Jesus Papoleto Melendez

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (“Papo”) is a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet most associated with the Nuyorican movement.

  • A poetry-facilitator working in the public schools, Meléndez’ career spans over 30-years, during which time he has coordinated many successful “Poetry/Creative Writing” workshops, affecting the lives of thousands of young people. He has developed a unique program that offers cross-curriculum creative writing experiences, emphasizing poetic form and expression, while merging computer desktop publishing techniques and technology in the classroom.
  • Meléndez recently published his long-awaited poetry collection, Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition (2Leaf Press, 2012). This 300-page collection, comprised of his three previously published books, consist of 59 poems about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio, during the 1960s and 1970s that remain extremely relevant to this day.
  • Meléndez is a recipient of the Union Settlement Association “Innovation Award” (2011); The 1st Annual “El Reverendo Pedro Pietri Hand Award” in Poetry (2006); El Spirit Republic de Puerto Rico, El Puerto Rican Embassy; The Universes Poetic Ensemble Company Award in Appreciation of Inspiration & Commitment to the Development of the Company (2006); The Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); a 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry; an Artist for Community Enrichment Award (ACE) from the Bronx Council on the Arts (1995); and a Combo (Combined Arts of San Diego) NEA Fellowship in Literature (1988).

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