Alan writes and delivers custom keynote lectures for colleges, universities, museums and special celebrations such as Black History Month, Latin American Heritage Month, and LGBTQIA+ History Month. Their keynotes are a hybrid of poetry, political analysis, and storytelling.
Poetry Readings / Spoken Word
Alan’s poetry, manifestos, and flash nonfiction writings have been featured in colleges, universities, and stages across the country including Columbia University, Harvard University, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, Mount Holyoke College, University of California Santa Barbara, Oberlin College, and Santa Clara University to name a few. Alan’s readings and performances center the themes of undocumented immigration, the challenges of growing up as Black and queer in the hood, and family reconciliation.
Poetry readings are 20 or 40-minutes long accompanied by a 20 minute Q&A, or community dialogue about personal art practice and using art as a strategy for resistance.
Creative Writing Workshops
Alan has led creative writing workshops for four years and continues to develop curriculums based on community needs. Most popular thus far are “Writing the Black,” “Queer Manifestos,” and “Latinidad Negra, Latinidad Indígena.”
Writing the Black is a workshop for people of the African Diaspora where they are asked to identify the first moment in their life in which they understood what being Black meant (For some, being Black means learning to deep condition their hair; for some, being Black means learning to survive stop-and-frisk laws; for some, being Black means being proud of one’s skin, etc.). Once this moment is identified, Alan leads participants into writing exercises where participants explore their experiences with colorism and racism as a means to affirm and hold their identity and existence while living in an anti-Black world. This workshop was originally developed for Black immigrants, but it has been altered to fit any Black audience.
Queer Manifestos are long statements that re-envision the potential for a radical LGBTQIA+ liberation. In this writing workshop, participants are asked to think of events in their life where they have felt silenced and oppressed. Once identified, they are guided on how to write about oppositional forms of resistance that denounce LGBTQIA+ discrimination and oppression.
Latinidad Negra, Latinidad Indígena is a writing workshop that centers experiences of Indigenous and Black Latinxs.This workshop serves as a protest that reclaims Latinidad as a political identity that unifies the colonized, enslaved and erased histories of Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the use of Spanglish, Haitian Creole, Garifuna, and any other language that participants bring to the table, we nuance Latinidad by writing honest stories and poems about the ways in which colonized people formed lines of affinities to disobey coloniality. For participants who do not identify as Indigenous or Black, they are asked to write poems around the theme “My Latinidad will be Black and Indigenous.”