2019 Schedule


Theme: Our Children Ourselves: Sustaining A Healthy, Creative, Educationally & Literary Rich Community


11:00  – 11:10 AM
Melissa Davis,  Managing Librarian Bronx Library Center NYPL.
Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director Bronx Book Fair Poets Network & Exchange, Inc.

11:10 – 11:25 AM
Bronx Book Fair Opening Proclamation
introduction Lorraine Currelley

Keisha Molby Baez to deliver Keynote Opening Proclamation. Her message will open the Bronx Book Fair 2019. Her message is empowering and inspiring.
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11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Book Talk
Poet John Maney, Jr. and Author Yusef Salaam in conversation
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12:00 PM – 12:45 PM.
Children Authors Forum: Children Authors In Conversation
Authors discuss their experiences and the profession of children’s storytelling & publishing. Featured authors: Nury Castillo Crawford, Jennifer Francis, Julieann Randall, Ebony Troncoso, and Ivy Fuller Williams. Moderated by Supervising Children’s Librarian Jessica Agudelo
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12:50 PM – 1:05 PM 
Keynote Address:
Children’s Author Ebony Troncoso!
Introduction: Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director Bronx Book Fair
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1:10 PM – 2:00 PM 
From Manuscript to Market: Publishing & The Business of Writing
Authors and publishers discuss the specifics of publishing and share experiences. Featured authors : Peter Benjaminson, Yajaira Eduardo, Jode Millman and
James Dean Rivera
Moderator Marc W. Polite
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2:00 PM – 2:40 PM
Longevity: Sustaining A Literary Career
Authors discuss their experiences and dynamics for sustaining a rewarding literary career. Featured panelists: Carla Cherry, Edward D. Currelley,
Carmen D. Lucca and 
Yokairy Tavarez
Moderator: Author & Spoken Word Artist Oscar Sanders
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2:40 PM – 3:20 PM
To be announced

3:20 PM – 3:55 PM
Growing A Reading Culture in the Bronx
Featured: Literacy Specialist Denice Martin-Thompson, Children’s Author Anthony Tucker, and Donnell Hawks, Bronx Library Center Librarian.
Moderator: Melissa Davis, Managing Librarian
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3:55 PM -4:40 PM
Female Leadership & Creativity In A #METOO Culture
Featured panelists: Author Nury Castillo Crawford, Lorraine Currelley, Exec. Dir. Poets Network & Exchange/Bronx Book Fair,  Scholar Dr. Leconte Dill and author Mary Sheeran. Moderator< Elisa Garcia Supervising Teen Librarian.
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4:45 PM – 5:25 PM
Sister Magic: Conversations From The African Continent & Diaspora
Featured  spoken word performance with Afua Ansong,  Patricia Arthur,
Radhiyah Ayobami, Mercy Tullis Bukhari and Janel Cloyd.  Moderator, Patricia Arthur.
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5:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Bronx Book Fair 2019 Open Mic
Spoken word artists  and poets take to the stage. Sign up starts at 5:00 PM
MC: Filmmaker and spoken word artist Oscar Sanders
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12:00 pm – 12:35 pm
From The Cradle to Prison, Ending The Prison Pipeline (Presentation)
Featured Guest Speaker & Author  “Locked Up And Put Away “Booker Geez.
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12:40 PM – 1:20 PM
Saving Our Lives: Health People
Health People, Ruby Garner, Evelyn Rivas, and author Victoria Goings
in a community discussion on abuse, autism, diabetes, H.I.V. and obesity.
Moderator: Kendra Oke, host Crossover TV Live Bronxnet TV

1:25 PM – 2:05 PM

Fennell Adventures: Special Children Authors Presentation
Meet the phenomenal Fennell Adventures Family
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2:10 PM-3:10
Creating Balance In Your Workshop

This workshop examines the concept of female and male forces, and writing
balance between them. Starting with examining ancient concepts which are
still with us, and how the incorporation of balance is present in most great works of art. We’ll then spend some time examining the male and female voices present within all of us, and try our hand at writing something with balance. Facilitator: John Maney, Jr.
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3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Writing Memoir
An interactive writing workshop meant to help writers with writing memoir. We
will define memoir and utilize writing prompts and samples of memoirs to start
our stories. Facilitator: Damien Tillman,  Writer & Director New York Writing Club.
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4:20 PM – 5:00 PM

Literary Film Screening

Video portraits of authors Langston Hughes, Amada Irma Perez
& Jesmyn Ward. Facilitator: Bronx Library Center NYPL
Supervising  Reference Librarian Evelyn Muriel Cooper

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12:00 PM –  1:30 PM
Literary Speed Coaching
Poets and writers: need assistance with writing or performance? Perhaps you have some ideas you need assistance with? Consult with one of our literary speed coaches: Radhiyah Ayobami, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari and Edward D. Currelley.
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Train: 4, B, or D to Fordham Rd. Bus: Bx1 or Bx2, to Fordham Rd; Bx9, Bx22, or Bx26 to Grand Concourse

handicapWheelchair accessible!