On this edition of From The Vault we feature a special edition of Grace Cavalieri’s Poet and the Poem series called Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café, which showcases the work of Puerto Rican poets. The Puerto Rican poetry scene in New York City exploded with the 1973 founding of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the East Village apartment of writer poet and Rutgers Professor Miguel Algarin; by 1975 the group outgrew Miguel’s apartment and began renting an Irish pub a few blocks away on East 6th Street, quickly earning a reputation as one of the country’s most respected non-profit arts organizations. In 1996, some of the Café artists travelled to WPFW’s Washington, DC studios to perform on Cavalieri’s program, including Nuyorican Poets Café Founder Algarin, Nuyorican Poetry Slam founder Bob Holman, Ed Morales, Tracie Morris, Dael Orlandersmith, Kenneth Carroll, Magdalena Saavedra, Willie Perdomo, and Edwin Torres.

Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café

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On this edition of From The Vault we feature a special edition of Grace Cavalieri’s Poet and the Poem series called Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café, which showcases the work of Puerto Rican poets. The Puerto Rican poetry scene in New York City exploded with the 1973 founding of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the East Village apartment of writer poet and Rutgers Professor Miguel Algarin; by 1975 the group outgrew Miguel’s apartment and began renting an Irish pub a few blocks away on East 6th Street, quickly earning a reputation as one of the country’s most respected non-profit arts organizations. In 1996, some of the Café artists travelled to WPFW’s Washington, DC studios to perform on Cavalieri’s program, including Nuyorican Poets Café Founder Algarin, Nuyorican Poetry Slam founder Bob Holman, Ed Morales, Tracie Morris, Dael Orlandersmith, Kenneth Carroll, Magdalena Saavedra, Willie Perdomo, and Edwin Torres.

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