Poetry town hall tour

2016 poetry town hall tour


Coming back in spring 2017!


Bronx Council on the Arts’s Poetry Town Hall Tour launched in spring 2016, featuring six community gatherings upon its completion in winter 2016. Each town hall began with a featured Bronx poet reading from their work, followed by a moderated panel discussion with a humanities and/or cultural expert aligned with the themes addressed in their poetry. The event culminated with a public discourse and Q&A segment, where attendees contributed to the discussion.


These interactive forums addressed urgent issues such as urban wildlife conservation, immigration, LGBT equality, feminism, history, racism and social transformation through the arts. These gatherings took place in underserved districts such as Lower Concourse, Mott Haven, East Tremont, Fordham and Westchester Square. Cultural partners such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Zoo, Poe Park Visitor Center and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) made this possible. Our Longwood Art Gallery set the perfect stage for the kickoff, as part of our Bronx:Africa exhibit.


Featured poets for the 2016 spring series included Ghanaian-born Rachel Ansong, 2015 BRIO Award winner for poetry; Sarah Stern, four-time BRIO winner for poetry, and Urayoán Noel, also a BRIO winner. They were paired with Salieu Suso, a Gambian historian and player of the traditional stringed kora; ornithologist and bird expert Susan Schmid of the Wildlife Conservation Society and historian Ángel Hernández of the Bronx County Historical Society.


The fall 2016 presenters included BRIO-winners Peggy Robles-Alvarado and José Olivarez, Lorraine Currelley of Poets Network & Exchange, as well as spoken word youth mentors Bonafide Rojas and Earl Majette. They were joined by Allison Hague of the Wildlife Conservation Society; Ron Kavanaugh of MOSAIC magazine, and author and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Executive Director, Charles Rice-González.


Poetry Town Hall Tour was supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities



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  |  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

The Bronx Writers Center, a program of Bronx Council on the Arts, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Council for the Humanities; the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Member Andrew Cohen and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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