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Alan Pelaez Lopez Wins Prestigious Poetry Foundation Prize

September 23, 2022

Hot off the presses!

Alan Pelaez Lopez (PhD 2022) has been awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship–one of the largest and most prestigious awards available for young poets in the US.

Alan is an Afro-Indigenous poet and an installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. Lopez’s debut visual poetry collection, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System, 2020), was a finalist for the 2020 International Latino Book Award. They are the author of the chapbook to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020). Lopez has been organizing with undocumented migrants in the United States for more than ten years.

Congratulations, Alan, on receiving this remarkable recognition!