List of Puerto Rican writers

List of Puerto Rican writers

Puerto Rican writers

This is a list of Puerto Rican literary figures, including poets, novelists, short story authors, and playwrights. It includes people who were born in Puerto Rico, people who are of Puerto Rican ancestry, and many long-term residents and/or immigrants who have made Puerto Rico their home, and who are recognized for their literary work. New entries must be placed in alphabetical order and follow the formatting for the list.


  • A 1
  • B-C 2
  • D 3
  • E-G 4
  • H-K 5
  • L 6
  • M 7
  • O 8
  • P-Q 9
  • R–S 10
  • T-Z 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


  • Manuel Abreu Adorno (1955–1984)[1]
  • Rafael Acevedo (born 1960), poet, playwright, fiction writer[1]
  • Alfredo M. Aguayo Educator and writer
    Established the first laboratory of child psychology at the University of Havana[2]
  • Jack Agüeros, author, playwright, poet and translator.[3]
  • Dr. Miguel Algarín, poet, writer
    Co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.[4]
  • Dr. Manuel A. Alonso, poet and author
    Considered by many to be the first Puerto Rican writer of notable importance.[5]
  • Silvia Álvarez Curbelo, writer and historian.[6]
  • Alba Ambert, novelist
    Ambert in 1996, became the first Hispanic author to win the Carey McWilliams Award for Multicultural Literature, presented by the Multicultural Review, for her novel :A Perfect Silence”.[7]
  • Pedro I. Aponte Vázquez, historian, journalist, social scientist, professor and writer.[8][9]
    Author of ¡Yo Acuso! Tortura y Asesinato de Don Pedro Albizu Campos.;[10] Pedro Albizu Campos: Su persecución por el F.B.I.;[11] Crónica de un encubrimiento: Albizu Campos y el caso Rhoads.;[12] Locura por decreto: El papel de Luis Muñoz Marín y José Trías Monge en el diagnóstico de locura de don Pedro Albizu Campos.;[13] El ataque Nacionalista a La Fortaleza;[14] The Unsolved Case of Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads: An Indictment.;[15] Transición [short stories];[16] La hacienda;[17] “Necator Americanus: O sobre la fisiología del caso Rhoads”[18]
  • Dr. Delma S. Arrigoitia, historian, author
    Arrigoitia was the first person in the University of Puerto Rico to earn a master's degree in the field of history. In 2010, her book, "Puerto Rico Por Encima de Todo: Vida y Obra de Antonio R. Barcelo, 1868–1938", was recognized among the best in the category of "research and criticism" and awarded a first place prize by the Ateneo Puertorriqueño.[19]
  • Francisco Arriví, writer, poet, and playwright
    Arriví known as "The Father of the Puerto Rican Theater".[20]
  • Rane Arroyo, poet, playwright and scholar[21]


  • Iván Segarra Báez, novelist, poet, author of Ante la luz de un amor prohibido and director of Revista Literaria de Puerto Rico.
  • Lefty (Manuel) Barreto, novelist, author of autobiography Nobody's Hero (1977)[22]
  • Janette Becerra, short-story writer, poet, professor, literary critic, and lawyer. Author of Doce versiones de soledad, Elusiones, and Antrópolis.
  • Emilio S. Belaval, short-story writer, playwright, essayist, and lawyer[23]
  • Pura Belpré, author
    First Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.[24]
  • Samuel Beniquez, author
    Author of the autobiographical book entitled: Tu alto precio... Mi gran valor.[25]
  • María Bibiana Benítez, playwright
    Benitez is one of Puerto Rico's "first" poetesses.[26]
  • Alejandrina Benítez de Gautier, poet
    Benítez de Gautier's collaboration with the "Aguinaldo Puertorriqueño" (Collection of Puerto Rican Poetry) gave her recognition as a great poet.[27]
  • Tomás Blanco, writer and historian
    Blanco was the author of "Prontuario Historico de Puerto Rico" and "El Prejuicio Racial en Puerto Rico" (Racial Prejudice in Puerto Rico).[28]
  • Juan Boria, Afro-Caribbean poet
    Boria, also known as the Negro Verse Pharaoh, was a poet known for his Afro-Caribbean poetry.[29]
  • Giannina Braschi, Vanguard poet, Spanglish novelist, and performer of spoken word. Titles: "Yo-Yo Boing!", "Empire of Dreams", and "United States of Banana".[30][31]
  • Julia de Burgos, One of the greatest poets to have been born in Puerto Rico; author of "Yo misma fui mi ruta" and "Poema Río Grande de Loíza".[32]
  • Pedro Cabiya, fiction writer[1]
  • Mayra Calvani, writer[33]
  • Zenobia Camprubí, writer/poet (Puerto Rican mother)
    Camprubí was also the wife of Nobel Prize winning author Juan Ramón Jiménez.[34]
  • Nemesio Canales, essayist and poet.[28]
  • Luisa Capetillo Labor activist
    Capetillo was one of Puerto Rico's most famous labor organizers. She was also a writer and an anarchist who fought for workers and women's rights.[35]
  • Jaime Carrero, poet and playwright[1][22]
  • N. Humberto Cintrón, novelist, author of Frankie Christo (1972)[22]
  • Jesús Colón, writer
    "Father of the Nuyorican Movement."[36]
  • Joaquín Colón (1896–1964), author of Pioneros puertorriqueños en Nueva York[37]
  • Manuel Corchado y Juarbe, poet, journalist and politician
    Corchado y Juarbe defended the abolition of slavery and the establishment of a University in Puerto Rico.[38]
  • Juan Antonio Corretjer, poet
    Corretjer was also a journalist and pro-independence political activist who opposed United States rule in Puerto Rico..[39]
  • Zoé Corretjer Lloréns[40][41]
  • Nicky Cruz, Reverend
    Cruz has written two autobiographies, Run Baby Run, with Jamie Buckingham (1968), and Soul Obsession, with Frank Martin (2005).[42]
  • Isabel Cuchí Coll, journalist and author
    Cuchi Coll was the granddaughter of Dr. Cayetano Coll y Toste and niece of José Coll y Cuchí. She served as Director of the "Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueño[43]






