Alan Pelaez Lopez is represented by YNME Creatives as of Sept 2020

Keynotes (English)

Alan writes and delivers custom keynotes on a variety of topics that range from the role of immigrant artists in the U.S. to failure as a source of taken-for-granted knowledge. Most recently, Alan has been speaking on “Latinidad” as an imagined community that intentionally and unintentionally silences the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and queer/cuir and trans people in the Americas and the Caribbean. Their keynotes are always a mixture of storytelling, social and political analysis, and an attempt to imagine a world where everyone can be free.

Poetry Readings (English or Spanish)

Alan has performed at universities, museums and stages across the country including Columbia University, Harvard University, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, Stanford University, Oberlin College,  San Francisco’s African American Art & Culture Theatre, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar among many others.  Alan’s poetry centers the themes of undocumented immigration, mourning as framework of decolonization, trans existence, and the futures that Black and Indigenous people have been envisioning outside of empire-formation.

Their poetry readings are 20 or 40-minutes long accompanied by a 20 minute Q&A, or a long-form community dialogue about personal art practice and using art as a strategy for resistance.

Creative Writing Workshops (English)

Alan has led creative writing workshops for five years and continues to develop curriculums based on community needs.

Visions of the Future: Writing the Worlds We Want to Live In.

This writing workshop centers radical imagination. In reading poetry by Black and Indigenous writers, we ask: what did we (as targets of the state) need when we were younger? What do we need today to live safer & more joyful lives? And, how can we unlearn what we have accepted as “normal”? Two pieces will be generated by participants with time to share.

Migrant Stories, Migrant Realities

This writing workshop centers the art of undocumented and formerly undocumented artists. Together, we explore how those who were forced out of their countries and migrated to the United States survived and refused to accept legal violence. Each participant is asked to imagine a world where their body is not surveilled and they are free to travel, work, and thrive. Some of the themes we touch on are self-deportation, open borders, and the abolition of pol(ice).

Identifying Shame and Moving Towards Triumph: poetry and prose writing

In this workshop, attendants are guided through a series of three writing exercises where we develop language in which to talk about shame and triumph. Questions we explore are: the earliest memory they have of shame; memories of people who modeled joy for them; and moments where they prevented their own joy. In doing this, we begin to think of joy as a discipline. At the end, we will come out with instructional pieces of how each one of us will choose joy.

Breaking Writer’s Block: a workshop for creatives

It’s hard to be creative during a global pandemic, especially when capitalism demands we produce. This writing workshop is an invitation to write. It is not design to produce a whole piece, but instead, to start 5-10 potential pieces that you can pick up at a later time. The structure of this workshop is based on reading poems from a single poetry collection, and using lines and images from the collection to respond to. There is no need to have a project in mind, the only expectation is that attendees volunteer to read projected poems and follow short writing exercises to slow music.

Other workshops can be requested.


Race &/or Culture Workshop(s)

Deconstructing Anti-Blackness in Indigenous & “People of Color” Spaces.
**This is a workshop focused on non-Black attendees**

Deconstructing anti-Blackness is a commitment that requires daily practice. The first step is to admit one’s own participation in systems of power and oppression. The second step is recognizing that anti-Blackness can and is perpetuated by indigenous people and “people of color,” and that colorism is perpetuated by light-skinned Black people. This is a two hour workshop where participants are guided through a brief timeline of how Black communities arrived to Latin America and the Caribbean. Afterwards, the facilitator introduces the conditions of “structural racism,” “white supremacy,” “anti-blackness” and “colorism.”  Following this introduction, the facilitator asks for a volunteer to publicly share a moment in their lives where they intentionally or unintentionally perpetuated anti-black and/or colorist violence. As a group, we talk about why that action was antiBlack (and colorist) and then we project a blank Google Doc and together think of tangible everyday ways in which we can make sure that we do not perpetuate that same violence. By the end of the workshop, we will have composed a community document that will be emailed to all participants with tangible everyday ways in which they can identify, deconstruct and begin to divest from antiBlackness. This workshop is only a minute step in addressing anti-Black violence. This is workshop is not an end goal.

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Alan Pelaez Lopez is represented by YNME Creatives as of Sept 2020