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27 de Agosto: Tarde de Poesía

Con los poetas

Ana Cecilia Blum (Ecuador)

Dinapiera Di Donato (Venezuela)

Miguel Falquez-Certain (Colombia)

Manuel Adrián López (Cuba)

Ely Rosa Zamora (Venezuela)

Ana Cecilia Blum. (Ecuador, 1972). Poeta y ensayista. Sobreviviente de poliomielitis. Estudió Letras Hispánicas en Estados Unidos y Ciencias Políticas en Ecuador. Autora de los poemarios: Descanso sobre mi sombra, 1995; Donde duerme el sueño, 2005; La que se fue, 2008; La voz habitada (Co-autora), 2008; Libre de espanto, 2012; Todos los éxodos (Antología Personal), 2012; Poetas de la Mitad del Mundo, Antología de Poesía escrita por Mujeres Ecuatorianas (Co-Antóloga), 2013; Áncoras, 2015 y Rituales (Co-autora), 2016. Ha sido invitada a leer su poesía en la Biblioteca del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, dentro del marco del encuentro literario La Pluma y la Palabra en Washington D.C.; ha participado en varios festivales literarios en América y Europa, entre ellos el Encuentro de Poetas Iberoamericanos en Salamanca, la Feria Internacional del Libro de Miami, el Encuentro de Poesía Pararelo Cero y el Festival de la Lira en Cuenca. Actualmente ejerce la enseñanza del Idioma Español como Lengua Extranjera; dirige la gaceta literaria Metaforología; coordina el Fondo Poético para las Américas (un pequeño fondo privado establecido para difundir digitalmente las letras hispanas); realiza investigación literaria en el campo de la poesía ecuatoriana escrita por mujeres; y colabora con varias revistas culturales.

Dinapiera Di Donato, nacida en Upata, Venezuela. Reside en New York donde ha enseñado español y francés y cursó estudios doctorales en CUNY. Obtuvo una licenciatura, maestría y DEA en literatura hispanoamericana en París (Francia). En Venezuela enseñó literatura, escritura creativa y fue co-fundadora del Grupo de Estudios de Culturas y Literaturas Caribeñas de la Universidad de Oriente. Autora de Relatos (New York, Kindle Edition, 2016: ASIN: B01B806CQ6), Noche con nieve y amantes (Caracas, Fundarte, 1991. Premio de Narrativa de la X Bienal Internacional “José Antonio Ramos Sucre” de 1990), La sonrisa de Bernardo Atxaga (Upata, Predios, 1995. Premio de Narrativa “Alfredo Armas Alfonso” de 1994), Desventuras. Libro de Rachid avenida Paul Doumer (Cumaná, FEES, 1996. Premio de Poesía Bienal “Tomás Alfaro Calatrava” de 1996), La Sorda (Maturín, 2011), Colaterales/Collateral (USA, Akashic, 2013. Paz Poetry Prize del 2012), Contar Aristeguieta (USA, Sudaquia, 2013, edición experimental de textos que recibieron una Beca del The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance NoMAA).

Miguel Falquez-Certain. Nació en Barranquilla (Colombia) y reside en Nueva York desde hace cuatro decenios donde se desempeña como traductor en cinco idiomas. Su obra poética, dramática y narrativa ha sido distinguida con numerosos galardones. Licenciado en literaturas hispánica y francesa por Hunter College en 1980. Cursó estudios de doctorado en literatura comparada en New York University (1981-1985). Es autor de Reflejos de una máscara, Habitación en la palabra, Proemas en cámara ardiente, Doble corona, Usurpaciones y deicidios y Palimpsestos (poemarios); de una noveleta y de seis obras de teatro, así como de cuentos, ensayos y relatos. Book Press–New York publicó Triacas (compilación de su narrativa breve) y Mañanayer (compilación de su poesía) en 2010. Mañanayer obtuvo la única mención honorífica en The 2011 International Latino Book Awards como mejor poemario en español.

