About the Poet Pazcual Villaronga

pazcualPazcual Villaronga was born and raised in El Barrio, New York's Spanish Harlem. He attended Haaren High School, New York City CommunityCollege, and graduated from Hunter College earning both a degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education.

Known as The Drumpoet, Pazcual recites his poetry while accompanying himself on congas, (often joined by other musicians) creating a fusion of poetry, percussion, and music that take his verse to a new level.

He has received the Golden and Silver Poet Award in California and has placed third in La Cancion Bilingue - The Bilingual Song Competition in Washington D.C. He has read his poetry at Columbia University, Teachers College, Hunter College, Hostos Community College, Manhattan CommunityCollege and Connecticut's Housatonic Community College. Pazcual has also aired his work on WBAI 99.5 FMradio and from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Pazcual's own published works include the very successful Fire From Hell, By The Music Inspired, Poet, Compendium, Stereotypes and Cycles, Passages, and The Box. His work has appeared in All Around the Mulberry Bush - An Anthology, Windfall - An Anthology, Fahari -A Shaw University Publication, and in The Latin American Percussion Newsletter.

Now retired after over 35 years of teaching, Pazcual writes constantly and is currently preparing several collections of poetry,childrens books, a book of childhood stories, and a memoir.

Pazcual loves percussion and devotes many hours of practice to his craft, and plays with The Lehman College Latin Jazz Ensemble directed by Armando Rodríguez and Victor Rendón. Visit The Lehman Jazz Connection to see pictures (http://lclatinjazzband.blogspot.com)