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Writing Afrofuturism: An Afro Queer Arts Project in Puerto Rico

October 11, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is a Puerto Rican writer. She’s published books that promote the discussion of Afroidentity and sexual diversity. She is the Director of the Department of AfroPuertoRican Studies, a performative project of Creative Writing based at the Casa Museo Ashford in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is also the founder and chair of Ancestral Black Women, in response to the call by UNESCO to celebrate the International Decade for People of African Descent. She was invited by the UN to speak about women, slavery and creativity in 2015 as part of the Remembering Slavery Program. Her short story collection Las negras, winner of the 2013 National Short Story Prize from the PEN Club of Puerto Rico, explores the limits of the development of female characters who challenge hierarchies of power. Caparazones, Lesbofilias and Violeta are some of her works which explore transgression from an openly visible lesbianism. She has also won the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Prize in 2012 and 2015, and the National Award from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 2008. Her work has been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Portuguese.


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October 11, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


UNC Latina/o Studies Program
UNC Women’s and Gender Studies



2 Responses to “Writing Afrofuturism: An Afro Queer Arts Project in Puerto Rico”

  1. J Rodriguez


    I am Boricua though I do not identify as Afro-Boricua, only because though it does exist in my lineage, it is further back than parents, or even great grandparents. My grandmother’s grandmother is Black, so I do acknowledge and celebrate my African roots but because they are so far back in my ancestry, I am a light-skinned Boricua. That was a lot to say that I am wondering if this is a Black identified space only for this event, because if so I want to honor that and will not attend. Thank you so much for your time in reading and responding to this.

    • Cody

      Hi J,
      This event is open to the public at large and to anyone interested in Afro-Latinx, or Latinx culture, art, and concerns in general. You’re more than welcome to attend and we’d love to have you!
      All the best,


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