Bronx Stories: Bronx Women
Friday, April 15, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate all things women with an evening of storytelling, poetry and music inspired by the Bronx and the works of art on view at the Bronx Museum.  Make your voice heard in our open mic!

Hosted by Maria Aponte, and featuring performances by Nene Ali, Michele Carlo, Annie Lanzillotto, and Julissa Rodriguez.

Free admission and cash bar
Location: 2nd floor North Wing and throughout the galleries




Maria Aponte is a poet, performance artist, community arts activist and educator. Maria works in Latino Theatre against racial discrimination and women’s rights. In May 2013, Maria’s first book Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella won 2nd Place for Best Poetry in English at the International Latino Book Awards. Maria is also the founder of Latina 50 Plus™, a program honoring Latina Pioneers.


Nene Ali has a passion for the healing power of words and the ability to deliver mind-blowing performances. She is the youngest recipient of Miami Heat Dwayne Wade "Keeper of the Village” Award and the Nelson Mandela Community Activist Award. Ali recently performed as part of the Young Roots Performance Series at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (co-produced with Pepatian, October 2015) with poet Caridad De La Luz/La Bruja, and is the host of Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen.


Michele Carlo is a storyteller who has appeared across the U.S., including the MOTH’s GrandSlams and is featured in the 2015 Emmy award-winning PBS documentary “Latino Americans of NY & NJ.” She is also the author of Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks (Citadel 2010). Check for upcoming performances of her new solo show “There Goes The Neighborhood,” a comedy about gentrification...and the tipping point of one Brooklyn neighborhood.


Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of Lambda Literary Award finalist L Is For Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir (SUNY Press 2013), and the book of poetry Schistsong (Bordighera Press 2013). Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx, and in Yonkers, New York, of Barese heritage. Lanzillotto is the 2013-2014 Writer-in-Residence at New Jersey City University, and a 2013 Buckham Fund Writer-in-Residence at The University of Vermont.


Julissa Arlene Rodriguez, born and raised in New York City, has always found the visual arts and poetry as a form of expressing herself. Throughout the years she has developed her own style of writing that touches base on her Latina heritage and ideologies. Identfying as a queer woman of color, her focal points revolve around womanhood, in hopes to shed light and recognition on the experiences and accomplishments of women relevant throughout time.

Pictured (left to right): Maria Aponte, Nene Ali, Michele Carlo, Annie Lanzillotto, and Julissa Rodriguez.



Launched in December of 2011, Bronx Stories aims to challenge stereotypes about the Bronx and provide a platform for voices from the community while encouraging deeper engagement with the arts.  Each event features 3-4 professional or amateur storytellers telling a story related to a specific artwork on view at the Museum.  The most successful stories have been those drawn from the storyteller's experience in the Bronx.  The event culminates with an open-mic portion during which audience members perform their own short stories, poems, or songs.

Public and Community Engagement Programs are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. 




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