The Bronx Writers Center has supported and developed literary culture in the Bronx since 1996, by empowering local writers

and engaging community through creative writing and professional development workshops and special presentations.


Bronx Writers Center






“I am one of the contributing writers for the wonderful Bronx Memoir Project. I congratulate your organization for achieving such a monumental accomplishment. I attended some of the writing workshops hosted by Charlie Vázquez and learned that our borough has so many aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. By the way, Mr. Vázquez is a tremendous asset to your organization. He provided wonderful information as well as powerful inspiration for all of us. I am proud to participate in your organization’s arts and cultural activities. You are to be commended for all of your efforts, exhibitions and celebrations”.


Sonia Fuentes-Resto


Q: What’s your story?

A: We can help you tell it.


Our workshops and presentations nurture writers at various cultural venues across the Bronx, through creative mentorship, networking and professional development forums. Our year-round sessions are facilitated by experts as part of the Seeing It Through professional development series, as well as by award-winning writers that meet with the Bronx Fiction Writers Group monthly at Poe Park. We collaborate with the PEN American Center and Bronx Museum of the Arts for the prestigious PEN World Voices literary festival each spring, giving local writers the chance to work with visiting journalists, authors and poets from around the world.  

Our Poetry Town Hall Tour hosts award-winning poets in interactive community forums. These gatherings address issues such as gentrification, immigration, LGBTQ and feminist concerns, as well as racism. The Bronx Memoir Project collects memoir fragments written by Bronx residents and publishes them in book form. Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1 was published as a paperback in 2015 and can be purchased online. The second workshop cycle will launch in fall 2017.  


“This kind of programming is vital and necessary for building community and compassion for our experiences.” 

Blogger Naiomy Guerrero


Other programs include The Big Read, a book celebration that stimulates literary interaction and discourse through book discussions, performances and book giveaways at local cultural venues. The Bronx Reads is our newest initiative and addresses the lack of bookstores and book clubs in the borough. It will launch in spring of 2017, in time for the next Big Read celebration in honor of Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. Past titles were written by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Zora Neale Hurston and Ray Bradbury.

Bronx Writers Center programs are free to the general public and promote community-building through intelligent discourse and creative self-expression. We also host events and presentations created by Bronx Council on the Arts’ yearly pool of artist grantees, who are awarded highly-competitive prizes such as Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO). This innovative group of literary artists provides an additional layer of profession development and learning forums for the Bronx’s writing community. Do you have a story you've been wanting to tell? What are you waiting for?

Information: or 718-931-9500 x21





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.




Bronx Writers Center
Director Charlie Vázquez
Awarded Hispanic Heritage Month Honor by NYC Comptroller
Scott M. Stringer


Charlie Vázquez, BCA Bronx Writers Center director, is being awarded Hispanic Heritage Month recognition for his work with burgeoning writers in the Bronx and beyond. The ceremony will take place at Surrogate’s Courthouse in Manhattan, at 31 Chambers Street, on Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:00pm. Vázquez will be one of several New York City-area figures being honored for their work in different sectors of the Latino community.


“I am touched, of course,” says Vázquez. “To be recognized by the highest financial office in New York City. It’s also a reminder for me to shoot higher, to do even more outreach to young and emerging writers, the people who’ll be telling their stories and ours.”

Photo by Ricky Flores

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