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Workshops

2016 writing WORKSHOPS

 

 
Friday  |  April 29  |  6:00-8:00pm

Reclaiming our Narratives: A Conversation with
Nigerian Journalist Chike Frankie Edozien

– PEN World Voices

Bred in Lagos, Nigeria, Chike Frankie Edozien grew up to become a journalist and contributed to the 2016 Commonwealth Foundation Creative Nonfiction Anthology. He’s working on a memoir and has traveled the world reporting on HIV/AIDS, particularly as affects Africans.

A 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting, he’ll discuss his work as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. This special program is part of the PEN World Voices Festival.

Location: Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

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

Phone: 718-518-6728

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21
or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  April 30th  |  12:00-2:00pm

PEN World Voices

Storytelling & the Brain with Jorge Volpi

A Writing Workshop

 

Jorge Volpi is a Mexican novelist, essayist and director of the Festival Internacional Cervantino. He won the Biblioteca Breve Prize for In Search of Klingsor in 1999, the first part of his Tetralogy of Power. His last novel, Las Elegidas, was the origin of the opera Cuatro Corridos, and the film Las Elegidas. His works have been translated into 25 languages. He’s also the author of Leer la mente (Reading the Mind), from which he’ll discuss his approach to plot and character when developing powerful works of fiction.

 

Location: The Bronx Museum

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-681-6000

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  April 30th  |  3:00-5:00pm

PEN World Voices

The Politics of the “Narco-Novel” with Oswaldo Zavala

A Writing Workshop

 

Oswaldo Zavala is associate professor of contemporary Latin American literature at The College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. His most recent book is The Insufferable Modernity: Roberto Bolaño at the Limits of Contemporary Latin American Literature (UNC Press, 2015). His current project, The Imaginary U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars: State Power, Organized Crime and the Political History of Narconarratives (1975-2012), informs this workshop, which will illuminate the defining features and limitations of the Mexican “narco-novel”, as relate to the politics of the drug trade.

 

Location: The Bronx Museum

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-681-6000

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  April 30th  |  6:00-7:30pm

 

PEN World Voices

Before Columbus: Africa in Mexico

 
Essayist, playwright and poet Rashidah Ismaili will moderate this discussion between publisher and activist Kassahun Checole and Professor C. Danny Dawson, who has worked as a photographer, curator, consultant and scholar. They’ll explore the often unacknowledged history and impact of Africans in the Americas, a millennium before the European “discovery”—with an emphasis on Mexico. This program is being presented in collaboration with PEN World Voices, Bronx Museum of the Arts and Bronx Council on the Arts.

Location: The Bronx Museum

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-681-6000

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  May 7  |  2:00-4:00pm

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Poetry Town Hall Tour at the Bronx Zoo

Poet and three-time BRIO winner Sarah Stern will read from her work at the Bronx Zoo and will be joined by a wildlife expert from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for a lively post-reading discussion on the mission of the WCS and its presence in the Bronx—a borough that claims its own diverse urban wildlife along the Bronx River Corridor, as well as its many parks. Stern’s work richly describes New York City’s textures and creatures and will be right at home in the United States’ largest urban zoo.

 

Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will moderate the town hall discussion on local wildlife conservation and its impact on the arts, as well as the enduring presence of animal archetypes and metaphors in literature.

This event is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

 

Location: Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460

Congo Gorilla Room, Southern Blvd. Entrance

Phone: 800-433-4149, Education Department

 

Registration is mandatory for bypassing the zoo's entrance fee (parking not included). Register here.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931-9500 x21
or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  May 14  |  3:00-5:00pm

Writing from Pictures

w/ BRIO Winner Jon Lewis Katz

 

Every picture tells a story. In this workshop, we will write from photographs, paying close attention to what the photographs reveal about the people, or characters, in them, and their stories. The instructor will provide photographs; however, participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own. Registration for the workshop is required. Please contact the branch by phone or in person to register (see below). Jon Lewis-Katz has taught in the New York City public school system and at Cornell University where he completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He has received the Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia and the Alonzo Davis Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. At present, he teaches writing at Bronx Community College and is finishing a collection of linked short stories about West Indians and West Indian-Americans in New York City. All New York Public Library programs are free of charge. 

To reserve your seat please call the Kingsbridge

New York Public Library directly: 718-548-5656

Location: Kingsbridge Library

291 W 231st Street

Bronx, NY 10463

Questions? Contact Charlie Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  June 18  |  2:00-4:00pm

Poetry Town Hall Tour at Poe!
with Poet
Urayoán Noel and Angel Hernández

BRIO-winning poet and educator Urayoán Noel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will present a reading of his Bronx-inspired bilingual poetry at the Poe Park Visitor Center, followed by a discussion with program advisor Angel Hernández of the Bronx Historical Society.

They will discuss Poe’s impoverished life in the Bronx and the social forces that inspire poetic expression in marginalized communities.

Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will moderate the town hall discussion on the role of the artist on the margins and the parallels between Poe’s difficult years in the Bronx and the struggles of the Puerto Rican community.

This event is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

 

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 

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 http://www.barnesandnoble.com (click on "Stores and Events").

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