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Alberto O. Cappas is a gifted Puerto Rican/Latino poet/author, who is also founder of several businesses involved in educational and social services of benefit to the Black and Latino communities.

Background Information

Alberto Oscar Cappas is a poet and entrepreneur in several diverse areas. He is the author of Never too late to make a U-Turn: An Educational Pledge & 15 Questions leading to Self-Development, a motivational book for parents and youth-at-risk; and author of The Pledge: A Guide for Everyday Living, published in 2001. He is also the author of the following poetry collections: Doña Julia & Other Selected Poems, Author House Publishers, 2002; Disintegration of the Puerto Ricans, Don Pedro Enterprises, 1997; and Echolalia, Carlton Press, 1989. His poetry has been included in many publications and anthologies in the United States and Canada. Cappas is the recipient of the “Keepers of Our Culture” Award for Literature, presented to him by the New York State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee -- on September 15, 1994. His talents and skills as a writer, interest in the human condition and concern for those socio-economic issues which impact the Puerto Rican/Latino community, have served to foster in him an active interest and involvement as a journalist. This has led to his role as co-publisher and co-editor of the The New Tomorrow (TNT) and the Latino Village Press (LVP), two monthly publications designed to educate and inform the Puerto Rican/Latino community about the importance of going into business and developing Latino economic institutions and infrastructures. His accomplishments and achievements list him as the founder and Chairperson of the AOC Speakers Bureau, the only Latino and African American speakers’ bureau in the country (now known as A&L Speakers & Consultants). He is founder and Chairperson of Don Pedro Cookies, the makers of Don Pedro Cookies; and he is co-founder of A Place for Poets, a national publication which featured aspiring Latino and other emerging writers and poets. Further, his works have achieved wide interests, growing appeal and numerous accolades. It should be noted that his work has been featured and preserved in the City of Buffalo’s new Metro subway system, with a commissioned work by the Niagara Frontier’s Transportation Authority of an artistic “vignette” with two other Latino artists. The work is a thirty-foot steel tile mural that reflects the search for a sense of belonging in this city. Also, his early works have been included in the renowned Schomburg Library’s archives.     

Birth Place
Yauco, PR USA

Alberto O. Cappas is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo and a recipient of the NYC Urban League’s Charles Evans Hughes Award for Creative Writing -- presented to him by Harlem Preparatory School in 1967. He has been highly recognized and acknowledged for his writing and community service. He is the recipient of many awards and accolades. March 12, 1977 was named the Alberto O. Cappas Day by the late former mayor of Buffalo, NY, Stanley Makowski. He was also presented with the Literature Award by the NYS Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.

Additional Information

Clear, Natural and Poignant. These words accurately describe Alberto O. Cappas’ work. Cappas understands the suffering and struggles of Puerto Ricans living in Mainland America as well as in Puerto Rico. His poetry traces their hopes, problems, and misconceptions from the island to the mainland where they discover dreams do die hard. In the poem “Suicide of a Puerto Rican Jibaro,” one need not be Puerto Rican to identify with the alienation faced when entering a cold, foreign, and jungle-like world. Cappas successfully explores what such a drastic change can mean for a Puerto Rican away from his island, where he is the majority. In “Jibaro,” for the Puerto Rican man who comes to the United States, “A million times his body was raped by the unfriendly cold... to pursue the American Dream...” Cappas is a relentless observer and commentator of what happens when a people leave their homeland, or forget where they come from, to pursue the uncertainties of the American Dream. His poetry, ironic at times, questions whether this dream does exist. In “A Spoken Secret,” “Light skin Puerto Ricans forget to speak Spanish... and dark skin Puerto Ricans adopt hot combs to straighten their hair.” In “Doña Julia,” a woman is trapped like a mouse in America and so commits suicide as a last attempt to return to her homeland. And in “Maria,” a young girl sits patiently thinking about her experiences in New York since leaving Puerto Rico and now waits “for the overdose (of a drug) to take effect.” Of course this is not to say that all Puerto Ricans who emigrate to the United States end up killing themselves but it does show that Cappas is keenly aware of a sort of cultural and spiritual death that happens to Puerto Ricans when they leave the tropical scenes and adopt certain American values. In the ironic humorous poem, “Her Boricua,” a woman buys the Moon, tax-free, and invites her relatives and friends on weekend nights to “admire the beauty of her new possession.” She tells them that in America, “you have the freedom to buy anything you want.” “Haiti in Puerto Rico” explores the death theme even further. “I recited useless words of a poem to an audience of Puerto Ricans, turned into zombies, refusing to break the spell of all the misfortunes.” Doña Julia is a poetry book filled with poetic stories, forceful and powerful imagery and messages that will stimulate all minds that come into contact with it. Cappas’ language is original and refreshing, which makes his writing very natural and uncluttered with abstractions. Cappas is correct, knows what he needs to say and clearly makes his point. This review by Jaira Placide -- New York University

Contact Information
The Educational Pledge Partnership
PO Box 581, Triborough Station
New York NY 10035   New York
Contact Author: Alberto O. Cappas
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The Educational Pledge Partnership
Features the poet's most recent work, The Educational Pledge, dedicated to parents and youth at risk....

Poetry by Alberto O. Cappas
Sample the work of the poet, as well as a photo of the poet doing a reading at the home of the late great Puerto Rican poet Pedro Petri...

Never too late to make a U-Turn: An Educational Pledge and 15 Questions leading to Self-Development
This site leads you to review sample of Alberto's most recent book project...

Educational Pledge Motivational Speakers
Contact Alberto or any other motivational speaker for your project or event... This site includes listing of educational pledge speakers, including Alberto O. Cappas

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