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Our Nuyorican Thing: The Birth of A Self-Made Identity

by Samuel Diaz Carrion 2Leaf Press
Pub Date:
04/2014
ISBN:
9781940939070
Format:
Pbk 132 pages
Price:
AU$36.99 NZ$38.25
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What is a "Nuyorican"? And what does it mean? Poet, writer and activist Samuel Diaz Carrion explores this question and more in OUR NUYORICAN THING, THE BIRTH OF A SELF-MADE IDENTITY. What started out as blog correspondence for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's website (2001-2004), quickly turned into a cultural exchange about the Cafe and Puerto Rican culture. OUR NUYORICAN THING is a compendium of those blog entries and emails that also includes Diaz Carrion's poetry seen through the eyes of a "Puerto Rican Indiana Jones" who has quietly studied "the trade route of a new language . . . collecting poetry and stories as the artifacts of the day." This collection is riveting, informative and delightful, and will satisfy any reader with an appetite for cross-cultural discussions.
SAMUEL DIAZ CARRION (January 3, 1947 -- June 30, 2017) was a Puerto Rican poet and writer born in the South Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico. While working as a chemist, he participated in meetings that led to the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New Rican Village and other venues. Over the years, he coordinated poetry and reading series, and managed theatrical events for Pedro Pietri and at the Cafe. Diaz also served as a coordinator for the Puerto Rican-based Bienal de la Poesía Puertoriquena and for La Muestra de la Bienal. He also served as director of Computer and Administrative Office Services (BxCAOS), which assisted small businesses and nonprofits in the arts and housing. OUR NUYORICAN THING was his first book.