April 29, 2005


The organizers of the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase today announced that the acclaimed reading series is moving to a new location. The Bruckner Bar and Grill, located at One Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx, will be the new home of the series as of Tuesday, May 10, with a show featuring Bronx native and nationally renowned poet and playwright Magdalena Gómez along with Minneapolis spoken word artist Emmanuel Ortiz. Acentos occurs every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., with a featured poet and a full open mic.

The Bruckner Bar and Grill’s performance area features an understated lighting scheme in a large converted industrial space, complete with brick facades, and couches, all of which is separate from the main lounge and restaurant area. The restaurant itself offers a full-service bar and a solid menu of reasonably-priced American fare, providing a perfect location for a pre- or post-poetry hangout.

The Bruckner Bar & Grill is conveniently located near IRT 6 Train’s 138th St/Third Avenue Station (the first stop in the Bronx) just a quick three block walk down Third Avenue, under the overpass, along the left side of the Third Avenue Bridge, at the corner of Third and Bruckner Boulevard in the heart of Mott Haven’s arts community.

The organizers extend their sincerest thanks to the ownership and staff of the Blue Ox Bar for providing a vital space for poets and artists in the South Bronx over the past two years. This shift in locale is in response to the series’ ongoing popularity and reflects the organizers’ efforts to serve their audience in a more efficient manner.

Acentos remains the vanguard of the burgeoning artistic scene in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, with a reputation as THE gathering spot for Bronx-based poetry aficionados to write, read, perform, and celebrate their art. The series provides a renewed spotlight for Latino/Latina poetry in a venue that fosters an encouraging atmosphere for writers of diverse backgrounds and experience, in a setting that stimulates both open dialogue and an increased sense of community in the culturally resurgent South Bronx.

Future shows at the Bruckner Bar and Grill will highlight HBO Def Poets Flaco Navaja and Lemon; Guggenheim Fellow and author Rigoberto González; finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, Cynthia Cruz; poet/activist/attorney Nina Parrilla and Texas Slam Champion Juan Antonio.

Acentos is a program of the louderARTS Project, Inc., and is presented in conjunction with the Bronx Writers’ Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts. Acentos is brought to you every second and fourth Tuesday of the month by Oscar Bermeo, Jessica Torres, Fish Vargas and Rich Villar. For more information, please visit

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