September 2 – Staying True to Self: A Panel Discussion

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Join us for a panel discussion about authenticity, passion, and reaching for the stars with authors Lisa K, Stanley Fritz, and Marc Polite.

Lisa K.’s “By Design: A Guide to Getting it Right, Keeping it Tight and Claiming Your Queendom” delivers a fun and sassy perspective on how the simple yet powerful act of making a decision can transform your life in a great way. Geared to support the modern day woman, this no non-sense guide reveals ways to invoke your royal presence, ignite the ‘passion of self’ and be well on your way to reclaiming your crown. Delivered through thought provoking questions and guided ‘real-life, real-time’ signature exercises like “Are you THAT Woman?” and “3 Steps to Fabulous Honey”, the author takes you on a journey of self reflection, conscious decisions and unapologetic actions. With heartfelt sass and an in-your face authenticity, Lisa K. helps you know where you are, see where you would like to be and supports you on your journey to get there… FABULOUSLY!

Stanley Fritz is the political writer/Editor-In-Chief for lyvbh.com. He is also the author of “Beautiful Problems” and the Engineer/Co-Host of “Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio.”. Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn, Stanley is a proud Obama supporter who believes that education is the ultimate pathway to prosperity.

Marc W. Polite is an award winning writer from New York City. He is the founder of Polite On Society, a blog of political analysis and social commentary established in 2009. Most recently, Marc was recognized by the New York Association of Black Journalists at the Awards Gala for “Best Blog Commentary” of 2014. His progressive political commentary has been featured in such places as Time Magazine, Black Star News, Harlem News Group, The Grio, The Atlanta Post, and the New England Informer.

Staying True to Self: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

August 28 – AMH & Word@4F Present: Lunatic@- Bringing Voice and Awareness to Latino Mental Health

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AMH’s Summer Salon Series is a yearly creative & critical social space in which issues related to Latino mental health and psychology are explored from an urban social justice perspective. This year’s event “Lunatic@- Bringing Voice and Awareness to Latino Mental Health” aims to combine artistic performance (spoken word by Wordat4F) and critical community discussion (panel w/ Q&A) ) in service of destigmatizing mental illness and bringing awareness to the mental health needs of the Latino community.
After a brief introduction to AMH, the mood of the night will be set by a variety of spoken word performances exploring topics such as mental illness, Latinidad and bilingualism. After an intermission, a panel discussion will resume the night by critically discussing the therapeutic and liberatory potential of bilingual spoken word and other urban arts.

FEATURED SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS:
Nefertiti Asanti
Thomas Fucaloro
Elisabet Velasquez
Black Angel
(among others!!!)

PANEL DISCUSSANTS:
Dior Vargas
Chakira M. Haddock-Lazala
Mel Martinez

$10 Online Presale
$15 Day of and At Door

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/amhs-summer-salon-series-lunatic-bringing-voice-and-awareness-to-latino-mental-health-tickets-17871694720?aff=efbevent

Aliados for Mental Health (AMH) is a grassroots consortium founded in 2011 and organized around a central cause- bringing awareness to Latino Psychology and addressing the mental health needs of this ever-growing population. Foundational to this cause is the advancement, development and provision of socially conscious linguistically-appropriate (bilingual) mental health services to oppressed and subjugated populations such as Latino immigrants, refugees and LQBTQA.

aliadosformentalhealth.wordpress.com

AMH & Word@4F Present: Lunatic@- Bringing Voice and Awareness to Latino Mental Health
Friday, August 28, 2015
7:00-10:00pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

August 6 – Come Natural Presents Jumping Out Airplanes—An Evening for the Word . . .

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Come Natural is a writing group where strong feelings are expressed through the agencies of fiction, poetry, prose, and the bizarre fantastic of dreams. The collective came together through witchcraft and sorcery one winter night in 2011. These good witches have been stirring the pot up with hot spells ever since.

They are bringing their wickedness to Word Up Community Bookshop on Thursday, August 6, 7–9pm. All are invited to come share, and witness this hysteria.

COME NATURAL WRITERS:

RACHEL GREER (Instigator) writes fiction for teens and adults. Her stories have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail and a couple small magazines out of Portland, Oregon. She’s a collector of rejections and is currently at work ona historical novel based on the life of the last woman hung at the gallows where Washington Square Park is now located. Rachel has a Master’s in Fiction from City College of New York, an MA in Archives and Public History from NYU, and she’s an Archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives.

RYANN JOAN LIEBENTHAL (Conspirator) works at Harper’s by day, where she trolls the internet for items to include in the magazine’s Readings section. She’s had some other journalistic projects as well and recently wrote an essay about her hometown—Boise, Idaho—for n+1. She’d generally like to be doing a lot more of all of that.

NIKKIESHA NICOLE MCLEOD (Assassinator) is a writer and musician. She began playing the steel pan at the age of twelve when she convinced her parents to let her join the neighborhood steel­band orchestra, Panasonic Connection. Presently, she plays the drum­kit in the band, Kenyon Phillips & The Ladies In Waiting. She was a co­founder for the grassroots feminist zine, OutLaw Sister Riff, which focused on issues affecting women and young girls, a recipient of Howard University’s John J. Wright Award for poetry, a finalist in the Hollin’s Poetry Festival, and a co­award recipient for the City College English Department Adrian Schwartz Award for Women’s Fiction. Nikkiesha’s work has appeared in the literary journal [sic], and on the online literary and artistic expression of queer and trans* people of color forum Black Girl Dangerous. Nikkiesha blogs at: https://coceyea.wordpress.com/

NYSHIE PERKINSON (Abnegator) is a writer and accidental TV news producer. She’s working on being reincarnated as Bill Murray.

