Jack Ruben Agï¿½eros was born on September 2, 1934 in East Harlem, New York. After graduating from high school, he spent four years in the Air Force. He graduated from Brooklyn College and received a master's degree in urban studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1970. He worked at a Lower East Side antipoverty program until 1977 and then as director of El Museo del Barrio. He later earned a living as a grant writer and wrote poetry. His first collection of poetry, Correspondence between the Stone Haulers, was published in 1991. His other works include Sonnets from the Puerto Rican and Lord, Is This a Psalm? He also translated the complete works of Julia de Burgos. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on May 4, 2014 at the age of 79.