  • Pedro A. Malavet, writer
    Malavet wrote "America's Colony: The Political and Cultural Conflict between the United States and Puerto Rico" (Publisher: NYU Press. 2004. ISBN 0814756808; ISBN 978-0814756805).[80]
  • Manuel Manrique, novelist, author of Island in Harlem (1966)[22]
  • Hugo Margenat, poet
    Margenat was also the founder of the political youth pro-independence organizations "Acción Juventud Independentista" and "Federación de Universitarios Pro Independencia".[81]
  • René Marqués, playwright
    Marqués wrote "La Carreta" (The Oxcart) which helped secure his reputation as a leading literary figure in Puerto Rico.[82]
  • Manuel Martínez Maldonado (born 1937), physician, poet, novelist, author of poetry books La voz sostenida and La novela del medio día and of the novel Isla Verde[83]
  • Jaime L. Marzán Ramos, author of Mercedes.[84]
  • Nemir Matos-Cintrón, poet, novelist[85]
  • Francisco Matos Paoli, poet, critic, and essayist
    Matos Paoli was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature in 1977. He was also a Secretary General of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party.[86]
  • Joserramón Melendes (born 1952), poet[1]
  • Dr. Concha Melendez, poet, writer[87]
  • Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, poet[22]
  • Manuel Méndez Ballester, writer[88]
  • Dr. Nancy Mercado, poet, playwright
    Mercado is the author of "It Concerns the Madness," seven theatre plays, and a number of essays. Her work has been extensively anthologized.[89]
  • Rubén A. Moreira Vidal[90]
  • Luis Muñoz Marín, politician and poet
  • Nicholasa Mohr, writer
    Her works, among which is the novel Nilda, tell of growing up in the Puerto Rican communities of the Bronx and El Barrio and of the difficulties Puerto Rican women face in the United States.[91][92]
  • Rosario Morales, poet, co-author of Getting Home Alive (1986)[22]
  • Mercedes Negron Muñoz, a.k.a. "Clara Lair", poet
    Negrón Muñoz was an influential poet whose work dealt with the everyday struggles of the common Puerto Rican.[93]


  • Judith Ortiz Cofer, poet, writer and essayist.[94]
  • Micol Ostow, author
    Ostow wrote of "Mind Your Manners, Dick and Jane". Her novel, "Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa", was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.[95]
  • Dr. José Gualberto Padilla a.k.a. "El Caribe" poet[96]
  • Luis Palés Matos, poet of Afro-Caribbean themes; author of "Tuntún de pasa y grifería" and "Pueblo negro"[97]
  • Dr. Antonio S. Pedreira, writer and educator
    Pedreira's most important book was "Insularismo", in which he explores the meaning of being Puerto Rican.[98]




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External links

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  • Aldama, Frederick. Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature, featuring Puerto Rican authors Miguel Algarín, Giannina Braschi, Pedro Pietri, Miguel Piñero, Esmeralda Santiago, Piri Thomas, et al., Routledge, 2013.
  • Bibliografía de escritores puertorriqueños de la Generación Ochenta (Generation of the 80's).
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  • Callahan, Laura. Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus. John Benjamins Publishing, 2004.
  • Castillo, Debra. Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture. On Ana Lydia Vega and Giannina Braschi. SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture, 2005.
  • López Baralt, Mercedes. Literatura Puertorriqueña del Siglo XX: Antología. San Juan: EDUPR, 2004.
  • Martínez Márquez, Alberto, and Mario Cancel. El límite volcado. Antología de la Generación de Poetas de los Ochenta. San Juan: Isla Negra, 2000.
  • Milligan, Bryce, Floricanto Sí!: A Collection of Latina Poetry. Penguin, 1998.
  • Moreira, Rubén Alejandro. Antología de la poesía puertorriqueña. Vol. I Romanticismo; Vol.II Modernismo y Postmodernismo; Vol. III Contemporánea; Vol. IV Contemporánea. San Juan: Tríptico, 1992-1993.
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  • Torres, Lourdes. "In the Contact Zone: Code-Switching Strategies by Latino/a Writers", JUSTOR, 2007.
  • Stanchich, Maritza. "Insular Interventions: Diasporic Puerto Rican Literature Bilanguaging toward a Greater Puerto Rico." Ph.D. diss, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003.
  • Torres-Padilla, José L. and Carmen Haydée Rivera. Writing Off the Hyphen: New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. University of Washington Press, 2008.
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