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List of famous writers from Puerto Rico, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Puerto Rico is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Puerto Rican writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Puerto Rico and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list features writers like José Luis González and José Ferrer.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Puerto Rican writers?" and "Which writers are from Puerto Rico?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Puerto Rico in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Puerto Rico, but they're all of Puerto Rico descent.

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 87 Rita Dolores Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an ...more

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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 51 Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez, better known as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor, film producer and film director. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a ...more

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José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 80 (1912-1992) José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón, best known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor, theater, and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican actor, as well as the ...more

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José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 73 José Montserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as "José Feliciano," is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer known for many international ...more

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Roselyn Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 45 Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. She is best known for her roles as FBI agent Elena Delgado in the CBS police procedural Without a ...more

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Paul Calderon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 59 Paul Calderón is a Puerto Rican-American actor. He is a founding member of the Touchstone Theatre, the American Folk Theatre and the LAByrinth Theater Company. He is also a member of the ...more

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Miguel Arteta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 53 Miguel Arteta is a Puerto Rican director of film and television, known for his independent film Chuck & Buck, for which he received the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, and for the ...more

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José Rivera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 63 José Rivera is a playwright and the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar.

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Miguel Piñero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 42 (1946-1988) Miguel Piñero was a playwright, actor and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café. He was a leading member of the Nuyorican literary movement.

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Judith Ortiz Cofer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 66 Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Puerto Rican American author. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and ...more

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Jacobo Morales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 84 Jacobo Morales is an auteur, whom many consider to be the most influential film director in Puerto Rico's history.

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Lymari Nadal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 40 Lymari Nadal Torres is a Puerto Rican actress, film producer and scriptwriter. She has performed different roles in several films including American Gangster and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. ...more

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Esmeralda Santiago is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 70 Esmeralda Santiago is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known for her novels and memoirs.

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Pedro Pietri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 60 (1944-2004) Pedro Pietri was a Nuyorican poet and playwright and a founder of the Nuyorican Movement. He was the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Movement.

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Ernesto Quiñonez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 49 Ernesto Quiñonez is an American novelist. His work received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers designation, the Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection, and was ...more

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Ana Clavell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 50 Ana Clavell is a film producer, screenwriter, editor and director.

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Jaime Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 80 Jaime Sánchez is a stage, film and television actor, active since the 1950s.

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Ed Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 72 (1936-2008) Edgardo Vega Yunqué was a Puerto Rican novelist and short-story writer, who also used the Americanized pen name Ed Vega.

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Jesús Colón is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 73 (1901-1974) Jesús Colón was a Puerto Rican writer known as the Father of the Nuyorican Movement.

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Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is a writer.

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José Emilio González is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 72 (1918-1990) José Emilio González was a Puerto Rican literary critic and editor. He graduated from University of Puerto Rico in 1940, Boston University, Columbia University, Princeton ...more

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Miguel Algarín is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
age 77 Miguel Algarín Jr., is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, and retired Rutgers University professor of English.

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Abdiel Colberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Abdiel Colberg age 61 Abdiel Colberg is a Puerto Rican television producer and movie director. Among the movies which he directed and co-wrote is Los Dias de Doris, a drama starring Cordelia González, Braulio ...more

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Luis Muñoz Rivera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Died at 57 (1859-1916) Luis Muñoz Rivera was a Puerto Rican poet, journalist and politician. He was a major figure in the struggle for political autonomy of Puerto Rico. In 1887, Muñoz Rivera became part ...more

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Georgina Lázaro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Georgina Lázaro Georgina Lázaro-Leon is a Puerto Rican poet whose work is focused on children. Her children poems have been recorded by many artists, among them Tony Croatto.

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José Luis González is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
José Luis González Died at 70 (1926-1996) José Luis González was a Puerto Rican essayist, novelist, short story writer, university professor, and journalist who lived most of his life in exile in Mexico due to his ...more

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Emma Goldrick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Emma Goldrick Emma Goldrick was the pseudonym used by the married writing team formed by Emma Elizabeth Jean Sutcliffe and Robert N. Goldrick. Under this name they wrote 41 romance novels published by Mills ...more

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Luis A. Maisonet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Puerto Rico
Luis A. Maisonet is a cinematographer, screenwriter and painter.