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.