Monday, March 14, 2011

Ricardo León Peña Villa, 1960-2011

Ricardo León Peña Villa — the Colombian-born poet known affectionately as El Poe — passed away on Friday at Beth Israel Hospital where he had been in the intensive care unit the last few weeks. He was 50.

There's a small memorial set up in his honor outside the Umbrella House on Avenue C where he had lived and helped manage the building.

In a tribute written by Manuel Bermúdez Tiberio:

Ricardo, for those who knew him, was a special human being, lived a million lives. His day was 24 hours spent, used, designed, written, worked ... because his favorite phrase was "do something now because when we die will be a long rest."

You can find out more about this life here.


Marty Wombacher said...

Nice tribute to an original thinker and person. RIP Ricardo León Peña Villa.

Anonymous said...

I did not know this gentleman Richard Lion Stone Village' (ha ha! - great 'crossover' moment!)
but watching the video, I could feel the old neighborhood spirit, remembering the squatters resilience and vision, the blendings cultural, when salsa was always in the air...
May this lovely man rest in peace and light.
Thanks for this post EVG.