Kelly has just been selected as Urban Word NYC & New York Live Art’s Artist-In-Residence for 2011-2012 during New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) Inaugural Season under the joint leadership of Bill T. Jones & Carla Peterson.
As a part of the New York Live Arts’ Studio Series, Kelly will be developing a new spoken word poetry movement theater solo show. Post-show talks will be moderated by Kamilah Forbes (Hip Hop Theater Festival, Def Poetry). In-progress viewings of the solo show will be on January 20-21, 2012 at New York Live Arts. For info, click here.
Kelly will also be mentoring six youth poets in their own solo shows which will premiere at New York Live Arts in November.
Kelly’s spoken word theater project “Say You Heard My Echo” which tracks the stories of three NYC Asian American Pacific Islander women in their search for the sacred a decade after 9/11 was recently selected as a 2011 Grantee by the Asian Women Giving Circle.
In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, HBO is re-broadcasting “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud,” which features Kelly as one of 14 diverse Asian American Pacific Islander American stories. The documentary will be re-broadcast throughout the month of May 2011 from the 2nd to the 31st.
Also, HBO will be premiering Part 2 of “Asians Aloud” profiling apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Chef Anita Lo, and pro skateboarder Willy Santos. For schedule information: click here, and to watch the trailer and read the original press release, click here.
1. Real Women I Know
3. The Ballad of a Maybe Gentrifier
4. Beto, Bed-Stuy Sketch #1
5. The Confessions of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
6. Letter to Lauryn Hill
7. A Decade in Haiku
8. Weapons of Mass Creation
9. Black, White, Whatever…
10. Kindness over Genius
Kelly is one of the 14 Asian Pacific Islander Americans profiled in HBO’s ground-breaking mini-documentary, “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud.”
Join HBO as it celebrates Asian Heritage Month by presenting “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud,” a collection of stories and perspectives from a diverse group of Asian Americans – recent immigrants, 1st & 2nd generation, East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. From religion to politics, from cultural identity to ethnic identity, the documentary is an exploration into perspectives and lives of not only Asians who left their lives half a world away to come to the US, but also those who have always called America home.
Join HBO as we examine the rich, broad and unique experiences of the Asian American journey; from young to old, from East, to West.
Starting on May 3rd and continuing throughout the month, enjoy the premiere of “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud” along with the line-up of movies and short films featured HBO On Demand. You can find them all on the ”Asian Heritage” tab in the ”Movies” category.
Moving Earth Productions LLC is proud to announce that Kelly was listed as one of Angry Asian Man.Com’s “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30″ alongside individuals like Youtube.com Founder Steve Chen, student activist Lori Phanachone, special assistant to the President Eugene Kang, the Disney Channel’s Brenda Song, and more! To check out the article on Kelly on AngryAsianMan.com:
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company’s thinkTank 2009 “American Ethnic” written and performed by Usman Ally, Idris Goodwin, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, directed by Nick Sandys, opened to sold-out crowds on the first three nights of its run! “American Ethnic” was also cited as a Recommended pick by New City theater critic Nina Metz. Metz writes:
“…this is one helluva show. Three writer-performers occupy the stage like they’re standing on the ledge of a building…Ally and Tsai perform with an exuberance that draws you in; Goodwin’s energy is muted and it’s an effective counterbalance…The production has a short run—just two weekends left-with good-for-you post-show discussions scheduled after each performance. I’m sorry, but this show is too cool for that.”
To get tickets for the last two weekends, 8 shows of “American Ethnic” in Chicago 3/19-3/29, Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM, Sun. 2:30 PM, go to http://www.remybumppo.org (use discount code SLAM for $5 off online purchases) or call 773-40-GREEN (404-7336). Group discounts are available.
-PBS’ “Asian America,” the leading public television program on Asian and Asian American issues. With stand-up comic Jen Kwok. Hosted by Taiyo Na (Coming online soon!).
-Chi-Town Daily News’ “American Ethnic explores, encourages dialogue about questionable media images” by Tasneem Nomanbhai. With Usman Ally & Idris Goodwin re: thinkTANK 2009 “American Ethnic.”
-Vocalo 89.5′s “thinkTANK 2009 American Ethnic” by Brian Johnson. Featuring performance excerpts and podcast interview with Usman Ally, Idris Goodwin, & Nick Sandys re: thinkTANK 2009 “American Ethnic.”
-Boston Progress Radio Live’s “Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai at ECAASU 2009″ by Albert Liau. Featuring excerpts of Kelly’s workshop at the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference (ECAASU 2009), plus podcast interview.
Kelly will be a 2009 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, joining the ranks of over 1,000 women have been awarded a Hedgebrook residency since the Writer-in-Residence program debuted in 1988. The Hedgebrook Foundation located on Whidbey Island (thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle, situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound) invests in women writers from all over the world providing them with space and time to create significant work, in solitude and community, and by developing an international network to connect writers and audiences. Kelly will be working on her poetry manuscript, Skygirls, a collection of persona poems explore the lives, idiosyncrasies, and critical impact of diverse women of the Chinese diaspora stretched across geography, perspective, and time.
For more info on the Hedgebrook Foundation, click here.