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PEDRO PIETRI: A Puerto Rican Obituary
October 21, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmRSVP
Join us for an evening in celebration of Pedro Pietri’s life! Poet and NYU Assistant Professor Urayoan Noel will be in conversation with editor and literary critic Pedro López Adorno to discuss Pedro Pietri’s life and most recent published book, Pedro Pietri Selected Poetry. Also enjoy spoken word performances by artists Nancy Mercado, Papoleto Melendez, Mariposa, and The Welfare Poets!
Pedro Pietri Selected Poetry was edited by Pedro López Adorno and the late Juan Flores and was published earlier this year by independent publisher, City Light Books in San Francisco, CA.
Pedro Pietri (1944-2004) was born in Ponce Puerto Rico and raised in Manhattan. He was a poet, playwright and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, a space for artists who at the time were not accepted in mainstream, academic or publishing industries.
About Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri’s often playfully absurd poems chronicle the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans—urban Puerto Ricans whose lives straddle the islands of Puerto Rico and Manhattan—and define the Latino experience in urban America. By turns angry, heartbreaking, and hopeful, his writings are imbued with a sense of pride and nationalism and were embraced by the generation of Latino poets that followed him. Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most enduring and treasured work from his books—Puerto Rican Obituary, Traffic Violations, and Out of Order—and contains a generous selection of his previously unpublished writings.
“There was no one in this country as ferocious as brilliant or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation.”—Junot Diaz
“One of the great American poets of the 20th Century, a leader of the Nuyorican poetry movement that ignited at Miguel Algarín’s Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. Perhaps the most progressive and at the same time funniest poet of the period.”—Amiri Baraka
“Pietri was poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets.”—Ishmael Reed
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