Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tonight: Cuba in Splinters

OR Book Going Rouge

Wednesday, June 25 | 7–9pm
Book Reading: Cuba in Splinters

Tonight at Word Up, join Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (@OLPL), a noted writer and dissident from Cuba, as he presents a new collection from O/R Books, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories From the New Cuba. OLPL brings together a crop of young writers from his home island: the writers, rebellious in form and content, are inspired by authors such as Bukowski—but the stories, translated into English for the first time, are about life in Cuba. OLPL will be reading, with books for sale and a signing afterward.

Check out a trailer for the book here:


Word Up’s Third Birthday Party Today!

RaffleToday, as part of Word Up’s Third Birthday Party, we’re having our first-ever Kids’ CSB Book Harvest! This means we’ll be hauling out all the used kids’ books that haven’t even made it to our shelves yet, and CSB members will have first pick.

If you are under 13, you can sign up for a $10 CSB membership and get 3 wooden nickels and a tote bag.

Anyone who signs up for—or renews—a CSB share is eligible to win prizes, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid school planners, signed Julia Álvarez books, and more. 

See you today, till 9pm, at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue!

Next Thursday: Face Out: Breaking Ground anthology

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Next Thursday, Word Up will be hosting a reading with contributors to the book Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980–2012. Readers include editor Myrna Nieves, Sandra María Esteves, Sandra A. García Betancourt, Ana López-Betancourt, María Mar, Nancy Mercado, Madeline Millán, and Corazón Tierra.

This bilingual anthology presents the wide spectrum of poetry, poetic prose and fiction produced from 1980-2012 by Puerto Rican women writers in New York, often reflecting the human efforts to live with dignity and hope, and the complexities of a migration process.


Sandra María Esteves is a poet, visual artist, educator and producer. One of the founders of the Nuyorican Literary Movement, her many books include Tropical Rain: A Bilingual Downpour (1984) and Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo (1990). Awards include The Edgar Allan Poe Literary Award (2002) and the NEA Master Artist Award from Pregones Theater (2010).

Sandra A. García-Betancourt is a poet, writer and arts activist. She authored a book of poetry, Ombligo de luna (1992) and a plaquet, Memorias y Olvidos. She served as Manager for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was Public Relations Manager for EL Diario La Prensa. She is now the Executive Director and CEO of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA).

Ana López-Betancourt is a poet, theater worker, educator who has lived in New York since adolescence. She co-published the bilingual book Tripartita: Earth, Dreams and Powers (1990) with Myrna Nieves and Maritza Arrastía. She was nominated as Poet in the Schools by the American PEN and Woman of the Year Award by El Diario La Prensa.

María Mar is a writer, performer, visual artist and shaman. She was a co-founder of popular theater groups in Puerto Rico and founder and director of Ecuelecuá (1986-1991) in NY. Her poems have been published in literary magazines. Her theatre work was featured in the series “The Americas” in PBS, Channel 13 (1992). Her work/projects can be viewed at

Nancy Mercado is a writer and educator. The author of the poetry book It Concerns the Madness (2000), she served as an editor of the literary magazine LONG SHOT. She was a Contributing Editor for Letras Femeninas;editor of, if the world were mine, a children’s anthology; and guest editor for phat’tude magazine. She has written and directed 7 plays.

Madeline Millán is a writer and cultural activist. Two of her six poetry books are De toros y estrellas (2004) and Leche/Milk (2008). She edited Nights of Cornelia (2008), an anthology of contemporary writers; and coordinated bilingual poetry readings at “Cornelia’s Street Café” in New York. Madeline received the National Poetry Award of Puerto Rico in 2009.

Myrna Nieves is a writer and educator. A founding member of Boricua College, she was director for twenty years of its Winter Poetry Series. Her books include: Libreta de sueños (narraciones), Viaje a la lluvia, poemas and El Caribe: paraíso y paradoja. The editor/co-editor of four other books, she received the Literary Award of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico in 1998.

Corazón Tierra is a dancer, writer, magazine editor and expert in personal growth. Her poetic prose was published in the anthology Ana y su anorexia (2005). She has read and performed her work in Spain and was featured in television in Seville (2002). She is co-founder of the company ShamansDance, and was Health and Food Editor of Siempre Mujer Magazine (USA).

TONIGHT: Face Out: The Dominican Republic Reader

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Tonight, swing by Word Up for a presentation by contributors to the just-released The Dominican Republic Reader, which covers the history, politics, and culture of the DR from precolonial times to the present, via 118 essays, speeches, journalism, songs, poems, testimonials, and short stories, with many of the contributions translated here for the first time.

Editor Lauren Derby, contributor Melissa Madera, and photographer Giovanni Savino will be present, and books will be for sale at a discount!

FACE OUT: The Dominican Republic Reader
Thursday, June 19, 2014
7–9 PM
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.



Make Music New York schedule at Word Up

Image by Josh Gosfield

Image by Josh Gosfield

Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,300 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. This year, MC Maniphes helped us coordinate a great lineup at Word Up, and the whole event corresponds with our third birthday celebration on Saturday.

12- 3pm:  DJ Dirt
3- 6pm:  DJ Polarity
6- 9pm:  DJ Funkshun

1:30pm:  MC Maniphes

2pm:  Joaquin and the Hot Knives
2:30pm:  Ruben Gonzalez
3pm:  Poingly
3:30pm:  Gaga Pa’l Pueblo
4pm:  NYC Brass Brothers
4:30pm:  J. Ro and Bachatin
5pm:  The Machine
5:30pm:  Tellie Floydd
6pm:  Charlie Cruz
6:30pm:  Division X
7pm:  GioSafari
7:30pm:  Circa 95
8pm:  Lexiglass