Ren/Rachel Ellis Neyra is a poet-theorist and a teacher. A Cancer sun, Capricorn moon of Cuban descent born in Memphis, Tennessee, they grew up between the U.S. Deep South and southeastern Florida. Their writing has been published in BOMB Magazine, Artforum, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Sargasso, La Gaceta de Cuba, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Comparative Literature and Culture, La Habana Elegante, and El Diario de Beta-Local. Currently, Ellis Neyra is an Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University. In the past, Ellis Neyra has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Stony Brook University. Their research and writing focus on: Latina/o/x, Caribbean, and Black Diasporic Poetics, Performance, and Music; Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Art; Latina/o/x Studies; Caribbean Studies; Third Cinema; Literary, Film, Queer, and Translation Theories.
Ellis Neyra is based in New York, and was recently living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and writing their academic book, Cry Bomba: Listening to Brown Poetics, in residency at Beta Local.
In their writing, teaching, listening, and meanderings, Ellis Neyra is into thoughtful articulations and movements against a politics of assimilation, progress, straightening, and whitening. How many variations on funky, hoarse, and glittering radicalisms can we imagine in a world that makes bodies and words weary, but wanting to feel otherwise?