A Book Launch and Celebration! - The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida by Dr. Karen Jaime this Thu. Feb 24. 6 PM (EST)
Join us for a book launch and celebration on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 6 pm to honor Karen Jaime’s pathbreaking scholarship and reflect on the history of the New York institution that is the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Dr. Patricia Herrera and Dr. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé will speak to the significance of Jaime’s book for the fields of Latinx Studies and Performance Studies, and for the legacy of the Cafe. Artists Regie Cabico, Emanuel Xavier, and Andrés Chulisi Rodríguez will perform poems and reflect on their relationship to the Cafe as queer performers. The book launch inaugurates the Hemispheric Institutes 2022 event series "Queering the Nuyorican and Archiving its Legacy." This series will mark the publication of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Founders Archive in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL), which Dr. Jaime was instrumental in acquiring and curating.
Karen Jaime (Ph.D., Performance Studies, NYU) is Assistant Professor of and Latina/o Studies. A Visiting Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU (fall 2018) and a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellow (spring 2019), Karen is also a former Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow and a Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida (NYU Press, 2021), uses hip-hop studies, alongside critical race, queer, literary, and performance theories in order to demonstrate the ways in which historically pejorative identity markers are recuperated and recodified as useful tools in the development of contemporary aesthetic practices.