Former Marine ö Six years of service, 2 honorable discharges; Former
Corrections Officer; Former Counselor specializing in working with emotionally
disturbed children and mentally retarded adults; Former Taxi Driver.
Education: Graduate of Mercy College; Hollywood Film School;
Customs School; Police Academy ö Peace Officer Status. In Marine Corp
I was a Military Policeman and worked at the Pentagon for 3 years, Ranked
attained: Sargent United States Marine Corp.; Film School for Line Production
taught bv Dov Simmons, the same educator for Spike Lee and Malcolm Jamall
Warner. In 2002 completed courses in Lighting and Digital Video Production
at DCTV Film School in NYC.
Special Awards: Outstanding Service to Mercy College Plaque Certificate
of Appreciation, both in the Marine Corp, and for Community Service
given to me by Senator Spano, Yonkers, New York.
Volunteer for Literacy Volunteer of America for five years.
Poetry Features from 2000 ö 2001:
Westchester Community College Poetry Program & Slam
Famous Nuyorican Poets CafŽ, New York City, New York
WVOX Radio Westchester County, New York
Knitting Factory, Manhattan, New York
The Orange Bear, Manhattan, New York
Hispanic Cultural Festival, Ossining, New York, The only Poet
invited to read for the Musical Festival Oct 1st 2000.
River Fest: Music Festival and Community Gathering, Yonkers,
New York, 2000, 2001.
Host of 2001 Poetry and Music Venues at Wayne Public Library,
Raul hosted the first Slam Off in Yonkers Public Library,
Yonkers, NY, which was covered by the Times, Cablevision, and
Introduced Slam Poetry to the Westchester County, NY area in 1997. Raul
hosts a Young Peoples Poetry Slam, which is included in the Yonkers
Public Library every April for National Poetry Month.
Newspaper Articles: N.Y. Times (1999); Westchester
Weekly (1999); Journal News (1999); Herald News (2001).
Internship: "Gathering of the Tribes" Literary Magazine (1999)
Published Poetry: Paterson Literary Review, Issue Number
31; Quell Books; Reflections of Light; Blue Angels; Poets for Peace;
Best Poets 20th Century.
Nominated 2002 in WhoÕs Who in America.
Chap Book: "Blue Angels" printed in 2000
Cassette: "Catching Angels" created in 1999
Music Video: "Urban Troubadour" was debuted at the Nuyorican
Poet Cafe in September 2001.
created in 1999
Current Project: First feature film entitled "The Poet Warriors"
due out early 2003.
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