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book cover for Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes book Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance. Image of drag queen turned away from camera but looking back at it, wearing an elaborate headpiece depicting a large human eye with eyelash
Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag & Trans Performance
a book talk & conversation with Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes & Arnaldo Cruz Malavé — and performances to be announced!

Oct 6, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Professor @University of Michigan
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Professor and Chair of the Department of American Culture and former director and core faculty member of the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Women’s and Gender Studies. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received his AB from Harvard (1991) and his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and of Escenas transcaribeñas: Ensayos sobre teatro, performance y cultura (Isla Negra Editores, 2018) and coeditor with Deborah R. Vargas and Nancy Raquel Mirabal of Keywords for Latina/o Studies (New York University Press, 2017). His book Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2021 as part of the Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance series.
Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé
Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé is professor of Spanish, comparative literature and Latin American and Latinx Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails, a book about the relationship between art and Latinx popular culture in the gentrifying New York of the 1980s; El primitivo implorante, a study of the intersections of nationalism and queer sexuality in the prose fiction of the Cuban author José Lezama Lima; editor of the anthology of short stories, Cuentos (casi) completos de Manuel Ramos Otero, the Puerto Rican queer diasporic author; and coeditor, with Martin Manalansan, of Queer Globalization: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. He has been the recipient of the NEH and the Ford Foundation fellowships, a visiting professor at Harvard, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of CUNY’s Graduate Center and Fordham University Press.