2018 Workshop Leaders
Bronx Loaf endeavors to bring only the most passionate, dedicated writers and teachers to lead our workshops. This year we have an incredible roster of talent, including our 3-time returning Fiction workshop leader, Amy Ewing, and our 3-time returning Graphic Novel workshop leader, Dave Roman. We are also proud and honored to introduce and welcome Noel Quinones and Mercy Tullis-Bukhari to the Bronx Loaf family.
Amy Ewing (Fiction) is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy – The Jewel, The White Rose, and The Black Key. Her books have been published in over 15 languages. Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. Her next book, The Cerulean, will be published in February of 2019.
Dave Roman (graphic storytelling) is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Comics Squad: Recess!, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror. Dave is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Dave has worked as an editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and First Second Book’s Science Comics imprint. He lives in Astoria, NY and his latest project is the all-ages webcomic Starbunny, Inc.
Noel Quiñones (poetry)
is an AfroBoricua poet, organizer, and performer from the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and Candor Arts, and his work is published in the Latin American Review, Rattle, Kweli Journal, Pilgrimage Press, Connotation Press & elsewhere. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Medium, Remezcla, Mitú & elsewhere. Noel is the founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization, and was most recently named one of New York State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars. Visit him at www.noelpquinones.com
Mercy Tullis-Bukhari (poetry/memoir) is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer who is Bronx-bred Afro-Latinx, Honduran and Garifuna, of Jamaican descent. As an English Language Arts high school teacher in the Southeast Section of The Bronx, she is inspired daily by the creativity and honesty of her students. As a writer, Mercy was a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Callaloo Fellow, and has performed at the Bronx Library Center, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and for the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, just to name a few. She obtained her MA in English Literature from Herbert H. Lehman College, and is currently writing her first novel through the MFA Creative Writing program at The College of New Rochelle. An excerpt of her novel can be found in Issue 33, the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of African Voices. You can read more about Mercy at mercytullisbukhari.com