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Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

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List of the most popular authors from Puerto Rico, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Puerto Rican authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Puerto Rican writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors range from Pedro Pietri to Emma Goldrick.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Puerto Rico?" and "Who are the best Puerto Rican authors?"

For further information on these historic Puerto Rican authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Puerto Rican authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • 1
    Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno: A Memoir

    BirthplaceHumacao, United States, with Territories

    Birthdate1931-12-11

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer. Her career... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    José Ferrer

    Oh, Captain!

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Birthdate1912-01-08

    NationalityUnited States of America

    José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (January 8, 1912 – January 26, 1992), known as José... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rosario Ferré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Rosario Ferré

    Papeles De Pandora, Pico Rico Mandorico Y Otros Cuentos

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Ponce, Puerto Rico, United States, with Territories

    Birthdate1938

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Rosario Ferré Ramírez de Arellano (September 28, 1938 – February 18, 2016) was a Puerto Rican... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Miguel Piñero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Miguel Piñero

    Short Eyes

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR Metropolitan Statistical Area, Puerto Rico, United States

    Birthdate1946

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Miguel Piñero (December 19, 1946 – June 16, 1988) was a playwright, actor and co-founder of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    José Rivera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    José Rivera

    The Promise, Sueño

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, with Territories

    Birthdate1955

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    José Rivera (born March 24, 1955) is a playwright and the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Judith Ortiz Cofer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Judith Ortiz Cofer

    The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry, La línea del sol

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Hormigueros, Mayagüez Metropolitan Statistical Area, Puerto Rico, United States

    Birthdate1952

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Judith Ortiz Cofer (February 24, 1952 – December 30, 2016) was a Puerto Rican American author.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Esmeralda Santiago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Esmeralda Santiago

    El sueño de América, When I Was Puerto Rican

    BirthplaceSanturce, United States, with Territories

    Birthdate1948-05-17

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Esmeralda Santiago (born May 17, 1948) is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Pedro Pietri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Pedro Pietri

    The masses are asses, Traffic Violations

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    Birthdate1944-03-21

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Pedro Pietri (March 21, 1944 – March 3, 2004) was a Nuyorican poet and playwright and one of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Ed Vega is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Ed Vega

    Blood Fugues, Mendoza's dreams

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    Birthdate1936-05-20

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Edgardo Vega Yunqué (May 20, 1936 – August 26, 2008) was a Puerto Rican novelist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Ernesto Quiñonez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Ernesto Quiñonez

    Bodega dreams, Chango's fire

    BirthplaceEcuador

    Birthdate1966

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico, Ecuador

    Ernesto Quiñonez (born 1969) is an American novelist. His work received the Barnes & Noble... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Jesús Colón is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Jesús Colón

    A Puerto Rican in New York, and Other Sketches

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR Metropolitan Statistical Area, Puerto Rico, United States

    Birthdate1901

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Jesús Colón (1901–1974) was a Puerto Rican writer known as the Father of the Nuyorican... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Miguel Algarín is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Miguel Algarín

    Time's Now/Ya Es Tiempo, On call

    BirthplaceSanturce, Puerto Rico

    Birthdate1941-09-11

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Miguel Algarín Jr. (11 September 1941), is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, co-founder of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    José Emilio González is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico
    This article is about the Puerto Rican critic and editor. For the senator, see José Emilio... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Marisa Montes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Marisa Montes

    Let's Draw Cars, Dia Lozo Palabras Mezcladas

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Birthdate1951-11-05

    NationalityPuerto Rico

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  • 15
    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

    Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life!, Cesar: Si

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, North America, Caribbean Sea, United States, with Territories

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is a writer.amazon buy button
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    Luis Muñoz Rivera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico
    Luis Muñoz Rivera (July 17, 1859 – November 15, 1916) was a Puerto Rican poet, journalist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Rafi Escudero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico
    Rafi Escudero (born December 30, 1945) is a Puerto Rican musician, singer, composer, poet and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Georgina Lázaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Georgina Lázaro

    Federico García Lorca

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, with Territories

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Georgina Lázaro-Leon is a Puerto Rican poet whose work is focused on children. Her children... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Emma Goldrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico

    Emma Goldrick

    Ninety - Day Wife, Husband Material (Holding Out For A Hero)

    Birthdate1923

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Emma Goldrick was the pseudonym used by the married writing team formed by Emma Elizabeth Jean... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    José Luis González is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico
    José Luis González (March 8, 1926 – December 8, 1996) was a Puerto Rican essayist, novelist,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Maria Arrillaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Puerto Rico
    María Arrillaga is a Puerto Rican poet who has been a professor at the University of Puerto... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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