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    PEDRO IS A POET: Pedro Pietri Tribute

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    This tribute to Pedro Pietri was presented at the Nuyorican Poets Café on April 1, 2006 when East Third Street in Lower Manhattan (Loisada) was officially renamed "Reverend Pedro Pietri Way."

    Pedro Pietri (March 21, 1944-March 3, 2004), was a Nuyorican poet and playwright who also co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Café.

    As representative of the literature of protest in Nuyorican culture, Pedro Pietri's work is a strong denunciation of the American system and of Western capitalism. To struggle against these forces, Pedro Pietri wrote in the tradition of Whitman in that he brought an epic voice to the Puerto Rican experience, inviting puertorriqueños to acquire a sense of dignity and pride in their heritage, and to avoid complete cultural assimilation. While his spirit and his works live on, Pedro Pietri remains sorely missed by the poetry community at large.

    TRIBUTE TO PEDRO PIETRI was produced by Gabrielle David in conjunction with THE INTERCULTURAL ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS & SCHOLARS, INC., a NY-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy. (http://www.theiaas.org) Copyright © 2002-2006.