Nuyorican Poet Tato Laviera Donates His Papers to Centro

Centro,s 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our History campaign is all about encouraging Puerto Ricans who have made a difference to donate to the Centro Archives. Centro is honored to have the donation of beloved Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera’s papers.

Centro will pay a special tribute to Laviera and the more than 100 other donors who have contributed their papers and oral histories to our Archives at a public reception Thursday, October 17, as part of Centro’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem.

Laviera has been a longtime friend and supporter of Centro. A writer, poet and playwright, Laviera’s work is a linguistic and artistic celebration of Puerto Rican culture, African Caribbean traditions, and life in New York City and in general. He has been dubbed as “chronicler of life in El Barrio.” Laviera whose full name is Jesús Abraham Laviera Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico in 1951. He has lived in New York City since 1960. A second generation Puerto Rican poet, playwright and educator, he has devoted his life to the socio-economic and cultural development of Puerto Ricans in New York. A virtuoso of the English and Spanish languages, he writes in Spanglish addressing all types of race, language and history issues in his musical theatre and poetry. Among his books are Carreta Made a U-Turn, AmeRícan, Mixturao, Enclave and Mainstream Ethics.