Jack Agüeros

1934–2014
Puerto Rican poet, activist, and translator Jack Agüeros was born in 1934 in New York City. He served as director of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem for nearly a decade, advocating the inclusion of Puerto Rican artists into the American art world of the 1970s. Agüeros was the author of three books of poems: Lord, Is This a Psalm? (2002), Sonnets from the Puerto Rican (1996), and Correspondence Between the Stone Haulers (1991), all published by Hanging Loose Press. He also published a collection of Julia de Burgos translations, titled Songs of the Simple Truth (1997). In 2012, Agüeros received the Asan World Prize for Poetry.

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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

LIFE SPAN 1934–2014

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Puerto Rican poet, activist, and translator Jack Agüeros was born in 1934 in New York City. He served as director of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem for nearly a decade, advocating the inclusion of Puerto Rican artists into the American art world of the 1970s. Agüeros was the author of three books of poems: Lord, Is This a Psalm? (2002), Sonnets from the Puerto Rican (1996), and Correspondence Between the Stone Haulers . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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