Poet, author, mixed-media performance artist and activist Brad Walrond was born in Brooklyn New York to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados. Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when he was commissioned to participate in a theatre production curated by Harry Belafonte. Brad soon became one of the foremost writers and performers of the 1990s Black Arts Movement centered in New York City.
Brad’s work is about nexus between virtual reality, identity formation and human consciousness at the intersection of race gender sex and desire. Time is something we move through. Time, simultaneously, is something that moves through us.
Brad explores how we experience and are impacted by historical remembered and imagined time to encourage us to identify and piece together the common and conflicting threads of our human inheritance by amplifying and interrogating the great power and contradictions inherent to identity. What we call ourselves is at once a projection of how we view ourselves, and how we are viewed, and so structures the lens through which we view our world.
As an educator, community organizer and activist Brad’s in his work has served as Assistant to the National Program Director of Pathways to Teaching Careers at Bank Street College and later as Director of Education for the HIV Treatment and Prevention Department at the Minority Task Force on AIDS; the first community-based organization in New York City to respond to the HIV pandemic targeting women and men of color and LGBTQ adults and youth of color.
Brad also served as Coalition Coordinator to a city-wide coalition of 50 organizations working with underserved LGBTQ adolescents throughout New York City. Brad’s work with marginalized and underserved populations has always been driven by an unfailing sense of compassion and a keen eye for identifying and cultivating new leaders.
Brad has collaborated with artists like Erykah Badu and Camille Brown & Dancers. Brad’s first recording is a single Underneath the Metal on the breakout spoken word compilation album Eargasms: Crucial Poetics Vol. 1 featuring among others Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Mos Def aka Yasin Bey and Saul Williams. Brad is also featured on Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe 2018 album: I Am American, produced by Vernon Reid.
Brad is a graduate of The City College of New York and he earned his M.A in Political Science from Columbia University. His first collection of prose and poems every where alien is soon to be published on Moore Black Press. Every where alien as a concept explores the variation of race-ethnic gender and sexual identities in human formation and how desire is ultimately the mechanism by which we discover and rediscover our individual and collective humanity or being-ness even as we try on and off the individual and collective identities we inherit and create for ourselves.
The themes here explores the author’s own bisexual and pansexual exploration of the world, domestic and abroad and how these experiences map onto the discovery of co-occurring and overlapping resistance movements in New York City’s underground communities. Communities like the New Black Arts Movement, the New York Ballroom Scene, and the black queer political arts and activist movements that arose in response to racism homophobia transphobia and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Brad’s poems and prose and multi-disciplinary work focus on the development of human consciousness by exploring the prisms of race, desire, identity, sacred practice, and science.