We Are Owed. Tour
Ariana Brown and Alan Pelaez Lopez's Fall 2021 tour, We Are Owed., explores 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 with the poets. This fall, they are offering three creative writing workshops: "We Are Owed.," "Gender, Sexuality, Freedom" and "Caring for Each Other." Each artist is offering two art talks: "Art as Civil Disobedience: Taking Our Stories Back" (Alan). "Demanding Better Care: On Community Organizing, Accountability, & Future-Making" (Alan). "Taking Care of Black Girls When the World Won't" (Ariana), and "We Are Owed: Language and Liberation" (Ariana). And both poets are also offering performances with live dialogues.
About the Artists
Alan Pelaez Lopez
Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet, installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. Their work attends to the quotidian realities of undocumented migrants in the United States, the Black condition in Latin America, and the intimate kinship units that trans and nonbinary people build in the face of violence. Their debut visual poetry collection, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System, 2020), was a finalist for the 2020 International Latino Book Award. They are also the author of the chapbook to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020).
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.