March 7th – Face Out: Monica Ong, W. Todd Kaneko, & Bethany Carlson


Word Up celebrates recent books by MONICA ONG (Silent Anatomies), W. TODD KANEKO (The Dead Wrestler Elegies), and BETHANY CARLSON (Diadem Me) with an afternoon of poetry and images.

* Monica Ong’s Silent Anatomies—selected by poet Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award—is a collection of poems that traverse the body’s terrain, examining the phenomena of cultural silences. In her exciting debut, Monica Ong takes us to lyrical haunts on the boundaries of text and image, medicine and memory, immersing us deep in the waters of fluid identity.


* Bethany Carlson’s Diadem Me shimmers with accumulations of feeling and experience. These poems map a surface at once interior and exterior, and, as they do, they offer their readers new ways of moving through a world that is at once arbitrary and ordered. In mourning, jubilation, and wonderment, Carlson breaks the hymn in a Dickinsonian way, offering us something like transcendence—except her poems never forget their earthly, bodily roots.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014). His poems, essays and stories can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, The Normal School, The Collagist, Barrelhouseand many other journals and anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.

* This event is co-sponsored by Kundiman. Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe the Asian American story onto American experience, transforming and enriching the landscape of our national culture. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment.

What does Kundiman mean? Kundiman is the classic form of Filipino love song—or so it seemed to colonialist forces in the Philippines. In fact, in Kundiman, the singer who expresses undying love for his beloved is actually singing for love of country. As an organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American writers, we find in this name inspiration to create and support artistic expression.

Face Out: Monica Ong, W. Todd Kaneko, and Bethany Carlson
Saturday March 7, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave (at 165 st)
New York, NY


March 5th – African American Physicians During The Civil War



Join us as author Heather M. Butts reads from her book, “African American Medicine in Washington DC”:The service of America’s African Americans in defense of our Union during the Civil War required African American nurses, doctors and surgeons to heal those soldiers. In the nation’s capital, these brave healthcare workers joined together to begin to create a medical infrastructure for African Americans by African Americans. Famed surgeon Alexander T. Augusta fought discrimination to become a preeminent surgeon, visiting with President Lincoln, testifying before congress and aiding in the war effort. Washington’s Freedman’s Hospital was formed to serve the District’s growing free black population and would later become the Howard University Medical Center. These physicians would form the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest organization representing African American doctors and patients. Including detailed analysis of African American health issues, patients and medical approaches, author Heather M. Butts recounts the heroic lives and work of Washington’s African American medical community during the Civil War.

African American Physicians During The Civil War
Thursday March 5, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave (at 165 st) 
New York, NY

February 27 – “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT

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Join the Fort Tryon Jewish Center and Word Up Community Bookshop for the next “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT!

Please join us for a special Kabbalat Shabbat experience, a sweet hello and greeting to the Jewish Sabbath, with Rabbi Guy Austrian and Stav of the Dreamcoat Experience troupe. The program is designed for small children up to age 3, and their grownups, but all are welcome! Join us for music, singing, movement, blessings, and community (and snacks)! RSVPs encouraged but not required. $5 suggested donation per family.

This program is open to everyone, and families of all religions and backgrounds are welcome. It is fun and interactive for all, and a great learning experience!

(This program is a project of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center’s “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” initiative, and rotates among various locations throughout Washington Heights and Inwood.)

“Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT
Friday, February 27, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165th St.)
New York, NY

February 22 – Gagá pa’l Pueblo: Un evento especial por la memoria de Minerva Mirabal


Los invitamos a una actividad especial de Gagá pa’l Pueblo en la cual rescatamos la memoria de Minerva Mirabal, una de tres hermanas opositoras al dictador dominicano Rafael Trujillo. Las hermanas fueron brutalmente asesinadas el 25 de noviembre del 1960. Noemí Jackson es una servidora de misterios miembro de Gagá pa’l Pueblo que dice recibir a Minerva. Tendremos un pequeño altar con las banderas dominicanas, y la del 14 de junio, junto con las imágenes de las hermanas Mirabal, Papa Liborio, y la virgen de la Altagracia. Se tocará palos y luego Minerva en cabeza de Noemí hablará con los presente. Luego una sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Se toca palos otra vez y terminamos.

Gagá pa’l Pueblo: Un evento especial por la memoria de Minerva Mirabal
Sabado, 22 de Febrero, 2015
ord Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (en la calle 165)
New York, NY

February 26 – Meet Us At La Galería

10847623_887674311263179_7834847966012033225_oJoin us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora

La Galería is the place in which family, neighbors, and guests gather to discuss everything from the latest chisme to social and political issues. It is the place where dialogue and debate are welcomed and encouraged. Galerías are not exclusive to a particular class; some are built-in, others are an impromptu creation. We are recreating galerías to provoke conversations on topics that affect Dominicans in the Diaspora.

Meet Us At La Galería
Tursday, February 26, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

February 21st – e r a Dance Presents: F/// You, Socrates!



“F / / / You, Socrates” rejects mind-body dualism and the idea that bodies are a prison in which the soul is trapped. It is a multimedia art installation, a marriage of visual art and movement, in celebration of bodies and the people inside them.

$5 Suggested Donation will be appreciated.

e r a Dance Collective, founded by Sarah Esser in 2012, is a group of movers passionately committed to exploring improvisation and, through it, discovering identity and authenticity through physical, intimate, and neurotic movement. The Collective has performed in the WAXworks choreographic showcase at Triskelion Arts in Williamsburg and Fertile Ground at Green Space in Long Island City. They held their own open showings at Gibney Dance Center and at Barnard College in April 2013.

e r a Dance Presents: F/// You, Socrates!
Saturday February 21, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave (at 165 st)
New York, NY

February 19 – Face Out: Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder


Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City by Robert W. Snyder, is a book about the civic and social history of Washington Heights from the 1930s to (nearly) the present. In a chapter that begins at the dawn of integration, he examines pivotal moments in the histories of George Washington High School, PS 187, and the community school board to explore the triumphs.and challenges that activists, principals, teachers, and students have confronted in our neighborhood’s schools. On February 19 at Word Up, Robert will read a short excerpt from his book and then open up a discussion about education uptown in the form of a story circle. Bring and share your own stories about going to school in Washington Heights at Word Up

FACE OUT: Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY