DialogueUP! - Alex Kime

DialogueUP! · Episode 3: featuring Alex Kime on the state of U-M, art, and dialogue

Allie Lopez
Hello, everyone, welcome back to dialogue, a podcast that looks at what's up with dialogue in the real world. I'm your host Allie Lopez, and I use the pronouns she her and hers. In the studio Today we have with us the lovely Alex Kime, a current masters of Social Work student who has been involved with the program on intergroup relations for the past five years. Alex uses the pronouns they them and theirs, and is currently studying social policy and evaluation with a minor in community organizing here in Michigan. And they definitely have a finger on the pulse of social justice going on at this university. Not to mention their good friend of mine and alum of IGR and the Common Ground program. Alex, it's so great to have you here.

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It's sweet to be here. Thank you so much. I certainly have I would say that I have a pulse and a perspective among amongst m…

The Millennial Death Race? - Alex Kime

Q: "What do think of the term Millennial Malaise; what would be your malaise?"
Alex Kime- "What comes to my mind is ‘angst’. Sometimes I classify that as dissonance — ideas in your head that just don’t quite make sense. Liberty and justice for all, but housing isn’t guaranteed, healthcare isn’t guaranteed…? To be alive at this time as young adults and taking stock of the world where we see how the people who have been in power have really done all that they can to mess with the world. There has been choice after choice, opportunity after opportunity, to prioritize people over profits, longterm over short-term; and we’ve squandered those opportunities. That is why I love to validate the angst of my students, myself and my peers: We should be angry, we should be more than a little messed up by this!"

Q: "The Millennial Death Race?"

Alex Kime- "Seeing company bailouts being prioritized over the Flint Water crisis. To take in all of this contrasting informa…

More pictures from when Alex Kime was just an awkward baby queer

"I'm convinced fashion forgot itself a decade ago"

"Honestly still a mood af"

Polo and suspenders? It's called fashion, look it up sweeite

Even bending my knees I'm still a suspender giant.

Strike a pose? Well sure, ok sounds good.

Remember when we use to feel ok sometimes?

Music Shattered - Alex Kime


when the moment & music shattered
you didn’t freeze, falter, or forget.

under those lights it must have come back
to instinct;

the reactionary orchestra of protect,
I know, get down

for you, mother of 11,
this was just another night;

your son, the club,
making all of yourself into a promise

it starts & you are his whole
world again

& we, Brenda, could only ever hope
to match you should our names be called by Bravery

dear Brenda,

I seem to only be able
to write this letter fragment to you.

four years ago
I got around to begin opening up

to my mother & since then
she’s tried.

the afternoon before you died
she texted me simply to ask how I was doing

I’m so very queer, even more tattoos
and the same messy brain

& we are both still learning
how to love each other

Alex Kime is a teaching artist, dialogue facilitator, and recipient of the 2015 Jeffrey L. Weisburg Memorial Prize in Poetry. Currently a National Community Scholar in the University of …

Transtastic Tomorrows - Alex Kime

1 for those silent frantic chapters
a long hallway I have ghost whispered at the edges of for centuries
in this machination I called my warp of a brain, whirring/coils
beneath the outermost layer of my fuselage where anyone
who looked hard enough could see the way I either worked or didn’t
2a ragged prototype, work/half-life balance to perform, I engineered; adapted; my mechanisms my fuck you anyway brand of coping shortcut production flick the switch to feel happy blunt the crashing:

3 still, I fluctuate— mercurial, some would call it, when one is never the right amount of lamplight, measly filament in an incandescent lonely

The Guild Poetry Showcase | " Whose Dream is This?" - Alex Kime

Brace yourself for an elegant ensemble of poetry highlighting the life, legacy, and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will address the contemporary perception of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and raise thought-provoking questions about how our society measures against King’s vision.
From performing for TEDx and the Detroit Pistons to Oxford and the Motown Museum, the award-winning poets of The Guild have assembled their talents to curate a poetry showcase that will be sure to inspire, challenge, and engage audiences of all backgrounds. The performance will feature Michigan-based poets including Justin Gordon, Candace Jackson, Mikhaella Norwood, Mariah Smith, Darius Simpson, Mercedes Pergande, Alex Kime, and actor Kate Mendeloff.

Culture isn’t a costume - Alex Kime

Culture isn’t a costume. It’s been said time and time again, but each year cases of inappropriate and offensive Halloween costumes still seem to arise. 
The topic of cultural appropriation has been discussed at length in recent years, especially in comparing and contrasting with “cultural appreciation.” But it’s one thing to prepare a dish or listen to music from another culture, and it’s another to embody it in a costume, especially without respect or understanding of that representation.
Alex Kime (they/them), IGR lecturer and former IGR student, has been talking about the topic in their communities for years. They emphasized the importance of research, both when discussing appropriation and when evaluating one’s own Halloween costume.
“I cannot stress enough how important it is to, as marginalized communities, Ernesto Sirroli, and Anne Hathaway’s best friend in The Princess Diaries would say, shut up and listen,” said Alex Kime. “Do the reading. Ask yourself: could I possibly be takin…