Carli Olivia Torres Humanities
Examining Diaspora through Distortions of Space and Time in Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary
Scholars JournalThe Nuyorican Poetry Movement emerged in the 1960s after a mass migration of Puerto Ricans to a politically turbulent New York City. An artistic community formed that displayed a unique creative voice as poets played with both English and Spanish. Carli’s project focuses on Pedro Pietri and his collection Puerto Rican Obituary. In his poetry, he creates complex landscapes merging Puerto Rico and New York. Carli’s focus is on how time and space work in these landscapes and how it helps Pietri attempt to define an identity for the Puerto Rican diaspora. She is also interested in how his involvement in political activism shaped his work. Part of her research includes traveling to New York to explore the Pedro Pietri Papers Archive in CENTRO at Hunter College.
Major: English, Creative Writing minor
Mentor: John Alba Cutler, English