The Fire Began On The Fire Escape is a short documentary on Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (“Papo”) the NY-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet associated as one of the founders of the Nuyorican Movement. He is also a playwright, teacher and activist. His new book of poetry, Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition, is comprised of three previously published books that consist of stories about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio. An original member of the Latin Insomniacs Motorcycle Club and a recipient of the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), this short documentary film, Meléndez talks about his poetry, his life and ideas, and of course his new book.

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