Urayoán Noel was born on April 12, 1976, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was raised in Río Piedras. Noel is a professor, cultural organizer, poet, critic, translator, performer, artist, and writer.
Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, including Transversal (University of Arizona Press, 2021), which was recognized as Book of the Year by the New York Public Library; Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015); In Visible Movement (University of Iowa Press, 2014), a critical study of the Nuyorican movement, which received the Latino Studies Award from LASA; and Boringkén (Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008), which was named Book of the Year by El Nuevo Día. Noel has also been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry. In 2022, he was named an inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellow by the Flamboyan Foundation
Noel still resides in the Bronx and is an associate professor in the departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.