Sunday, March 4, 2012

Louis Reyes Rivera (1945 - 2012): Inside the River of Poetry

Poet and essayist Louis Reyes Rivera, known as the Janitor of History, author of Scattered Scripture and other volumes of poetry as well as editor and co-editor of several anthologies, died on Saturday. Considered a crucial link between the Latino and African American cultures, his influence as a writer and a teacher spanned many generations. In his honor, we reproduce one his most famous essays and a video of his own rendition of "Bullet Cry", his homage-poem to Malcom X ... read more


  1. We've suffered a terrible loss. It hurts to hear and is almost impossible to believe that Louis is gone. There will never be another like Louis. I'm glad I was fortunate enough to have known him personally and have been trained by him. It was one of the best experiences that I could have gone through and I am the better for it.

    Thank you for the prompt reporting of the news. I heard about it on Facebook and had to confirm for myself and your article helped.

  2. Louis Reyes Rivera was extraordinary. I knew him for many years. Though I did not see him often, whenever I was in his company, I learned from him for he was always teaching. He guarded our shared histories with power, dignity, and unbowed, unbroken grace. Above all, he was a warrior wordsmith for truth and justice.



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