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June 24, 2008

Jerry A. Rodriguez (1962-2008) - Gone, but never forgotten

Jerry is the author of two Nicholas Esperanza novels, and was working on completing his third when he tragically passed away in June 2008 at the age of 46.

He was a writer-director who staged dozens of plays Off Broadway and conducted film-making workshops for such organizations as the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed short film, El Deseo, which was heralded by the Village Voice as “a Sydney Lumet-like gangster saga that revels in the beauty of the Puerto Rican visage.” Jerry directed Problems of the World Today for Warner/Elektra, one of the very first hip-hop videos to premiere on national television by the first rap group to be signed to a major record label. His writing is featured in the short story anthologies, The Darker Mask and Bronx Biannual II. He lived in Brooklyn, New York.

We already miss you, Jerry.