2018 Schedule

Additional details will be posted shortly.

Willie Perdomo, poet, The Essential History of Shorty Bon BonSmoking Lovely, and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime
Sokunthary Svay, poet, Apsara in New York; and board president of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association
Tiffany Papageorge, children’s book author, My Yellow Balloon

Our Health: A Community Forum
Medical professionals and writers discuss health and self-care issues in underserved communities of color, the causes and how can we save our lives?
Dawn Aldrich, MD (Authority on cancer, obesity, diabetes & sickle cell anemia) and Lorraine Currelley, MS MHC, Executive Director, Mental Health & Healthy Aging

From Start to Finish: Picking and Finishing the Writing Project You Want to Submit this Year
An interactive writing workshop meant to help writers decided how to narrow down their choices so they can finish and submit something in 2018! Will include in class writing prompts, planning guides, samples of projects and their path to publication, and handouts on viable new markets for starting writers

Developing a Reading Culture in the Bronx
Bronx Library Center librarians’ panel
Moderators: Michael Alvarez & Jean Harripersaud

Women in Leadership: Arts, Activism & Social Responsibility
This panel will discuss stereotypical narratives of women in leadership & our responsibility as women to redefine and create empowering new paradigms.
Yolanda Rodriguez, Co-founder and Executive Director, BxArts Factory; Dairanys Grullon-Virgil, Co-founder, Mi Gente Latinx and Sister Circle Collective; and Thelma Ruffin Thomas, Artistic Director of Pearls, Wisdom Storytellers. Moderator: Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director Poets Network & Exchange and Bronx Book Fair

Children’s Storytelling/Craft
Led by Bronx Library Center librarians
Children’s Story Hour Room

Project X Performers (Youth Slam Poets)
Noel Quinones, Rebecca Rivera, Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe, and Gabriele Guajardo (Gigi Bella). Moderator: Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Silver: The Next Chapter-Sustaining a Career
Edward D. Currelley, poet/multimedia artist; Carmen D. Lucca, poet; and Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author. Moderator: Americo Casiano, poet

Getting Published
Carolyn Butts, Editor/Publisher, African Voices Magazine and Steve Bloom, writer. Moderator: Gary Johnston, Publisher, Blind Beggar Press and poet

Talking Romance: A Conversation with Rebecca Brooks and Eartha Watts Hicks
Romance writers Rebecca Brooks and Eartha Watts Hicks explore and discuss the multi-layered genre of romance writing.

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, Edward Currelley, and Aisha Sidibe

Thousand Worlds: Multidisciplinary Approach to Creative Writing
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words but when you want to effectively create a multidimensional world with words in print, you need to develop a multidisciplinary skillset to challenge the notion of literature as a two-dimensional medium because art should always aspire to be larger than life. Facilitator: Orlando Ferrand

Learn more about the 2018 Bronx Book Fair participants.