NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Algarín, poet, professor and a founding father of New York Metropolis’s beloved Nuyorican Poets Café efficiency area, has died. He was 79.
Algarín died Monday at a Manhattan hospital from sepsis, stated Daniel Gallant, government director of the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Born in Puerto Rico, Algarín and his household got here to New York Metropolis when he was a baby.
After Algarín had returned to New York with levels from the College of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania State College, he held gatherings with different poets in his condominium within the early Nineteen Seventies, exploring Puerto Rican id and different themes.
Out of that was created the Nuyorican Poets Café, which by 1981 had moved to a constructing on Manhattan’s decrease east aspect the place it stays.
“Miguel was an excellent poet, an influential professor and chief, and a supportive mentor who impressed and guided generations of artists,” Gallant stated.
Algarín was a prolific author, with a number of books of poetry to his identify, and edited a number of anthologies as nicely.
He spent years at Rutgers College in New Jersey, the place he taught lessons on Shakespeare, artistic writing and ethnic literature, and have become a professor emeritus.
Gallant stated the cafe would have an internet tribute for Algarín this month, and would do one thing in individual as quickly as circumstances enable.
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