Diana Gitesha Hernandez

Diana Gitesha Hernandez was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and moved to NYC at one month of age.  She identifies herself as a Nuyorican poet and made her first appearance as a poet at the early Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1974 and gave her first professional reading at the Henry Hudson Theatre in 1975.  Besides writing poetry she is a painter/printmaker and jazz singer.  She has been heard on WBAI, poetry venues throughout the city, as member of Barry Harris Jazz Chorus Ensemble and had her own band, Orgasmic Orchestra.  She appears in Longshot, Aloud!; Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Anthology, BE Magazine, Sound of Water, Heal; between the pages of these folks we seek a panacea, Farid Bitar's CD Poetry collection “Fatoosh” and Brant Lyon's collection "Beauty Keeps Raising Her Sharp Knife Against Me".  She is author of two chapbooks, "Slingshot Luv; Love Poems from a Nuyorican Princess Dreaming of Rimbaud and Raw Lips Melao, a Nuyorican Rhapsody.  Hernandez has recently debut her CD, IMBUED where she sings jazz standards with her original poetry. Founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Miguel Algarin has this to say about Diana’s work: "Hernandez embraces words with a clear and pungent urgency that makes her poems swirl with passion."

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