Lucky CienFuegos

Lucky CienFuegos is considered one of the founders of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. These artists sought to build a creative, social space in the city for Puerto Ricans, where patrons could bear witness to what the writer David Vidal called “a new, intensely cathartic poetry that was born on New York City’s streets.”

In the early 1970s, Miguel Algarín, born in Puerto Rico but raised on the Lower East Side, began inviting other Nuyorican poets to his apartment on East Sixth Street for readings and performances. Algarín and his contemporaries, including Miguel Piñero, Pedro Pietri and Lucky CienFuegos, were part of a growing artistic scene in what was then a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood, drawing on their identities and daily struggles for their work. The salon quickly outgrew Algarín’s living room, so he and a few other artists began renting an Irish bar down the street to fit more people. In 1981, they bought their current building on East Third Street and, after a lengthy renovation process, formally opened it to the public in 1990 as a space for Nuyorican poets to experiment and hone their craft. – NY Times

From left to right, the poets Miguel Algarín, Lucky CienFuegos and Richard August, three of the original founders of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.Credit…Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightFlamingo Flomongo 1978-79 Season