JT is a queer, latinx immigrant poet, performer and essayist. Her principal aim is to study the underrepresented lineage of poet-performers who use body-based work, paralinguistics, and participatory-approaches to represent complicated racialized subjectivities and narratives in the last half of the twentieth century. Her intended work locates a diverse and often dismissed canon of poetry performance texts—including those of poets Cecilia Vicuña, Pedro Pietri, the Black Arts Movement poets and more contemporary poets including LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Ronaldo V. Wilson — whose “poetry readings” employ methods unique to performance in order to more deftly discuss (de)constructions of race and gender identity. The histories and methods of performance poetry have had unique origins and significances that distinguish themselves from productions of whiteness. In turn, her doctoral work’s primary questions relate to performativity of latinadad, blackness, indigeneity and gender as represented within poetic performance spaces. Given performance’s live, visual and communal nature, poets interested in the complexities of race and its construction turn to performance-based practices to more fully interrogate and reorganize its assemblage as an unstable site.
JT is the author of the books: RED MISSED ACHES/RED MISTAKES/READ MISSED ACHES/READ MISTAKES (Switchback, 2011), POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013) and YOU DA ONE (2014/16 reprint Noemi Books & Letras Latinas). Her work has been featured in Poetry, Best American Experimental Poetry, and Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Emergenyc Fellow.