A Celebration of the Work of Poet/Playwrite Tato Laviera
hosted by Mariposa
Friday, April 29th, 2006
& The Urban Jbaros of
Cultural & Educational Center
700 Elton Ave. 2nd Floor
The Bronx, NYC
Tato Laviera (b.1951), is one of the most influential and enduring voices in Puerto Rican literature. Tato Laviera's poetry and plays traverse the cultural and linguistic borders that separate Spanish and English binding together all realities of the Puerto Rican experience. As one of the key figures in the development of the Nuyorican sensibility in literature, Tato's work encodes the history of the Puerto Rican Diaspora as a way to remain culturally mobile between the island and the mainland. The Afro-Boricua rhythms that pulsate in his poems fuse Spanish, English, and Spanglish together in an intoxicating articulation of transnational and transcultural identity.
Published works include:
La Carreta Made a U-Turn. Houston: Arte Pblico Press, 1979.
AmeRcan. Houston: Arte Pblico Press, 1985.
Enclave. Houston: Arte Pblico Press, 1985.
Mainstream Ethics-Etica Corriente. Houston: Arte Pblico Press, 1988.