Monthly Archives: November 2011

The rumors are true.

Well, today is November 30.

This is supposed to be our last day at Word Up. But as DNAinfo reported on Monday, we are indeed negotiating a longer-term stay here, a “re-up” as Shelf Awareness called it. (The “up” jokes never end at our meetings either! Wait till you get a load of our plans for “Buck up!”)

Anyhoo, we’ve been a little slow at keeping up with this website. There’s a good chance that just by looking at this site you weren’t fully aware that there are events here almost every, and that some 300 or so people have done events here over the past 5.5 months, sometimes even with overflowing audiences. (With so much going on in person, how to find time to socially mediate?!)

With negotiations happening as we speak, there is nothing conclusive to report right now (midday, Wednesday) about what will happen tomorrow, December 1, at Word Up. But stay tuned.

And if all goes well, SAVE THIS DATE: * Saturday, December 17, 6-9pm *

More soon.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28
6:30- 9:30PM

This month Plexus is launching discussion on the
interplay of image and text in visual media,
with a special focus on
COMIC BOOKS.

COME CURIOUS, TALKATIVE, AND HUNGRY:
PurpleEats, the nomadic cafe, will serve up snacks from 6:30-7:00

1RODHWY
Artist collective presents recent work, the result of collaboration between writers and illustrators.

Henry Fok + Jesus Yepez

Architectural designers discuss the creative dialogue that informs architecture and comic books.

Kevin Tang

Designer and creative writer reads from his graphic novel, Treasure Hill.

Recent Press about Word Up


Publishers Weekly (November 14, 2011) – Bookstore Pop-Ups: Seeking Permanence by Judith Rosen (subscriber only)

THIRTEEN–WNET (November 2, 2011) – Occupy Manhattan Storefronts by Andrew Laties

The Uptowner (October 26, 2011) – Booklovers Fight for Stores Uptown by Marina Lopes

WFMU (October 12, 2011) – Nazario Scenario radio show with Amanda Nazario

Книгозавр (October 4, 2011) – Нина Большакова. Русские литературные чтения в Верхнем Манхэттане (подробности) by Nina Bolshakova

Global Voices (English) (September 28, 2011) – USA: The Real and Digital Unite for Latin American Literature by Yarisa Colon

Global Voices (Español) (September 8, 2011) – EE.UU.: Nuevas alianzas para difundir la literatura de latinos by Yarisa Colon

This Friday, November 11

VIERNES 11 de NOVIEMBRE
5:30-6:30pm
**PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE**

Open Mic at Word Up
An evening of shared poetic sounds: Hip hop, rock, pop, poetry, prose, instrumentals…Come by to show off your talents and meet fellow Northern Manhattan authors and artists!

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NO LONGER HOSTING A WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC…

7:30-9pm
The Immigration Circus/El Circo De La Inmigración

An original, interactive and bilingual theatrical event based on the performers’ true stories of immigration and deportation.
These three short plays address issues that affect all New Yorkers. You, the audience member, are a character and an actor in our plays, helping us brainstorm alternative solutions to these urgent problems!
Facilitated by: Mino Lora and Katy Rubin
Conceived, written and performed by: Fabian Eduardo Arias, Maria Aristy, Carmen Barbosa, Lisa Battle, Gonzalo Cruz, Michael Feld, Lyana Fernandez, Melanie Gold, Rubén González, Matt Higgins, Denny Jerez, Marcela Madrid, Sarah Merchlewitz, Corporina Nicolas, Carla Robles, Reza Salazar, Esdras Santana, Oscar Trujillo

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez; the Union Square Awards, a project of the Tides Center; and NoMAA Regrant Program, made possible by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.