Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tonight: Reynaldo García Pantaléon: A Return Trip


One of the best parts of having moved to 2113 Amsterdam Avenue is that we have a great next-door neighbor in the form of Reynaldo García Pantaléon. “I came with the place,” he says to anyone he meets at the store, whether he is up high on a ladder painting the duct, sorting through books, or vigorously participating in conversation about community issues.

When Reynaldo left town for some weeks this summer, he was returning to a place he had not been to in seventeen years. Once there, he experienced the changes that had taken place in his home nation, his family, his memory, and more. And, he made art—3 murals, to be exact. Tonight at the store, Reynaldo will give a presentation on his trip, including a slideshow of his work. Please stop in! The event starts tonight—Thursday, October 30—at 7pm.


Wednesday: Glenda Galán reads from Tsunami


This Wednesday at Word Up, Glenda Galán will be reading from her new book Tsunami, a collection of stories and poems that touch on themes of rootlessness and the struggle for identity.

Glenda Galán leerá algunos textos de su nuevo libro Tsunami, un conjunto de historias y poemas que tratan sobre el desarraigo y la lucha por la identidad.


Glenda Galán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the UNIBE, and has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami. She won an Emmy award for production in 2011, and was nominated that same year as a screenwriter. She has received multiple honors and won various contests for her literary work, and has worked as a jounralist and producer for América TeVe and Mundo Fox in Miami. She currently edits the cultural magazine Dominicana en Miami. She has published Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012), and now, Tsunami. Galán has been living in the US since 2006.

Glenda Galán nació en Santo Domingo. Es egresada de la Escuela de Comunicación de la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y Diploma en Periodismo de KC, University of Miami. Desde el 2006 reside en EE UU. Ganadora de un Premio Emmy (2011) como Productora y Nominada a Premio Emmy (2011) como Guionista. Resultó primera finalista en el concurso “Nuevos valores de la poesía hispana” revista literaria Baquiana y CCE (2011). Mención de honor en el concurso “Florida tierra de Poetas” (2012). Impartió docencia en la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) y en la Universidad Nacional Pedro Enrique Ureña (1995-1997). Ha laborado como periodista de investigación y productora en América TeVe y Mundo FOX, Miami. Actualmente es Editora de la revista cultural Dominicana en Miami. Ha publicado Mar de fugas (2011), Guayabas y fresas (2012) y ahora, Tsunami.

Celebrate Food Day today with a screening of FED UP


Today: Join Vive tu Vida/Live your Life and Word Up Community Bookshop for a screening of the documentary Fed Up, with discussion to follow, in recognition of Food Day. Of course, as it’s Food Day, refreshments will be served!

Friday, October 24th
5:30 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street

Monthly Saturday Night Jazz starting this Saturday


Word Up presents a new monthly concert series to feature the Washington Heights jazz community. This event is an opportunity for an appreciative audience and local musicians to connect in an intimate setting.

Musicians are welcome to join the stage after a set by the house band, the Ruben Steijn Trio. Ruben Steijn is an aspiring voice in the New York jazz scene, an enthusiastic educator and a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Andrew Shilito (Guitar)
Sharik Hasan (Organ)
Brian Krock (Alto Saxophone)