Monthly Archives: March 2015

April 2 – Reading: Athena Dent

1450252_883281641702446_9222621938447610377_nOver the years, Athena Dent has worked as a social worker, educator, and mentor. Most recently, her great love for humanity has developed in her practice of literary fiction. Her novel SILK is about five generations of women, who arebest friends, and who each face challenging situations. And ONE OF A KIND LOVE is about two undercover police officers, Carlos and Crystal, who work together, then fall in love. However, a secret that Carlos’s mother has kept from the family is intertwined with a neighborhood kid who Crystal befriends….Love is NOT just between two people.

Athena’s forthcoming books include the young-adult novel FRANCHESCA’S JOURNEY, the Silk sequel COCOON, and the poetry volume THE BEGINNING. Athena is also a mother, wife, and a martial artist.

Reading: Athena Dent
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY


Every Saturday in April – Word Up Community Bookshop presents Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series

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Word Up Community Bookshop presents
Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series
3pm-5pm – Every Saturday in April

April 4
In the Quiet Night-Time of My Sleep-Less Dreams
The Noble Cause
Martin and His Mountaintop

April 11
DimeStoreSuitcase: Million Dollar Dreams

April 18
Mozelle’s Journey into the Light
A Day in the Life of Riverside Drive

April 25
Web of Mockery

All plays written by Marjorie Eliot
Participating actors: Eric Coleman, Yohanna Florentino, Joan Green, Marjorie Johnson, William Jay Marshall, Nicholas Mauro, Roger Parris, Cookie Winborn, Jill Melanie Wirth
Music: Marjorie Eliot and Rudel Drears
Pay-What-You-Can Admission

* Used theatre books are two-for-the-price-of-one for the month of April. *

Word Up Community Bookshop presents Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series
Every Saturday in April 3-5PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 25 – Is That an Empanada in Your Pocket or Are You Happy to See Me?

11021244_897384440292166_540574725216313756_nAbigail Ekue and Jeff Musillo will be reading from their respective books, along with a book signing and author talk that will also include a Q&A and discussion addressing sex and sexuality. This event is open to adults 21 and older. It is a sex-positive environment open to all genders and orientations.

Free empanadas will be available while supplies last — Meat pies and dirtybooks. Great way to spend your hump day!


Abigail Ekue is a New York-based writer. Her interest in biology, anatomy, physiology, health, fitness, psychology and sociology fuels her writing. She is a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer with a B.S. in Sport Sciences. Her written work and insight have been included in AskMen, Maxim Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, VICE, Sensheant Magazine, Clutch Magazine, AM New York, and SheKnows covering sex, dating, body image, feminism and marriage. Abigail Ekue has participated in numerous literary readings and erotic events sharing selections from her published work. She also writes personal essays and erotic non-fiction and has facilitated an erotic writing workshop. More information and the author’s full bio can be found on

Jeff Musillo is a published poet and novelist as well as a visual artist who works both on canvas and in digital format. He has had exhibits throughout New York and his artwork was featured in the film The Heart Machine. His work in literature includes the novel, The Ease of Access, the poetry chapbook, Can You See That Sound, and the narrative non-fiction, Snapshot Americana. His work has also been published extensively online.

Is That an Empanada in Your Pocket or Are You Happy to See Me?Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 20 – Aesthete Quarterly Zine Launch (featured during the Word Up Open Mic)


The obsessive onanistic fury of the Aesthete Group release upon the world their 5th quarterly publication. Tonight, they will be presenting some wicked homebrew that has steeped all winter long in oak casks in the basements of their frostbitten minds. Complimentary copies of the Winter 2015 issue (very limited first run) will be provided.

Aesthete Quarterly Zine Launch (featured during the Word Up Open Mic)
Friday, March 20, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

Recirculation — A Recollection


They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you can learn a lot about people from the titles on their shelves. Sometimes, an absence tells the whole story. The Strand sells a poster with this John Waters quote: “If you go home with somebody and they don’t have any books, don’t !@#$ them!” This seems easy enough. I fell in love with a woman once, and we decided to exchange books. She gave me one called What is Death? I think I tried to give her Rilke. You already know how that ended.

You can never predict what a person is going to have in his or her library. In college, I had Shakespeare class with a professor would cry while reading a soliloquy. That is how much he loved Shakespeare. When I went to visit him in his office, I saw some of the greatest writers in history represented, as expected. There was Shakespeare (of course), John Milton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Dante Alighieri, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Marcel Proust, and Leo Tolstoy. My eyes dinged back, like the end of the line on a typewriter. Those shiny newer hardcovers, sandwiched in between. If Democrats Had Any Brains, next to Dante’s The Inferno. Now I know, I should not have been surprised. This is the range of a human being.

When I moved into my first apartment, I had almost no furniture. The rooms were empty, and the bare wood floors must have made me feel exposed. I decided to surround the perimeter with piles of books. The titles did not matter. The books were weight, like literary sandbags, some form of fortification against the floods of fear and loneliness. I liked to look at the wall. I would never read those books. If anyone came home with me, this was all there was to know.

At Word Up Community Bookshop, the inventory is almost entirely made up of donations. We carry other people’s books. Most of our stock is used. In the early days, the inside of the store could seem more like battlefield triage than retail bookselling. As many of our neighbors remember, the old space was an abandoned pharmacy, with hand-sized holes in the walls and a severely herniated ceiling. Books would be left at our gate, orphaned babies without a home. We took them in, regardless of their condition. Some were smoked out or soaked through, some were coming apart at the seams. We saw the broken spines, the torn off limbs, the scoliotic bodies. At that time, the function of Word Up was to revive and recirculate, led by volunteer Tom. We wanted to be the heart of the community, spreading books like lifeblood so there would never be an empty shelf.  Continue reading