March 23 – Uptown Stories Summer 2018 Anthology Publishing Party


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Come celebrate the publication of Uptown Stories’ 10th anthology from their Summer 2018 semester. Authors can pick up their free copies, sign autographs, and purchase previous volumes.

Featuring the work of:
Xavier Armas, Juliet Burke, Jenna Caron, Saul Chambers, Violet Chambers-Trubatch, Raphael Chang, Erin Chappman, Ryan Elloras , Evan Elstein, Max Fishman, Keon Gatheru, Solomon Gold, Leah Gomez, Izabell Hegedus, Otis Jennings-Graham, Alejandro Jimenez-Halperin, Penelope Kindred , Sophia Kindred, Luc LeCroy, Soomin Lee, Dylan Lopez, Che Mampilly, Zoe Markoe, Savannah McDonald-Satchell, Gabriella Medina, Elias Mesina , Kayla Miller, Emmie Mora, Sophia Noailles, David Nunez, Elixandra Ocasio, Serim Oh, Bonji Onuma, Yalissa Regalado, Sam Robinson, Amelie Santos-Oueslati, Ada Simon , Jonah Singer, Ludovica Stingone, Carmela Suozzi, Anna Tikhomirov, Georgy Tikhomirov, Isaac Tom, Oscar Trombley, Agatha Whitthorne, Lucy Zener

Ordering also available at

Uptown Stories Summer 2018 Anthology Publishing Party
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


March 23 – Special Story Time: Grandpa Stops a War by Susan Robeson

Susan Robeson—granddaughter of Paul Robeson—recollects the bravery and activism of her grandfather in her debut children’s picture book, Grandpa Stops a War, based on the true story of Paul Robeson’s visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Ideal for ages 5–9.

When Susan was a child, her father and grandfather told her family stories over and over. Grandpa Paul was a great man, a singer with a deep and rumbling voice, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of the children and families living in countries at war. His songs were always full of emotion, and evoking the African-American spirituals of his own father’s childhood, he was able to communicate even with people who didn’t speak the same language. Though it was dangerous, Robeson went to Spain and traveled to the front lines of the war (in a Buick!). There, he asked the soldiers to set up speakers facing the fighters on both sides of the battlefield. And then he sang….

With gorgeous illustrations from the fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops A War celebrates the activism and achievements of the great Paul Robeson, and shows readers the power of art in times of discord and war.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and can be purchased in advance at

March 29 – Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships

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Join Nuyorican sexologist Yael Rosenstock, recent author of “An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips” for an interactive discussion exploring sexual identity in all of its diversity. Sexual identity isn’t limited to the genders we date – it includes our dating styles, the roles we take in sexual encounters, what we like to do, and more! This conversation will invite you to think about those identities to help you identify what you could be seeking for your ideal sexual and/or romantic relationships.
Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships
Friday, March 29, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 16 – Don’t Touch My Hair Reading Series with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Malcolm Friend, & Michelle Moncayo

This is the inaugural reading in the new Don’t Touch My Hair Reading Series, hosted by poet Yesenia Montilla. Books by the poets will be available for sale at the shop and are now available at

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet and teaching artist. She earned an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine and an MSW from Fordham University. Her collections of poetry include Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body, and Arrival, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. The founder and curator of Calypso Muse and the Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series, Boyce-Taylor is also a poetry judge for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She has led workshops for Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, and the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center. Her poetry has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater and the National Endowment for the Arts for Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company. Boyce-Taylor is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes Noble Writers For Writers Award and a VONA fellow. Her life papers and portfolio are stored at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle WA. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape and Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple, selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis.

Michelle Moncayo is a first-generation poet in New Jersey, by way of Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. She has received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nation, Vermont Studio Center, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. She received her BA from Rutgers University where she received honorable mention for the Academy of American Poets’ Enid Dame Memorial Prize, and the Evelyn Hamilton Award. Her work has appeared in the Acentos Review, Winter Tangerine Review, Kweli Literary Journal, and Maps for Teeth, among others. She is always down for a good sancocho.

Don’t Touch My Hair Reading Series with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Malcolm Friend, & Michelle Moncayo
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 14 – Lost Inwood: a book presentation with Cole Thompson & Don Rice

Join Uptown neighbors in celebrating the release of Lost Inwood by Cole Thompson and Don Rice. The authors have cohosted the monthly “Lost Inwood” history series since 2009. Thompson founded the popular local history website Rice serves as president of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, which helps to ensure the preservation of the local national historic landmark. Longtime Inwood residents contributed many images for this newest volume in the Images of America series.

Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan, has a rich yet little-known history. For centuries, the region remained practically unchanged—a quaint, country village known to early Dutch settlers as Tubby Hook. The subway’s arrival in the early 1900s transformed the area, once scorned as “ten miles from a beefsteak,” from farm to city virtually overnight. The same construction boom sparked an age of neighborhood self-discovery, when vestiges of the past—in the form of mastodon bones, arrowheads, colonial pottery, Revolutionary War cannonballs, and forgotten cemeteries—emerged from the earth. Waves of German, Irish, and Dominican immigrants subsequently produced a vibrant urban oasis with a big-city/small-town feel. Inwood has also been home to wealthy country estates, pre-integration sports arenas, and a lively waterfront culture. Famous residents have included NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Diaries author Jim Carroll, and Hamilton creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The event admission is free; a $5 suggested donation goes toward supporting Word Up’s in-store programming. A Q&A will follow the book presentation. Books will be available for sale at the event, or may be purchased on our website at

Book Presentation: Lost Inwood by Cole Thompson & Don Rice
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032