New York: USA

Raul Robert Maldonado

Writer/Poet/Author/Playwright/Director

Former Marine 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 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 2001:
Westchester Community College Poetry Program & Slam

Famous Nuyorican Poets Caf, New York City, New York
WVOX Radio Westchester County, New York
Knitting Factory, Manhattan, New York
The Orange Bear, Manhattan, New York

Select Venues:
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, Wayne, NJ

Raul hosted the first Slam Off in Yonkers Public Library, Yonkers, NY, which was covered by the Times, Cablevision, and Network T.V.

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 Whos 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.

Website: http://www.roberespoetrypage.8m.com created in 1999

Current Project: First feature film entitled "The Poet Warriors" due out early 2003.

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