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Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1973) (New York (N.Y.))


Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Miguel Algarín Papers

Identifier: MSS 253

Miguel Algarín was an award-winning Puerto Rican poet, writer, professor, and cofounder of the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City’s Lower East Side. Through the Café, Algarín helped cultivate the slam poetry movement and provided a diverse venue for aspiring artists. Algarín and fellow poet Miguel Piñero are credited with initiating what is now called Nuyorican Poetry, the first affirmative Puerto Rican literary movement.

Dates: 1959-2015; Majority of material found within 1970-2010

Sandra María Esteves Papers

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: SaEs_001]
Identifier: MSS 25
Scope and Contents

The collection contains numerous short stories and poems written by Sandra María Esteves from 1973-1979.

Dates: 1973-1979

Pedro Pietri Papers

Identifier: MSS 111

The Pedro Pietri Papers are an invaluable resource for information on the eclectic career of one of the Puerto Rican community’s most prolific and experimental writers, as well as one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement. Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, photographs, flyers, posters, writings, artifacts, artwork, videotapes and audiocassettes.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1970-2002; 1939-2004

Nitza Tufiño / Nuyoricans Poets Café Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 194

Nitza Tufiño is a visual artist. In 1970, she became the first female artist of the famed Puerto Rican artist workshop Taller Boricua. This collection includes photographs, correspondence, miscellaneous materials and a video recording of an event/reading at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 1983. Poets include Miguel Piñero, María Mar and Miguel Algarín. The Nuyorican Poets Café has served as a venue for emerging Nuyorican (New York Puerto Rican) artists and writers in New York City.

Dates: 1950s-2010; 1983

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