‘i want to find the place where my fear ends and your body begins”
KAI CHENG THOM aka LADY SIN TRAYDA is a fiery writer, performer, spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. A little Chinese grrl with a big, lipsticked mouth, her words pack a revolutionary punch that takes the fight right to the heart of expectation, stereotyping, and all kinds of oppression. Lady Sin and her alter-egos have traveled across Canada to bring poetic performances to pages and stages from her hometown of Vancouver to her current haunts in Montreal. She has featured at such venues as the Vancouver Poetry Slam, the Throw Poetry Collective, Montreal’s Radical Queer Semaine, and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, competing as a finalist at the Verses International Poetry Festival 2012. 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 has been widely published as an essayist and poet. She is currently a Feature Writer at Everyday Feminism. Her work also appears in xoJane, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Youngist. She was a a featured columnist on race, sexuality, and gender at The McGill Daily for two years running. Her poetry has appeared in, Matrix Magazine, ditch, OutWrite: A Queer Review, and What If? Magazine, as well as the anthology Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets.
She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from McGill University, and is the co-founder of Monster Academy Montreal, a radical mental health initiative for youth.