Kelly Tsai is an award-winning artist, writer, filmmaker, and music artist/producer based in Brooklyn. Her memoir-in-progress, The Invisible Word, won the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Non-Fiction Literature and has been nominated for the 2019 New York Community Trust Ellen Levine Prize. Her work as a spoken word poet has been featured at over 700 venues worldwide including the White House under Obama, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and multiple times on HBO. She is an alum of the Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and VONA writing workshops and residencies. Her work has been profiled by Forbes, NPR, and other outlets. Her award-winning short films have screened in the US and abroad, and her interdisciplinary performances have been presented in the US and abroad including Brooklyn Museum and the Taipei Poetry Festival. She has been recently selected as a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective to develop her feature film and music video projects. @kellytsai_nyc, kellytsai.com.
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