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It's time to give back to Rafael F. J. Alvarado and his family. All donations will be used for = legal expenses.

"If it's poetry, Rafael is in the know..If it's a poetry reading, Rafael is probably already there..."

For over two decades, Rafael F.J. Alvarado has been essential to the Los Angeles poetry scene by creating, publishing and promoting poetry. He produces SIC magazine, the World Wide Word Radio Network, and the Hollywood Institute of Poetics, otherwise known as H.I.P. It's hard to even trace all of the poetry projects Rafael has pioneered. He currently works with Beyond Baroque as a Literary Event Coordinator. Rafael's poetry life ranges from chatting with Robert Pinsky about new ways of promoting poetry, to clicking and checking thousands (and I literally mean thousands) of Facebook "invites" to individual poetry events. To date, Rafael has literally and invited at least over a million people to poetry events. He is the McDonalds "over a billion served" to the poetry community, except he's not serving bland hamburgers to just anyone, he's serving the best to the best in poetry. But why does he do this so selflessly? It is his love for poetry. Period. Rafael, however, does not make much money doing what he knows best. Most of the time he is working free of charge, with a reputation that a cup of coffee or two will suffice. It is now time to help Rafael in the same way that he has helped the poetry community. Rafael has expenses that have stemmed from a variety of reasons but all have been extremely costly. Believe it or not, Rafael will also be a dad early this summer. His wife is a smart cookie, but had pre-existing medical issues even prior to pregnancy. There is no discrepancy from her doctors that she is disabled, but disability "benefits" are currently pending. Further, Rafael has legal issues stemming from over six years ago. New charges filed over six years after the original incident could even mean Rafael will not see his child born this summer. Rafael is a man who knows how to admit wrong-doing, but also knows that after six years of building his life, family and community, that enough is enough. Show your support for who Rafael is today by a donation of any kind. Thank you so much. Every single donation counts.
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