Rachel Ellis Neyra

Rachel Ellis Neyra is a poet-theorist and a teacher. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University. In the past, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Stony Brook University, where she earned her Ph.D. in English and wrote her dissertation about Poetics of the Americas. She reads and writes about: Latina/o/x and Black Studies; Caribbean, African Diasporic and Latina/o/x Poetics, Performance Art, Music, and Visual Art; Third Cinema; Critical Race, Film, Literary, Queer, and Translation Theories. Most recently, she was living in San Juan and working on her academic book manuscript, The Cry Articulates: Contemporary Radical Brown and Black Poetics, in residency at Beta Local. The Cry Articulates is concerned with Latina/o/x and Black literature, music, cinema, and performance art that deviate from the promise of freedom and the American dream, and flicker with insurgency. In its failure to move from the insurgent to the Revolutionary, the brown and black poetics theorized in this book re-shapes for us different, and smaller-scale, imaginings, embodiments, and moods of solidarity, as well as anti-integrationist, opaque, and errant pleasure and beauty. In her writing, teaching, listening, and meanderings, Rachel Ellis Neyra is into thoughtful articulations and movements against a politics of assimilation, progress, straightening, whitening, and “finishing oneself.” Alternatively, she wonders how many variations on funky, hoarse, and glittering radicalisms we can imagine in a world that makes bodies and words weary, but wanting to feel otherwise.

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Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

ICI returns to New Orleans this March for the third Curatorial Intensive in the city since 2015.

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