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Workshops

 

2015 writing WORKSHOPS

 

March 2015

 

 

Saturday  |  March 21  | 11:00am-1:00pm

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Kickoff Workshop

The Bronx Writers Center presents this exciting new gathering of crime and noir writers to the fantastic Poe Park Visitor Center adjacent to the Poe Cottage, where the American master wrote the classic short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. This casual writers meeting will meet every third Saturday of every month to participate in writing prompts, readings and critiques of these eternal, ever reinventing genres of fiction. Flyer.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free

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Saturday  |  March 28  |  11:30am-12:45pm

Bronx Memoir Project Book Readings at Poe!

The Bronx Council on the Arts will stop by the Poe Park Visitor Center to present some readers from the breakthrough volume Bronx Memoir Project. Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will present them and discuss how the project came about and why it’s such a poignant anthology of contemporary memoir fragments. Books will be available for purchase and select contributors will read from their submissions. A wonderful opportunity to learn about Bronx history from those who
have lived it.
Flyer.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free

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April 2015

 

Wednesday  |  April 1  |  5:30-7:30pm

In conjunction with that evening's Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour

Readings & Conversations with Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vazquez

Hop off the Bronx Trolley at the Bronx Museum and hear a reading of excerpts from the book Bronx Memoir Project by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez. The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and the Bronx Writers Center released the book, an unprecedented collection of over fifty fragments of Bronx memoirs, as penned by the borough's residents, spanning generations, continents, languages, cultures and themes. Flyer.

Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

Phone: 718-681-6000

Admission: Free


Saturday  |  April 11  |  12:00-2:00pm

The Other City: A New York Poetry Workshop
with BCA BRIO winner Urayoán Noel

Beyond the touristy New York, there is another city, one that has inspired countless poets. It is an immigrant, working-class, bohemian, peripheral, and sometimes even quiet city. In this workshop, we will write poetry attuned to this other city, its cultures, histories, and communities. We will discuss questions that have haunted New York poets across time: How to combine poetic form and political commitment? How to write about race/gender/class/sexuality and other difficult issues in the context of a diverse city? What would an urban poetry look, sound, and feel like? What is poetry’s relationship to other NYC expressive forms (hip-hop, punk, salsa, performance art) and to the spoken and embodied word in all its forms? To guide us in our New York City explorations, we may read one or more short pieces by poets such as Walt Whitman, José Martí, Langston Hughes, Diane di Prima, Frank O’Hara, Vito Acconci, Pedro Pietri, Marilyn Hacker, Fay Chiang, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Not4Prophet, and others. In addition to completing at least one writing exercise, we will also have the opportunity to briefly share our work.

 

Urayoán Noel is a poet, scholar, performer, and translator, and an assistant professor of English and Spanish at New York University. His most recent books are the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014), the performance text EnUncIAdOr (Editora Educación Emergente, 2014), and the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico, which is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press. A former BRIO, CantoMundo, and Ford Foundation fellow, Noel lives in the Bronx.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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

Admission: Free

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Saturday  |  April 18  | 11:00am-1:00pm

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop hosted by crime novelist Richie Narvaez

The Bronx Writers Center presents this exciting new gathering of crime and noir writers to the fantastic Poe Park Visitor Center adjacent to the Poe Cottage, where the American master wrote the classic short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. This casual writers meeting will meet every third Saturday of every month to participate in writing prompts, readings and critiques of these eternal, ever reinventing genres of fiction.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free

RSVP: https://bronxarts.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0Fd000000YwtPqEAJ


Saturday  |  April 25  |  2:30-4:00pm

National Poetry Month Showcase
with The Canvas of Words Tour

The Canvas of Words Tour is a traveling showcase of the Annual Canvas of Words show held in Queens. The mission of the tour is to introduce new audiences to this show, which features poets and performers whose styles range from academic, slam, spoken word theater and touch on a variety of topics. We began the tour this year at the Bowery Poetry Club On January 25 and February 22 and plan to extend it to a myriad of venues in NYC and out of state. The tour will not only entertain but will also create a forum for poets and audience members to connect. The lineup for this event includes Bonafide Rojas, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Advocate of Wordz, Ngoma Hill, Roya Marsh and Meriam Rodriguez.  Flyer.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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

Admission: Free

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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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