Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel is the author of the poetry collections Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (2015), a Library Journal Top Fall Indie Poetry selection; Hi-Density Politics (2010), a National Book Critics Circle Small Press Highlights selection; Kool Logic/La Lógica Kool (2005), an El Nuevo Día Book of the Year. He is also the author of several books in Spanish, including Boringkén (2008) and the performance text EnUncIAdOr (2014). Noel’s other works include the DVD Kool Logic Sessions (2005, with composer Monxo López), the artist’s book and web installation The Edgemere Letters (2011, with artist Martha Clippinger), and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (2014), winner of the LASA Latina/o Studies Section Book Award and an honorable mention in the MLA Prize in Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies.
Noel is a contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and a former contributing editor of Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Howard Foundation, and CantoMundo. He lives in the Bronx and is an associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU.