Bronx Stories in celebration of National Poetry Month
Friday, April 17, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for an evening of poetry inspired by the Bronx and works of art on view.  Make your voice heard in our open mic. Produced in collaboration with poet, author, and Bronx Museum Community Advisory Council member Monica S. Martinez. Performances by poets El David, Julissa Rodriguez, and Tony Watts aka Mental Sins.


Free admission and bar (donations suggested)

Location: 2nd floor North Wing and throughout the galleries



Published author, CEO & Founder of Tantalizing Productions, and creator of the poetry group, The Tantalizing Angels, Monica S. Martinez  has released several books including a collection of short stories entitled"Tantalizing Erotic Thoughts and Encounters." Her poem "Insecurity" was used in Fairfield University for their Domestic Violence program in 2012. Her work has been published in Unidos Magazine and Posh, just to name a few. Monica is the National Poetry Award winner of 2014 for Best Erotica Spoken Word.


Born and raised in New York City, Julissa Arlene Rodriguez, also known as Jar, 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. Identifying herself as a queer woman of color, most of her works revolve around womanhood, in hopes to shed light  on the experiences and the accomplishments of  women. For more information on Jar, visit


Poet and spoken word artist Tony Watts, aka Mental Sins, is host of The Dojo Open Mic and co-owner of Sneakers and Ale, an online style blog dedicated to all things arts. He has performed at the National Black Theater, Boom Bits, the Mott Haven Lounge, The Art of Erotica, as well as a number of other locations in the tri-state area. Watts is scheduled to release his first book entitled by any other name in April of 2015.Watts will release a second book, The Unintentional Poet, later in 2015 as well.


El David is a spoken word artist, music producer, author, visual artist, community advocate, director of World Music band, Machete Movement, and Co-Founder of ELKAT Productions. His literary works include a poetry book, "America's Brainchild"; and several works included in various anthologies. He is currently editing his next book, "The Art of Word", with an anticipated release in Spring 2015. For more information and links to El David's work, please visit:,  and






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 Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts are made possible by Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The New York Community Trust; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Bronx Stories is made possible, in part, by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Beer has been donated by Bronx Brewery.


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