Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Releases New Album

Readers may remember back in 2008 when we featured a spoken word Youtube video “Black, White, Whatever…” by artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai that tackled identity politics and the presidential election.

Well, Tsai, a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based, Chinese Taiwanese American has just released her second spoken word album, Further She Wrote, via Bandcamp (http://kellytsai.bandcamp.com/album/further-she-wrote), which features “Black, White, Whatever…” and other poems like “Real Women I Know,” “Letter to Lauryn Hill,” and “The Confessions of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai” (which explores the politics of monogamy as inspired/provoked by Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It”).

The eleven poems are “Name Your Own Price” ( = free) through the end of January 2011, so I do hope that you all check it out.

Tsai is talented feminist artist with a message, and it’s a pleasure to support her work. She’s been called “raw, evocative, insightful” and “a contemporary visionary who is helping to change the world, one poem at a time.” I agree, and I hope you’re as inspired by her work as I am. Maybe I’ll even use some of this winter vacation time to do some creative writing!

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