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January 23, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

Bronx Council on the Arts Presents a Reading by BRIO Award-Winning Bronx Poets

From: Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx, NY -- The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and the Riverdale Branch of the New York Public Library presents a reading by award-winning BxIndie poets and BRIO award winners Sarah Stern and Matthew Thorburn at the Riverdale Branch of the New York Public Library.

Sarah Stern is a three-time BRIO winner for poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the anthology This Full Green Hour (Sonopo Press). She received Honorable Mentions from the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards and Lilith Magazine’s Poetry Prize. Her first manuscript, Sweet Water, was a finalist for the 2009 ABZ First Book contest.

Matthew Thorburn is the author of two poetry collections, Subject to Change (New Issues) and Disappears in the Rain (Parlor City Press). In 2008, he was awarded a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. He is currently working on a book of travel-themed poems set in China, Iceland and Japan.

Maria Romano, Director of BCA’s Bronx Writers’ Center and BRIO award winner, will host this reading which salutes the 20th anniversary of BCA’s prestigious BRIO award (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) — one of the longest standing individual support mechanisms for artists in the country which recognizes the creative excellence of Bronx artists in all disciplines.

A program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, BRIO provides support for the artistic development of individuals creating works of literary, media, performing and visual arts. The selection for awards is based solely on artistic excellence and only artists living in the Bronx are eligible.

This evening’s event is a part of BCA’s “BxIndie presents BRIO Program Series” sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts. BxIndie events are designed to encourage artists and arts collectives to explore new performance sites, to break new ground in various disciplines, and to get closer to their audience, thus increasing community participation and fostering an environment for the arts to thrive. BxIndie is a NYC Cultural Innovation Fund project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Date and Time: February 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm.

Venue: Riverdale Branch of the New York Public Library, 5540 Mosholu Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. All are invited.

For information on the February 4th poetry reading, call 718-931-9500 x35, e-mail, or visit For Directions, call 718-549-1212 or visit

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