Bronx Memoir Project

Bronx Memoir Project: Volume IV is now available for purchase!

The Bronx Memoir Project (BMP) is a community-based writing project that encourages a cross-generational, multi-ethnic collective of Bronx residents to tell their stories firsthand. Participants engage in free workshops, led by a professional writers, culminating in the opportunity to submit their work for publication in the Bronx Memoir Project Anthology.

"BCA is the only place I can find free writting workshops like these...It has had a great impact on my life and writing career. I've met fellow artists and formed great community through them." - Ron Trenckler-Thomson

Geared toward avocational and early-career writers, the only requirements for BMP participation are residency in The Bronx and having a story to tell. Workshops cover a variety of literary short-forms, from poetry and non-fiction to short stories and essays.  

The BMP Anthologies gather tales of homecoming, liberty, loss, and love – a mosaic of colors and textures that could only be produced in a place as dynamic and diverse as The Bronx. Prior Volumes are available for purchase.

Workshops are led by experienced writers and teaching artists, and consist of trust-building and contextualizing exercises, style and technique, sharing and feedback, and editing tips to prepare participants’ submissions for publication.

BMP 2019-2020

The enhanced 2019-2020 BMP offered six intensive sessions of four workshops each, focusing on Narrative Poetry, Narrative Non-Fiction, and Essay Writing. A total of 24-workshops were offered in the fall and spring.

  • Narrative Poetry at BCA
  • Narrative Non-Fiction at the NYPL Van Cortlandt Park Library
  • Narrative Essay Writing Online

BMP will culminate with the publication of an Anthology of contributed memoirs and book launch celebration in June 2020.

Note: To be published in BMP anthologies, participants must attend a minimum of three workshops within the same series, whether in the fall or spring. Writers can enjoy as many sessions and/or individual workshops as they wish during both seasons.

2018-2019 Anthology Series

2018-2019 Anthology Series

The 2018-2019 BMP culminated in the Bronx Memoir Project Volume III Anthology and book launched in June 2019. We thank the 113 participants, 43 Anthology contributors, 11 teaching artists, and Project Coordinator Crystal Valentine for the success of this year’s program. We also thank Poe Park Visitor Center, BronxArtSpace, and the NYPL branches of Kingsbridge and Mott Haven for generously hosting the workshops.

This meaningful program is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Alejandro Salinas-Albrecht is the winner of the 2020 BMP Book Cover Open Call.  His work will be featured on the Bronx Memoir Project Volume IV Anthology.  Congratulations!


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Cover image by Alejandro Salinas-Albrecht


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