‘i want to find the place where my fear ends and your body begins”

CONTACT Kai Cheng for an interview or booking: kaichengthom@gmail.com 



Currently working on: I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVEa collection of essays on love and forgiveness in the sociopolitical apocalypse, due from Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2019.

KAI CHENG THOM is a writer, performer, lasagna lover, and wicked witch.  She lives and dreams from the unceded Indigenous territories that make up colonial-era Canada.  A prolific poet, fiction writer, and essayist, her published book-length works include the award-winning Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir (Metonymy Press), a place called No Homeland (Arsenal Pulp Press), and From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea (Arsenal Pulp Press).

She has featured as a performer at such venues including Verses International Poetry Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Word on the Street Toronto, the Blue Metropolis Festival, and numerous other literary festivals.  She has also completed the Spoken Word Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the ARISE Residency at Eventual Ashes Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Kai Cheng is deeply experienced arts facilitator and workshop provider.  She combines her knowledge of mental health, arts-based community organizing, and writing in order to provide arts education that nourishes the creative soul as well as technical skill.


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2 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. I love your work, especially your piece: Not Born This way. I’m a lesbian social work professor at san Jose State University and am writing a manuscript on working with Latinos/as. I have a chapter on the LGBTTQ client/community, and would like to translate your piece and included in the manual. Please advise. You make us proud. Thanks. Best wishes.

  2. Hello Kai, I had the good fortune to meet you today at the Calgary GSA conference. I introduced myself and thanked you on behalf of my students who LOVED YOU, as did I. I have recommended you to the national CCPA call for speakers committee in ST. John’s Nfld 2017. I hope you don’t mind! To counsellors and psychotherapists from around the world, you wld be most helpful!! Thank you for your grand self! Warm regards, Tracie Lovatt

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