Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, Texas. Her work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, queer Black futures, loneliness, and healing. Ariana is the author of Sana Sana, a poetry chapbook with Game Over Books, and a 2014 National Collegiate Poetry Slam Champion. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for 10 years. Find her poems and rants on IG and Twitter @ArianaThePoet.
Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroZapotec artist from Oaxaca, México. Much of their writing honors the messiness of grief, love, social movements, and reconciliation. Alan is the author of Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System, 2020) and to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020). They live in Oakland, Calif., and have been organizing with undocumented LGBTQIA+ migrants for 10 years. More at @migrantscribble.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Literatures in English; the Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies Program; the Africana Studies Program; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; the Creative Writing Program; and the Class of 1902 Lecture Fund.