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Famous Writers from Puerto Rico

Updated October 13, 2018 14.9k views28 items

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 Moreno1

    BirthplaceHumacao, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    WorksRita Moreno: A Memoir

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

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  • Benicio del Toro2

    BirthplaceSan Germán, United States, with Territories

    NationalityPuerto Rico, Spain

    Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor....  more

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  • José Ferrer3

    José Ferrer

    Dec. at 80 (1912-1992)

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America

    WorksThe Great Man, Oh, Captain!

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

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  • José Feliciano4

    José Feliciano

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceLares, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    José Monserrate Feliciano García (born September 10, 1945), better known simply as José...  more

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  • Roselyn Sánchez5

    BirthplaceSan Juan, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    WorksYellow

    Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter,...  more

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  • Paul Calderon6

    BirthplacePuerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksBad Lieutenant

    Paul Calderón (born 1959) is an American actor. He is a founding member of the Touchstone...  more
  • Miguel Arteta7

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksStar Maps

    Miguel Arteta (born 1965) is a Puerto Rican director of film and television, known for his...  more
  • José Rivera8

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

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksThe Motorcycle Diaries, Letters to Juliet, On the Road, Trade, Adoration of the Old Woman

    José Rivera (born March 24, 1955) is a playwright and the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to...  more
  • Miguel Piñero9

    Miguel Piñero

    Dec. at 42 (1946-1988)

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

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksShort Eyes, Short Eyes

    Miguel Piñero (December 19, 1946 – June 16, 1988) was a playwright, actor and co-founder of...  more
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer10

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

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksMujer frente al sol, The line of the sun, An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio, The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry, La línea del sol

    Judith Ortiz Cofer (February 24, 1952 – December 30, 2016) was a Puerto Rican American author....  more
  • Jacobo Morales11

    BirthplaceLajas, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    WorksLo que le Pasó a Santiago

    Jacobo Morales (born 12 November 1934) is a Puerto Rican actor, poet, writer, playwright,...  more
  • Lymari Nadal12

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    WorksAmerica

    Lymari Nadal Torres (born 11 February 1978) is a Puerto Rican actress, film producer and...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceSanturce, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    WorksAlmost a Woman, El sueño de América, Una muneca para el dia de reyes, El Amante Turco/ The Turkish Lover (Narrativa, Cuando era puertorriqueña

    Esmeralda Santiago (born May 17, 1948) is a Puerto Rican author and former actress known for...  more
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    Pedro Pietri

    Dec. at 60 (1944-2004)

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksTraffic Violations, Puerto Rican obituary, Missing Out of Action, Perdido en el Museo de Historia Natural =, Obituario puertorriqueño

    Pedro Pietri (March 21, 1944 – March 3, 2004) was a Nuyorican poet and playwright and one of...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceEcuador

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico, Ecuador

    WorksBodega dreams, Chango's fire

    Ernesto Quiñonez (born 1969) is an American novelist. His work received the Barnes & Noble...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceMayagüez, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksDay of the Dead 2: Contagium, Creepshow III, Morella

    Ana Clavell is a film producer, screenwriter, editor and director....  more
  • Jaime Sánchez17

    BirthplaceRincón, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Jaime Sánchez (born December 19, 1938) is a Puerto Rican stage, film and television actor,...  more
  • Ed Vega18

    Ed Vega

    Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksMendoza's dreams, No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again, Blood Fugues, The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle, The Comeback

    Edgardo Vega Yunqué (May 20, 1936 – August 26, 2008) was a Puerto Rican novelist and...  more
  • Jesús Colón19

    Jesús Colón

    Dec. at 73 (1901-1974)

    BirthplaceCayey, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksA Puerto Rican in New York, and Other Sketches

    Jesús Colón (1901–1974) was a Puerto Rican writer known as the Father of the Nuyorican...  more
  • 20

    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

    Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is a writer....
  • José Emilio González21

    José Emilio González

    Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

    BirthplaceGurabo, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    This article is about the Puerto Rican critic and editor. For the senator, see José Emilio...  more
  • Miguel Algarín22

    BirthplaceSanturce, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksTime's Now/Ya Es Tiempo, On call, Body Bee calling (from the 21st century), Mongo affair, Love is hard work

    Miguel Algarín Jr. (11 September 1941), is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, co-founder of the...  more
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    Abdiel Colberg

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceMayagüez, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    WorksLos Diaz de Doris

    Abdiel Colberg (born December 20, 1957) is a Puerto Rican television producer and movie...  more
  • Luis Muñoz Rivera24

    Luis Muñoz Rivera

    Dec. at 57 (1859-1916)

    BirthplaceBarranquitas, Puerto Rico

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    Luis Muñoz Rivera (July 17, 1859 – November 15, 1916) was a Puerto Rican poet, journalist and...  more
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    Georgina Lázaro

    Georgina Lázaro-Leon is a Puerto Rican poet whose work is focused on children. Her children...  more