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Background Information

Alonso was born of Cuban parents in Bronx, New York on a cold November evening, just before the midnight hour. At the tender age of four Alonso and his family moved to a warmer climate and South Florida has been his home ever since. Alonso found his creative voice at the age of eight and has continued writing throughout his life. Having been influenced by the words and music of Jimi Hendrix, the attitude and rebellion of Sid Vicious, and the creativity and honesty of Ginsberg and Blake, Alonso's poetry is extremely diverse in theme and style. Alonso expresses himself not only with mere words, but also utilizes performance as an art form. He uses changes in tonality and sometimes even musical instruments to further showcase his art. As a member of Body, Mind, and Soul, Alonso read at the Miami Book Fair in 1999, as well as the Yoruba Festival for Oshun, and various charity events and festivals throughout the community. Alonso's social conscious has kept him busy using his gift as a poet for the betterment of all. Wallflower Publishing published his book “Self Portrait” in April 2001. He performed at the Def Poetry Jam showcase in February 2001 (Bruce George, executive producer of Def Poetry Jam says of him “Alonso is on purpose and on point”), opened for Doctor Mad Vibe/Angelo Moore (of the band Fishbone) in April 2001, was a finalist in the Lip Tongue and Ear Annual Grand Slam in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and also was a finalist for Slam Shut in 2002. In December 2002 he released his cd “Thought Criminal”.He has performed on TV, radio and stage in venues ranging from intimate coffeehouses and bustling nightclubs to a variety of educational institutions including Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College, and University of Kansas. He was awarded "Best Book by a Local Author" in the Miami New Times' "Best of Miami 2003 Readers Poll". He competed at National Poetry Slam competition in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2004 he was commissioned by Miami Light Project to write, produce and star in an original multimedia theatric presentation titled "El Caballero de Paris", based on the life of a well known homeless schizophrenic personage who lived in Cuba. He is currently involved in a project to turn it into an independent movie.

Birth Place
Bronx, NY USA

Awarded first place best columnist in Florida for a Community College Newspaper by the Florida Community College Press Association in 2006, Miami-Dade College.

Awarded third place best columnist in Florida for a Community College Newspaper by the Florida Community College Press Association in 2004, Miami-Dade College.

Certificate of Appreciation for participation during the FCLA Spoken Word Café, March 2004, Miami Dade College.

Readers pick Best Book by a Local Author Miami New Times Best of 2003 Poll.

Certificate of Appreciation for support of Student Diversity Awareness Day Symposium, October 4, 2001, Florida International University.

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