[September 11, 1941 - ]
Action: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Theater Festival
(1997), Lois Griffith and Miguel Algarin, eds.
For nearly twenty-five years, poets, writers,
artists, actors, directors, and an ever-growing audience have flocked to
New York's landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a breeding ground and showcase
for some of the most original and energetic new works of theater being
produced today, as well as a community gathering place. Now, for the first
time, twenty original plays, monologues, and performance pieces that
debuted at the Nuyorican are gathered together in this book. Featuring the
works of such well-known writers as Miguel Pi'ero, Ishmael Reed, Amiri
Baraka, and Ntozake Shange, as well as emerging names such as Frank Perez,
Eugene Rodriguez, Gloria Feliciano, and Janice Astor del Valle, this
anthology brings together a dazzling and potent chorus of talented voices.
Action gives readers a front-row seat for some of the best theater in
America and celebrates diversity in the dramatic arts.
Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café
(1994), Bob Holman and
Miguel Algarin, eds. --
As the 'New York Observer' writes: 'The
poetry corpse is stirring,' it's beating heart is 'a big, dark,
brick-walled loft on Third Street and Avenue C called the Nuyorican Poets
Cafe'. Welcome to the inside of the explosion! Everyone is in here ' from
founding poets Miguel Pi'ero, Pedro Pietri and Piri Thomas to Reg E
Gaines, Edwin Torres, Paul Beatty, Hal Sirowitz, Carl Hancock Rux, Maggie
Estep, Patricia Smith etc. etc. The classic underground poetry anthology.
Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings
(1975), Miguel Algarin and
Miguel Piñero, eds. with Gil Mendez,
The publication of this collection of poetry marked an important literary
and cultural event. It was the first attempt to collect the poetic work of
emerging New York Puerto Rican writers, who define themselves as Nuyorican.
The anthology was edited by two of the writers who have played a leading
role in fostering and supporting literary activity by this generation.
Algar'n intended his introduction to the book as a Nuyorican poetic
manifesto postulating the emergence of a new poetry with its own poetic
and ideological principles. Algar'n is the founder and proprietor of the
Nuyorican Poets' Cafe in New York City.
(March 31, 2009)
Miguel Algarin, literary mastermind, once again invites you to view the
world through his personal memoir, juxtaposing happiness with sorrow. With
an introduction by Ernesto Quionez, acclaimed writer of "Bodega Dreams",
Survival Supervivencia spans Algarin's complete collection of published
work over the past 35 years. Through raw prose and brutal honesty,
Algarin's poetry takes the reader through an intimate, autobiographical
journey that spans his entire life. From his introduction to writing and
his insight on New York City life to memories and reflections on loved
ones that have passed, Algarin leaves no stone unturned as he bears his
soul for all. Survival Supervivencia is a historical tour de force of
Algarin's life; public and private.
Love Is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida/Poems
An exponent of contemporary Latino literature and
the founder of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe+a7, a poetry salon in New York
City, presents a cycle of poems redolent of the sights, sounds, and
culture of the city.
Time's Now/Ya Es Tiempo
Winner American Book Award
Miguel Algarin, poet of contemplation and action, presents his first book
on the intimate relationships we foment as individuals, nations and
children of a silent god. Openly political, blatantly blunt, religiously
irreverent, Time's Now/Ya es Tiempo takes us from the most recondite
comers of the soul through the streets of New York and to other battle
fields -- this time in Central America -- and finally to union with the
Body Bee Calling from the Twenty-First Century
Algarin's book is a psychic-poetic odyssey into the bionic 21st century.
These poems sin, like those of his master, in their breadth,
indomitableness, irrepressiveness. But all that is in this book of poems
is not Walt Whitman. There's something of Edgar Allan Poe also. And
Algarin, from within his 'aleph' of the Lower East Side, encompasses the
world in its spatial - Rome, Houston, New York - and temporal dimensions -
the past, today and an imagined twenty-first century. But that whole
cosmos is seen from the 'aleph' that is his body.
Winner American Book Award
A book of poems on the cutting edge of cultural innovation. On Call is the
model of Algarin's esthetics; it transcends the search for identity,
roots, heritage. On Call reaches down into the recesses of our calloused
sensitivity, awakens us and, in so doing, makes us part of the poetic
Mongo Affair (1978)
A popular early work by a founding Nuyorican poet, Mongo Affair is the
experience of our chemical-electrical, physical breakdown and the love and
hate for the tar and concrete jungle of Manhattan.
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order Mongo Affair from Nuyrocian Poets Cafe.
Poetry in Motion
Ron Mann, director with Amiri Baraka, Helen Adam, Miguel Algarín, and Ted Berrigan (DVD)
Award winning director Ron Mann filmed over 75 poets
and writers for what AMERICAN FILM called "the Woodstock of Poetry".
Ginsberg, Burroughs, Baraka, Giorno, Ondaatje, Bukowski, and Di Prima are
just a few of the "beat" poets featured for the first time in this
groundbreaking film. Through the spoken word they reinvented language
giving a fresh, loud voice to an era contending with major change. Like
Walt Whitman before them, these poets felt their world deeply, and sought
the assemblage of words to bemoan its injustices and celebrate its
multitudinous beauty. For younger generations Poetry in Motion is
one of the few remaining documents that capture the genius and innovations
of post-modern American poetry. Home Vision Entertainment is proud to
present this well-crafted documentary on DVD for the first time.
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