EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

The Poems
Piri Thomas, speaks with intensity and clenches his fists while looking downward. Actor portraying Piri Thomas sits in his prison cell, writing, as dramatic shadows of the prison bars cross his face.
Poetry for me was a way out...

For decades, seminal Nuyorican author Piri Thomas has used poetry to confront poverty, racism and violence. Mixing spoken word with dramatization and documentary footage, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET is a multimedia chronicle of his transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist and educator.

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