A Puerto Rican Poet’s Fight With Alzheimer’s
By David Gonzalez
At various points of his career, he has been a community activist, translator, poet and administrator. In Latin America, such people are celebrated for their versatility and value as public intellectuals and defenders of culture. In New York City, such people are often ignored, at least if they come from East Harlem. But those who know Jack treasure his hard-to-pigeonhole passions and accomplishments. More than 100 of his friends and fans gathered on Tuesday night at East Harlem’s Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, not just to celebrate his work, but also to help him in a time of need.