2014 writing WORKSHOPS at bca @ 2700
(unless otherwise noted)


December 2014


Wednesday | December 3 | 5:00-8:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project book release event – The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is thrilled to announce the release of the Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1, an unprecedented collection of over fifty Bronx memoir fragments, as penned by our very own residents. This fascinating book contains stories that span various generations, continents, languages, cultures and themes. Paperback books will be for sale at this event, will be able to be ordered through BCA and will also be available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook and iBooks. Surprise guest readers will read from their work.

Location: Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

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

Phone: 718-518-6728



Saturday | December 6 | 12:00-2:00pm | BCA @ 2700

Bronx Faces and Voices: Sixteen Stories of Courage and Community book release presentation Join editors Emita Hill and Janet Butler Munch for this very special Bronx history book release, where sixteen Bronxites were interviewed about life in the 1970s and 1980s—inarguably the Bronx’s most difficult and challenging period. This very special publication includes a foreword by former Bronx borough president Fernando Ferrer, many black-and-white photographs, and it will be for sale at the event. Come be a part of Bronx history! Get your copy singed!



Saturday | December 6 | 2:30-4:30pm | BCA @ 2700

Bill Lessard presents: Add Your Verse: An Afternoon of Internet Poetry The Bronx Writers Center welcomes William Lessard, poet, published author and entrepreneur, who unveils #MyAge, a Twitter poem comprised of micro-poems written by the author and submitted by the Internet-at-large. Portions of #MyAge have been published by Reality Hands and Millennial Garbage. Mr. Lessard will create a site-specific version of the poem and participants will draw Tweets from a bag, becoming part of the performance. Other local leading writers will be on hand to perform the work. Those who wish to submit work must send their Tweets beginning with #MyAge to @YoDollaBill. (Note: No curses, please. And make sure all tweets are in the present tense.) William Lessard is a writer whose work has appeared in Sensitive Skin Magazine, Maintenant and Human Stew. His is the co-author of NetSlaves: True Tales of Working the Web and NetSlaves 2.0. He has appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Wired, Vanity Fair, and on NPR, BBC, and PBS NewsHour.



Saturday | December 6 | 6:00-7:00pm | BCA @ 2700

Children and Young Adult Book Panel Discussion and Readings with Authors Stephanie Hoina, Yadhira González-Taylor and Rosemary Rivera with Mario Menjivar. Hosted by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez Have you ever thought about writing a children’s or young adult book? Ever wondered how it’s done? What the process and publishing procedures are? Children and young adult book authors Stephanie Hoina, Yadhira González-Taylor and Rosemary Rivera will join BCA to share their recent publications and how they wrote, designed and published their respective books. Books will be available for purchase and and the session will include a Q&A session. A must for anyone considering writing a book and needing information on publishing options…


Saturday | December 13 | 3:00-5:00pm

Lorraine Currelley presents: Unleashing the Power of Our Inner Voice, Writing from Our Core – Participants will learn how to utilize memoir, poetry and individual works in progress, to explore the power of their words. This is an intensive writing workshop. Its focus is to encourage participants to write from their known inner places. To unleash the power of their words. This writing workshop is a welcoming, encouraging and supportive space. It is a workshop offering constructive feedback. Please bring works in progress, poetry, stories and journals. Lorraine Currelley is an award-winning poet, writer, educator, cultural worker and mental health counselor, and is the founder/Executive Director of Poets Network and Exchange, a safe, positive and supportive space for poets and writers at all levels. She facilitates poetry and creative writing workshops, produces featured poetry readings, literary events and open mics. Poets Network and Exchange has expanded to include a Scholar Lecture Series. Scholars of various disciplines are invited to lecture and facilitate workshops.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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




recommended reading:

Daughters of the Stone
Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

Daughters of the Stone
follows the lives of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women focusing on the legacy passed from one generation to the next. How does each generation deal with that legacy given changing environments, culture? How does the environment change the legacy? What happens to communication when language and culture are truncated? What legacy does a woman who owns nothing, not even her own body, leave for her daughter? What happens to a storyteller when she can no longer tell her stories? Can one build for the future without coming to terms with the past?

Dahlma Llanos Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. She was a teacher and librarian in the New York City School system until her retirement. Her life experiences in Puerto Rico and the Bronx, as well as her African heritage, form the core of her work. Dahlma lives still in the Bronx with her husband Jonathan Lessuck. Dahlma Llanos Figueroa is the recipient of the the Bronx Council on the Arts' BRIO award and the Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.



Long For This World
Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung’s first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.




Sonya Chung is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.





Both books can be purchased at Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza, located at 290 Baychester Avenue in the Co-op City section of the Bronx. To find out about literary activities that are held at the store, please call 718-862-3945 or visit (click on "Stores and Events").

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