Individual Author Record
Name: David HernandezPen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: 1946 in Cidra, Peurto Rico Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHernandez moved with his family to Chicago when he was very young. He grew up in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and lived in Chicago his entire life.
Biographical and Professional Informationdavid Hernandez has been called the "unofficial Poet Laureate of Chicago" and was commissioned by the city to write and perform the 1987 poem celebrating Chicago's 150th anniversary, as well as the inagural poem for the late Mayor Harold Washington. He is a founding member of the Latino Arts Movement. Hernandez was the first recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Outstanding Poet of Illinois award and also won the Illinois State Library Patron' s Choice award. In 1971, he founded Street Sounds, a poetry music group. He worked out of his Blue Line studio where he lived, wrote, conducted writing classes, organized shows and exhibits and performed with his group. Hernandez was also was a former board member of the Society of Midland Authors.
- Rooftop Piper, Tia Chucha, 1991
- The Urban Poems, Fractal Edge Press, 2004
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 0962428736 Tia Chucha. 1991 Book by Hernandez, David
The Urban Poems
ISBN: 1933126043 Fractal Edge Press. 2004 At long last Hernández has compiled the urban poems that were the responses to John Starrs' book, The Suburban Poems. Many of Hernández' signature poems are gathered here from previous books and other publications. Book designer and publisher Wayne Allen Jones made the design elements of this book operate as foils to similar elements of Starr's book. Rich with images from Chicago's Humboldt Park and its Puerto Rican heritage, this book in quintessential Chicago poetry, Chicago spirit, and pure Chicago per se.