Monthly Archives: November 2015

December 6 – Generation Y – A Fusion of Words and Music

Jonah Kruvant, author of The Last Book Ever Written, Valter Ulaj, writer and translator, Nathan Slote, trumpet player extraordinaire, and Cal Conde, writer of “cool” literature, join forces in a unique reading and musical performance.
Jonah from New Jersey, whose novel was published by PanAm Books in April 2015, will read from his book as part of his nationwide book tour. Valter from Albania, will read original poetry and prose. Nathan Slote, a trumpet player from Seattle, will join Jonah for a spoken work/musical piece to complete the event.Cal Conde of Puerto Rican decent will read original prose. East coast, west coast, Puerto Rico, and Europe join forces in a multicultural literary and musical performance.
Generation Y – A Fusion of Words and Music
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

December 5 – FACE OUT: Stephanie Feldman and Cecily Wong


Debut Novelists in Conversation

Stephanie Feldman and Cecily Wong read from their debut novels and discuss storytelling and the writing process,

Stephanie Feldman’s debut novel, The Angel of Losses, is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award, and finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Stephanie studied creative writing at Barnard College and now teaches fiction writing at Arcadia University. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family

Cecily Wong is the author of Diamond Head, a Barnes and Noble Summer 2015 Discover Great New Writers Selection. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The LA Review of Books, Self Magazine, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives and writes in New York.

FACE OUT: Stephanie Feldman and Cecily Wong
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

Nov 13 to Jan 13 – Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit



“Gagá pa’l Pueblo takes place every summer on Sundays in the Anne Loftus Playground on Dyckman Street as well as other places in the Heights and beyond. Gagá pa’l Pueblo is an all-out celebration of Afro-Dominican identity that welcomes, engages and entrances all who take part in it.” -Uptown Collective

We will be displaying photos from these traditional gatherings at Word Up through January 13, 2016 with an opening reception November 19th, 2015
with live performances by the Gaga group.

1 Alcibiades Garcia
2 Rafael De Los Santos
3 Jose Guichardo
4 Felix Ramirez
5 Radhames Morales
6 Narciso Polanco

Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 20 – Aster(ix) Journal Fall 2015 Issue Launch


This event is the Official Launch of the Fall Issue of Aster(ix), guest-edited by Vanessa Mártir. The issue tackles the theme of home: home as a person or place; home as a longing for something past that no longer exists; home as nostalgia, as genesis, a beginning, an end, and the journey in between. Maya Angelou once said, “The ache for home lives in all of us.” We hope the pieces in this issue serve to assuage that ache, if only for a moment.

The journal features writers Glendaliz Camacho, Nívea Castro, Anthony Morales, Tanya Pérez-Brennan, Luivette Resto,Gabby Rivera, Joshunda Sanders, Melissa Sipin-Gabon, and Rich Villar.
Founded and edited by Angie Cruz and under the Artistic Direction of Adriana E. Ramirez, Aster(ix) Journal is a forum where invited guest editors curate new issues on a theme of their choosing. Each issue will serve as an archived conversation among artists, writers, activists and critics publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, criticism, visual art, plays, videos and interviews.

Aster(ix) Journal Fall 2015 Issue Launch
Friday, November 20, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

Film Screening: Mexican Dream

Join us for a screening of MEXICAN DREAM (Sueño Mexicano),
directed and Produced by JON WETTERAU and ALEX RUIZ EULER
(53 min. In mostly Spanish with English subtitles).
MEXICAN DREAM is a film about the contradictions in the public discourse towards immigration. It is a story of economic desperation and societal alienation on both sides of the border: the people of Magdalena Peñasco in Oaxaca, Mexico, who go to Austin, Minnesota, to quarter pigs for Hormel Foods, the makers of Spam products. Communities change with migration, and in the process of adapting the old can sometimes not assimilate with the new. Filmmaker Jon and then-Ph.D. student Alex Euler document part of this uneasy transition.
Sueño Mexicano
En la sierra mixteca, en el sur de México, hay un pueblo muy pobrellamado Magdalena Peñasco que tiene una conexión profunda con una pequeña ciudad en Minnesota llamada Austin. Aquí está Hormel Foods, los creadores de Spam; casi todos los migrantes de la Mixteca van allí para trabajar en las plantas procesadoras de carne, y casi todos los empleados son parte de esta “pequeña Magdalena”.Ganan sueldos relativamente altos que les permiten mandar dinero de regreso, pero están completamente alienados de su entorno. Esta es su historia, pero es relevante para los migrantes indocumentados alrededor del mundo. Vemos la vida en la Mixteca y después conocemos a los parientes que viven en Austin, así como a los habitantes de Austin con opiniones diversas sobre la creciente comunidad mexicana en su ciudad, y exploramos temas laborales, de pobreza, alienación, deterioro familiar y amor.
ALEX RUIZ EULER is a Data Scientist for MTV Networks (Viacom) with a PhD in Political Science from the University of California San Diego. His dissertation–with funding from the National Science Foundation–used machine learning to uncover hidden relationships between income inequality, local elections and the provision of public goods (water, sewerage) to the poor in Mexico.
JON WETTERAU documents personal stories of struggling people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. His work explores social injustice and inanity in the contemporary world, in order to promote understanding and provoke thought regarding important issues. His most recent work about immigration, labor, and communities in transition–Mexican Dream (Sueño Mexicano)–premiered at the 2014 Queens World Film Festival, played at the Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and was a Bronze Palm Award winner at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival. ​
Rogelio Alex Ruiz Euler nació y creció en el Distrito Federal, es Doctor de ciencia política de la Universidad de California en San Diego. Ha estado estudiando música lento pero constantemente durante más o menos 10 años, y trabaja por el momento en su proyecto “Ultraperras” ( Con ayuda del Center for Comparative Immigration Studies de UCSD y diversas organizaciones sociales y pastorales, Alex produjo el documental”Sueño Mexicano”. Este documental busca transmitir el mensaje que la migración “ilegal” beneficia a casi todos, y que etiquetar a los inmigrantes ilegales como criminales en una forma muy cómoda y discriminatoria de lidiar con una situación con la que nuestros políticos (en ambos lados de la frontera) movilizan a la gente, sin tratar realmente con el drama humano subyacente.
Jon Wetterau estudié cinéma en Bard College y es Maestro de realciones internacionales de la New School for Social Research en Nueva York. El ha co- dirigido y producido Sueño mexicano y “Un Pequeño País , Dos Quartiers”. También ha realizado varios documentales cortos en su natal Queens, Nueva York y trabajó en documentales en América Central y Camerún. Todas estas películas destacan problemas de la sociedad a través de las historias de la gente que lucha.

Film Screening: Mexican Dream
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY