Urayoán Noel

Affiliate Faculty, MFA of the Americas

A contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Noel has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Bronx Council on the Arts and CantoMundo, and is currently completing a bilingual edition of the poems of Pablo de Rokha. See more at urayoannoel.bandcamp.com and at wokitokiteki.com, a bilingual, improvisational poetry vlog.

  • PhD, New York University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


Urayoan Noel


Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Transversal (University of Arizona Press), which is also circulating on Twitter (@TransversalBot). His other books include In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Award, and a bilingual edition of Chilean poet Pablo de Rokha, Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry (Shearsman Books), which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. Noel has performed at Barcelona Poesia, Poesiefestival Berlin, the Toronto Biennial of Art, and Enclave: Poe'ticas Experimentales (Mexico), and has had work exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and featured in over 200 publications, from the New York Times to Fantastic Floridas. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel lives in the Bronx, teaches at NYU, blogs at wokitokiteki.com.

More About Urayoán Noel

Areas of Expertise

  • Poetry and poetics of the Americas
  • Media and performance
  • Translation

Course Sampling

  • Poetry in the Expanded Field

  • Poetry and poetics of the Americas
  • U.S. Latin: literatures and cultures
  • Media and performance studies
  • The Caribbean and its diasporas
  • Modernisms and avant-gardes
  • Translation studies
  • Creative writing

  • (as performer) wokitokiteki.com (vlog, ongoing) 
  • (as translator) Adjacent Islands / Islas Adyacentes by Nicole Cecilia Delgado (Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming 2022)
  • Transversal: Poems (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021)
  • (as editor and translator) Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha (Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, 2018)
  • Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisfe'rico (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2015)
  • In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014)
  • Los días porosos / The porous days (Guatemala: Catafixia Editorial, 2012)
  • Boringke'n (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ediciones Callejo'n, 2008, with CD)