Nuyorican Poets Cafe Announces Interim Executive Director

Caridad De La Luz, aka La Bruja, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
photo by Albert Areizaga @TainoImage

Famed local poetry and performance center, Nuryorican Poets Cafe has announced that Caridad De La Luz will act as interim Executive Director as longtime Executive Director Daniel Gallant exits.

They write:

“Caridad De La Luz, who is also known as La Bruja…has performed, hosted and taught at the Cafe since 1996. She also founded the performance space El Garaje, is a co-director of the Bronx-based arts collective Pepatián, and has served as a board member of the nonprofit Voices UnBroken, as well as a community organizer at The Point and an ensemble member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Her artistic career has included starring roles on- and off-Broadway; appearances on HBO, PBS, and in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled; and teaching engagements with Harvard, NYU, Rutgers, Stanford and many other universities.”

Daniel Gallant served as Executive Director for 13 years and shepherded the Lower East Side cultural institution through a large-scale renovation, while helping to bring the Nuyorican online. You can read about the renovation and an interview with Gallant here.