The Bronx Writers Center has supported and developed literary culture in the Bronx since 1996, by empowering local writers

and engaging community through creative writing and professional development workshops and special presentations.


Bronx Writers Center






“I am one of the contributing writers for the wonderful Bronx Memoir Project. I congratulate your organization for achieving such a monumental accomplishment. I attended some of the writing workshops hosted by Charlie Vázquez and learned that our borough has so many aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. By the way, Mr. Vázquez is a tremendous asset to your organization. He provided wonderful information as well as powerful inspiration for all of us. I am proud to participate in your organization’s arts and cultural activities. You are to be commended for all of your efforts, exhibitions and celebrations”.


Sonia Fuentes-Resto


“This kind of programming is vital and necessary for building community and compassion for our experiences.” 

Blogger Naiomy Guerrero


Our workshops nurture diverse writers at venues such as Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx Library Center, the Kingsbridge New York Public Library, the Bronx Zoo, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. These year-round sessions are facilitated by industry professionals as part of the Seeing It Through professional development series, as well as by award-winning writers that meet with the Bronx Fiction Writers Group. We collaborate with the PEN American Center and Bronx Museum of the Arts for the prestigious PEN World Voices literary festival each spring, giving local writers the chance to work with visiting journalists, authors and poets from around the world.  

The Poetry Town Hall Tour hosts award-winning Bronx poets in interactive community forums. These gatherings address issues such as gentrification, immigration, LGBTQ and feminist concerns, and racism, and are funded by New York Council for the Humanities. Bronx Memoir Project collects memoir fragments written by Bronx residents and is made possible by grants from National Endowment for the Arts. Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1 was published as a paperback in 2014 and can be purchased online. We’ll have news soon regarding the second cycle, scheduled to launch in fall 2017.  

Other programs include The Big Read, a book celebration that encourages literary interaction in diverse communities, funded by Arts Midwest through National Endowment for the Arts. The Bronx Reads is our newest initiative and addresses the lack of bookstores and discussion groups in the borough. It will launch in spring of 2016, in time for the next Big Read celebration in honor of Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund.

All programs are free to the general public and inspire community-building through interactive forums and creative self-expression sessions. The Bronx Writers Center also hosts events and presentations designed by Bronx Council on the Arts’s yearly pool of grantees, who are awarded highly-competitive prizes such as Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO). This innovative group of literary artists provides an additional layer of profession development workshops and learning forums for the Bronx’s growing writing community. We hope you can join us next time!

Information: or 718-931-9500 x21





The Bronx Writers Center, a program of Bronx Council on the Arts, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Council for the Humanities; the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Member Andrew Cohen and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.




Bronx Writers Center
Director Charlie Vázquez
Awarded Hispanic Heritage Month Honor by NYC Comptroller
Scott M. Stringer


Charlie Vázquez, BCA Bronx Writers Center director, is being awarded Hispanic Heritage Month recognition for his work with burgeoning writers in the Bronx and beyond. The ceremony will take place at Surrogate’s Courthouse in Manhattan, at 31 Chambers Street, on Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:00pm. Vázquez will be one of several New York City-area figures being honored for their work in different sectors of the Latino community.


“I am touched, of course,” says Vázquez. “To be recognized by the highest financial office in New York City. It’s also a reminder for me to shoot higher, to do even more outreach to young and emerging writers, the people who’ll be telling their stories and ours.”

Photo by Ricky Flores

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