About the Work: 

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a poet, essayist, and a cultural critic trained in multimedia writing. Their poetry investigates the realities of undocumented migrants in the United States, Black futures, and the complex kinship practices that transgender and nonbinary people build to speak back to power. In their essays and cultural criticism, Pelaez Lopez attends to the nuances of the Black condition in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most known for their commentary on Latinidad, Pelaez Lopez’s criticism is invested in imagining worlds where cultural and ethnic identities of mestizaje are no longer weaponized to perpetuate anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-Asian racism in Latin American communities.

Sobre el trabajo: 

Alan Pelaez Lopez es unx poeta, ensayista y críticx cultural formadx en escritura multimedia. Su poesía investiga las realidades de los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos, el futuro de las poblaciones afro, y las complejas prácticas de parentesco y ternura que las personas trans y no binarias construyen para responder al poder. En sus ensayos y crítica cultural, Pelaez Lopez atiende los matices de la condición afrodescendiente en América Latina y el Caribe. Más conocidx por sus comentarios sobre la latinidad, la crítica de Pelaez Lopez se invierte en imaginar mundos donde las identidades culturales y étnicas del mestizaje ya no se utilicen como armas para perpetuar el racismo anti-negro, anti-indígena y anti-asiático en las comunidades latinoamericanas.

Below you will find a selection of Pelaez Lopez’s work, meaning: a small sample.
A continuación encontrará una selección de la obra de Pelaez Lopez, es decir: una pequeña muestra.

Selected Poems:

On the occasion that i die before i’m thirty

The Spine of Gorée Island, print only
Best New Poets

Libelúlas, print only
The Georgia Review

A Daily Prayer
Poetry Magazine

Zapotec Crossers (or, Haiku I Write Post-PTSD Nightmares)
Poetry Magazine

Sick in “america”
Vinyl Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing

Selected Essays:

The Riot Black and Indigenous Trans People Deserve

Lessons from an Immigrant Rights Organizer: We Are Not Our ‘Productivity’
Rewire News

What HIV Testing is Like When You are Queer, Black, and Undocumented
Black Girl Dangerous


Selected Cultural Criticism:  

On “In the Heights,” Imagination, and When Latinidad Falls Apart
Teen Vogue

America (n): A Creation Myth
The Andy Warhol Museum

The X in “Latinx” is a Wound, Not a Trend

Undocumented Artists Exists, But When Will We Center Their Narratives?

Orlando Massacre: It’s not safe to be a queer person of color in America
Splinter News / Fusion TV

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a former contributing writer at Everyday Feminism, you can read their columns here.