2016 Schedule

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Saturday, May 7th, 2016

AUDITORIUM

12:00-1:00
Building a Literary Culture in the Bronx
Panel discussion with Ron Kavanaugh, Carmen D. Lucca, LaTanya DeVaughn, Charles Rice-Gonzalez and more on the state of the literary culture in the Bronx and what we can do to continue to develop it.

1:00-2:00
Panel Discussion with Bronx Librarians: Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Be a Power Reader!
Jean Harripersaud – Adult Services Librarian, Katie Fernandez, Teen Services Librarian and Deborah Allman, Children Services Librarian, of the Bronx Library Center.

2:30-3:30
Papo Pepin Quartet
Enjoy lively Latin Jazz led by Papo Pepin, a master percussionist from the Bronx.

3:40-4:50
A Conversation: Women, Arts Activism, Creativity and Social Responsibility
Moderated by Lorraine Currelley, of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. with panelists Rebecca Brooks, Purvi Shah, Alison Roh Park, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, and Jonterri Gadson.

4:50-5:40
A Weaving of Voices: An Intergenerational Poetry Reading
Facilitated by Ketiwe Boahene, featuring Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, Edward Currelley, Daphne Carter McKnight, and Nkosi Nkululeko.

CONFERENCE ROOM (C21)

12:00-1:00
Women in Comics, a panel with Ray Felix
Location: Conference Room, C21

1:30-2:30
Clap! Snap!: A Youth Poetry Reading
Location: Conference Room, C21
Moderated by Peggy Robles, of Robles Writes, this reading will feature young voices of the Bronx.

3:30-4:30
Drawing Workshop with Ray Felix
Location: Conference Room, C21
Join Ray Felix of Bronx Heroes for a drawing workshop.

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR ROOM (2ND FLOOR)

12:00-12:45
Storytelling/Read Aloud

4:00-4:45
Craft: Mother’s Day Card Making
Hands-on projects using a variety of skills. For ages 7 to 12 years old. Limited to 30 children. Pre-registration required (718-579-4220)


Sunday, May 8th, 2016

AUDITORIUM

1:00-1:45
Do Publishers Have a Responsibility to People of Color
Moderated by Gary Johnston (Blind Beggar Press) and featuring Carolyn Butts (African Voices), Carlos Aguasaco (Artepoética Press), and Ulises Gonzales (Los Barbaros).

1:45-2:30
Enjoy an Afternoon of Poetry and Prose by Bronx BRIO Award Winners
Featuring Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez and Erik Maldonado (Advocate of Wordz), current and past winners of the prestigious Bronx Recognizes its Own grants awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

2:30-3:15
Getting Published: How to Get Your Work in Readers’ Hands
Moderated by Robert Farrell, featured panelists Yesenia Montilla, Kevin Sabio, and Charlie Vazquez speaking about their diverse paths to publication.

3:15-4:00
The State of Independent Bookstores: Thinking About the Bronx
Join Veronica Liu of Word Up Community Book Shop (Manhattan), Dr. Janifer Wilson of Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (Manhattan), and Lexi Beach of Astoria Bookshop (Queens) for a discussion about the state of independent bookstores in New York City and the potential for one in the Bronx. Moderated by Lisa Gomez.

4:00-4:45
Poets and Writers from Lehman College’s literary journal Obscura read new and published works
Featuring Giovanni Ortiz, Ashley N. Ortiz, Jean Carlos Soto, Stephanie Trinidad and Ariana DiLorenzo.

CONFERENCE ROOM (C21)

3:15-4:00
Art and Writing: A Relationship of Creativity‬
‪Explore the relationship between visualization and creativity with ‬poet and curator Yolanda Rodriguez, co-founder of the BxArts ‪Factory, and poet Natalie N. Caro. Workshop participants create a writing piece based on a work of art and a work of art based on a writing piece‬.

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR ROOM (2ND FLOOR)

1:00-2:00
Computer Zone
Waiting too long for the next available computer? Feel free to come to the computer zone and use the computer without the wait. Limited to 12 children. For ages 7 to 12.

3:30-4:30
Family Literacy Workshop
Learn tips on how to help your baby/toddler develop literacy skills using reading, talking, singing, writing and playing. Limited to 20 parents. Pre-registration at the Children’s Information Desk. Recommended for parents with babies and toddlers.

 

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