Pedro Pietri

2002 EP. NO. 3
 PEDRO PIETRI PHOTOPoet and playwright Pedro Pietri’s work is an expression of the struggle for Puerto Rican liberation, inspiring poets of oppressed peoples in the United States and abroad since the 1960’s.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in the Genral Grant Housing Projects in Harlem, Pietri attended public schools in New York City and was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War from 1966-68. His publications include Illusions of a Revolving Door: Plays (1992) (the first time a Nuyorican writer published his work in English on the island); The Masses are Asses (1984); Traffic Violations (1983); Lost in the Museum of Natural History (1980); Invisible Poetry (1979); and Puerto Rican Obituary (1973). His work has also been included in anthologies such as: The Prentice Hall Anthology of Latino Literature (ed. Eduardo del Rio, 2002); The Outlaw Bible of American poetry (ed. Alan Kaufman, 2000), The Latino Reader (eds. Harold Augenbraum and Margarite Fernandez Olmos, 1997), Inventing a Word: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Poetry (ed. Julio Marzan, 1980), and The United States of Poetry. His honors include several New York State Creative Arts in Public Service grants and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Pedro Pietri passed away on March 3, 2004. See “Tributes” for more info.

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