Queer Heartache – Poems


Editing/Layout: Simone Wolff
Cover Art: Jess X. Chen
Published: April 2016
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-9851105-2-9
ISBN e-book: 978-0-9851105-3-6
LOC: 2016939098
70 pgs. Paperback

Queer Heartache is a full length poetry collection adapted from Kit Yan’s award-winning one-person slam poetry theater show with the same name. Kit’s poetry explores his identity as transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii, while asking what queer hearts and families are made of and interrogating the forces that are constantly working to break them apart. Queer Heartache is a testament to the resilience of queer love in all its forms—between cis and trans siblings, lovers, pride parade attendees, and many more—in the face of heartbreaking barriers everywhere from the dating pool to the medical establishment. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, wondered how your pets self-identify, or wanted to tell someone your gender is none of their business, this book is for you. So wrap yourself in a rainbow and enjoy the ride.

What People Are Saying about Queer Heartache

funny, emotional, and serious all at the same time

-St. Olaf College

Many students noted how you talked about painful and complex emotions that we often lack words to describe.

-Yale University

Personable, engaging, provocative, and powerful!

-True Colors LGBT Youth Conference

Kit has a way of approaching very difficult topics with a perfect balance of humor and candor.

-Washington University in St. Louis

Kit Yan is an award-winning queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit’s solo slam poetry show Queer Heartache recently won the Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice awards at the Chicago Fringe Festival.