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Our Nuyorican Thing

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The Birth of a Self-Made Identity
by Samuel Diaz Carrion
Introduction by Urayoán Noel
SEPT. 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-08-7 (eBook)
LCCN: 2013953972
NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES

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What is a “Nuyorican”? And what does it mean? Poet, writer and activist Samuel Diaz Carrion explores this question and more in OUR NUYORICAN THING, THE BIRTH OF A SELF-MADE IDENTITY. What started out as blog correspondence for the Nuyorican Poets Café’s website (2001-2004), quickly turned into a cultural exchange about the Café and Puerto Rican culture. OUR NUYORICAN THING is a compendium of those blog entries and emails that also include poetry, short prose and historical photographs about the Nuyorican experience through the eyes of Diaz Carrion, a “Puerto Rican Indiana Jones” who has quietly studied “the trade route of a new language . . . collecting poetry and stories as the artifacts of the day.” This collection is riveting, informative and delightful, and will satisfy any reader with a cultural appetite. Cover design: Clare Ultimo.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SAMUEL DIAZ CARRION
SAMUEL DIAZ CARRION is a Puerto Rican poet and writer born in the South Bronx. While working as a chemist, he participated in meetings that led to the founding of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New Rican Village and other venues. Over the years, he has coordinated poetry and reading series, and managed theatrical events for Pedro Pietri and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Diaz also served as a coordinator for the Puerto Rican-based Bienal de la Poesía Puertoriqueña and subsequent events for La Muestra de la Bienal. He currently heads Computer and Administrative Office Services (BxCAOS), which assists small businesses and nonprofits in the arts and housing. OUR NUYORICAN THING is his first book.
 

INTRODUCTION BY URAYOÁN NOEL

URAYOAN NOEL
URAYOÁN NOEL is an assistant professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a visiting assistant professor of English at NYU. He is the author of various books of poetry, including, most recently, Los días porosos (The Porous Days), and he has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation and CantoMundo, among others. Also a performer and translator, he has published or has essays forthcoming in Contemporary Literature, Latino Studies, and Small Axe. His book, In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Univ. of Iowa Press) is forthcoming. Noel is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and lives in the Bronx.

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What People Are Saying

If you ever wanted to know about the Nuyorican experience from a sociological viewpoint, then get Our Nuyorican Thing in your possession. This book will provide deep insight and first hand observations on the Nuyorican movement from the inside out.

— Bonafide Rojas, author of Renovatio and When The City Sleeps

Our Nuyorican Thing by Sam Diaz is a must read about all things Nuyorican in essays that emerged from the heart of the Mother Matrix, the Nuyorican Poets Café . . . a poetic buffet for the universal creative spirit that is comprehensive, intelligent, insightful, sensitive and beautifully written “. . . in the service of poetry.” Bravo!

—Sandra María Esteves, poet,
teacher and activist

Sam Diaz, an original from the time the Nuyorican poets first walked as in Genesis, deconstructs and reconstructs all of those assumptions of identity and poetry that wonders identity. Take the plunge, you may find your own “Nuyoness.”

— Keith Roach, poet, author, activist and
former Nuyorican Poets Café SlamMaster

Sam Diaz Carrion sets out to tackle the ever ephemeral nature of the human being. His words and stream of consciousness are an embodiment of humanity’s nature; an ever fickle, vacillating, equivocal species. In these pages, he takes his readers through the labyrinth that is the human.

—Nancy Mercado, Ph.D., writer, poet and editor

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