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THE BIG READ IN THE BRONX
October 1 - November 15, 2014

Join the Bronx Writers Center in celebrating

Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

All events are free and held throughout the Bronx.

 

Join the Bronx Council of the Arts for the kick-off celebration of The Big Read in the Bronx 2014-15 on Wednesday, October 1st, from 5:00 - 9:00pm, at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos on the campus of Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

The Big Read kick-off will take place in conjunction with that evening's Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour, the opening reception for The Magic Realism of Ian Charles Scott and 5/150 exhibitions and will include Edgar Allan Poe book giveaways!

The nearly twenty events being organized by BCA and the Bronx Writers Center listed below are free and available to the general public.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


 

The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Pit and the Pendulum, and his finest lyric and narrative poetry—The Raven and Annabel Lee, to name just a few—that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the nineteenth century.

Poe moved to Fordham Village, in the Bronx with his sickly wife Virginia in 1846 and died mysteriously in Baltimore in 1849. Among his most famous works written in the Bronx are the poems “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells” and the short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” He is considered one of the United States’ most influential writers and is credited with having invented the modern detective genre in fiction.

 

BCA will be celebrating Poe’s life by presenting more than ten writing workshops and book discussions at venues such as the Poe Park Visitors Center, two lectures in partnership with the Bronx Historical Society, a Day of the Dead drum/dance and poetry performance at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, a children’s craft workshop at the Westchester Square New York Public Library and a theatrical performance by actor David Houston, called Murder, Madness, and Poe at the Bronx Library Center.


All Big Read in the Bronx 2014-15 events are free and open to the public.

Directions to Hostos: Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse and 149 Street. More detailed directions.

For more information about The Big Read in the Bronx, contact Charlie Vázquez at 718-931-9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.c

 
2014-15 Big Read in the Bronx events include:

 

Unless otherwise noted, Big Read activities will take place at BCA’s future headquarters at 2700 East Tremont Avenue (corner of St. Raymond Avenue).


 

Wednesday | October 1 | 5:00-8:00pm
2014-15 Big Read in the Bronx Kick-off event, in conjunction with BCA’s First Wednesday Bronx Trolley Arts & Culture Tour, with The Magic Realism of Ian Charles Scott exhibition and Edgar Allan Poe book giveaway!

Location: Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451

Phone: 718-518-6728

Thursday | October 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | BCA @ 2700
Writing Workshop
with BRIO winner Bruce Tallerman writing workshop

Saturday | October 4 | 12:00-3:00pm
Children’s Craft Workshop
with Rosemary Rivera and performance
by BRIO winner Joel Daniels.

Location: Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library

2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-863-0436

Saturday | October 4 | 4:00-6:00pm | BCA @ 2700
Alternate Poe-m Endings Workshop
with BRIO winner Mercedes Augusta.

Saturday | October 4 | 7:00-9:00pm | BCA @ 2700
Taíno Zen Book Launch
with Bobby González.

Saturday | October 11 | 4:00-6:00pm | BCA @ 2700
Jessica Lanay Moore of Poets and Writers Magazine
presents
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: Loss, Loneliness and Isolation as Protagonist

Saturday | October 11 | 6:00-8:00pm | BCA @ 2700
Poetry for Poe’s Sake Workshop & Book Discussion
with
BRIO winner Orlando Ferrand.

Wednesday | October 15 | 5:00-7:00pm
Teen Visual Arts Contest & Book Discussion

Location: BronxWorks Betances

547 East 146th Street, Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 646-393-4000

Saturday | October 18 | 4:00-6:00pm | BCA @ 2700
Women Respond to Poe Workshop:
Readings & Book Discussion
with BRIO winner Peggy Robles-Alvarado.

Saturday | October 18 | 6:30-8:30pm | BCA @ 2700
The Outsider’s Perspective Writing Workshop & Book Discussion
.

Saturday | October 25 | 2:30pm
Murder, Madness, and Poe
with David Houston.

Location: Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue), Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-579-4244

Wednesday | October 29 | 6:00pm
Bronx Historian Angel Hernande Speaks
.

Location: Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue), Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-579-4244

Thursday | October 30 | 4:00-6:00pm | BCA @ 2700
“Alternate Poe-m Endings Workshop” Part 2 with BRIO winner Mercedes Augusta.

Friday | October 31 | 11:00am-1:00pm | Poe Park Visitor Center
Audio Poe! Celebrate Halloween with award-winning audio book narrators Robert Nass and Dion Graham and Angel Hernandez of the Bronx Historical Society. Come dressed as your favorite Poe character.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Saturday | November 1 | 7:00- 9:00pm
Día de los Muertos/Halloween Drum and Dance Celebration

The Bronx Council on the Arts and Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, in conjunction with the Big Read in the Bronx, team up for a very special multi-cultural Día de los Muertos arts celebration featuring live drumming, dance performances, poetry readings, a paranormal/ ghost story open mic, Big Read book giveaway and much, much more! Performers include Miguel Ángeles, Alicia Anabel Santos, Alethea Pace and Kim Vasquez. Flyer.

Location: Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!)

2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-918-2110

Saturday | November 8 | 1:00-3:00pm
Dramatic Irony Workshop & Book Discussion
.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Saturday | November 8 | 3:00-4:00pm
 “Poe in the Bronx” Keynote Lecture by Bronx historian Gary Hermalyn

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Saturday | November 15 | 1:00-3:00pm
Noir Atmosphere Writing Workshop & Book Discussion
with Charlie Vázquez.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Saturday | November 15 | 3:00-5:00pm
Elements of Terror & Suspense Writing Workshop & Book Discussion
with Charlie Vázquez.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

 


The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, visit www.neabigread.org. Additional support is provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation and the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund Inc., and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library. Additional support was provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and NYC Council Member James Vacca.

 


 

 


Special thanks to our

Big Read Library Partner

The Westchester Square Branch

for the New York Public Library

 


2014-15 Press Release

2014-15 Flyer


 

About The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts that encourages literacy and reading culture in local communities.

The inaugural Big Read in the Bronx was held in March and April of 2008, with a celebration of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

More than 1,200 free books were distributed, many to individuals who had never owned a book before.

Previous Key Partners were The New York Yankees Foundation, The New York Times, Barnes & Noble and Hostos Community College of the City University of New York..


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