Manuel Adrián López nació en Morón, Cuba (1969). Poeta y narrador. Su obra ha sido publicada en varias revistas literarias de España, Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Tiene publicado los libros: Yo, el arquero aquel (Poesía. Editorial Velámenes, 2011), Room at the Top (Cuentos en inglés. Eriginal Books, 2013), Los poetas nunca pecan demasiado (Poesía. Editorial Betania, 2013. Medalla de Oro en los Florida Book Awards 2013), El barro se subleva (Cuentos. Ediciones Baquiana, 2014), Temporada para suicidios (Cuentos. Eriginal Books, 2015), Muestrario de un vidente (Poesía. Proyecto Editorial La Chifurnia, 2016), Fragmentos de un deceso/El revés en el espejo, libro en conjunto con el poeta ecuatoriano David Sánchez Santillán para la colección Dos Alas (El Ángel Editor, 2017), El arte de perder/The Art of Losing (Poesía Bilingüe, Eriginal Books, 2017) y El hombre incompleto (Poesía, Dos Orillas, 2017).

Su poesía aparece en las antologías: La luna en verso (Ediciones El Torno Gráfico, 2013), Todo Parecía. Poesía cubana contemporánea de temas Gay y lésbicos (Ediciones La Mirada, 2015), Voces de América Latina Volumen II (Media Isla Ediciones, 2016) y NO RESIGNACIÓN. Poetas del mundo por la no violencia contra la mujer (Ayuntamiento de Salamanca, 2016)

Ely Rosa Zamora (Venezuela) Tiene una maestría en Escritura Creativa por la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU). Ha publicado: La nitidez del embudo,  Newmark Press, New York City, 2015, Unspecific Object/ Objeto Indefinido, en colaboración con la artista Barbara Madsen, Choir Alley Press, New Jersey, 2015, Sin lengua y otras imposibilidades dramáticas, Editorial La Caída, Buenos Aires, 2013, Sin lengua/No Tongue, Heptameron Books, New York City, 2011, y Detrito olvidado/ Forgotten Detritus, Choir Alley Press, New Jersey, 2009. Su poesía ha sido incluida en la antología “Voces para Lilith” Literatura contemporánea de temática lésbica en Sudamérica, Estruendomudo, Lima, 2011, y en la Antología del “Americas Poetry Festival” de Nueva York, Artepoética Press, New York City, 2014.

Su trabajo ha sido presentado en diferentes festivales internacionales en Inglaterra, Italia, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Perú, El Salvador, Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos.

Actualmente dirige Voces de la ciudad, un espacio de encuentro e inclusión para escritores latinoamericanos en la ciudad de Nueva York y es profesora de español en Rutgers University y Middlesex County College, NJ, EE.UU.

Tarde de Poesía
Domingo,27 de agosto, 2017
3:30–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Avenida Amsterdam. (en la calle 165 St.)
Neuva York NY 10032

Summer Meet & Greet Series / Serie de encuentros con candidatos

The Barack Obama Democratic Club, Word Up Community Bookshop, Hudson Heights Owners Coalition, and Uptown Collective present

Summer Meet & Greet Series

Meet candidates for citywide office and engage in a community conversation with your neighbors. 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Wednesday, August 23 – 6:30–8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-galebrewer

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Thursday, August 24 – 6:30–8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-scottstringer

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance
Wednesday, August 30 – 6:30–8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-cyvance

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
Saturday, September 9 – 2–4pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-tishjames

Light refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited. RSVP IS REQUIRED ON EVENTBRITE (see individual events above). Ticket-holders are only guaranteed entry up to 15 minutes prior to the event start time, at which point we will let in anyone waiting outside the bookshop.
Word Up Community Bookshop • 2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St.
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El Club Demócrata Barack Obama, Word Up Librería Comunitaria, Hudson Heights Owners Coalition, y Uptown Collective presentan:

Serie de encuentros con candidatos

Conoce a los candidatos a posiciones electas a nivel del Condado de Manhattan y la Ciudad de Nueva York. Participa en conversaciones cívicas con tus vecinos.  

Presidenta del Condado de Manhattan Gale Brewer
Miércoles, 23 de agosto – 
6:30pm-8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-galebrewer

Contralor de la Ciudad de Nueva York Scott Stringer
Jueves, 24 de agosto – 
6:30pm-8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-scottstringer

Fiscal del Distrito de Manhattan Cyrus Vance
Miércoles, 30 de agosto 
6:30pm-8pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-cyvance

Defensora Pública de la Ciudad de Nueva York Letitia James
Sábado, 9 de septiembre – 
2pm-4pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/wordup-tishjames

Se servirán refrigerios. El espacio es limitado, favor de confirmar tu asistencia.

