Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Algarín's family moved to
Algarín combines his academic career with his creative work as a poet, playwright, and translator. He has published three collections of poetry: Mongo Affair (1974), On Call (1980), Body Bee Calling from the 21st Century (1982), The Time is Now/Ya es tiempo (1984), and Love is Hard Work: Memorias de Loisaida/Poems (1997). In 1975, Algarín collaborated with Miguel Piñero in the landmark publication Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Words and Feelings, which introduced the work of several up and coming poets to readers and critics. Almost two decades later, he coedited with Bob Holman the volume, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe (1994), an extensive collection of the work of poets from many different nationalities who had performed at the Cafe. The volume was the recipient of a 1994 American Book Award.
An accomplished director, producer, and actor, Algarín is also the creative force behind the Puerto Rican Playwrights'/Actors' Workshop and the Nuyorican Theater Festival, activities that provide valuable opportunities to aspiring playwrights and actors to develop their craft. Several of the plays presented at the Nuyorican Theater Festival were compiled by Algarín in the volume Action (1997).
Autor: Dra. Edna Acosta Bel
Published: January 28, 2010.