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Urayoán Noel is the author or translator of a dozen books, including Transversal (University of Arizona Press), a New York Public Library Book of the Year, In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Award, and Nicole Cecilia Delgado’s forthcoming islas adyacentes/adjacent islands (Ugly Duckling Presse). Noel’s books have been named finalists or semifinalists for the National Translation Award, the Best Translated Book Award, the PEN America Literary Awards, and the Modern Language Association book prizes. His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at New York University as well as at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas, and he serves on the board of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center.  

Urayoán Noel es el autor o traductor de una docena de libros, entre ellos Transversal (Editorial de la Universidad de Arizona), nombrado uno de Libros del Año por la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York (NYPL), In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Editorial de la Universidad de Iowa), ganador del LASA Latino Studies Book Prize, e islas adyacentes/adjacent islands de Nicole Cecilia Delgado’s (Ugly Duckling Presse, en prensa). Sus libros han sido finalistas o semifinalistas para el National Translation Award, el Best Translated Book Award y los premios de libros de PEN America y la Modern Language Association. Entre sus performances internacionales figuran el Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia y la Toronto Biennial of Art, y su obra ha sido expuesta en el Museum of the City of New York y el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Oriundo de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Noel vive en el Bronx y enseña en New York University así como en el MFA of the Americas de Stetson University, y forma parte de la junta del Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. 

Welcome to the virtual coordinates of Urayoán Noel — Puerto Rican poet, performer, professor, and polemicist.

The moniker “stateless” refers to the poet’s flux between island and mainland, and between textual forms (print, body, web). Of course, it also alludes to the ultimate “statelessness” of identity, and to a poetics of unstatement by turns deterritorialized and dys/u/topian in its damaged/unmanageable bodies.

A stateless poetics is never quite incorporated, but always in corps orated, non-mono-aural, and attuned to modes of resistant lingurality. Keep them herd melodies, give us those unstated ones. Let others blog the slog, we’ll unfurl #unstatements in the digital fog.’

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delighting and confounding the enlightened masses since 1976

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