The Bronx is Reading announced today in partnership with Bronx Prep High School that the 2nd annual Bronx is Reading Literacy Day will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021. The event, which is open to the public, will take place on the Bronx Prep High School campus from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. ET.
In the spirit of promoting literacy, attendees can expect to hear poetry from Bronx Poet Laureate Haydil Henriquez as well as have the opportunity to take a poetry workshop, free books, bookish giveaways and more. Masks and vaccination for anyone 12 and up are required.
This year’s Bronx is Reading Day is made possible thanks to the donations of Amulet Books, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Algonquin Young Readers, Bloomsbury YA, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Candlewick, Children’s Books Council, Crown Books for Young Readers, Delacorte Press, First Second, Balzer + Bray, Holiday House, Kokila, Levine Querido, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group , Penguin Books for Young Readers, Puffin Books, Quill Tree Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Random House Studio, Scholastic, Inc., Anne Schwartz Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Skyscape, Viking Books, Vintage Español, and Wattpad Books.
About The Bronx Is Reading
The Bronx is Reading promotes literacy and fosters a love of reading among children, teens, and adults through its multidimensional initiatives including the annual Bronx Book Festival, The Bronx is Reading Literacy Program, a monthly book club, as well as our pop-up (currently closed due to CoViD-19) and online bookstore. Visit TheBronxisReading.com for more information and follow us on social media @thebronxisreading.
About Bronx Poet Laureate
The Bronx Poet Laureate promotes the inclusion of and passion for poetry across the Bronx, looking to inspire a new generation of writers and poets, and to educate Bronx residents about the history of poetry in our borough. Haydil Henriquez, born ya-i-dil; daughter of diligent Dominican parents, raised in the solemn concrete of the South Bronx. A daydreamer, auntie poet—a purveyor of the forgotten dialects of the working class. Haydil’s words unleashes mirages our warriors dreamed we’d live. Haydil is an arts educator, cultural advocate, youth development program manager and Bronx-bred poet. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Education from Swarthmore College in 2014, and has worked with communities across the Diaspora facilitating oral storytelling workshops for youth. Although Haydil does not possess a formal degree in writing, she witnessed the magic of poetry during her formative years in the spoken word community. Her writing challenges ideas of belonging and home, all the while offering a battle cry for liberation. Haydil’s poetry explores the juxtaposition of collective memory and black erasure while creating a platform for a voice in its most transnational nature.
About Democracy Prep
The mission of Democracy Prep Public Schools is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Democracy Prep Public Schools is a network of 24 high performing charter schools founded in NYC and operating in NY, NJ, LA, NV and TX. The mission of Democracy Prep Public Schools is to educate responsible citizen scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.