December 19- Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading

Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading

Una lectura de 5 escritores peruanx:

Natalia Chamorro (Lima) es escritora, crítica, y candidata de PhD en Stony Brook University donde su investigación se centra en el artivismo latinoamericano. Profesora de español en Hofstra University y estudiante del MFA de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU, su primer poemario a publicar se llama, tentativamente, Canales Vacíos.

Sandro Chiri (Callao) es autor de varios poemarios, entre ellos El libro del mal amor y otros poemas, Viñetas, y Poemas de Filadelfia. Obtuvo su PhD en Literatura Hispanoamericana en Temple University. Ha co-editado dos libros dedicados a la obra de Mario Vargas Llosa y uno a la poesía de Jorge Eduardo Eielson.

Isaac Goldemberg (Chepén) es novelista y poeta. Profesor Distinguido de CUNY, su novela La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner fue seleccionada como una de las cien obras más importantes de la literatura judía mundial de los últimos 150 años. En 2018, se publicó su Libro de reclamaciones: Antología poética personal 1981-2016 .

Alexis Iparraguirre (Lima) es narrador y crítico cultural. Ha escrito los libros de cuentos El inventario de las naves y El fuego de las multitudes. Fue editor invitado de la revista neoyorkina Los bárbaros para su especial de literatura fantástica y ciencia ficción, y cursó el Master de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU.

Rocío Uchofen (Lima) es narradora y poeta. Ha publicado el libro de cuentos Odalia y otros sin esquina y los poemarios Liturgias Clandestinas, El oscuro laberinto de los sueños. Desde 2002 dirige el webzine Híbrido Literario y desde el 2017 un programa de radio con el mismo nombre.

A reading by 5 Peruvian writers:

Natalia Chamorro (Lima) is a writer, critic, and PhD candidate at Stony Brook University; her research focuses on Latin American art activism. A Spanish teacher at Hofstra University and an MFA student in the Creative Writing in Spanish Program at NYU, her forthcoming first book of poetry is tentatively titled Canales Vacíos.

Sandro Chiri (Callao) is the author of El libro del mal amor y otros poemas, Viñetas, and Poemas de Filadelfia, among other books of poetry. He received his PhD in Hispanoamerican Literature at Temple University. He has co-edited two books on the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and, as well as one on the poetry of Jorge Eduardo Eielson.

Isaac Goldemberg (Chepén) is a poet and novelist. A Distinguished Professor at CUNY, his novel La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner was selected as one of the 100 most important works of Jewish literature of the last 150 years. His anthology Libro de reclamaciones: Antología poética personal 1981-2016 was published in 2018.

Alexis Iparraguirre (Lima) is a storyteller and cultural critic. He has written two books of short stories entitled El inventario de las naves and El fuego de las multitudes. She was the guest editor of Los bárbaros for their special issue on sci-fi and fantasy literature, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from NYU.

Rocío Uchofen (Lima) is a poet and storyteller. She has published the book of short stories Odalia y otros sin esquina and two books of poetry—Liturgias Clandestinas and El oscuro laberinto de los sueños. She has been the director of the webzine Híbrido Literario since 2012 and of the radio program of the same name since 2017.

Lectura de literatura peruana / Peruvian Literature Reading
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

December 21- Writing Our Lives Reading Celebration

Writing Our Lives Reading & Celebration

Writing Our Lives Reading & CelebrationI created Writing Our Lives in 2009, because I wanted to help people who looked like me and came from where I came from, write their stories.
I created the class because I believe our stories matter and it’s up to us to write them.
I launched the class in 2010 and have worked with hundreds of writers since.I also wanted to help writers get published, and our recent partnership with Tin House is helping make that happen.

This is the first reading of the Writing Our Lives Workshop. With the year we’ve had, I knew it was time.

What will the event entail:
Alum of the Writing Our Lives Workshop will read short, engaging pieces about their lives & loves.

Rhonda Rae, a visual artist and WOL alumna, will also be doing a live painting during the show.

