Nicholasa Mohr

U.S. Latino/a Literature                                      -                               Puerto Rican Literature in the United States




Nicholasa Mohr was born in 1935 in New York, New York, after her parents immigrated from Puerto Rico. Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving her mother with seven children. In order to escape the poverty that surrounded her, Mohr used her fantastic imagination to express her feelings. Her artistic talents helped earn her much praise in school and gave her the confidence which led to her success as an author.

After graduating from high school in 1953 she went to the Arts Student's League, an art school located in New York. Here she discovered the works of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco which inspired her to study Hispanic art and travel to Mexico City. After a year she returned to the United States and attended the New School for Social Research. Then in 1959 she went to Brooklyn Museum of Art School. Throughout her studies Mohr was drawn to this type of art work because of its powerful message about social change.

[Cover of _A Matter of Pride_]Mohr began to express herself using bold letters and symbols in her paintings. She attempted to tell stories through these works. Eventually she switched from painting to short stories. It took a few tries for a publisher to offer her a contract, but when he did, she started writing her first book, Nilda. Many of Mohr's books are about characters growing up in Hispanic neighborhoods in New York City, much like herself.

Today, Mohr has written thirteen books, primarily aimed towards young adults, and has won numerous awards for her writing. She currently resides in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, where she continues to write. Her latest book, Untitled Nicholasa Mohr, was just released in February of 1998 and is available in a local bookstore near you!





Works by the Author


Untitled Nicholasa Mohr (1998)


A Matter of Pride & other stories (1997)


Old Letivia & the Mountain of Sorrows (1996)


The Song of El Coqui & Other tales of Puerto Rico (1995)


The Magic Shell (1995)


Nicholasa Mohr: Growing Up Inside the Sanctuary of My Imagination (1994)


All For the Better: A Story of El Barrio (1993)


Going Home (1986)


Rituals of Survival: A Woman's Portfolio (1985)


Felita (1979)


In Nueva York (1977)


El Bronx Remembered: A Novella & Stories (1975)


Nilda (1973)


Georgetown Interview
Quotes from Mohr about her transition from visual to written art, and her influences.
Information about Nicholasa Mohr and her writings.

(From Voices from the Gaps)


bullet My entry on Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr (soon published in Hispanic American Literature, Facts on File)
bullet My entry on El Bronx Remembered  by Nicholasa Mohr (soon published in Hispanic American Literature, Facts on File)


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