Editor Pelaez Lopez Celebrates Queer & Trans Afro-Latinx Voices in NYC

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Time: 6 – 7:30 pm EST

Where: New York University20 Cooper Sq, Room 101, New York City

Alan Pelaez Lopez and contributors of When Language Broke Open: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Black Writers of Latin American Descent will be part of a panel presented by New York University’s Latinx Project. “Queer & Trans Afro-Latinx Voices” panel includes five NYC-based Afro-Latinx contributors: Yamilette Vizcaíno Rivera, Irene Vázquez, Armando Alleyne, Edgie Amisial, and Darrel Alejandro Holnes. Editor Pelaez Lopez will moderate the panel. The free event is open to the public.

About the book:

When Language Broke Open collects the creative offerings of forty-five queer and trans Black writers of Latin American descent who use poetry, prose, and visual art to illustrate Blackness as a geopolitical experience that is always changing. Telling stories of Black Latinidades, this anthology centers the multifaceted realities of the LGBTQ community.

By exploring themes of memory, care, and futurity, these contributions expand understandings of Blackness in Latin America, the Caribbean, and their U.S.-based diasporas. The volume offers up three central questions: How do queer and/or trans Black writers of Latin American descent address memory? What are the textures of caring, being cared for, and accepting care as Black queer and/or trans people of Latin American descent? And how do queer and trans embodiments help us understand and/or question the past and the present, and construct a Black, queer, and trans future?

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