New events for The Big Read and Poetry Town Hall in 2017 coming soon...


Saturday  |  October 8th  |  2:00-4:00pm


#BlackLivesMatter: Afro-Writing on the Margins

With poet Lorraine Currelley and Mosaic’s Ron Kavanaugh


Lorraine Currelley is an African-American poet and Executive Director of Poets Network & Exchange, an organization dedicated to showcasing literary artists from marginalized communities. She’ll be joined by editor and program advisor Ron Kavanaugh of Mosaic, a tri-annual magazine dedicated to fostering the voices of writers of African descent. They’ll discuss Afro-diasporic feminist and LGBTQ perspectives and how they inform contemporary literary production in the age of #BlackLivesMatter. This town hall discussion will be moderated by author Charles Rice-González, Executive Director of Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), and will culminate with a Q&A and public discourse.


Location: BAAD!

2474 Westchester Ave

Bronx, NY 10461


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or

Saturday  |  October 15th  |  12:00-2:00pm

Setting the Scene: with novelist Joe Okonkwo

Poet and novelist Joe Okonkwo is the author of Jazz Moon (2016), a novel set in 1920s jazz age Harlem and Paris. He will conduct this special workshop session focused on description and the creation of setting, how to transport readers to a certain time and place by showing rather than telling. Mastering the craft of writing scenes is a critical skill for any narrative writer, whether fiction, memoir or creative nonfiction. Please RSVP at link provided. Free.


Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or

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.

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