Tomás Urayoán Noel

Assistant Professor

Tomás Urayoán Noel, Assistant Professor, SUNY AlbanyPh.D., New York University, 2008

U.S. Latino/a Literatures and Cultures, Poetry and Poetics of the Americas, Media and Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Translation, Creative Writing

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Professor Noel joined the faculty at the University at Albany English Department in 2008; he has been affiliated with the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies since 2009. His areas of research include Latino/a Literatures and Cultures, poetics of the Americas, and (U.S.) American poetry since 1950, with an emphasis on questions of performance, translation, circulation, community, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. He is completing a book-length study, entitled In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, that traces Nuyorican poetry's complex history, on and off the page, from its origins in New York's Puerto Rican communities and its complex relationship to the poetic and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, to its entrance into an emerging U.S. Latino literary canon in the 1980s and its more recent global visibility in the wake of the commercial success of Nuyorican slam. In Visible Movement postulates a Nuyorican poetic corpus across and along print and performance contexts, emphasizing how poets have documented and made visible a New York Puerto Rican social body while simultaneously questioning or complicating the terms of visibility and representation.

Professor Noel was a 2011 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and he is currently working on two new book projects, one on Latino/a identity in the digital age and another on the role of poetry translations in helping imagine a poetics of the Americas. His creative work includes poetry, performance, and translations of Latin/o American poets.

Selected Publications

"Poetry," Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, eds. Frances Aparicio and Suzanne Bost, London: Routledge, 2012

"Bodies that Antimatter: Locating U.S. Latino/a Poetry, 2000-2009," Contemporary Literature 52:4 (Winter 2011; special issue, "Poetry of the 2000s," ed. Michael Davidson): 852-82

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

From Spanglish to Glossolalia: Edwin Torres’s Nuyo-Futurist Utopia,” in Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement, eds. Barrett Watten and Carrie Noland, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 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 (2007): 121-39

---books of poetry

Los días porosos, Guatemala: Catafixia Editorial, 2012

Hi-Density Politics, Buffalo, NY: BlazeVOX, 2010

Boringkén (with CD), San Juan, PR: Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008

Kool Logic/La lógica kool, Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, 2005


"Latte, No! Notes on a (Late) Latino Awakening" (essay), The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, eds. Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011: 85-90

"The Music That Is Yourself: An Interview with Victor Hernández Cruz," Teachers & Writers 38:2 (Winter 2006-2007): 3-9

Selected Fellowships/Honors

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011

New York University Opportunity Fellowship, 2003

External Affiliations

Contributing Editor, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas

Advising Artists Council, The Millay Colony for the Arts

Executive Committee, MLA Discussion Group on Puerto Rican Literature and Culture (2009-2014)

Recent Courses


ENG 515 - Workshop in Poetry: Poetry and/as Cultural Studies

ENG 641 - Reading Bodies: Studies in Performance

ENG 615 - Constructivist Poetics of the Americas


ENG 402Z - Advanced Writing Workshop

ENG 305Z - U.S. Latino/a Literatures on and off the Page

ENG 358 - From Open Field to Open Mic: Performance and the New American Poetries