Nuyorican poet and playwright Pedro Pietri was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Manhattan. A few years after graduating from high school, he was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam War. Upon his return to New York, Pietri joined the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican Civil rights activist group. In the early 1970s, he co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Café with Miguel Piñero
, Miguel Algarín
, and others.
He is the author of Illusions of a Revolving Door: Plays
(1992), The Masses are Asses (
1984), Traffic Violations
(1983), Lost in the Museum of Natural History
(1980), Invisible Poetry
(1979), and Puerto Rican Obituary
(1973), and the recorded performance poetry LPs, Loose Joints
and One Is a Crowd.
His work has been widely anthologized. He died in 2004.
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