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Rachel Ellis Neyra

Assistant Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 217


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BA Freed Hardeman College
PHD SUNY at Stony Brook

Rachel Ellis Neyra

Rachel Ellis Neyra is a poet-theorist. She works in the fields of Latina/o/x, Black, and Caribbean Studies with emphasis on: American Poetics; the relationship of Poetry, Music, and Performance; Aesthetics; Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Art; Third Cinema; Literary, Queer, Postcolonial, and Translation Theories. 

Ellis Neyra is completing her academic book Cry Bomba: Listening to Brown Poetics. Cry Bomba probes the historical demand of poetics in the field of Latina/o/x Studies as a performative practice of sensing and attending to the sounds made by what we otherwise quarter off as visual, textual, and narrative, as though the senses and genres stay caged in their proper places. Engaging Salsa and Indie music, live and multimedia performance, the novel, theater, poetry, and short experimental films, the book’s multiply inflected audio-visual archive deliberately listens to sites of sonic nonsense, upheaval, sex, and civil disobedience in Puerto Rican, Nuyorican and Chicana/o/x aesthetics. The book’s methodology of poetic listening is an argument for and enactment of subjection and insurrection as audio-visual shapes, emergent from the breaks and touches between brown and black aesthetics.


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Fall 2017
ENGL 231 - 01
Puerto Rican Art and Lit

ENGL 304 - 01
Lyric Poetry and Music

Spring 2018
ENGL 328 - 01
Brown&Black Forms and Feelings

ENGL 350 - 01
Law, "Savage," and Citizen