I remember a place not far from the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe that sold rare books and hosted random acts of culture in a very intimate setting. That setting, is often called a "Tertulia"…it is basically a circle of creative souls sharing their words…their art…their struggles thru whatever means of expression in their hearts. That place was called Agüeybaná Book Store…and I remember that it was there that I bought my first book about Don Pedro Albizu Campos. That bookstore has been gone for a little over ten years now…but the memory of my days seeing events like "Poetry y Tambores" still remained burned in my soul.
Pero ya!!! El pasado es el pasado….
The man behind Agüeybaná, Sery Colón is still around and I am excited to say that he is about to create a new series aptly titled "Tertulia Afternoons" to kick off at Camaradas on Sept. 14th, featuring Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams and Chango's Fire.
On behalf of the whole Sofrito Family…we congratulate this great effort in further celebrating our cultural legacy in NYC.
As I am,
The Urban Jibaro