"There was no one in this country as ferocious as brilliant or as necessary as Pedro Pietri. In these days of growing inequality it is his rebel vision I turn to for hope and for strength. A towering poet, absolutely peerless, explosively talented, a pioneer, and iconoclast, and activist, to whom the entire spoken word movement owes a debt beyond calculation."—Junot Diaz
"One of the great American poets of the 20th Century, a leader of the Nuyorican poetry movement that ignited at Miguel Algarín's Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Perhaps the most progressive and at the same time funniest poet of the period."—Amiri Baraka
"Pietri was poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets."––Ishmael Reed
Pedro Pietri's often playfully absurd poems chronicle the joys and struggles of Nuyoricans—urban Puerto Ricans whose lives straddle the islands of Puerto Rico and Manhattan—and define the Latino experience in urban America. By turns angry, heartbreaking, and hopeful, his writings are imbued with a sense of pride and nationalism and were embraced by the generation of Latino poets that followed him. Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry gathers the most enduring and treasured work among his published books, Puerto Rican Obituary, Traffic Violations, and Out of Order—and contains a generous selection of his previously unpublished works.
Pedro Pietri (1944-2004) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Manhattan. In the early 1970s he was a featured poet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Juan Flores (1943-2014) was a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and director of Latino Studies at New York University. He was the recipient of the Casa de las Americas Prize and the Smithsonian Institution Latino Legacy Award. His books include From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity published by Columbia University Press.
Pedro López Adorno is a professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies of Hunter College since 1987, and a published poet.