“I've rarely seen students as thrilled to have a guest join us, as they were for Yosimar when he was the keynote speaker for the state-wide Queer & Trans People of Color Conference at UC Santa Cruz. Yosimar’s powerful, honest and vulnerable performance and storytelling gifts had everyone in the audience laughing, snapping, “yaaas”-ing, shedding tears of laughter, joy and of pain. As one student shared with me after Yosimar’s performance, “I needed those stories and his energy now more than ever, that was like therapy for my queer, undocumented soul!”
— Travis Becker, Director of the Cantú Queer Center, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Yosimar Reyes creatively theorizes and deconstructs the experiences of undocumented folk, queer folk, and Latinx folk is visionary, cutting edge, and so necessary for all to hear. His critiques are sharp, and his approach is loving and joy-filled. His pain is vivid, and still his voice and vision for self and collective healing is unmatched in the creative world, as well as activist and academic spaces."
— Anita Tijerina Revilla, Associate Professor and Chair on Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies and Ex-Officio Co-Chair of the Association of Joteria Arts, Activism and Scholarship
“Yosimar Reyes humanizes the complex experiences of undocumented immigrants living in the United States today, allowing us to look through a lens layered with joy, struggle, resiliency, and hope. His works pushed my students towards a place of advocacy, action, and creation, showcasing how much we can learn when we listen and allow the affected to tell their own stories.”
— Emily Lang, Des Moines Public Schools