Urayoán Noel’s research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics of the Americas, U.S. Latin@ literatures and cultures; media and performance studies; translation studies; literatures and cultures of the Caribbean and its diasporas; multi-ethnic U.S. literature; modernisms and avant-gardes; literature and social movements; New York City literatures and cultures; and creative writing.

. book

In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam. Iowa City: U of Iowa P (Contemporary North American Poetry Series). 230 pp. Reviewed in NACLA Report on the Americas; El Nuevo Día; Virtual Boricua; e-misférica: Performance and Politics in the Americas; Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; Latino Studies; American Literature; Journal of Modern Literature;  American Literary History Online Review; sx salon; and American Literary Scholarship

Winner of the 2015 Book Award for Best Monograph in Latina/o Studies from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and Honorable Mention in the 2015 Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.

. selected articles

“The Queer Migrant Poetics of #Latinx Instagram” (essay with accompanying poems). New Literary History, special issue, “Poetry and Race.” Ed. Jahan Ramazani. 50:4 (2019): 531-57. Full text here

“Islote Poetics” (essay with accompanying poems). Geopoetics in Practice. Ed. Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw, and Craig Santos Perez. London: Routledge, 2019: 212-225.

“litoral translation     traducción litoral” (poetic essay). Avenues of Translation: The City in Iberian and Latin American Writing. Ed. Regina Galasso and Evelyn Scaramella. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2019: 133-41.

“The Us is Porous: Edwin Torres in Other Words.” American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement. Ed. Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy. Middletown: Wesleyan UP: 413-30. 

“’The Geography of Their Complexion’: Nuyorican Poetry and Its Legacies.” The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature. Ed. Laura Lomas and John Morán González. Cambridge: Cambridge UP: 411-34.

“Remediating the Latin@ Sixties.” American Literary History, special issue, “Reading and Writing Archives.” Ed. Thomas Augst. 29:2 (2017): 374-95. Full text here

Teaching U.S. Latino/a Poetry in the Age of Social Media.” Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Routledge, 2015: 131-40.

“On Out of Focus Nuyoricans, Noricuas, and Performance Identities.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, special issue, “On Poetry Worlds.” Ed. Jen Vernon and Bill Marsh. 10: 3/4 (2014). Web. Full text here

“For a Caribbean American Graininess: William Carlos Williams, Translator.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, special issue, “Translating the Caribbean.” Ed. Kaiama L. Glover and Martin Munro. 17:3 (2013): 138-50. Abstract here

Poetry.” Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature. Ed. Frances Aparicio and Suzanne Bost. London: Routledge, 2012: 285-98. 

“Bodies that Antimatter: Locating U.S. Latino/a Poetry, 2000-2009.” Contemporary Literature, special issue, “Poetry of the 2000’s.” Ed. Michael Davidson. 52.4 (2011): 852-82. Abstract here

“Counter/Public Address: Nuyorican Poetries in the Slam Era,” Latino Studies 9:1 (Spring 2011): 38-61. Abstract here

“From Spanglish to Glossolalia: Edwin Torres’s Nuyo-Futurist Utopia,” Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement. Ed. Barrett Watten and Carrie Noland, New York: Palgrave, 2009: 225-42.

“In the Decimated City: Symptom, Translation, and the Performance of a New York Jíbaro from Ladí to Luciano to Lavoe,” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19:2 (Fall 2007): 121-39. Full text (pdf download) here

. selected reviews, review essays, prologues, and notes

“Raquel Salas Rivera, or the Poetics of Radical Inversion / Raquel Salas Rivera o la poética de la inversión radical” (prologue to Raquel Salas Rivera: lo terciario/the tertiary, 2nd ed.). Blacksburg: Noemi, 2019.

“Uneasy Bodies.” The Body in Language: An Anthology. Ed. Edwin Torres. Denver: Counterpath, 2019: 16-20.

“REfUSE POLITICS WITH IVELISSE JIMÉNEZ! ¡REhÚSA LA POLÍTICA CON IVELISSE JIMÉNEZ!(catalog essay). IntervalOS by Ivelisse Jiménez. San Juan: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón: 33-48. (Rpt. in 80grados. Web.)

