Alan Pelaez Lopez is an Afro-Indigenous nonfiction writer, poet, and educator originally from Oaxaca, MÃ©xico. Alan writes and speaks about race and racism, gender oppression, sex and sexuality, and the interconnections of settler-colonialism and undocumented immigration. Their work is influenced by their own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous and queer undocumented immigrant and organizing with the Student Immigrant Movement, the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and the UndocuBlack Network.
In 2015, Alan was named one of â10 Poets for the Revolutionâ in the Best American Poetry Blog, and one of â10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Knowâ by Remezcla Magazines. They have been published in Everyday Feminism, The Feminist Wire, A Quiet Courage, Black Girl Dangerous, and more. They have also been quoted in NPR, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Colorlines Magazine, Mic Identities, and more.
Alan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where they completed an M.A. in Ethnic Studies and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, as well as teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.