Kitty Tsui

Kitty Tsui is an activist, poet, artist, actor, and bodybuilder. In 1983 she became the first Chinese American lesbian to publish a book with her collection of poetry and prose WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE.

Inspired by the historic student strikes, she attended college at San Francisco State. “I wanted to be part of this movement that was beginning.” 

In the 70’s, she helped establish San Francisco’s AAPI lesbian movement, and performed in one-act plays with feminist literary groups. In the 80’s Tsui became a competitive bodybuilder, winning bronze in the 1986 San Francisco Gay Games and winning gold in the 1990 Vancouver Gay Games. She wrote two more books, has written for many magazines, and her poetry has been featured in over 35 anthologies.