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October 25- Reading: Jasminne Méndez, Yesenia Montilla, & Roberto Carlos Garcia

Join us in experiencing a special northeast visit from Jasminne Mendez, author of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays & Poetry; Yesenia Montilla, author of The Pink Box; and Roberto Carlos Garcia, author of black/Maybe. It will be a night of Dominican poetry that audiences won’t soon forget!


Jasminne Mendez is a poet, educator, and award-winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Crab Creek Review, Texas Review, La Galería, Label Me Latino/a, Gulf Coast, Bird’s Thumb, The Rumpus, and COG Magazine. She is a senior contributing editor at Queen Mob’s Teahouse and the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013; winner of an International Latino Book Award), and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018). She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.


Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City and a daughter of immigrants. She is a graduate of Drew University’s Poetry & Poetry in Translation MFA program, and a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in the Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, and other publications. Her first collection of poetry, The Pink Box (Willow Books) was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award. She lives in Harlem.


Roberto Carlos Garcia is the author of black / Maybe (Willow Books) and Melancolía (Červená Barva Press). His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Root, Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. ​He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books, LLC. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Reading: Jasminne Méndez, Yesenia Montilla, & Roberto Carlos Garcia                                                                                                                             Thursday, October 25, 2018                                                                                    6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032



October 21- Nelly Rosario in conversation with John Paul Infante

John and Nelly will discuss Brooklyn, Santo Domingo, Texas State University, Engineering at MIT, Columbia University, Songs of the Water Saints, Fuckboys, #MeToo, The Words: “Dique,” “Pariguayo,” and “Tecato”—or they might talk about something completely different. Join us to find out! P.S. They will definitely discuss Sancocho. That much is certain. Presented by Dominican Writers. 

Nelly Rosario in conversation with John Paul Infante                      Sunday, October 21, 2018                                                                                            6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                            Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032


October 20- Everyday People + Uptown Stories Anthologies Celebration

Everyday People: The Color of Life is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that present new and renowned work by established and emerging writers of color. It illustrates the dynamics of character and culture that reflect familial strife, political conflict, and personal turmoil through an array of stories that reveal the depth of the human experience.

Uptown Stories inspires kids to discover and develop their inner voices in a diverse community of writers. Based in upper Manhattan, we offer small-group writing workshops for children ages eight to fifteen, led by master teachers and professional authors. Anthology Volume 7: Summer/Fall 2017 contains the stories from those semesters.

Uptown Stories & Everyday People Reading
This intergenerational reading will bring together kid, teen, and adult writers who have contributed their stories to both of these anthologies.

David Nunez: David Núñez loves Uptown Stories.  It’s the best thing in the world. He goes to PS173 and loves Harry Potter.

Adriana Escobedo: Adriana Escobedo is a ten-year-old girl who wants to be an actual star when she grows up. Not one of those “superstars” on TV, but a star that comes out at nighttime and twinkles. She enjoys singing and reading fiction books. When she’s forced to read non-fiction books, she gets angry and uses her firepower to burn the books. *wink*. Her favorite books are Wonder and PIE. She’d like to thank Uptown Stories’ staff for teaching her to write awesomely.

Glendaliz Camacho: Glendaliz Camacho is the Summer Workshop Director for Uptown Stories. She was raised and lived in Washington Heights for 30 years. Her writing appears in The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women, All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others.

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award in fiction. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and Tin House, as well as in the bestselling essay anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (edited by Jesmyn Ward). His new book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family will be published by Scribner in 2019.

Nelly Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives. She received a BA in engineering from MIT and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She was named a “Writer on the Verge” by the Village Voice Literary Supplement in 2001. Song of the Water Saints won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award..

Everyday People + Uptown Stories Anthologies Celebration                    Saturday, October 20, 2018                                                                                    6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

October 28- Exhibition Opening: Reframing Immigration

Reframing Immigration is an exhibit featuring artwork—from artists across the United States—depicting the humanity within immigration. Artwork will be available for the community to purchase, and 100% of funds raised will benefit the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR). Please come to the reception and celebration to listen to local NYC artists singing and performing poetry to uplift what brings us together rather than what separates us. For more information, please email or call/text 561-222-3998.

 Exhibition Opening: Reframing Immigration                                   Sunday, October 28, 2018                                                                                           6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                            Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

October 18- Three American writers – 6th reading

Where are we from? Where are we when we are writing? And when we are being read? We are just a few among so many people living in Spanish in this city, American writers in New York.

In this second reading, one Puerto Rican and two Argentines. Three poets: Lila Zemborain, Marianela Fernández, and Cristina Pérez Díaz.

In the upcoming readings, the origins of the voices, tensions, and trajectories will multiply. Join us to listen, read, discuss, and draw up new maps.

 Three American writers – 6th reading                                                                Thursday, October 18, 2018                                                                                       6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                            Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032