced at the 2016 Transgender Theater Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival. He has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Babson College for his contributions in activism, literary arts, and theater.
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