Readers include:
Andres Chuli Rodriguez
Angelique ImaniRodriguez
Connie Pertuz
Jane Lopez
Maria Rivas
Mariana Goycoechea
Nia Ita
Nicole Shawan Junior
Rebecca Garcia
Sarahí Almonte
Sharon Shaw
Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez
Tavonne Carson
Teri Clarke
Vanessa Hidary
Wendy Angulo
Yollotl Lopez, whose flash essay “Hair Like a Cactus Needle” was published on Tin House as part of the partnership

Hosted by: Vanessa Mártir

The event will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. Please come share love, hear stories and celebrate all the audacity it takes to write and share our stories. Dalé!

The event is FREE but we will be asking for donations for Word Up Bookstore, the volunteer run bookstore where the event is taking place. Thanks Fam!

Vanessa Mártir is a NYC based writer, educator and writing coach. She is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey at A five-time VONA/Voices and two-time Tin House fellow, Vanessa’s work has been widely published, including in The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, the VONA/Voices Anthology, Dismantle, and the NYTimes Bestseller Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay. Vanessa is creator of the Writing Our Lives Workshop, which she teaches in NYC and online. She has served as guest editor of Aster(ix) and The James Franco Review. When she’s not writing or teaching, you can find Vanessa either on a dance floor, in a gym punching a bag or in the woods hugging a tree and talking to birds.

 Writing Our Lives Reading & Celebration                                           Friday, December 21, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

December 20- JP Infante in Conversation with Julian David Randall

Join Dominican Writers JP Infante in conversation with Cave Canem Poetry Pride winner Julian Randall and Poet Gabriel Ramirez.
Julian Randall is a Living Queer Afro-Dominican poet from Chicago. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors and a poetry editor for Freezeray Magazine. He is also a co-founder of the Afrolatinx poetry collective Piel Cafe. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Nepantla, Rattle, Ninth Letter, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner and The Adroit Journal among others. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi. Refuse is his debut collection of poetry which was published for winning the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
Gabriel Ramirez is a Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist. Gabriel is a youth mentor at Urban Word NYC. Ramirez is a Willow Arts Alliance fellow, Watering Hole Fellow and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. You can find his work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like The Volta, Winter Tangerine, Blueshift Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, African Voices, in ¡MANTECA!: an Anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press 2017) and forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017).
JP Infante in Conversation with Julian Randall and Gabriel Ramirez                                                                                                      Thursday, December 20, 2018                       
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave
New York NY 10032

December 17- Adoptee Stories: Too Much Soul and Mixed Koreans

Celebrate two books with adoptee stories released in 2018!

Cindy Wilson and Milton Washington will read from their publications that have been released earlier this year.

WHO: Open to the Public
WHEN: Monday, December 17, 7:00 pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY (168 st exit is only 3 stops on the A subway from 42nd St)

Refreshments will be provided.

Cindy Wilson was born in Seoul, Korea, but was adopted by an African American couple as a baby. She was raised in Jackson, MS where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling from Jackson State University and received her MBA from Belhaven College. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Cindy has always been passionate about serving others since she was young and currently dedicates her time volunteering for a children’s hospital and several non-profits. When she is not busy writing and with her volunteer commitments she loves to read, travel, exercise and is a strong advocate for community and social issues.

Milton Washington will discuss his story that is included in the Mixed Koreans anthology. Born in South Korea, Milton Washington was adopted and brought to the states in 1979 where he learned English and the American culture. Today, he lives in Harlem, New York operating his Growth Strategy and Visual Development agency called, Slickyboy Studios. He is months away from completing his memoir entitled, Slickyboy.


Adoptee Stories: Too Much Soul and Mixed Koreans                            Monday, December 17, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

December 16- Exhibition Opening: The Heights / El Alto Printmaking Project

The Heights/El Alto is a commissioned portfolio of prints, and group exhibition, that asks visual artists who are longtime residents of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today. Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City’s plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide issue.

The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

Exhibition Opening: The Heights / El Alto Printmaking Project        Wednesday, December 12, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032