Colombian-American author, poet, and journalist, activist JAIME MANRIQUE is born on this date. His first poetry volume won Colombia’s National Poetry Award. Additionally, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write his memoirs and has contributed to Shade (1996), a Gay, black fiction anthology. He has also produced the non-fictional book, Eminent Maricones which explores the works of Reinaldo Arenas, Manuel Puig and Federico Garcia Lorca. He is currently a professor in the M.F.A. program at Columbia University.