Monthly Archives: June 2013

Word Up and The United Palace of Cultural Arts Day of Film

Tomorrow we will be popping up once again at the United Palace as part of a full day of films event! We are curating the last hour of films starting at 8pm, but will be selling books and other items throughout the whole day.  We will be showing videos from our very own volunteers and other fun videos.

Time: 1pm – 9pm.

Location: 175 st and Broadway

More information on the films and event here.


We will also be at

Outloud/Uptown Reading Series: Writing from the Heart of the Americas
Presented by HTC Inwood, in association with Word Up, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and Jonkro Books
Saturday, June 22 | 2pm
Holy Trinity Church – 20 Cumming Street
For HTC Inwood’s inaugural reading series co-directed by Patrizia Eakins and Lindsy Serrano, join authors W.B. Garvey, author of Panama Fever; Sheila Maldonado, author of One-Bedroom Solo; and AJ Sidansky, author of Forgiving Maximo Rothman. Q&A moderated by Jenny Perdomo of the Word Up Collective. The authors’ books will be for sale, and there will be a reception after the reading.


Our 2nd birthday party + NoMAA reading


John Paul Infante reading at X Caffé for the 2013 NoMAA Literary Grantee Reading. Photo by Will Glass.

We participated in eight events during the arts whirlwind that is NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll in June: 2 workshops at the Pop-Up Repair Shop, the Harlem River Festival, the Audubon Outdoor Art Fair, a night of Young People’s Performances at the United Palace, the United Palace of Cultural Arts’ Day of Film, the Uptown/Outloud series’ inaugural reading, and, of course, the 2013 NoMAA Literary Grantee Reading, which was held on our 2nd birthday, June 17. Word Up grew out of a discussion that took place at the 2011 NoMAA Grantee Reading, so it was great to celebrate to celebrate in a way that brought it all full circle.

Panoramic view of X Caffé during the reading. Photo by Art By Dj Boy.

Panoramic view of X Caffé during Danielle Lazarin’s reading. Photo by Art By Dj Boy.

Post-reading Q&A. Photo by Will Glass.

Post-reading Q&A. Photo by Will Glass.

Monday’s reading falls on our 2nd birthday!


Monday, June 17, 2013 | 6:30–8:30pm
X Caffe – 3952 Broadway, bet. 165th and 166th Streets

Featuring the work of Ellen Hagan, John Paul Infante, Danielle Lazarin,
Sheila Maldonado, Sergio Reyes, and Peggy Ann Tartt.

Q&A moderated by Veronica Liu of the Word Up Collective,
on the occasion of Word Up’s 2nd birthday.

Presented by NoMAA in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria.


Recognizing Word Up’s promotion of literacy in our ‘hood

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Some of the 2013 grantees. Photo: Art By Dj Boy

On June 5, we received a grant from the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund, a volunteer-funded grant that is a collaboration among NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Psychiatric Institute, and the Columbia University Medical Center.

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Word Up volunteers—short Ben, Emmanuel, Zahaira, Vern—with one of our site observers, Dacia Morris.

Then on June 11, to our surprise and delight, we received a lovely acknowledgment from Community Pediatrics, for our work in promoting literacy in the community.


Thank you, Emelin Martinez, director of the Ambulatory Care Network programs Reach Out and Read and H.E.A.L.!

Thank you!

¡Word Up in the New York Times!


WU_NYTimesThanks to and Karsten Moran for the New York Times article and photo!

“Here is a night in the life of a little local bookstore, a place that seemed too good to last. One evening, Veronica Liu arrived to find all the lights out at Word Up Community Bookshop, the completely implausible store that she and others ran as volunteers in Washington Heights, which is upstate Manhattan. There was no power. They chased down the super, but at the end of it all, not a watt of electricity was to be had. ”

Read more here.