NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Algarín, poet, professor and a founder of New York City’s beloved Nuyorican Poets Café performance space, has died. He was 79.
Algarín died Monday at a Manhattan hospital from sepsis, said Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Born in Puerto Rico, Algarín and his family came to New York City when he was a child.
After Algarín had returned to New York with degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania State University, he held gatherings with other poets in his apartment in the early 1970s, exploring Puerto Rican identity and other themes.