Award-winning poet/essayist, Louis Reyes Rivera has been studying his craft since 1960 and teaching it since 1969. While attending CCNY, he co-founded The Paper, the first student newspaper in CUNY largely in the hands of Black and Puerto Rican students. The recipient of over 27 awards, Rivera has assisted in the publication of over 200 books, including Adal Maldonado’s Portraits of the Puerto Rican Experience, Bum Rush The Page, The Bandana Republic, and John Oliver Killens’ Great Black Russian. Known as The Janitor of History and the Dean of Nuyorican Poetics, he currently lectures on writing and history while continuing to perform his poetry and often as a featured soloist with Jazz bands.
Contact: Louis Reyes Rivera – (Passed Away)