Joseph Cáceres is a queer Puerto Rican writer from the South Bronx. His work has been published in Slice, Cosmonauts Avenue, CURA, and Emerge: 2019 Lambda Fellows Anthology. An alumnus of the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Joseph is also the recipient of the Bronx Council of the Arts’ Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Grant for Fiction, and LAMBDA Literary Writers Residency for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. An English PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he studies queer American artists of African and Caribbean descent, Joseph has received three Lost & Found: CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Archival Research Grants; CUNY’s Archival Research in African American & African Diaspora Studies Award; the Center for Place, Culture and Politics Dissertation Award; and the Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Doctoral Fellowship for his work with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Founders Archive Project. He, along with Lois Elaine Griffith, the last surviving founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, co-edited an anthology memorializing the life and work of the Cafe’s founder, Miguel Algarín, Memorias de Miguel: The Hard Work of Love, which was published by NYU’s Hemispheric Institute in 2022. Joseph is currently working on several projects revolving around the unpublished works of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s queer founders.


Seminars & Working Groups

Nuyorican Artists in the Cafe

This Nuyorican Artists in the Cafe working group is looking to document the influence of artists who have emerged from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, from its inception in 1973 and onward.