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Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, performer, critic, translator, and language artist living in the Bronx. He has published seven books of poetry and the study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Prize), and he has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry. His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his work has been selected for exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Taller Boricua. Noel teaches at New York University and vlogs at wokitokiteki.

Urayoán Noel es poeta, performer, crítico, traductor y lenguartista residente en el Bronx. Ha publicado siete libros de poesía y el estudio In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (ganador del LASA Latino Studies Book Prize), y ha sido finalista para el National Translation Award y el Best Translated Book Award por sus traducciones de poesía latinoamericana. Entre sus performances internacionales figuran el Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, y la Toronto Biennial of Art, y su obra ha sido elegida para exhibiciones en el Museum of the City of New York, el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico y Taller Boricua. Noel enseña en New York University y mantiene el vlog wokitokiteki.

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Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, including Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico (2015) and the forthcoming Transversal, both with the University of Arizona Press. He received the LASA Latino Studies Section Book Prize and an MLA Honorable Mention for his study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014). His translations include no budu please by Wingston González (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha (Shearsman Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. He also translated the concrete poems in Amanda Berenguer’s Materia Prima (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019), which was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award. Noel has been a fellow of the Ford Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Schomburg Center, and CantoMundo, on whose steering committee he currently serves. His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his work has been selected for exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Taller Boricua. He has been a Macondo fellow in creative nonfiction, and his “diasporous prose” has been published in Fantastic Floridas and  The New York Times. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Noel earned his B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, his M.A. at Stanford University, and his Ph.D. at New York University, where he is currently an associate professor of English and Spanish and Portuguese and affiliated with The Latinx Project. A contributing editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and NACLA Report on the Americas, Urayoán Noel lives in the South Bronx.

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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