Gabriel, Kay

Kay Gabriel (c) Tess Mayer

Kay Gabriel, born 1993 in Ottawa, is a New York-based poet and essayist. Together with Andrea Abi-Karam, Gabriel published We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). After that, two books of her poetry have been published in quick succession: ‘Kissing Other People or the House of Fame’ (Rosa Press 2021) and ‘A Queen in Bucks County’ (Nightboat Books, 2022). Gabriel is also a classical philologist who studies historical materialism, aesthetics and utopia using Euripides adaptations as examples.

Festival Content

POETRY TALK: Julian Talamantez Brolaski & Kay Gabriel

And Hallooo Transmagnified Body!

Clubraum 7/5 € | Tickets

Few poets have explored the possibilities of U.S. American English in the last 15 years more persistently and imaginatively than Julian Talamantez Brolaski (born 1978 in La Jolla) and Kay Gabriel (born 1993 in Ottawa).



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You Are Dazzled By Their Murmurations

Kleines Parkett 8/6 € | Tickets


Reading and discussion with Kemi Alabi, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Kay Gabriel and Eileen Myles

U.S. American poets Kemi Alabi, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Kay Gabriel and Eileen Myles radically explore the boundaries of poetic language. In seeking to express marginalized perspectives and experiences, they question received wisdom, familiar patterns, common attributions, and powers of representation and interpretation. In their texts, these poets deconstruct existing linguistic material and reassemble it, breaking it down into component parts to expand and transform what language can achieve. Words and phrases are reinvented, the familiar and the archaic are incorporated, and completely new descriptive possibilities are forged. On this evening, the authors will read from their poems and speak about fluid identities, poetry, and re-describing the world.


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