Jose Angel Figueroa

Biography

José Angel Figueroa is best known for his poetry -- a diverse body of work that reflects searing social commentary about cultural, gender, economic and political issues related to the Latino/a experience in the United States. He is one of the poets associated with the early years of the Neorican literary movement and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His books include Hypocrisy Held Hostage, Noo Jork, and East 110th Street, and his writings have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

Figueroa is also known for his work in the theater. In 2012, he co-produced, wrote, and directed A Tribute to the Life and Times and Work of Piri Thomas, a multi-arts presentation at Hostos Community College. His play Transnightification was directed by Raul Julia at the Joseph Papp Public Theater and his jazz opera, King of the Crabs, was performed at Intar Hispanic American Theater. He also produced and directed The Grassroots Poets Series at Miriam Colon’s Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.

A life-long educator, Figueroa has taught students of all ages in public schools, colleges and universities, community venues and prisons. His work as a children’s literature specialist and language arts consultant with public schools resulted in the editing and publishing of more than 66 volumes of original children’s and youth writings. Presently, Figueroa is a professor of Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean Literature at Boricua College in New York City.

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