Prologue to Thomas Rothe, trans.: Fanon City Meu. By Jaime Luis Huenún. New Orleans: Dialogos.

“Poetry.” Keywords for Latina/o Studies. Ed. Deborah R. Vargas, Nancy Raquel Mirabal, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. New York: New York UP, 2017: 159-63.

How Puerto Ricans Have Reinvented West Side Story.” Google Arts & Culture. Web. 

Note on Pablo Neruda. The Volta. Power and/of/in Poetry. Ed. Evie Shockley. Web.

rev. of Claudia Milian: Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies. American Literary History Online Review IV (2015). Web. Full text here

rev. of Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes: Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.1 (2012): 148-51.

rev. of Forrest Gander: Core Samples from the World. Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 5: 222 (2012).

rev. of Carlos Oquendo de Amat: 5 metros de poemas/5 meters of poems, BOMBLOG (2010). Full text here

“Shades of Reading: The Many Places of Literature,” rev. of Wai Chee Dimock and Lawrence Buell, eds.: Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature, Contemporary Literature 50:3 (Spring 2010): 624-28.

rev. of Rodrigo Toscano: Collapsible Poetics Theater. e-misférica: Performance and Politics in the Americas 6.1 (2009). Web. Full text here

rev. of Aracelis Girmay: Teeth, The Poetry Project Newsletter 216 (2008): 19-20. Full text here

rev. of Edwin Torres: The PoPedology of an Ambient Language. BOMB 103 (Spring 2008): 16. Full text here

rev. of Tomás Riley: Mahcic. Rain Taxi Review of Books 2:2 (Summer 2006): 43.

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. links

Below are links to audio and video of poetry performances related to my book In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam. The original source (if known) is listed in parentheses after each title. Entries are listed in mostly chronological order, based on the publication/release date of the original source. [Disclaimer: I make no claim as to any of the materials linked to below. I am neither the producer nor the uploader of any of this content; I am merely collecting links to material posted elsewhere.]

Pedro Pietri, “Puerto Rican Obituary” (Young Lords, El Pueblo Se Levanta, Third World Newsreel, 1971), video

Ray Barretto, “Drum Poem (Free Spirit)” (Ray Barretto, Head Sounds, Fania Records, 1972), audio

Felipe Luciano,  “Jíbaro/My Pretty Nigger” (Eddie Palmieri, Recorded Live at Sing Sing, with Harlem River Drive, Tico Records, 1972), audio

Frank Lima, “The Hunter” (The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1974), audio

Sandra María Esteves, “María Cristina” (El Grupo, Canciones y Poesía de la lucha de los pueblos latinoamericanos/Songs and Poetry of the Latin American Struggle, Center for Cuban Studies, 1974), audio

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, “Superpig” (El Grupo, Canciones y Poesía de la lucha de los pueblos latinoamericanos/Songs and Poetry of the Latin American Struggle, Center for Cuban Studies, 1974), audio   

Miguel Algarín and Miguel Piñero, performance (Constanzo Allione and Allen Ginsberg, Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds. The Beats at Naropa Institute, Mystic Fire Video, 1978), video

Sandra María Esteves, “Just Another Day” (Rea Tajiri, Poetry Spots, season 3, cut 8, 1992), video

Edwin Torres, “Peesacho”(MTV Unplugged: Spoken Word, season 1, episode 1, 1993), video

Adál Maldonado and Pedro Pietri, “El Puerto Rican Embassy” (1994), multimedia web installation

Louis Reyes Rivera, “Bullet Cry” (Def Poetry season 2, episode 6, 2003), video

Emanuel Xavier, “Tradiciónes” (Def Poetry season 3, episode 3, 2004), video

Willie Perdomo, “Nigger-Reecan Blues”(Def Poetry season 5, episode 2, 2006), video

Mayda del Valle, “tongue tactics” (IndieFeed: Performance Poetry, 2007), audio

Mariposa, “Diasporican” (n.d.), video

Anthony Morales, “Where Are My Boricuas” (n.d.), video