Chicago…Home To The Only Puerto Rican Museum In The U.S.


Chi-Ricans don’t always get the love they deserve. With the historical center of the Puerto Rican diaspora based around the New York metro area, and the more recent exodus of Boricuas into central Florida, it’s easy to overlook the 100,000-strong community holding it down for la Isla del Encanto in the Windy City.

But that hasn’t stopped Chicago’s Boricuas from repping hard. From the original Young Lords, to the Paseo Boricua, Chicago Ricans have been quietly creating some of the most iconic expressions of puertorriqueñidad in the diaspora. And this year they celebrate another milestone as the U.S.’s only museum dedicated entirely to Puerto Rican arts and culture …

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Latino Poets Featured At Sunken Garden Festival This Year

juan felipe herrera


This year’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on Sunday, August 7th, at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, will have a Latino flavor. The U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, is  the featured poet.

Considered by many the premier Latino poet in the U.S., Herrera has a distinguished record, having published thirty books ranging from collections of poetry to books for young children.  His awards include fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and a Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

The position of U.S. Poet Laureate has been held by such ...

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