July 31 – LGBTQ Children’s Book Reading and Social / Playdate at Uptown Community Bookstore

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Please join Princeton FFR/BTGALA and Yale GALA, Inc., for a children’s book reading by board member Diana Silverman and social gathering at Word Up Bookstore. People of all ages are welcome — everyone is welcome!
What do a dancing bagel, a missing saber tooth, and a disappearing Egyptian statue all have in common?  They are all part of the magical universe of Mrs. Patropolis, who takes her niece and nephew, Ellie and Daniel, on adventures around New York City.  Together they meet cats of many colors, not to mention a couple of zany dogs, and they attend parties, theaters and museums, sometimes in the company of their neighbors, longtime women life partners, Masha and Kasha, as well as Mr. Rashid Katz and his little white fuzzy dog, Paco.
When: Sunday, July 31, from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, with the reading at 4.00pm
Where: Word Up Community Bookshop, 3113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street) – take the A train to 168th Street or the C train to 163rd Street https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/
Cost: Free, with a voluntary contribution to the Word Up Community Bookshop during the event
LGBTQ Children’s Book Reading and Social / Playdate at Uptown Community Bookstore
Sunday, July 31, 2016
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

July 21 – Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker

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Three writers discuss their debuts with Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. How diversity shapes writing and reading for everyone? What does it mean to identify as a writer of color? What are the opportunities or pitfalls of claiming an identity? What can we all be reading, in order to diversify our experiences? Come join the discussion.
Jennifer Baker works as a production editor in academic publishing, is a contributing writer to Forbes.com, and also freelances as a proofreader/copyeditor, story editor for emerging writers, has written for the urban e-zine AroundHarlem.com, and currently writes restaurant reviews for DinnerReviews.com. Additionally, Jennifer is social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation (of all kinds) in literature. And she is creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing.
Leland Cheuk is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yi Shun Lai has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. She has written everything from lingerie copy to articles on sports and the environment. She is the nonfiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review. Her debut novel, _Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu_ is out now from Shade Mountain Press. She lives in Southern California and is on Twitter and the web @gooddirt and thegooddirt.org, respectively.
Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her short stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices and named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and received a 2008 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. She is currently an associate editor at West Branch literary magazine. Her debut short story collection, The Other One, won the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published earlier this year.

Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker
Thursday, July 11, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 20 – Reading: Lessons on the Journey

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Join authors Akosua Dardaine Edwards and sapoDILLA for readings from their respective works.
Akosua Dardaine Edwards shares lessons on the journey of self love, self belief and purpose after living and working in many countries in Africa, India Europe, USA and the Caribbean. Her experience of working with women in post conflict countries have morphed into wisdom to share about life and love.
Born and raised in one of the most culturally diverse meccas of the world, sapoDILLA harnesses her rich, artistic influences from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. A blooming author at the age of 23, sapoDILLA pulls her writing from various life experiences regarding hardship, trauma, loss, and the journey through self and discovery. A martyr in love and light energy, sapoDILLA carries strong and positive messages of resiliency and healing, speaking through her scope of blackness and womanhood.
Reading: Lessons on the Journey
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 16 – Syllables Extended Poetry Reading

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Join us for a poetry event with Abdul Fattah Ismail, Cesilie Anandi, and D-Black!

Extended Syllables is the poetry debut of Abdul Fattah Ismail. An advertising and marketing veteran, he has been writing creatively for twenty years. His book is a wide set of deconstructed popular text, from music history to chemistry, the Cold War and food politics. The results are dazzling and urbane, yet familiar.

For more information, visit: http://www.extendedsyllables.com/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SpHIpM
Twitter: @bestparticiple

Cesilie Anandi is an emerging poet and writer in New York City as well as an educator, visual artist and activist. She is a loving daughter, granddaughter, older sister and a proud Latina of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Born in Queens, and raised in Long Island, Cesilie Anandi began writing during her adolescence as a private conduit for expression. Writing poetry profoundly aided Cesilie in her mental, emotional and spiritual development. After high school, Cesilie Anandi lived in various neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, picking up pieces of culture, experience, history and spirituality from each neighborhood. She currently calls Yonkers home. Cesilie Anandi studied Historical Studies, with a concentration in Latin American Studies and is currently working on her Master’s in Special Education and Adolescent Education. Cesilie Anandi began sharing her poetry publically in 2011. She has performed at various venues in New York City, Brooklyn, Long Island, Philadelphia, Detroit and Puerto Rico. Cesilie Anandi is a self-proclaimed eternal student. Her highest priorities are to spread peace, love and understanding through spiritual and mental development. Through art and education, Cesilie infuses herself with knowledge, spirituality, strength, and love, with a profound desire to spread it to others.

D-Black is a Bronx-native who has been writing and performing poetry for a number of years. Being a direct descendant of an African mother (Sierra Leone to be exact) and being born and raised in African-American surroundings has helped D-BLACK to look at his culture from “both sides of the fence”. With this background, as well as his love & experience for acting, D-BLACK has done his best to feed others with his verbal food for thought. By blending his social/psychological awareness with his urban/Afrocentric flavor he tries his best to express issues that promote Black awareness and unity.

 

Syllables Extended Poetry Reading
Saturday, July 16, 2016
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

July 14 – A Reading by Rashidah Ismaili, JP Howard, and Lisken Van Pelt Dus

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Three writers gather to read from their work, take questions from the audience, and share their stories. Light refreshments will be served.

Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr is a poet, playwright and writer of fiction and non-fiction. She recently presented a paper at the 40th Anniversary Conference of Africa Literature Association on the South African exile community in New York City. Her latest work, a novel in linked stories, Autobiography of the Lower East Side, has just been published by North Hampton Press.

JP Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and author of SAY/MIRROR, a debut poetry collection, and a chaplet “bury your love poems here.” JP was selected as a 2016 Judith Markowitz Emerging Writers Award Winner by the Lambda Literary Foundation. JP curates and nurtures Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a forum offering women writers at all levels a monthly venue to come together in a positive and supportive space. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, Muzzle Magazine, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, The Best American Poetry Blog, MiPOesias, The Mom Egg, Talking Writing, Connotation Press and the anthology, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander.

A Reading by Rashidah Ismaili, JP Howard, and Lisken Van Pelt Dus
Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:30-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY