Lydia Platón Lázaro
Lydia Platón Lázaro, Ph.D., is an independent professor of the English Department at UPR Cayey. She is one of the founding members of Taller Comunidad la Goyco, a cultural and community organization operating in the once abandoned school Pedro Goyco on Loíza Street. She has published two books: Defiant Itineraries: Caribbean Paradigms in American Dance and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and El cuarto acto (Ediciones Callejón, 2005) with visual artist Paloma Todd. In 2019 she launched one season of the podcast “Itinerarios Sonoros” about Caribbean sound for Radio San Juan sponsored by the Puerto Rico Foundation for the Humanities (NEH). She was awarded the Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship in 2019 for the project Novenario, an exhibit and series of events about art and mourning, stemming from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María to be held in 2021 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, PR. Between 2018-2020 she collaborated in the coordination of the first part of Northwestern University’s Puerto Rico Arts Initiative, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more than twenty years she has worked in independent performing and community arts initiatives as performer, producer, and collaborator, as well as publishing performance related articles in journals and anthologies.