Orlando Lara
Artist, Writer, Educator, Activist

As an artist, writer, and scholar, I have done work in photography, video, cultural studies, creative writing, and have focused especially on the melding of storytelling and the social protest arts. Currently, I am a member of Sin Huellas, an art collective which created the multi-media exhibit, "Detention Nation." The work has been shown in Houston, Denver, Topeka, and, most recently, in Lubbock.

I am currently the Associate Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at TCU. Previously, I taught Mexican American Studies and Puente classes at Lee College. I continue to work with state-wide efforts to promote Mexican American Studies and Ethnic Studies from Pre-K-PhD in Texas and beyond.

I am a proud Chicana/o Studies major. I also hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell where I taught freshman writing and creative writing. Before that, I obtained a Master's degree in Anthropology and a Certificate in Culture and Media from NYU. While there, I worked with undocumented youth just as the mass "coming out of the shadows" movement erupted. I continue to use my privilege to work with and advocate for undocumented immigrant communities through my creative, academic, and political work.

Works and Projects

Art and Design:
Know Your History, Know Yourself
Detention Nation
Sed: A Trail of Thirst
Wounds in the Sand

"Arpa Viajera"
"Elizabeth's Story"
"El Buddha"

Creative Writing:
El Ciudadano (novel in-progress)
Cuando soy d├ębil (work in-progress)

Academic Interests

Immigration politics, stories, and rights
Vulnerable masculinities and race
Community organizing and social change
Social protest and the arts
Chicanx/Latinx Studies
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Social Media

Twitter @UndocuLabs

Design by olara@orlandolara.com