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Bronx WritersCorps
AFTER-sCHOOL program

 

The Bronx WritersCorps celebrates twenty years of giving voice to Bronx youth through weekly afterschool workshops led by a roster of talented teaching artists.

Each of six WritersCorps sites hosts a regular workshop where youth ages 11-18 develop Spoken Word writing, revision and performance skills. Each site produces a year-end poetry anthology and participates in our Annual Youth Poetry Showcase.

 

Youth living in transitional housing are asked, in a safe and creative environment, to take risks in communicating how they represent themselves and their world.  New perspectives result in new and surprising expressions. The participants benefit by learning public presentation techniques, improving public speaking, enhancing writing skills, and developing a higher sense of self-esteem. 

The Bronx WritersCorps sites are:

  • BronxWorks Family Shelters:  Jackson Avenue Family Residence, Willow Avenue Family Residence, Nelson Avenue Family Residence.
  • Good Shepard Services:  Nelson Mandela House and Peter Jay Sharp Non-Secure Detention (NSD) Residences
  • New York City Department of Juvenile Justice: Horizon Juvenile Detention Center
 
2012-2013 Bronx WritersCorps Showcase
 
2012-2013 Bronx WritersCorps Anthologies
View Bronx WritersCorps anthologies by the young poets from our three WritersCorps sites.
Nelson Avenue Family Residence
 
2013-2014 Bronx WritersCorps Teaching Artists
 

Earl Majette, aka "Brother Earl", is a Teacher and Performance Artivist who has been blazin' stages across the globe since the year 2000. However his roots as a 1st generation MC in Hip Hop run much deeper. As a poet he has produced 5 albums, been featured in several anthologies, spotlighted on Def Poetry Jam.com and acted in 5 films.

His teaching credits which span the past 10 years include working for Harlem School of the Arts, Children's Aide Society, Inwood House, and New York City Housing Authority in addition to working with Bronx Council on the Arts for the past 7 years. This is his labor of love, helping at-risk youth return safely to society using rhymes to reason.

 
Intikana is a Hip Hop artist, poet, filmmaker, and arts educator from the Bronx.  He has been featured on VH1 and toured across the United States, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Borikén (Puerto Rico), and Tanzania, Afrika.  He has shared the stage with artists such as KRS-One, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Styles P, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Saul Williams, among many others.  Intikana is also a  recipient of Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award for “achieving excellence in performing arts.”  As an Urban Word NYC Youth Mentor and teaching artist for various educational institutions around the world, Intikana has performed and facilitated hundreds of workshops at over 200 universities/colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, shelters, prisons, foster homes, and community centers.  He has worked with countless community organizations to provide innovative educational opportunities to thousands of young people through art and social/cultural awareness. For more info, please visit, www.intikana.net
 

Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as La Bruja. She is considered one of America's leading spoken word artists. She is a renaissance woman who has performed internationally including The Apollo, The Museum of Natural History and the famed Nuyorican Poets Café where she began her career. The New York Times called her "a Juggernaut" after the 2009 run of her musical Boogie Rican Blvd., in which she played seven different characters in addition to writing the musical score alongside renowned Afro-Rican Jazz artist William Cepeda. Her acting career has taken her from stage to film. She has appeared in numerous movies including Bamboozled, Down to the Bone, El Vacilon and Gun Hill Road, the latter featuring the title track ‘Nuyorico’ and four other of La Bruja’s songs. She has crossed over internationally with her debut album "Brujalicious" and her latest release, “For Witch It Stands,” both available on iTunes.  She is featured on Prince Royce’s new award-winning album "Phase II" and Bobby Sanabria’s 2012 Grammy-nominated album, "Multiverse." Well known for her captivating performance on Russell Simmons' HBO Def Poetry Jam, she is now the host of Poetry Idol and was featured on HBO Latino’s latest installment of HABLA Women. She works with youth throughout the country teaching the benefits of self-expression and is a board member of Voices UnBroken. Learn more about Le Bruja at  www.labrujamusic.com and www.poetryidol.org.

 

Kasim Allah is a multi-dimensional literary, visual and performing artist whose vocals can be currently heard nationally in Sheetz and Big Lots commercial rotations. He has narrated VH1’s Playa’s Guide to Scarface, was a featured poet on BET’s Lyric Café, was signed to EMI with his group, The Inviseez.

Now, as a free agent, he is one of the most slam-winning performance artists in New York City. As an author, his words have impacted students and audiences in such venues as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Princeton University, and The Drum Culture Center in Birmingham, England. As a poetry instructor, Kasim has taught for the Community House at Princeton University, the Harlem YMCA, 8 Plus, the LEAP afterschool program at M.S. 22, and a Community Action Center in London, England.

 

 

Our young writers (pictured above) also participated in a public reading at Bay Plaza’s Barnes and Noble in the Bronx celebrating the publication of Tell the World (Harper Collins, 2008), an anthology of works from WritersCorps participants in the Bronx, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

 


With thanks to our generous funders: New York City Department of Youth & Community Development and The Robert Bowne Foundation

 

 


 

BECOME A BRONX WRITERSCORPS TEACHING ARTIST

Bronx WritersCorps offers opportunities to write, publish, and perform. We work in partnership with sites throughout the Bronx during the academic year, programming both in-school and after-school workshops. Our sites include community-based organizations, shelters, and programs for incarcerated youth. Our model is long-term and in-depth.

 

Bronx WritersCorps teaching artists serve 2 years are part of a group that meets often and receive extensive professional development training.

 

What Bronx WritersCorps Teaching Artists Do

  • Teach creative writing and build mentoring relationships with young people in The Bronx.
  • Design and implement curricula tailored to specific youth and site realities. Most of our programs run 8 to 9 months.
  • Develop publications and projects that feature student writing
  • Document and evaluate WritersCorps’ impact within its communities
  • Attend trainings, meetings, and class sessions to share information and experiences, and to develop your teaching artist skills

Requirements

Applicants must have at minimum:

  • 2 years teaching literary arts to youth (ages 6-18). Please note: college teaching alone does not qualify, and work as a classroom teacher alone does not qualify – we are looking for applicants who have experience working as teaching artists sharing creative writing with young people.
  • Evidence of literary accomplishment commitment. We do not expect you to have authored a book, but writing should be one center of your life and practice.
  • BA or experiential equivalent
  • Familiarity with The Bronx. Preference will go to those who already live in the Bronx area.

Bilingual people and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Level of Experience

Trying to decide if you have the right amount of experience for WritersCorps? The perfect match for us is someone who’s done at least the minimum work we ask for in our guidelines, but who isn’t yet a master. Training and professional development are an integral part of our model. We intend your time with us to take you from an early intermediate stage to a full professional stage in this field.

 

Click here for Application

 

Contact

For questions, please e-mail Sharon@bronxarts.org or call 718-931-9500 x12.

 


 

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Highlights from the 2013 Annual Youth Poetry Showcase

 

 

 

 

For more information,
please contact:

Sharon Little, Director
Bronx WritersCorps
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-931-9500 x12
Fax: 718-409-6445
E-Mail: Sharon@bronxarts.org

 


 

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Nelson Avenue
Family Residence

Willow Avenue
Family Residence

Jackson Avenue
Family Residence

 

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