An Assistant Professor of English, Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, Urayoán Noel has already made his mark as a poet and in the field of Latina/o Studies. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association. The first book-length study specifically devoted to New York-Puerto Rican poetry, In Visible Movement breaks new ground, unearthing a largely unknown corpus of poetry performances, analyzing over forty years of Nuyorican literature at the intersection of the printed and performed word, and underscoring the poetry’s links to vernacular and Afro-Puerto Rican performance cultures, from the island’s oral poets to the New York sounds and rhythms of Latin boogaloo, sa lsa, and hip-hop. The result is a stunning reflection of how New York Puerto Rican poets have addressed the complexity of identity amid diaspora for over forty years.
Noel's visit to the University of Pittsburgh will be an excellent opportunity for the campus community to learn, through an interdisciplinary and mixed-media angle, about the significance of Nuyorican poetry and its singular place in the cultural history of the United States, as one of the numerous Latino migratory movements that have shaped the global era in the Americas. Noel will be sharing his recent research on Nuyorican and Latina/o literatures, integrating it with some of his performance-oriented poetic works.
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