Tony Aldarondo, A Soulful and Sensational Poet

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Tony Aldarondo

Tony Aldarondo is someone new and exciting to hit the poetry scene! Well, new to me. He’d been around for more than a decade but with time out for life’s setbacks that actually led to him to become a soulful and sensational poet. Tony’s spoken word performances wake you up and carry you away with their rhythm, rime, and theatricality. Their musicality enhances the depth of his lyrical linguistic insight and experience. He does it in three languages: English, Spanish, and the street talk of the USA. Tony’s poems embrace his love for his Puerto Rican heritage, Shakespeare, iambic pentameter, rime, humor, and his pervasive goodwill, and empathy for humanity.

"Tony the Poet" CD cover

“Tony the Poet” CD cover

Currently Tony is working on his first book of poems. He has already produced a CD of poems entitled “Tony the Poet.” Tony earned his stripes as a performer by working as an actor in both theater and film. He has toured as an actor in a Shakespeare company as well as directed Shakespeare’s plays. As a result, iambic pentameter and rime are ingrained in him. Uncrushable humor too is basic to his poetry even when writing about pain, racism, and injustice.

Often he works with improvisational musicians and their interaction allows him to also improvise his already written poems, changing words and flipping ideas as they perform. His work constantly evolves. Even old poems become new. Given the current pandemic, his upcoming book is as eagerly awaited as an all-clear signal during an air raid drill.

About Nina Serrano: Nina Serrano is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 85 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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