Saturday, April 08, 2006

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El Maestro

A Celebration of the Work of Poet/Playwrite Tato Laviera

hosted by Mariposa

Friday, April 29th, 2006

Featured Poets
Live Music
& Dinner

suggested donation

Midnight AfterParty
Tato Torres
& The Urban Jbaros of
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El Maestro
Cultural & Educational Center
700 Elton Ave. 2nd Floor
The Bronx, NYC

Tato Laviera
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.
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