Tomas Urayoan Noel, Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University at Albany, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for the 2011 postdoctoral competition. This fellowship program is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Dr. Noel’s selection for this prestigious award reflects the review panelists’ positive judgment of his professional and scholarly work. Dr. Noel will be in residency at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, conducting archival work and completing a book manuscript on Nuyorican poetry from the 1960s to the present. He will be devoting particular attention to the Center’s archive of little magazines, small-press books, poetry broadsides, and audio and video recordings of poetry performances from the Nuyorican movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Dr. Noel joined the English Department faculty in the Fall of 2008. A native of Puerto Rico, he came to the United States to study for his master’s degree at Stanford, and went on to pursue his Ph.D. at NYU with a focus on U.S. Latino/a literature and culture. The Nuyorican (New York Puerto Rican) poets that Dr. Noel studied for his dissertation connect print and performance cultures. Dr. Noel has published articles in journals such as Latino Studies and Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, as well as three books of original poetry. He enjoys the study of comparative poetics because it allows him to engage with work that embraces aesthetic and cultural differences. Dr. Noel has taught upper-level and graduate courses with titles such as “From Open Field to Open Mic” and “Constructivist Poetics of the Americas,” as well as graduate and undergraduate creative-writing workshops, and courses within the English Department’s core curriculum. He is also affiliated with the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS).