September 28-La Pluma y la Tinta and Dominican Writers present Blind Date with a Book

Spice up your book-buying experience—have a blind date with a book! Join Dominican Writers and La Pluma y La Tinta for a literary adventure at your favorite uptown bookstore, where dozens of books will be wrapped and displayed for purchase, and your only clue to what’s underneath is a quirky description. Are you up for it?

Advance registration requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blind-date-with-a-book-tickets-48313394664

La Pluma y la tinta and Dominican Writers present Blind Date with a Book                                                                                                                                  Friday, September 28, 2018                                                                                    6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

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September 27-Local Authors Present/Escritores del vecindario presentan: Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Roberto Bello

Please join us for the second event in our “Local Authors Present / Escritores del vecindario presentan” series, featuring Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux and Roberto Bello. Translation and interpretation support are provided by Word Up Community Bookshop, thanks to public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net.

Tenemos el placer de invitarles a la inauguracion de nuestra nueva serie “Escritores del vecindario presentan”, que exhibe un corte representativo de la comunidad de escritores en el alto de la Ciudad de Nueva York invitando a ocho escritores locales que ya han sido publicados, a elegir y leer junto con otros escritores y actores locales, contando con el apoyo de Word Up Librería Comunitaria para la traducción, interpretación. . . . que ha sido posible en parte por fondos publicos otorgados por Creative Engagement, con el apoyo de New York City Department of Cultural Affairs junto con el City Council y el New York State Council on the Arts auspiciado por el Gobernador Andrew Cuomo y administrado por el Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net.

Local Authors Present/Escritores del vecindario presentan: Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Roberto Bello                                                         Thursday, September 27, 2018                                                                         6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                               Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                    New York NY 10032

September 26-Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting

The first Community Land Trust (CLT) in the United States was founded by black farmers and civil rights activists in Georgia, to realize the motto “cooperative living, learning, earning and doing together empowers a collective group of people.” ​Today, in urban areas like Roxbury and the Lower East Side, CLTs are being used to anchor low-income communities against the effects of gentrification. It works by building a community corporation that is constitutionally committed to the permanent stewardship of land and its affordable use. It is governed by a mix of tenants, community members, and activists, to ensure balance between diverse interests in the area. Come to Word Up to learn more about how the model works, to hear from our allies who will discuss GREEN elements, and about efforts to start a CLT uptown!

Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting                      Wednesday, September 26                                                                                   6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                           Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                               2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                         New York NY 10032

 

September 29-Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American: The Community Identity Crisis

Time to talk about being American vs. being Dominican! Is there a better of the two? How do you feel about being between two cultures? Come have a small snack and drink with us and let’s talk about it!

 

Hosted by Yajaira Eduardo, author of Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American.

 

Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American: The Community Identity Crisis                                                                            Saturday, September 29, 2018                                                                              3–5pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                               2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                 New York NY 10032

September 22-Pros[e] Poem as Memoir: Writing workshop facilitated by John Paul Infante

Register for John Paul Infante’s “Pros[e] Poem as Memoir” writing workshop, organized by Dominican Writers, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-prose-poem-as-memoir-tickets-49568502726.

In writing about our lives, we find ourselves looking back at who we were as if we were telling the story of someone else. Through small group discussions, in-class writing prompts, and co-participant feedback, this workshop attempts to have participants use their own personal experiences as inspiration. We will briefly (barely) go over the rules of poetry, prose and memoir and shatter them completely in order to get at the truth about who we are now and who were then.

John Paul Infante is an award-winning writer and educator who has taught creative writing at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the humanities at the high school level in New York City. His poetry has been published in The Poetry Project, and fiction in Kweli Journal. His nonfiction won DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the US” essay contest. He lives in Washington Heights with his partner and daughter.

Pros[e] Poem as Memoir: Writing workshop facilitated by John Paul Infante                                                                                                                           Saturday, September 22, 2018                                                                             3–6pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                               2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                      New York NY 10032