Alan Pelaez Lopez

CULTURAL CRITIC, EDUCATOR, INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, POET, WRITER

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. Pelaez Lopez’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Best of the Net,” and selected to appear in Best New Poets 2019 and Best American Experimental Writing 2020. 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.

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Projects

Alan Pelaez Lopez is the author of the art and poetry collection, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System), and the chapbook, to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press).

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Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien

$24.00 | Published February 2020 | Visual Poetry

Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien is an experimental poetry collection that renders an intimate portrait of growing up undocumented in the United States. Through the use of collages,  photographs, emails, and immigration forms, Alan Pelaez Lopez formulates theories of fugitivity that position the Trans*Atlantic slave trade and Indigenous dispossession as root causes of undocumented immigration. Although themes of isolation and unbelonging are at the forefront of the book, the poet doesn’t see belonging to U.S. society as a liberatory practice. Instead, Pelaez Lopez urges readers to question their inheritance and acceptance of “settler rage, settler fear, and settler citizenship,” so that they can actively address their participation in everyday violences that often go unnoticed. As the title invokes, Intergalactic Travels breaks open a new galaxy where artists of color are the warriors that manifest the change that is needed not only to survive, but thrive.

**Poems from this book have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “Best of the Net,” as well as re-printed in Best American Experimental Writing. 

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to love and mourn in the age of displacement

$13.00 | Published January 2020 | Poetry

An elegy and a celebration, to love and mourn in the age of displacement by Alan Pelaez Lopez is an attempt to “make a / world anew” via the conjuring properties of poetry. Alan Pelaez Lopez reflects on what it means to embody a multidimensional existence as Black and Indigenous in an empire committed to maintain the global circuit of anti-Blackness paired with settler violence. By mediating death, fragmented romantic encounters, and the news, the collection insists/argues/declares that those who have survived (/are surviving) structural violence “create abundance where [one] thought there was none.”