Alternative Migrant Futures Through Poetry

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

CRG Arts and Humanities Research Initiative’s Exploring Queer and Trans Migrant Narratives Series presents:

Alternative Migrant Futures Through Poetry

with Sonia Guiñansaca, Yujane Chen and Alan Pelaez Lopez


Sonia Guiñansaca (NYU’s Hemi 2017-2018 Artist in Residence) is an internationally acclaimed queer migrant poet, cultural organizer and activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. A VONA/Voices and BOOAT Alumni, Guiñansaca has performed at The Met, El Museo del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Galería de La Raza, and more. Guiñansaca– who is currently the Managing Director at CultureStrike–has co-founded and helped build some of the largest undocumented organizations and artistic projects in the country, and has emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities.

Yujane Chen (2018 Winter Tangerine Fellow) is a queer, disabled, non-binary Taiwanese im/migrant alien and child of the diaspora. They are an alum of Brave New Voices 2017 and Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2017. A Bay Area transplant by way of southern California, they are currently working towards a B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they are a student organizer for poets and underrepresented communities of color on campus. They serve as an Emerging Poet Mentor with Youth Speaks.

Alan Pelaez Lopez (CRG’s Arts & Humanities Research Initiative Fellow) is an Afro-Indigenous writer and visual artist from Oaxaca, México. Their poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and appears in POETRY Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Everyday Feminism, Rewire News, and more. They currently teach, create, mourn, ache and love in Chochenyo Ohlone Land.


Center for Race & Gender
Multicultural Community Center
Rising Immigrant Students in Education
Ethnic Studies 5th Account

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