Francisco Rojas Tollinchi (May 30, 1911 – 1965), was a Puerto Rican poet, civic leader and journalist.

Early years

Rojas Tollinchi (birth name: Francisco Antonio Rojas Tollinchi) was one of five siblings born to Pedro Rojas Perez and Flora Maria Tollinchi Battistini in the barrio Algarrobos in Yauco, Puerto Rico. He had to abandon his secondary education at the age of 16, to help his family during his family's financial crisis. He later returned to school and completed his required studies and graduated from high school. In 1934, he married Elena Cummings and together had thirteen children. Rojas Tollinchi worked in various jobs before working for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), a government agency which controls all the water storage and distribution functions in Puerto Rico. He was the President of the Ponce chapter of the Union of Employees of the AAA and Vice-president of the general Union in the island."JUSTIPRECIACIÓN DE LA OBRADE FRANCISCO ROJAS TOLLINCHI"; by Ada Hilda Martínez de Alicea; Dept. Estudios Hispánicos Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR.


From 1962 to 1964, Rojas Tollinchi founded and was the managing director of "El Pozo," a monthly newspaper of the Union of Employees of the AAA. Lacking the financial means to publish his work, Rojas Tollinchi used different pen names to publish it in ''El Pozo.'' One of his readers, Antonio Rodríguez Menéndez, discovered Tollinchi's talent through ''El Pozo,'' and provided him with financial aid to publish his work in the "Ediciones Yaurinque"."MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.)" Tollinchi's published works include ''Fronda Virgen'' (1940); ''Cien Sonetos en Cuatro Panfletos'' (One Hundred Sonnets in Four Pamphlets, 1944); ''Relicario Sonoro'' (Shrine of Sound, 1945); ''Sonetos de la Vida, el Amor y la Muerte'' (Sonnets of Life, Love and Death, 1955); and ''Silencio de Dios'' (Silence of God, 1956). Two of his poems in "Relicario Sonoro" were dedicated to the heroes of World War II from Yauco. The first ''Recuerdo Yaucano'' (Remembrance of a Yaucano) was a homage to Brigadier General Mihiel Gilormini, the Puerto Rican aviator and war hero. The second poem ''Al Sesenta y Cinco de Infantería'' (To the 65th Infantry Regiment) was dedicated to the all-Puerto Rican unit of the same name, whose members included many men from Yauco.

Later years and legacy

Rojas Tollinchi was general manager of the newspaper ''La Nueva Reforma'' (The New Reform). He was also a civic leader and belonged to the League for Struggle for Negro Rights (LSNR). In 1957, he attended the First Congress of Puerto Rican Poets. He was also a collaborator in the publication of the Historical Alum of Yauco. Rojas Tollinchi moved to Ponce in 1959, and lived there until his death in 1965. His hometown, Yauco, honored his memory by naming a street after him.

Further reading

*American Psychological Association. (2010) *Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: The Author.Gibaldi, J. (2009) *MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.) *New York, NY: Modern Language Association of America.

See also

*List of Puerto Ricans *Puerto Rican literature *List of Puerto Rican writers *Corsican immigration to Puerto Rico



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