Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes

Nationally Acclaimed Queer Undocumented Poet, Storyteller, and Activist



Hailing from East San Jose, California, by way of Guerrero, Mexico, Yosimar Reyes quickly made a name for himself at the tender age of sixteen, exploding onto local Bay Area stages and captivating his audiences with deeply moving spoken word performances.

Through his inspiring narratives and indomitable presence, Yosimar continues to be a leading voice in contemporary poetry and an important figure for queer and undocumented immigrant communities. He harnesses the power of storytelling to generate cultural wealth and champion immigrant narratives.

Reyes’ repertoire has since evolved to include nationally-acclaimed keynotes, writing workshops, and his one-man show, “Prieto,” a coming-of-age story that explores subjects like migration, sexuality, and socio-economic struggle—all while empowering his audiences to tap into their own creative potential.

In addition to being the first-ever undocumented poet to achieve Santa Clara County Poet Laureate status, Reyes was chosen to be a 2024 Creative Ambassador by the City of San Jose, The Advocate named him one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World,” and Remezcla included him on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”

His writing has appeared in publications such as MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry, Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings and the forthcoming, UndocuPoetics.

UndocuJoy: Shifting the Perspective in Undocumented Representation As the media focuses on gloom and doom narratives concerning undocumented immigrants in this country Yosimar offers an insightful look at the ways in which undocumented artists are resisting narratives of fear and creating works that give people hope. In this presentation Reyes explores the ideas of agency and allowing undocumented people to exist beyond narratives of deportations.

We Never Needed Papers to Thrive A poignant and insightful workshop aimed at looking ways in which immigrants can be masters of their own narratives. This creative writing workshop aims to explore stories of resilience.


Share the UndocuJoy! | Define American


1 (800) SAVE - DACA


The Legalities of Being


2017 - Brave New Voices - Queeriosity: Yosimar


CECLC 2022 Keynote: Yosimar Reyes

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

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