A multi-arts and multicultural institution
Poet and playwright Miguel Piñero was among the Cafe's founding artists.
A poem by Miguel Algarin, co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Poetry slams are performance poetry competitions that emphasize rhythm and physicality. This is a poem by Jamaal St. John, who has won the Cafe's annual Grand Slam championship multiple times.
Poets selected for the Cafe's annual Slam Team sometimes perform group pieces, like this popular poem by Nuyo Slam Team members Tonya Ingram and Venessa Marco.
At the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, performance poets often collaborate with musicians, as in this duet between poet and actor Craig "muMs" Grant and vocalist Aurora Barnes.
The Cafe has long been a home for Latin Jazz, as well as for poetry and other art forms. Grammy nominee Wilson Chembo Corniel is among the accomplished musicians who often perform at the Cafe.
Renowned Nuyorican Poet Sandra María Esteves collaborated with Latin Jazz greats Ibrahim González and Bobby Sanabria and dancer Mariyn Idaka Worrell in this 2010 workshop performance at the Cafe.
Playwright and poet Ntzoake Shange has been associated with the Cafe since its earliest days; her choreopoems resonate with the Cafe's multi-arts tradition. Here she reads from a new work at the Cafe.
The Cafe often works with artists who campaign for social justice. In 2013, Tony winner Sarah Jones (a Nuyorican Poets Cafe alumnus) interviewed activist Gloria Steinem after a show at the Cafe.
Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz Jam brings acclaimed jazz artists to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In this segment, Tony winner Lillias White performs with Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet.
Boots Riley is among the many well-known hip hop artists who have performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. He recently joined French musician Emilie Lesbros for a duet onstage at the Nuyorican.
Rome Neal, Miguel Algarin, poet Steve Cannon and actress Vinie Burrows gathered at the Nuyo in 2010 to honor writer Ishmael Reed, many of whose plays premiered at the Cafe. Photo: Playthell Benjamin.
Friday nights at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe are always lively and vibrant. Filmmaker Travis Ross documented one of the Cafe's Friday Night Poetry Slams in 2013.
The Cafe stages free concerts and poetry events outdoors every year. This video from BronxNet documents a 2015 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Summerstage performance in the Bronx.
During the Cafe's 35th anniversary celebration in 2008, poet Carlos Andrés Gómez teamed up with tap dancer Savion Glover to deliver a memorable performance.
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Executive Director, Daniel Gallant, discusses the Cafe's 40th anniversary and its future plans in an interview on NY1.
Aja Monet, the youngest poet to ever win the Cafe's annual Grand Slam championship, collaborated with the Cafe on this short poetic film.
A short poem by Reverend Pedro Pietri, one of the Cafe's founding artists.
Exhibit curated by Daniel Gallant, with research and editorial assistance from Tarah Douglas and Chris Lopez.
Special thanks to Jason Quinones, Eliazar Anchicanoy, Anita Contini, the board of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, all of our artists and everyone at Google Cultural Institute.
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