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543 E 6th St New York NY 10009 USA

This is where poet Miguel Pinero at one time resided. It is now the store, Love Shrines. Miguel Pinero (1946-1988) migrated from Gurabo, Puerto Rico with his family when he was a young child. They settled in the Lower East Side. At the age of 24 while in Sing Sing prison serving time for armed robbery, he wrote the play,"Short Eyes" (prison slang for a child molester) during an inmate workshop. After he left prison, Joseph Papp,the owner of the Public Theater, saw the play at the Riverside Church in Manhattan and moved the production of the play to Broadway. The play was nominated for 6 Tonys and won an Obie Award. Pinero is also remembered as a poet, writing a couple books of poetry and performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. He also became involved in film and television, writing an episode for "Miami Vice," and getting small roles in movies, most notably in, "Fort Apache, The Bronx" with Paul Newman.

Credits: From a program for People's Poetry Gathering, 2006. Organized by Steve Zeitlin and Bob Holman. (1:54)