University at Albany



Tomás Urayoán Noelprofessor urayoan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., New York University, 2008
U.S. Latino/a Literatures and Cultures, Poetry and Poetics of the Americas, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Translation, Creative Writing
Professor Noel joined the faculty at the University at Albany in 2008. 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, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. He is at work on a book-length study that traces the history of Nuyorican poetry, from its origins in New York's Puerto Rican communities and its complex relationship to the Lower East Side poetry scene of the 1960s and 1970s, to its latter-day resignification as part of an emerging Latino canon and its global hypervisibility in the wake of the commercial success of Nuyorican slam. This project considers how Nuyorican poetics (beyond discrete literary canons, archives, and national imaginaries) both assumes and works towards a non-monolingual, non-pagebound poetry community, attuned to new modes of (counter)cultural belonging.

His creative work includes books of poetry, text-sound and performance, and translations of Latin/o American poets.
Selected Publications
“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, forthcoming
Boringkén (book of poetry with CD), San Juan, PR: Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008
“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
Kool Logic/La lógica kool (book of poetry), Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, 2005
Selected Conference Presentations and Lectures
“Can Dislocation Matter? A Jeremiad for the New Puerto Rican Literature,” Latin American Studies Association, Montréal, 2007
“Bio-Writing between Life and Death: Haroldo de Campos’s Galáxias,” American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico, 2007
El Free Associatin’ Mindstate: (Per)Forming a Bilingual Puerto Rican Poetry from Muñoz Marín to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” invited lecture, Brown University, 2007
“The Cool Logic/Lógica Cool of Urayoán Noel: A Bilingual Spoken Word Performance,” special event, Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, 2006
“Dead Pan Latino: Language, Place, and Identity in Three New York Poets,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, 2006
Recent Courses
ENG 358 Studies in Poetry
ENG 402Z Advanced Writing Workshop