Three former winners of the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts read from their works and in memoriam, of other poets.
Natalie N. Caro is a Bronx-born poet. She holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Lehman College--CUNY, where she currently teaches freshman composition. She was selected as one of the first recipients of City College of NY's MFA Creative Writing Fellowships and is currently completing her MFA. Her work has appeared in Obscura, Frostwriting, and Keep This Bag Away From Children. Natalie is a 2013 recipient of Bronx Council on the Arts' BRIO award for poetry.
Nancy Haiduck is a long-time resident of the Bronx, received the Jerome Lowell DeJur Award in Creative Writing from The City College of New York, where she earned an MFA in 2009. In 2008, she received the BRIO Award in poetry from the Bronx Council on the Arts. She was named Outstanding Teacher in 2007 at City College, where she teaches first-year composition. Her poetry has been read on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and published in many online and print journals, including Hanging Loose, The Paterson Literary Review, and New York City Streets in Poetry.
Angelo Verga was born and raised in the Bronx. His poetry collections include Praise for What Remains (Three Rooms Press, 2009), 33 New York City Poems (Brooklyn Press, 2005), A Hurricane Is (Jane Street Press, 2003), Across the Street from Lincoln Hospital (New School, 1999), The Six O'clock News (Wind, 1999). His poems have appeared in Rattle, Manhattan Review, Massachusetts Review, New Orleans Poetry Forum, Blue Mesa Review, Saint Ann's Review, Paterson Literary Review, New York Quarterly, The Temple, Connecticut Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Heliotrope, and other journals. Angelo curates the music and poetry program at the Cornelia Cafe in Greenwich Village, offering more than 200 programs annually.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.