Category Archives: Events

November 18: Reading: Elizabeth Jaikaran’s TRAUMA

Trauma is a collection of true and extraordinary stories that speak of the abuse suffered by Guyanese women, girls, and members of the LGBT community in Guyana and after having emigrated to the United States. Jaikaran reveals accounts of the horrific violence and trauma that display the strength and resilience of Guyanese women as they have struggled to survive and flourish.

Elizabeth Jaikaran was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. The proud child of Guyanese immigrants, she is a graduate of the CUNY City College of New York and NYU School of Law. She writes for numerous platforms, including Brown Girl magazine. As an author and lawyer, Jaikaran hopes to be a voice for communities residing in underrepresented margins.

Elizabeth Jaikaran, Trauma: A Book Reading and Book Signing Event
Saturday, November 18, 2017
3:00–5:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


November 18: Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic’s mission is to establish a consistent hip hop scene for the community of Washington Heights, NY. by spreading the hip hop culture and providing a space for free artistic expressions.

Founded & hosted by Charlie Uptown


– sign up @ 5pm / show time 5:45pm sharp !!!
– ONE SONG per sign up.
– music pluggable by AUX cable (no CDs, or USB)
– all art forms are welcome.
– any merchadise for sale must be approved by Word Up.

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

November 17: Futurepoem presents: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel

Futurepoem presents a night of readings from Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel!

Rosa Alcalá

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems, along with critical perspectives on her work, are included in Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP, 2016), The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time, eds. Charles Altieri & Nicholas Nace (Northwestern UP, 2017), and American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, eds. Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy (Wesleyan UP, forthcoming). The recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she edited and translated Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling, 2012). She is also the editor and co-translator of Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press, forthcoming). She has taught for CantoMundo, and was the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Fellow at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Currently she is Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing & Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Urayoán Noel / Photo by Jonas Hidalgo

Urayoán Noel is a Bronx-based poet, critic, performer, and translator originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014). An Associate Professor of English and Spanish at NYU, he also teaches at Stetson University’s low-residency MFA of the Americas and vlogs at

Futurepoem presents: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel
Friday, November 17, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

November 16: Fractious Press Workshop: Grassroots Book Publicity


In this workshop on grassroots book publicity, Wren Hanks will present the nuts and bolts of a campaign: how to draft a pub plan, ways to reach the right communities for your book, how to pitch and when to follow up, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to make sample review lists of media that would ideally cover their book/project, then will examine them as a class.

Wren Hanks is the publicist for the Feminist Press, an educational nonprofit based in New York City. He’s worked in independent publishing since 2010, holding previous positions at Seven Stories Press, UNO Press, and elsewhere. He also serves remotely as an associate editor for Sundress Publications, a poetry and literature press based in Knoxville, TN. He’s the author of two poetry chapbooks, Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press) and has a third chapbook, gar child, forthcoming from Tree Light Books. A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, he holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

This event forms part of a series of collaborative panels and workshops that will develop skills and offer support in publishing to uptown NYC.

Organized by Fractious Press, with support from Citizens Committee of New York City.

Fractious Press Workshop: Grassroots Book Publicity
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

November 10: An Afterschool Chat with Innosanto Nagara

Come by after school and meet author Innosanto Nagara! He wrote A is for Activist, Counting on Community, and My Night at the Planetarium, and will be sharing with us his new book, The Wedding Portrait, a story for kids ages 6 to 10 about standing up for what’s right. 

The Wedding Portrait contains stories of direct action from around the world—from indigenous people in Colombia blocking an oil company from destroying their environment, to Claudette Colvin taking a seat in the front of the bus to protest racism. Through bright pictures and inspiring words, Innosanto explains the meaning of “blockade,” “boycott,” “civil disobedience,” and other ways that ordinary people have said “No!” to unfair treatment. 

As with many of his past books, Innosanto created the story for his own son, and he is happy to answer questions from audience members of all ages after the reading. All books will be available for sale. 

An afterschool chat with Innosanto Nagara​
presented with La Casa
Friday, November 10, 2017 • 4–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.