Jose Angel Figueroa
José Angel Figueroa is best known for his poetry -- a diverse body of work that reflects social commentary about the Puerto Rican and Latino/a experience in the United States. One of the poets involved with the early years of the Neorican literary movement and the Nuyorican Poets Café, his work has been published widely in anthologies, literary journals and artistic magazines in the U.S. Latin America, Puerto Rico and Europe. Among his previous books are Hypocrisy Held Hostage, Noo Jork, and East 110th Street.
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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A Mirror In My Own Backstage
by Jose Angel Figueroa
José Angel Figueroa has been a major contributor to the Puerto Rican and Latino literary movement in the United States. In this collection of poetry and prose, he explores themes of migration and the Latino experience as well as philosophical-existential reflections about love and the human experience. Figueroa's work has been widely published in the U.S., Latin America, Puerto Rico and abroad.
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