Jayne Cortez was a poet and performance artist, born in 1934 in Fort Huachuca, New Mexico. Cortez founded the Watts Repertory Company in 1964, and her own publishing Company, Bola Press, in 1972. She published twelve poetry collections and performed across the nation, including at the Museum of Modern Art. Cortez passed away in 2012.
Jayne Cortez, excerpt from “I Am New York City” from On the Imperial Highway. Used with the permission of Hanging Loose Press.
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