Tato Laviera

Puerto Rican writer

Jesús Abraham "Tato" Laviera (September 5, 1950 – November 1, 2013) was a Hispanic poet and playwright in the United States.


  • In the Lower East Side, the Puerto Ricans had already been ‘project-ed.’ The people were used to living in the projects. They worked on ships on South Street or in hotels. There were a lot of people collecting records, so music became a really important connection between New York City and Puerto Rico. We spoke English in the street and Spanish at home. A lot of music from Puerto Rico was played in the streets and in people’s homes. We listened to Bomba, Plena, pop music and Salsa.

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