November 18: Reading: Elizabeth Jaikaran’s TRAUMA

Trauma is a collection of true and extraordinary stories that speak of the abuse suffered by Guyanese women, girls, and members of the LGBT community in Guyana and after having emigrated to the United States. Jaikaran reveals accounts of the horrific violence and trauma that display the strength and resilience of Guyanese women as they have struggled to survive and flourish.

Elizabeth Jaikaran was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. The proud child of Guyanese immigrants, she is a graduate of the CUNY City College of New York and NYU School of Law. She writes for numerous platforms, including Brown Girl magazine. As an author and lawyer, Jaikaran hopes to be a voice for communities residing in underrepresented margins.

Elizabeth Jaikaran, Trauma: A Book Reading and Book Signing Event
Saturday, November 18, 2017
3:00–5:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

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November 18: Story Time for Kids with G. A. Sealy

We’ve got a special guest at story time on November 18: G.A. Sealy, author of Don’t You Know You are Beautiful Just the Way You Are (which was awarded the 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award in the Mind-Body-Spirit and Self-Esteem category), The Fight Between the Sun and the Moon, How Do Plants Grow, and more!

G. A. Sealy is originally from Queens, New York, but has lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years. G.A. Sealy is a certified science, health, and wellness educator and consultant, and life coach.

Story Time with G. A. Sealy
Saturday, November 18, 2017
11am–12pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

November 18: Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic’s mission is to establish a consistent hip hop scene for the community of Washington Heights, NY. by spreading the hip hop culture and providing a space for free artistic expressions.

Founded & hosted by Charlie Uptown

FEATURED PERFORMER: Dare

OPEN MIC:
– sign up @ 5pm / show time 5:45pm sharp !!!
– ONE SONG per sign up.
– music pluggable by AUX cable (no CDs, or USB)
– all art forms are welcome.
– any merchadise for sale must be approved by Word Up.

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, November 18, 2017
6–8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

November 17: Futurepoem presents: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel

Futurepoem presents a night of readings from Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel!

Rosa Alcalá

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems, along with critical perspectives on her work, are included in Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP, 2016), The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time, eds. Charles Altieri & Nicholas Nace (Northwestern UP, 2017), and American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, eds. Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy (Wesleyan UP, forthcoming). The recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she edited and translated Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling, 2012). She is also the editor and co-translator of Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press, forthcoming). She has taught for CantoMundo, and was the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Fellow at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Currently she is Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing & Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Urayoán Noel / Photo by Jonas Hidalgo

Urayoán Noel is a Bronx-based poet, critic, performer, and translator originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014). An Associate Professor of English and Spanish at NYU, he also teaches at Stetson University’s low-residency MFA of the Americas and vlogs at wokitokiteki.com.

Futurepoem presents: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel
Friday, November 17, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

November 16: Fractious Press Workshop: Grassroots Book Publicity

RSVP REQUESTED ON EVENTBRITE: https://tinyurl.com/fractiouspublicity

In this workshop on grassroots book publicity, Wren Hanks will present the nuts and bolts of a campaign: how to draft a pub plan, ways to reach the right communities for your book, how to pitch and when to follow up, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to make sample review lists of media that would ideally cover their book/project, then will examine them as a class.

Wren Hanks is the publicist for the Feminist Press, an educational nonprofit based in New York City. He’s worked in independent publishing since 2010, holding previous positions at Seven Stories Press, UNO Press, and elsewhere. He also serves remotely as an associate editor for Sundress Publications, a poetry and literature press based in Knoxville, TN. He’s the author of two poetry chapbooks, Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press) and has a third chapbook, gar child, forthcoming from Tree Light Books. A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, he holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

This event forms part of a series of collaborative panels and workshops that will develop skills and offer support in publishing to uptown NYC.

Organized by Fractious Press, with support from Citizens Committee of New York City.

Fractious Press Workshop: Grassroots Book Publicity
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032