2016 writing WORKSHOPS


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

Saturday  |  November 12th  |  2:00-4:00pm


Poetry and Social Healing Town Hall @ Bronx Museum

With poets Earl Majette and Bonafide Rojas


First-generation hip-hop MC Earl Majette and poet/publisher Bonafide Rojas will perform at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. They’ll be joined by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez for a discussion on poetry and social healing as applies to their years of work with at-risk youth in homeless and detention centers in the Bronx. Their dedication has helped troubled youth to enhance public presentation techniques, public speaking and writing skills, developing higher self-esteem through the written and spoken word. The moderated town hall discussion on social transformation through the arts will end with a Q&A for public commentary and discourse.

Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Councouse

Bronx, NY 10456


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

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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