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!

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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