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Miguel Antonio Gómez Piñero (December 19, 1946 – June 16, 1988) was a playwright, actor and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café.
- Theater is the only thing that still belongs to the people
- As quoted in the book Captive Audience: Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theatre from a 1974 interview that Piñero did
- Prison is a society within a society. It’s a reflection of life in the streets. The jargon may be different, but we think and feel the same as on the streets and we recreate it in prison.
- As quoted in the book Captive Audience: Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theatre about Piñero’s views regarding prison culture
Quotes about Piñero
- His poetry and the plays are so fraught with the things that aggravated and influenced him and ultimately made his life successful. He took this form and infused it with an urban, Latin lifeblood that had never been used in poetry before. He was remarkable as a writer in terms of never really self-editing himself or censoring himself.
- Benjamin Bratt on how he crafted the artist’s portrayal in the biopic Piñero (2001) in “Interview: Benjamin Bratt and Leon Ichaso Talk Piñero” in Slant Magazine (2001 Dec 21)
- I happen to feel that [Piñero] was a romantic character and there was something about his love for land that was very wonderful, the way he held Puerto Rico, that elusive homeland in the foreground of his thoughts and writing. For all of us who are uprooted and thrown into this city, to keep a semblance of that is always so dignified. That would make it perhaps a bit nostalgic for me because people like that don’t seem to be around anymore.
- On how he characterizes Miguel Piñero in “Interview: Benjamin Bratt and Leon Ichaso Talk Piñero” in Slant Magazine (2001 Dec 21)
- When I started writing, there were only two women writers that I knew: Lorraine Sutton and Margie Simmons. There were very few Latinas writing in English... So when I started, I was mainly surrounded by men-Pedro Pietri, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Lucky Cienfuegos, Miguel Algarín, Miguel Piñero, Tato Laviera. Many of them had books already published. I was like a sponge, absorbing different things from these male contemporaries.
- Sandra María Esteves interview in A Poet's Truth by Bruce Allen Dick