Ed Morales is a journalist who has investigated New York City electoral politics, police brutality, street gangs, grassroots activists, and the Latino arts and music scene. He has been a Latin music Newsday columnist and longtime Village Voice contributing writer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Jacobin, and The Nation. He was a contributing editor to NACLA Report on the Americas a frequent contributor of op ed columns for The Progressive Media Project.
Ed Morales is the author of Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture, a definitive view of how Latin@s matter in the US’s race debate, to published by Verso Press. His new book, Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico will be published in September 2019 by Bold Type Press. In March 2002, he published his first book, Living in Spanglish on St. Martin’s Press/LA Weekly Books. A second book, The Latin Beat: From Rumba to Rock, was published on Da Capo Press in 2003. Morales is also a poet whose work has appeared in Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt, 1993) and various small magazines, and whose fiction has appeared in Iguana Dreams (HarperCollins, 1992), and Boricuas (Ballantine, 1994).
He has participated in residencies as a member of Nuyorican Poets Café Live, touring as a spoken-word performer in several cities throughout the East Coast, in California, Florida, Texas, Denmark, and Washington, D.C. Morales has also appeared on CNN, Hispanics Today, Urban Latino, HBO Latino, CNN Español, WNBC-TV’s Visiones, WABC’s Tiempo BBC television and radio, and the Laura Flanders Show.
After publishing his two books, Morales was represented as a lecturer/speaker by the Lavin Agency of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured at Bowdoin College, Vanderbilt University, University of New Mexico, West Chester College in Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Hunter College, Wooster College of Ohio, NYU, and the University of Connecticut.
Morales was the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship in 1992 to research Latino Theater and in 2006-7 he was selected for the prestigious Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. While a Revson Fellow he co-directed a 55-minute documentary called “Whose Barrio?” The film was inspired by “Spanish Harlem on His Mind,” an essay published in 2003 in The New York Times and in the anthology New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times, edited by Constance Rosenblum (NYU Press, 2005).
Ed Morales is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and occasionally appears as a host on WBAI-FM.
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