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April 26 – Power to the Parents

Are you a new or expecting parent?

Do you have questions about birth or newborn care? Are you trying to figure out what kind of birth setting is best for you? Do you want to learn more about how to work together with your medical caregiver? Are you looking for a safe space to process your birthing experience? Do you need help with breastfeeding? Do you want to try on some baby carriers or learn how to adjust your carrier to your body? Or do you just want to meet and hang out with other parents?

Come to POWER TO THE PARENTS! Community Perinatal Support at Word Up Community Bookshop. Get the information you need and enjoy tea, cookies, and community with fellow parents and experienced perinatal professionals. Se habla espanol.

Tiffany Kapri Johnson – postpartum doula, babywearing educator, and mother of two (with one on the way!).
Esdras Santana – birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and mother of two.
Koyuki Smith – birth doula, childbirth educator, babywearing educator, and mother of two.

This event accords on:
April 26
May 24
June 28
For more information:

Power to the Parent
Wednesday April 26, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032


15 de Abril – Taller “Voz de mujer”

Un taller para mujeres que quieran contar, compatir y escribir un poco de su historia. La idea es aprender a mirarse e identificar que todas tenemos una historia que contar para luego escribir un poco sobre ella. Dirigido a mujeres que hablen en español de 16 años hacia arriba. A cargo de Pepa Valenzuela. La actividad es gratuita ¡Las esperamos!

Pepa Valenzuela es chilena. Periodista, escritora, columnista y profesora de narrativa en la universidad Diego Portales. Ha escrito en destacadas revistas como Fibra, Caras, Paula, Ya, Sábado, Domingo además de los diarios La Nación Domingo, El Mercurio y Las Últimas Noticias. Ha ganado tres veces el Premio Lorenzo Natali de la Comisión Europea por periodismo que defiende la democracia y los derechos humanos. Es autora de Un Lugar en la Tierra (El Mercurio Aguilar, 2013) y Papito Corazón (Ediciones B, 2015) Es profesora de talleres de relatos de no ficción y memorias. Actualmente colabora para las revistas de El Mercurio, está en el máster de escritura creativa en NYU y vive en Nueva York.

Taller “Voz de mujer”
Sábado, 15 de Abril, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (esquina calle 165)
New York NY 10032

8 de Abril – Taller “Niños y niñas que cuentan cuentos”

Un taller para despertar el espiritú creativo de los niños y las niñas entre 7 y 10 años que quieran inventar historias a través del juego, el arte y la literatura. A cargo de: Juliana Muñoz Toro.

Juliana Muñoz Toro estudia el máster del programa de Escritura Creativa en Español de la Universidad de Nueva York y es periodista colombiana. Su primera novela, “24 formas de descubrir a un alien”, ganó el Premio de novela juvenil de la editorial Tragaluz en 2016. Cuando no está escribiendo -por lo general para niños y niñas- está montando bicicleta o parándose de cabeza.

Taller “Niños y niñas que cuentan cuentos”
Sabado, 8 de Abril, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (esquina calle 165)
New York NY 10032

March 26 – Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate


A reading of recent work from current and former Washington Heights residents and writers Danielle Lazarin and Phillip Lopate.

DANIELLE LAZARIN’S debut short story collection, BACK TALK, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 NYFA fellow in fiction and the recipient of multiple individual artists grants from NoMAA. She lives in her native New York, where she is at work on a novel.

PHILLIP LOPATE has written three personal essay collections; two novels, three poetry collections; and more works of criticism. Recent publications include Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays), To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction, and A Mother’s Tale (2017). He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYPL Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants, and two NYFA grants. After working with children for twelve years as a writer in schools, he taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, Hofstra University, New York University and Bennington College. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 24 – Book Launch: Relle the Poet

relle-booksigning-flyerRelle the Poet is touring NYC in celebration of the release of her very first book, and she invites all the artists of the Washington Heights community and beyond to join her. This event will feature a reading from Relle’s IN DISARRAY, a collection of poems, short stories, and letters. The night will also feature a one-hour open mic segment. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Book Launch: Relle the Poet
Friday, March 24, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032