Wesleyan portrait of Ren  Ellis Neyra

Ren Ellis Neyra

Associate Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 217

Associate Professor, African American Studies

Coordinator, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory


BA Freed Hardeman College
PHD SUNY at Stony Brook

Ren Ellis Neyra

Professor Ellis Neyra writes in the fields of Caribbean, African diaspora, and U.S. Latinx studies of aesthetics, focusing especially on poetry, music, cinema, and literary theory. Ellis Neyra is as interested in the possibilities for thought that emerge between aesthetic and literary forms and critical and literary theory as in zones of impossibility, negativity, impasses, and ethical quandaries. Ellis Neyra has additional interests in deconstruction, Third Cinema, Cine Imperfecto, ethics of reading, and translation. At Wesleyan, Ellis Neyra is the Coordinator of the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate: https://www.wesleyan.edu/theory/about.html.

Ellis Neyra is the author of The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (Duke University Press, 2020). Some recent work includes: "White Mythologies" (Small Axe Journal); "The Question of Ethics in the Semiotics of Brownness" (sx salon); and an interview with Black Agenda Report's Book Forum editor.

Three new book projects are underway: one tentatively titled "Re-reading: The Violence of Relation"; another about the Kardashians, the Bobbitts, and domesticity; and a third project about the long history of sovereignty in Caribbean literature. As a writer, Ellis Neyra thinks in the genres (and temporalities) of critical, scholarly essays, as well as art reviews, and poetry, and has published work with: Small Axe Journal; sx salon; Radical History Review; Public Books; Habana Elegante; La Gaceta de Cuba; Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and CultureJournal of Popular Music Studies; The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies; ASAP/Journal; ARTFORUM; BOMB magazine; Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. Ellis Neyra published their debut book of poetry, Meteor Shower/ Días Sin Shower (2017), and a co-edited, collaborative volume, Caribbean Cautionary Tales (2017), with La Impresora Press, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Office hours for Current Students and Advisees (including SCCTC students): W, 11-1 PM via Zoom.

Schedule meetings here: calendly

Students: Note, *I do not hold drop-in hours* in general, and this Fall 2022, office hours will be held via Zoom. Please schedule and come prepared to discuss topics relevant to course studies, writing assignments, and conceptual questions emergent from course readings.

Students who would like to discuss questions about graduate school and academic planning, please email me at rellisneyra [at] wesleyan.edu to schedule a time-appropriate meeting for these important intellectual matters.

The professor encourages students experiencing medical, psychological, and/or emotional events to use the appropriate resources (i.e., mutual aid, medical expertise, somatic and/or spirtual guidance) on campus and in the world for such important, sometimes political, and  deeply private matters. Please note that the professor is not trained to offer these resources in any professional capacity.


Fall 2022
ENGL 301 - 01
1492: States of War

Spring 2023
ENGL 201R - 01
Ways of Reading: Strange Inhe

ENGL 320 - 01
The Senses in Film and Poetry