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BCA Bronx Culture Trolley Night - Readings and Conversations with author Bonafide Rojas
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When: 11/7/2012
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 

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Wednesday, November 7

5:30pm to 7:30pm

BCA Bronx Culture Trolley Night - Readings and Conversations with author Bonafide Rojas

North Wing Lobby

Hop off the BCA’s Bronx Culture Trolley at BxMA and hear Bronx author Bonafide Rojas discuss his recent book When The City Sleeps! Free guided tours of our exhibitions.

About When The City Sleeps!

The beauty of documenting is that it is a weapon against misconception. There exists a distinction between Bonafide Rojas' New York and its popularized identity. Rojas' love and laments are steeped in stark realism, the loneliness of being, and an observation of the dismantled facade of the city. Every city block has an enchantment to it and he is drawn to its story. Rojas have absorbed the suffering of every brick and never lost belief of its beauty, even through the trials of the everyday. Rojas is a quintessential New Yorker and it has given him the chance to observe a living organism build and transform itself. Continuing in the tradition of Whitman, Crane, Lorca, and Pietri, he writes to document the city's wonders, brilliance and shocking tales. The love affair he has with New York is another story to push into the concrete. "When The City Sleeps" is his offering to a city and its constant inspiration.

Bonafide Rojas is a poet, musician and the author of "Pelo Bueno: A Day In The Life Of A Nuyorican Poet" (Dark Souls Press, 2004). The 2002 Slam This! Champion and has been on two National Poetry Slam teams, NYC/Union Square 2002 and Wicker Park 2003. He has appeared in Russell Simmon's "Def Poetry Jam" Season 4, a Swedish Documentary on poetry called "Spitting Ink". He has been published in the anthologies and journals: "Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam" (Three Rivers Press, 2002), "RoleCall": A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002), "Learn Then Burn" (Write Bloody, 2010), "Me No Habla Con Acento" (Rebel Satori Press, 2010), The Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, The Acentos Review, The Calabash Journal, The Palabras Journal, Letras and is the bandleader of experimental rock band The Mona Passage He has performed nationally at venues and colleges: Lincoln Center, Museum of The American Indian, El Museo Del Barrio, Voz Alta, Pregones Theatre, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, M.A.C.L.A, The Point, The Guild Complex, Amherst College, UMass-Amerst, Hampshire College, Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, UC San Luis Obispo, UIC-Chicago, NYU and Columbia University.


Monday, November 12

Museum open

11am to 4pm

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11am to 4pm

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