Librería Comunitaria Word Up * 2113 Avenida Amsterdam en calle 165

July 14: Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar

In 2015, A.B. Lugo, award winning actor and playwright, suffered through the deaths of his parents only months apart. To cope with his grief, he dedicated himself to writing a poem for each week of 2016. Little did he know he would be chronicling an historic year, one of social strife and tragedy that would culminate in the election of a man whose movement brings new awareness and fear to A.B. as an Afro-Puerto Rican. Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar, much like its title, is a bitter experience, as life can be, but also one that gives us the energy and power to make it through each day. More worn, for sure, but also stronger, and hopefully, wiser. A collection of poems influenced by history and inspired by the depths of the soul, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar is as unforgettable as the year it chronicles.”

A.B. Lugo is a writer and performer. Some of his poetry can be found in the anthology Me No Habla With Acento (Rebel Satori Press). This is his first published collection of poetry.

Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar
Friday, July 14, 2017
7–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

June 16: Words and Music: Session 1: Bonafide Rojas & Lexiglass

What is the Words and Music series?

Words and Music is a new series that facilitates intentional collaborations between writers and musicians. Six such pairings—curated by Word Up Community Bookshop, and funded by the Creative Engagement grant administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council—will result in six separate public performances throughout the year.

Word Up Community Bookshop was founded on, and exists through, collaborations; that we have existed as a 100%-volunteer-run bookstore for more than 5 years in one of the most heavily populated neighborhoods in New York City is a testament to our reliance on partnerships, and on every participants’ willingness to keep the space alive by sharing and exchanging (time, money, space, dialogue, ideas) with each other. As an open space that has hosted hundreds of events and thousands of performers over our past 5 years of existence, we have been happy to see many collaborations take place. Some are accidental and take place in the moment—during, for instance, an open mic performance where a musician might spontaneously add a musical element to a poet’s words. Some are the result of people meeting frequently in the space to experience our nearly daily events, then meeting beyond to continue working with the people they meet.

While many performers having graced our stage, sometimes there are people who we wish could finally meet, because we think they would work well together—but they just haven’t crossed paths yet. . . .

Words and Music: Session 1:

Bronx-based writer and performer Bonafide Rojas has published four books of poetry, and has appeared on Def Poetry Jam and Spitting Ink, and in numerous publications. He leads the experimental rock and roll band the Mona Passage and is founder of Grand Concourse Press. Tonight he will read, in part, from his just-released book Notes on the Return to the Island.

Uptown-based live hip hop band Lexiglass features keyboardist Alexis Marcelo (Malcolm Mooney, Yusef Lateef) and drummer Will Glass (Lonnie Holley, Dirty Projectors). In previous shows at Word Up, they have backed up Bronx legend T La Rock, free jazz icon Daniel Carter, and many of uptown’s greatest hip hop artists like The Machine, Tellie Floydd, and Circa 95. Their Cubetazo Tape series on Alighting Records features analog renditions of classics by A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, Nas and more.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

June 15-My Babies Frankenstein:An Installation

My babies Frakenstein

This interdisciplinary event has two components: the exhibition of the installation My babies Frankenstein, by artist Dolores Zorreguieta, and a discussion between the artist and Psychoanalyst Katie Gentile based on her book The Business of Being Made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and culture (Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Cultures). The installation is compiled by nine life-size babies made entirely from different parts of recycled bottles with a light bulb attached to their bellybutton. This piece reexamines the traditional role of the woman as a “natural” procreating force and our desire to tailor our babies to enhance our sense of plenitude. The book, which features a photograph of one of these babies, is the first to critically analyze assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) from a transdisciplinary perspective integrating psychoanalytic and cultural theories. Gentile and Zorreguieta will discuss both the installation and the book, and how their work impacted each other’s practice. A Q&A will be conducted at the end of their conversation.This interdisciplinary event has two components: the exhibition of the installation My babies Frankenstein, by artist Dolores Zorreguieta, and a discussion between the artist and Psychoanalyst Katie Gentile based on her book The Business of Being Made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and culture (Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Cultures). The installation is compiled by nine life-size babies made entirely from different parts of recycled bottles with a light bulb attached to their bellybutton. This piece reexamines the traditional role of the woman as a “natural” procreating force and our desire to tailor our babies to enhance our sense of plenitude. The book, which features a photograph of one of these babies, is the first to critically analyze assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) from a transdisciplinary perspective integrating psychoanalytic and cultural theories. Gentile and Zorreguieta will discuss both the installation and the book, and how their work impacted each other’s practice. A Q&A will be conducted at the end of their conversation.

My Babies Frankenstein:An Installation
Thursday, June 15, 2017
7–9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032