NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble, Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated performance ensemble, Inc. grounded in the idea of providing creative literature in performance. Our mission is to promote the creative literature of Puerto Rican and Latin American writers in the United States while providing artistic opportunities to performing artists of color.
For the Bronx Book Fair the ensemble will feature poet Americo Casiano Jr. reading both original works and the poetry of the late Louis Reyes Rivera. NuyoRican School will initiate the performance with a Yoruba spiritual dedication to Mr. Reyes Rivera presented by the ensemble’s percussionists: Gene Osonike Golden, Xavier Eguileti Rivera, and Brandon Olufondel Rosser. Also performing will be vocalist Jacqueline Flowers and bassist/composer Ray Martinez.
Grammy-winning poet J. Ivy brings his unique blend of hip-hop poetry and performance to this year’s book fair. J’s the author of Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain a memoir that shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. J. Ivy also represented Chicago on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry.
Thelma Ruffin Thomas
Imagine seeing literature come to life with characters and events leaping off the page and unfold before your eyes. Thelma Ruffin Thomas’ extraordinary storytelling skills does just that by providing a uniquely entertaining and educational experience. Her repertoire encompasses unconventional stories, Biblical stories and poetry including a wide range of literary work written by African-American authors.
Location: Conference Room
Bronx Memoir Project Reading
Contributors to the Bronx Memoir Project, a 188-page anthology, will read personal selections from the book. Bronx Memoir Project includes native Bronxites, as well as those who’ve arrived from the Dominican Republic, Maryland, USA, and Italy. This is the first title to be released by the Bronx Council on the Arts’ BCA Media publishing platform. Bronx Writers Center director Charlie Vazquez will lead the reading.
Bronx Heroes ComicCon
Connect with great comic book artists right here in the Bronx and NYC area.
Location: Conference Room
Bronx-born Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa will read from her book Daughters of the Stone. Daughters is a lyrical, powerful debut novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women, spanning five generations, detailing their physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New.
Writing Womanhood: Telling Our Stories in Our Voice
In this workshop participants will write and share stories and poems about what it means to be women from their perspective and in their voice. This is a safe, supportive and welcoming space. Facilitated by Lorraine Currelley and Peggy Robles-Alvarado
Location: Conference Room
Legacy Women, an all-women’s traditional musical group rooted in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms and traditions, bring their unique blend of drumming, song, and dance infused with of Afro-Caribbean beats, Palos, Congos, Slaves, and Bomba –the Afro-Indigenous roots music of the Caribbean.
Engaging Readers: Adults, Teens and Children
Learn to engage your local libraries with professional guidance: Jean Harripersaud, Head – Adult Services, Bronx Library Center; Diverse Books for Teen – Elisa Garcia, Senior Librarian; Teen Services, Bronx Library Center, Developing Lifelong Readers; Deborah Allman, Head – Children’s Services, Bronx Library Center
Canto Mundo • Cave Canem • Kundiman Poetry Reading
Poets from three leading poetry organizations, Canto Mundo, Cave Canem, and Kundiman come together to read from their work. Each organization was created to provide culturally rooted spaces for writers of color to hone and nurture their craft.
Cathy Linh Che (Kundiman) is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University.
Brian Francis is a Cave Canem fellow from New York City. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Creative Nonfiction and has an MFA in Poetry NYU. His poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Fledgling Rag, Cave Canem Anthology XIII and Tupelo Quarterly.
Urayoán Noel (Canto Mundo) is a poet, performer, scholar, translator, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at NYU. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) and several books of poetry in English and Spanish, the most recent of which are Hi-Density Politics (2010), Los días porosos (2012; second edition 2014), and EnUncIAdOr (2014).
BRIO Reading: Bronx Recognizes It’s Own award winners Froilan Kali Ramirez and Nahshon Ratcliff read from recent work.
Froilan Kali Ramirez – Artist, Percussionist, Photographer, Writer, was born in New York City – Spanish Harlem. Ramirez spent his formative “Wonder Years’’ in the South Bronx. Painting since age 12 Ramirez has continuously cultivated his Love for Music and Art. After graduating from Power Memorial Academy he was awarded a Full Scholarship to the School of Visual Arts where he studied with Ralph Hattersley, Shelly Bernstein, and Mel Bochner.
Nahshon Ratcliff was born in Los Angeles, California and is an artist, writer, and model with a diverse background in film and television broadcasting. He worked as a production assistant on The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show (1997), and was production coordinator for Russell Simmons’ One World Music Beat (1998), Naughty by Nature’s music video “Jamboree” (1999), and the documentary 1 More Hit by Shuana Garr of Smart Girl Productions (2007). Nahshon has been a Sag-Aftra actor since 1999 and has performed in several television series and national commercials.
Open Mic hosted by Five Boro Story Project
FBSP invites the community to to bring its best poetry and stories, and participate in an open mic session. Five Boro travels throughout NYC producing community storytelling events that spotlight different neighborhoods and invites community members to share their own stories and art through open mics and story circles.