Why I Write: Noel Quiñones
In his foreword to the book Nuyorican Poetry, an Anthology, Miguel Algarín states, “The Nuyorican poet is responsible for creating newness. The newness needs words, words never heard before or used before. He has to invent a new language, a new tradition of communication.” Growing up in the Bronx, I was exposed to proof that in order to build newness you must first break binaries. I heard the ways Hip-Hop and Salsa danced with each other, I watched as diverse communities came together to praise the same god, and I stood in awe as my father came out as a gay man to my family. All of this was possible in the Bronx and so I write to remix and reclaim my lived experience and the stories of my family and my ancestors.
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