SpeakOut Ed Talks - We Never Needed Papers to Thrive

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Through a poetic lens, nationally-acclaimed queer poet and speaker Yosimar Reyes weaves humor and storytelling into this SpeakOut Ed Talk webinar about what it means to be undocumented in today’s current political reality. Drawing from personal anecdotes, he takes us on a journey of self-empowerment and perseverance, giving us insight into the ways undocumented communities continue to build lives despite adversities.

Yosimar is part of a new generation of undocumented artists who are resisting narratives of fear and creating works that give people hope. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”

Yosimar is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the media and culture organization, Define American.