“Documenting Performance: Queer Nuyorican Archival Poetics”

March 12, 2019

Karen Jaime interrogates the difficulties faced in attempting to establish an historic archive of performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Jaime draws on over 20 years of experience as both a scholar and artist who worked and performed at the Cafe since the late 1990s, and as a current member of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Founders Archive Project. Her work with the Founders Archive Project seeks to trace a lineage beginning with the organic artistic gatherings in Miguel Algarín’s living room to poetry slams in the early 2000s. Fueled primarily by the queer, Nuyorican, and other marginalized voices at the Cafe, these at-risk archives beg the questions: What are the cultural and economic politics enabling the archival process? Who and what deserves to be remembered?  Read Full Story

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