Poetry from Ariana Brown & Alan Pelaez Lopez

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3000 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
United States

Part of our La Colectiva Event on September 22 at 1 p.m.

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Ariana Brown and Alan Pelaez Lopez will explore the history of enslaved Black people in the U.S. and Mexico, loneliness, and migration while centering articulations, demands, and visions of Black freedom in our contemporary moment. Named after Brown’s debut poetry collection, We Are Owed., is an interactive artistic experience between both poets. Pelaez Lopez will share work from a manuscript-in-progress that envisions a Black future free of nation-states, and Brown will share work from her debut collection committed to a Black consciousness that doesn’t leave anyone in the Americas behind. 


Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of the poetry collections We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies and an M.F.A. in Poetry. A 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion, Ariana has also recorded a digital poetry EP titled LET US BE ENOUGH, available on Bandcamp. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years, and owes much of her practice to Black performance communities led by Black women poets from the South. Follow her work online on Twitter & Instagram @ArianaThePoet.

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a coastal AfroZapotec poet, installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. Much of their writing honors the messiness of grief, love, social movements, and reconciliation. They are the author of Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System, 2020), a finalist for the 2020 International Latino Book Award, and to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020). They believe to have left the present long ago and continuously travel between ancestral memories and futures otherwise. They have received fellowships and/or residencies from Submittable, the Museum of the African Diaspora, VONA/Voices, and the University of California-Berkeley. Pelaez Lopez’s work is published in Poetry magazine, Catapult, the Georgia Review, Puerto Del Sol, Everyday Feminism & elsewhere. They live on the internet as @MigrantScribble.

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021

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