Remembering Tato Laviera, nuyorican poet and author

Remembering Tato Laviera, Nuyorican poet and author

by Claudio Iván Remeseira, @HispanicNewYork

5:47 pm on 11/02/2013

“Poet, musician, and dramatist Abraham “Tato” Laviera, one of the greatest representatives of the Nuyorican movement, died on November 1 (Día de los Muertos in the Catholic calendar) at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, his family announced. Mr. Laviera, who had been bed-ridden and unconscious for most of this year, suffered from advanced diabetes.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1951, nine years later his mother brought him to New York City. He studied at neighborhood Catholic schools and went on to attend Cornell University and Brooklyn College, but he never graduated. Instead, he became of director of the “University of the Streets,” an initiative aimed at helping young inner-city Puerto Ricans and other minorities attend college. Later in life he taught at Rutgers University and was active in various forms of community service.”

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