Miguel Algarín’s ‘High Art Of The Roaches And The Tenements’

Miguel Algarín at the mic. “Always start with Now, then where Now comes from, then the Originators. And always end with the Open Room – not just the mic being open, the whole room being open.” Algarín would have been 80 years old this September 11. Jacob Burckhardt

As much in death as in life, Nuyorican Poets Cafe cofounder Miguel Algarín commands an audience. When he passed away, on November 30, 2020, poet-activist Nancy Mercado came up with the idea of creating a virtual memorial that ballooned into a six-and-a-half-hour tribute to the Rutgers University professor and world-renowned author.

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