Saturday: Sole Rebel Gallery Reception featuring Lexiglass on beats


Beats, Rhymes and Art. . . . This Saturday, November 8th, come get down at Word Up as we celebrate the paintings of Bronx-based visual and performing artist SOLE REBEL!

Wash Heights’ own LEXIGLASS (Will Glass, drums; Alexis Marcelo, keys) will be providing live beats during the reception, and for a special uptown cypher, hosted by Soli of The Machine.


Artwork on view: October 30–November 17

Tonight: Reynaldo García Pantaléon: A Return Trip


One of the best parts of having moved to 2113 Amsterdam Avenue is that we have a great next-door neighbor in the form of Reynaldo García Pantaléon. “I came with the place,” he says to anyone he meets at the store, whether he is up high on a ladder painting the duct, sorting through books, or vigorously participating in conversation about community issues.

When Reynaldo left town for some weeks this summer, he was returning to a place he had not been to in seventeen years. Once there, he experienced the changes that had taken place in his home nation, his family, his memory, and more. And, he made art—3 murals, to be exact. Tonight at the store, Reynaldo will give a presentation on his trip, including a slideshow of his work. Please stop in! The event starts tonight—Thursday, October 30—at 7pm.

Wednesday: Glenda Galán reads from Tsunami


This Wednesday at Word Up, Glenda Galán will be reading from her new book Tsunami, a collection of stories and poems that touch on themes of rootlessness and the struggle for identity.

Glenda Galán leerá algunos textos de su nuevo libro Tsunami, un conjunto de historias y poemas que tratan sobre el desarraigo y la lucha por la identidad.


Glenda Galán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the UNIBE, and has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami. She won an Emmy award for production in 2011, and was nominated that same year as a screenwriter. She has received multiple honors and won various contests for her literary work, and has worked as a jounralist and producer for América TeVe and Mundo Fox in Miami. She currently edits the cultural magazine Dominicana en Miami. She has published Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012), and now, Tsunami. Galán has been living in the US since 2006.

Glenda Galán nació en Santo Domingo. Es egresada de la Escuela de Comunicación de la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y Diploma en Periodismo de KC, University of Miami. Desde el 2006 reside en EE UU. Ganadora de un Premio Emmy (2011) como Productora y Nominada a Premio Emmy (2011) como Guionista. Resultó primera finalista en el concurso “Nuevos valores de la poesía hispana” revista literaria Baquiana y CCE (2011). Mención de honor en el concurso “Florida tierra de Poetas” (2012). Impartió docencia en la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y en la Universidad Nacional Pedro Enrique Ureña (1995-1997). Ha laborado como periodista de investigación y productora en América TeVe y Mundo FOX, Miami. Actualmente es Editora de la revista cultural Dominicana en Miami. Ha publicado Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012) y ahora, Tsunami.

Celebrate Food Day today with a screening of FED UP


Today: Join Vive tu Vida/Live your Life and Word Up Community Bookshop for a screening of the documentary Fed Up, with discussion to follow, in recognition of Food Day. Of course, as it’s Food Day, refreshments will be served!

Friday, October 24th
5:30 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street

Monthly Saturday Night Jazz starting this Saturday


Word Up presents a new monthly concert series to feature the Washington Heights jazz community. This event is an opportunity for an appreciative audience and local musicians to connect in an intimate setting.

Musicians are welcome to join the stage after a set by the house band, the Ruben Steijn Trio. Ruben Steijn is an aspiring voice in the New York jazz scene, an enthusiastic educator and a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Andrew Shilito (Guitar)
Sharik Hasan (Organ)
Brian Krock (Alto Saxophone)

Thursday: An Unmade Film, An Unmade Revolution


Our next Face Out—Thursday, September 18, 7pm—features one of our own! Volunteer Elizabeth Castelli, whose recent translation of a script of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s never-produced film, Saint Paul, just came out this summer on Verso Books, will be in conversation with Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, about the intersections of religion and radical politics in the work of Pasolini and the Occupy movement.

The evening will feature a screening of Pasolini’s short film, “La Ricotta.”

Tonight: Diaspora Defined Me as Bocafloja

Bocafloja_140911Come through Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria TONIGHT at 7PM for an artist talk and spoken word set by Bocafloja, whose book Prognosis: Decolonial Poetic Exhale / Descarda Poética Decolonial, with literary transcreation by Sidony O’Neal, will be available!

Says Hana Ruiz (author, columnist at Ceasefire Magazine):

English and Spanish are meant to be the language of the oppressors, the tongues of conquest and domination, of theft. And yet, it is precisely because of this language offers a site of resistance and reclamation, of rupturing the world, offering new ways of knowing and thinking. Prognosis is an affirmation of this procress in trans-creation, an articulation of how we retrieve ourselves when we take the oppressor’s languages and do with it what we will.

Check out Bocafloja’s new vid on Ñ Don’t Stop, hosted by Rebel Diaz and Claudia de la Cruz. Then come to 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St. for tonight’s event at 7pm!