Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

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Student

Alan Pelaez Lopez


Black Cultural Production, Afro-Indigenous Epistemologies, Illegality/Citizenship, Racialized Surveillance



Bio & Research Interests

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a doctoral student, visual artist, and poet in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies.  

In scholarship, Alan investigates the ways in which undocumented Black immigrants engage art as a form of protest against the nation-state, the law, and the wider immigrant rights movement. Through a deep analysis of aesthetics, articulation, and Afro-Indigenous speech-acts, Alan's work attempts to bridge scholarship of citizenship vis-a-vis contemporary scholarship of illegality. They ask: how does art fracture the law?; and what does it mean to speak from a position of illegality and negro-hood? Their work is informed by years of community organizing across the U.S. with undocumented queer and trans immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, Northern Europe, and Africa. 

In their poetry and visual art, Alan attempts to make sense of displacement, and diasporic belonging as an Afro-Indigenous immigrant from the Zapoteca nation of Oaxaca, México. Alan is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee for their poem "sick in 'america'" published by Vinyl Poetry and Prose. They were identified as 1 of "10 Poets for the Revolution" by Best American Poetry, and 1 of "10 Up-and-Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know" by Remezcla. Alan's poetry and essays appear (or are forthcoming) in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Texas Poetry Review, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Splinter News, The Feminist Wire, Vinyl Poetry, Rewire News, and Red Ink to name a few. They have been featured and/or quoted on We are MiTú, NPR, Colorlines, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Mic Identities, Bustle and more.

Performances include Brown UniversityColumbia University, Harvard University, NYU, MIT, Central Los Angeles Public Library, University of Vermont, Hampshire College, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, De Anza College, and more. 

 


Advisor

Juana María Rodríguez
Beth Piatote


Courses Taught or Assisted

Courses Taught:

Spring 2018University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1B: Unearthing Latinx and Caribbean Literature.

Fall 2017. University of California, Berkeley. Chicano Studies R1A: (Im)Migration, Blackness & Latinidad.

Summer 2017. University of California, Berkeley.  Native American Studies R1B: Indigenous (Un)Belonging. 

Courses Assisted: 

Summer 2016. Graduate Student Instructor. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain: ETH STD N180: Interculturality, International Migration and the Dialogue between Civilizations Before and After 9/11.

 


Select publications

Book: 

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien. Plurality Press, 2018 (Forthcoming, August 1).

(E)-Journals & Anthologies

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "ndn Travel," Pittsburgh Poetry Review (Forthcoming, April 2018). 

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Guide to Border-Crossing Self," Pittsburgh Poetry Review (Forthcoming, April 2018).

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "-Yil Shwe’, Shwe’ -Yil," Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Forthcoming 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. ""Black Indian Crosses Border at 5-years-old  (Zapotec),” Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Forthcoming 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. ""Black Indian Crosses Border at 5-years-old  (Spanish),” Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Forthcoming 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. ""Black Indian Crosses Border at 5-years-old  (English),” Red Ink: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities (Forthcoming 2018). Print.

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "sick in ‘America’," Vinyl Poetry and Prose (Fall 2017).

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Discovering Blackness," Vinyl Poetry and Prose (Fall 2017).

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "3 Things I Regret Not Asking From Allies and My Community as an (Un)Documented and Queer Activist." The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail at Showing Up for Each Other in the Fight for Freedom. Ed. Mia McKenzie. Oakland: BGD, 2016. 64-69. Print..

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "Las Estages of Blackness." Bozalta: Arts, Activism, Scholarship. Afro Latinidad V. 2 (2016). UCLA, 06 July 2016.