April 24 – Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua

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This is the 3rd annual English/Spanish celebration of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating the spring, and reminding of an escape from slavery and that no one is free until everyone is free. There will be a short bilingual participatory ceremony open designed to be accessible to people of all faiths. This will be followed by a potluck meal.

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 22 – We Were Us: A Poetry Reading

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Tejan Green will read from her collaboration with Jeremy Lydell Beauregard, “We Were Us,” which was released earlier this year on Ten G Publishing, Jason Ueda will read new work for his forthcoming collection of poems dealing with ghosts, Michael Keenan will read from his collection, “For Night,” which will be released by BlazeVOX Books later this year, and Christopher Janigian will read new work.

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Friday, April 22, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 16 – Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

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Book Launch of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women.
With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect the daily lives of these Latina women.
The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.
A reading and book signing with the following contributors:
ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ, (Editor) recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, holds an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. Her writing has been adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time, and Second Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also appeared in Muthamagazine.com, Consequence magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and is the editor of the annual Middle & High School Voices for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.
KERSY CORPORAN has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a teenager. Her love of literature and writing led her to attend Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she earned her MA in English education. She has led workshops in teaching writing, culturally responsive teaching, and issues of social justice. Kersy especially enjoys helping teens tell their stories and currently teaches high school in northern New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ is a writer and teacher who has worked in academia, media, and the arts for the past two decades. As a journalist, she has covered education, immigration, politics, music, and Latino culture in various alternative and mainstream media outlets. The guidebook she coauthored with Seth Kugel, Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, was published in 2006. Currently she works in communications for the union 32BJ SEIU, continues to work independently on radio projects, and teaches at the Milano School for International Affairs at The New School. Her essay was written in 2007; Milena is now nine years old.
MIRIAM MEJÍA, a Dominican writer living in New York, studied statistics and sociology at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. She has published Crisálida (1997), De fantasmas interiores y otras complejidades (2004), Garabatos en púrpura (2007), Piel de agua (2008), Aristas ancestrales (2010), Mujeres en claves (2010), and . . . y la imagen se hizo verso (2012). She also coedited La palabra rebelada/revelada: El poder de contarnos (2011). Her work appears in the anthologies Di aroma di café (2006), Antología de cuentistas dominicanas (2007), Voces de la inmigración: Historias y testimonios de mujeres inmigrantes dominicanas (2007), and Para no cansarles con el cuento (2015).
SOFIA QUINTERO, a self-proclaimed Ivy League homegirl, is a writer, activist, speaker, and producer. Her first three novels, written under the pen name Black Artemis, are included in the Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. Quintero also writes “chick lit,” erotica, and young adult fiction under her real name. She has been featured in the New York Post, El Diario/La Prensa, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Latina, and Upscale. Kirkus called her latest novel, Show and Prove, “powerful and thought-provoking, an homage to a climactic hip-hop era.” To learn more about her and her various creative and political projects, visit www.sofiaquintero.com.
LEONOR SUAREZ was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Washington Heights in New York City at the age of eleven. She received her BA in Latin American literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she wrote her first novel, Lent Sacrifice. She is currently working on her second novel.

 

Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women
Saturday, April 16, 2016
1-3pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 13 and 20 – Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know Dominican History

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Now You Know: Dominican History – Part I brings you the real history of the Dominican Republic going back to when the island was Kiskeya.

Part 2 of Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know: Dominican History
The trek of Dominicans into the United States, and specific areas within it, has had a significant cultural, historical, political and spiritual impact. We’ll explore key dates, times and events that have been a part of this process, and are still relevant today.

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Ya Tu Sabe: Historia Dominicana – Parte I te trae la verdadera historia de la República Dominicana regresando a cuando la isla era Kiskeya.

Parte 2 de Ya Tu Sabe: Historia Dominicana
El viaje de Domincanxs a los estados unidos, y ciertas areas especficas, ha tenido un significado cultural, historico, politico y espiritual. Exploramos fechas, e eventos importantes que han hacido parte de este proceso, y que aun nos afectan hoy.

Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know Dominican History
Wednesdays, April 13 and 20, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 2 – Story Time Family Breakfast

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Please join us for a special edition of story time featuring Kenneth Zhumi, an 11-year-old boy who has Autism. He loves to draw as a way to express himself to the world. He loves little horses. They go with him everywhere. He hopes you enjoy his books as much as he loves writing and drawing them.

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One of Kenneth’s teachers, Jury Rosario, an applied behavior analysis specialist, will be joining Kenneth and his family as Kenneth makes his reading debut at Word Up. Kenneth’s six full-color booklets will be available for sale.

A tasty breakfast will be served 11–11:30am. Reading and conversation starting at 11:30am.

Story Time Family Breakfast
Saturday, April 2, 2016
11am-1pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 1 – Open Mic + Participatory Budgeting

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Combine your sense of civic duty with your drive for artistic expression in one magical night on Friday, April 1, 7–10pm, at The Word Up Open Mic: Participatory Budget Voting Edition. At this special open mic—hosted by Jason Rosario of the Washington Heights Music Festival and Lethy Liriano of the Washington Heights Artist Movement (WHAM)—all writers, rappers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds, are invited to perform, while representatives of Council District 10 will have a table set up for Participatory Budgeting, so you can vote on projects improving parks, schools, streets, youth, and housing. Come engage in community art, and have a say in how city resources are allotted—all in one trip! Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St. www.wordupbooks.com

Open Mic + Participatory Budgeting
Friday, April 1, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 3 – D’Lolly’s Pastry Party

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“We’re holding a Pastry Party where guests can try a variety of D’Lolly’s original recipes along with coffee and other appropriate beverages. A $10 suggested donation allows you to sample as much as you like, while supplies last!

D’Lolly’s Uptown Bakeshop is a new pastry business in Washington Heights and Inwood, in the throes of a crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo.com:

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This event is a final push to reach our goal before the April 4th deadline. Please make a $10 suggested donation on indiegogo to have your name added to the guestlist. Hope to see you there!”

D’Lolly’s Pastry Party
Sunday, April 3, 2016
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY