October 27, 2010
THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN WOMAN ON A STAMP
On September 14, in a ceremony in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Postal Service released the JULIA DE BURGOS commemorative stamp. It is the 26th stamp in the USPS' literary series.
de Burgos is a renowned island poet, who won fame after dying nameless on the streets of East Harlem in 1953 at the age of 39. Her first verses were published when she was 19; Her best-known poem is “Rio Grande de Loiza.” de Burgos left behind a legacy of more than 200 poems, exploring issues of love, feminism, and social equality. Today, there are two Julia de Burgos Cultural Centers: one in East Harlem and the other in Cleveland.
Click below for other articles on Julia de Burgos and her commemorative stamp.
UPDATE: Julia de Burgos is the SECOND Puerto Rican to be honored with a stamp. The first was none other than former Governor and "Father of Puerto Rico" LUIS MUNOZ MARIN. His stamp was issued in 1990. For more about Munoz Marin and his stamp, click here.
Many thanks to Peter Quinones for letting us know.