Come Natural Presents Jumping Out Airplanes—An Evening for the Word . . .
Thursday, August 6, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 23 – Washington Heights Youth Gathering/Encuentro de Jóvenes de Washington Heights

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What makes the period of youth so special and what can we do in our Washington Heights community to make it a better place? How can we as youth contribute to community building? How do we develop a community of true friendship? This event provides a space for youth who are interested in exploring how to contribute to the betterment of Washington Heights and to develop practical skills that can be used to build community.
We will be meeting on Thu 7/23 :: Thu 7/30 :: Wed 8/5 :: Thu 8/27, 7-9pm.

Porque es tan especial el periodo de la juventud y que podemos hacer en nuestra comunidad de Washington Heights para mejorarla? Como es que podemos contribuir al desarrollo de la comunidad durante nuestra juventud? Como podemos desarrollar una comunidad de verdadera Amistad? Este espacio es para jóvenes a quienes les interesa explorar como contribuir al mejoramiento de Washington Heights y para desarrollar habilidades practicas que se pueden usar para desarrollar nuestra comunidad.
Nos reuniremos jueves 23 de julio :: jueves 30 de julio :: miércoles 5 de agosto :: jueves 27 de agosto, de 7-9pm.

Washington Heights Youth Gathering/Encuentro de jóvenes de Washington Heights
Thursday, July 23 :: Thursday, July 30 :: Wednesday August 5 :: Thursday, August 27
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

 

July 18 – Bilingual Family Literacy Orientation & Breakfast // Desayuno y Orientación Familiar Sobre Lectura

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In this family literacy talk/breakfast for parents and children ages 6 months and up, we’ll provide information on how to set up a time and a place at home for you to read to your child. We’ll share suggested reading appropriate for your children and other ways to start and continue your child’s early literacy development in the comfort of your own space. We’ll do Story Time for babies/toddlers/preschool-aged children and their adult companions after breakfast. Word Up thanks CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids; a program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Ambulatory Care Network) for their monetary support for this event. Space is limited; please RSVP to info@wordupbooks.com if you can come!

En esta hora del cuento familiar con desayuno y platica para padres con hijos de 6 meses en adelante, se les proveerá información para elegir un momento y un espacio en su hogar para leerle a su hijo/a así como también se les proporcionaran sugerencias de libros apropiados para sus hijos y otros medios para iniciar y continuar el fomento a la lectura a edad temprana en la comodidad de su hogar. Se hará la hora del cuento para bebes y niños de edad pre-escolar acompañados de un adulto despues del desayuno. Word Up brinda su agradecimiento a CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) (Eligiendo estilos de vida saludables y de actividad para niños), un programa del New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Ambulatory Care Network) por el apoyo económico para la realización de este evento. Cupo limitado. Por favor reserve su lugar en el siguiente correo electrónico: preguntas@wordupbooks.com.

Bilingual Family Literacy Orientation & Breakfast // Desayuno y Orientación Familiar Sobre Lectura
Thursday, July 9, 2015 // jueves 9 de julio, 2015
9:30-11:00am
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 17 – Jazz Foundation Presents: Gunter Hampel w/ Danilo Cardoso

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The Jazz Foundation of America presents the legendary avant garde vibraphonist, bass clarinetist, flautist and composer Gunter Hampel, whose more than a half century in creative music has, for the past 35 years, included remarkable collaborations between improvised jazz and dance. Making a special uptown appearance while visiting from his native Germany, Hampel will present his duo with the Brazilian dancer Danilo Cardoso. A rare opportunity to see cross-discipline masters of improvisation in an intimate setting. No cover charge.

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from NYSCA.

Jazz Foundation Presents: Gunter Hampel w/ Danilo Cardoso
Friday, July 17, 2015
7:30-9:00pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 16 – Word Up Gallery – “En Route” by Greg Nuñez & Cecilia Tavarez

July 16 - En Route

Join us for the opening of En Route, a new art exhibition by local artists Greg Nuñez and Cecilia Tavarez!

In this series of new works, two New York artists explore their relationship to elements of nature and take us on a journey to their earthly roots. Assemblages and paintings invite viewers to consider ideas about primal elements of nature and to question: Can we dissolve illusions of separation and reclaim our alliance with the natural world?

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Gregory Rafael Nuñez
There is a kind of shape shifting inherent in life, such as the rising and receding life cycles of ecosystems. Through animal archetypes Greg Nuñez explores these evolving versions of reality. He is interested in the spaces where these shifts intersect internally and externally and how they can sometimes reflect psychic and energetic mutations.

Greg was born in Washington Heights, New York City. Throughout his life, his family has lived and traveled between their two home countries, Dominican Republic and the United States. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design/The New School. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the City College of New York and has been teaching art in public schools for 16 years. He currently resides in Inwood and continues to create artworks in painting, drawing and mixed media.

Cecilia Ines Tavarez
Her source of inspiration for this new body of work comes from a love of nature as well as her travel experiences in Hawaii and Peru where she did volunteer work at various retreat centers. She has been exploring her interests in indigenous cultures and traditions, shamanism, spirituality and has been doing her own healing work with plant medicines, which has had a big impact on her work.

Cecilia is a rediscovered artist, who is a native New Yorker, raised in Washington Heights and is of Dominican descent. She began her formal art training at the High School of Art & Design, has taken coursework at Fashion Institute of Technology and studied abroad at Altos de Chavon, Parsons in Dominican Republic. Presently, she is attending CUNY City College and working on earning her B.A. in Studio Arts.

“En Route” Gallery Opening
Thursday, July 16, 2015
6-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY