Kit Yan Biography

Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii.  Kit performs theatrical slam poetry pieces about his life as a queer, transgender, and Asian American through stories about family, love, and social justice. Kit has been seen on television programs such as HBO’s Asian Aloud, PBS’ Asian America and MYX TV. His recent performances include headliner at the True Colors Youth Conference, headliner at the New England Queer People of Color Conference, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Kit’s 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, and numerous international slam poetry stages.  Kit’s 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.

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


“Kit has a way of approaching very difficult topics with a perfect balance of humor and candor.”

-Washington University in St. Louis

“Personable, engaging, provocative, and powerful!”

-True Colors LGBT Youth Conference

“Very positive experience. Even students who do not identify as a sexual or gender minority enjoyed the performance.” -Albion College

“The students who were able to attend had nothing but positive feedback. A few of the students from the writing workshop said they had never been challenged to write like that before, and plan on continuing their writing. One our our students even started a blog just for their new found passion of Spoken Word.”

-Rutgers University

“It was a great experience and brought a lot of issues that people don't usually think about to light. It was funny, emotional, and serious all at the same time, which a lot of people liked.”

-St. Olaf College

“Many students noted how you talked about painful and complex emotions that we often lack words to describe.” -Yale University

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2014/2015 Dates:

June 11: Feel It, Speak It, Boston Pride, Milky Way Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA, 9pm.

June 24: Cipher Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theater, Toronto, 8pm. 

June 25: University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 7pm.

August 6-9: NQAPIA National Conference, Chicago, IL.

August 19-21: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

September 1-13: Chicago Fringe Festival, Chicago, IL.

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