October 20, 2011
Piri Thomas gave voice to generations of Latino Americans across the U.S. He died Monday at the age of 83. His acclaimed 1967 autobiography, Down These Mean Streets, chronicled his life growing up in New York’s Spanish Harlem, and the poverty and racism that he and his community experienced there.
Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas
PBS PBS on Mar 26, 2009
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/ – Poet Piri Thomas uses creative expression to confront poverty, racism, violence and isolation.