As a writer he has received fellowships from CantoMundo, the Watering Hole, Brooklyn Poets and was chosen as an Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. His work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Asymptote, Pilgrimage Press, Connotation Press & elsewhere. In addition, his poetry has been included in both the Best of Kweli Journal Anthology and ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, the first of its kind published by Arte Público Press. Quiñones was most recently commissioned by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to create a new work honoring those lost when the Towers fell.
As a performer he has featured with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, The Poetry Gods, and BronxNet Television as well as performed at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, La Casita; the Nuyorican Poets Café, Write About Now - Houston, TX, and Jawdance - London. Noel has been featured at numerous colleges, universities, and K-12 schools across the country in addition to various cultural art spaces, non-profit organizations, and conferences, having been the Keynote Speaker at the first NYC Latinx Youth Conference, 2017. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Medium, Remezcla, Blavity, Mitú & elsewhere. Most recently he was a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Club slam team, placing amongst the top twenty teams in the nation.
With almost a decade of experience in the arts, Noel grew tired of the lack of space dedicated to showcasing and empowering Latinx voices. After he was told a New York City slam team could never have more than one Latino he brought together a group of Bronx, Latinx artists and organizers to prove the city wrong. In October, 2017 he founded Project X, a Bronx based arts organization providing the borough with bi-monthly open mics, workshops, community programming, and the Bronx's own Slam Series to produce its first all Latinx Slam Team.
Quiñones is currently on a national tour.
Noel Quiñones is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, performer, and community organizer born and raised in the Bronx. For the past nine years he has dedicated himself to the belief that art, community, and education are inseparable. Through various roles as an English Literature teacher, Youth Development Coordinator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and now an Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at the Brooklyn Friends School, Noel has continued to employ artistic exploration and community engagement inside and outside of the classroom. As an educator he has most recently visited various New York City schools to teach his workshop "Beyond the Black/White Binary: The Inner Ethnic Conflict of Latinidad", seeking to explore the challenges that face Latinx people as well as the false narratives they carry in 21st century America.
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NOEL QUIÑONES is an AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer born and raised in the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and the Watering Hole, and his work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, Kweli Journal & elsewhere. He has featured with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and BronxNet Television as well as performed at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, La Casita, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Jawdance - London. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Button Poetry, Medium & elsewhere. Most recently he was a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Club slam team, placing amongst the top twenty teams in the nation. Currently, he tours the country.