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May 26- Reading: Sussy Santana Domestic Poems/Poemas Domesticos

Sussy Santana’s sincere and emboldened voice returns in her second book Domestic Poems. In her poems, she places a necessary mirror in front of herself and us as her reader. Its poetry takes us through moments of introspection and decisiveness about what we accept and create as the standard in our world. She is able to capture the visceral realities of women through her delicate yet forceful poetic play with words. Her line, “a woman without a tongue is a town without a future”, captures the urgency of “reclaiming” the ability to make our own life decisions and the ability to maximize the use of voice. Santana makes us defintively look at voice, body and actions throughout her book. What may seem like a basic rite of passage is revealed to be an oppressive force that stymies the personal growth of a woman in her world. Her poems identify the role of playing with dolls or cooking as the walls that contain and domesticate girls throughout their development. Domestic Poems goes beyond calling out the societal expectations. Santana succeeds in giving examples of approaching these moments through the language of her introspective poetry. “To say no” in her poem “The no rhymes” is a repetitive phrase that becomes an affirmational phrase for us to learn and to use. Sussy Santana’s book brings us home, points to the areas that need dusting and inspires us to do the same in our own lives.

En su segundo libro Poemas Domésticos, regresa la animada y sincera voz de Sussy Santana. En su poesía, posiciona un espejo frente de ella y de nosotros. Los poemas decisivamente e introspectivamente nos hace reflexionar sobre lo que creemos y aceptamos como lo normal en nuestro mundo. En su poesía, la cual es delicada y a la misma vez audaz , ella es capaz de captar la realidad de ser mujer. En su poema ella escribe, “una mujer sin lengua es un pueblo sin futuro”, lo cual capta la urgencia de “reclamar” la habilidad de tomar nuestras propria decisiones y la habilidad de maximizar el uso de nuestra voz. En su libro, Santana nos hace analizar lo capacidad de nuestra voz, cuerpo y acciones. Lo que aparanta ser rito se revela como una fuerza opresiva que obstruye el potencial de la mujer. Sus poemas identifican el jugar con muñecas y cocinar como ritos que domestican a las mujeres. Poemas Domésticos, no nada mas pone en claro lo que está pasando, sino que tambien nos presenta con el vocabulario para usar hacia esos momentos. En su poema, “The no rhymes” ella repite la frase ‘decir que no’ hasta al punto que convierte la frase en una afirmación para nosotros aprender y usar. En su libro, Sussy Santana nos trae devuelta a casa y nos invita a reflexionar.
Reading: Sussy Santana  Domestic Poems/Poemas Domesticos 
Saturday, May 26 2018
3-5 pm 
 Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

25 de Mayo – Presentación de libro: *Y soñábamos con pájaros volantes*

Presentación de la antología de poesía Y soñábamos con pájaros volando por la poeta, novelista, traductora, y Associate Professor de Montclair State University Marta López Luaces, con Nuria Morgado, Associate Professor del College of Staten Island. El libro estará disponible a la venta.

Presentación de libro: Y soñábamos con pájaros volantes                                                                                                                                   Viernes, 25 de Mayo 2018                                                                                                                 6:30 –8:30pm                                                                                                                                                 Word Up Bookshop
2113 Avenida Amsterdam (con calle 165)
New York NY 10032 


May 24 – Reading: May Made Me Author Mitch Abidor in conversation with Chris Hedges

The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height of its fervor, it brought the entire national economy to a halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution.

Fifty years later, MAY MADE ME offers eye-opening oral testimonies of the mass protests that shook France in May 1968, and have influenced European politics to this day.

 MITCHELL ABIDOR has translated texts from French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto for the Marxists Internet Archive and published many books, including Voices of the Paris Commune, Death to Bourgeois Society: The Propagandists of the Deed, and A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès.
CHRIS HEDGES is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) and Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, On Contact, on RT America. Books will be available for sale.


Reading: MAY MADE ME by Mitch Abirdor in conversation with Chris Hedges                                                                                                            Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY

May 17: Book talk: Vanessa K. Valdés & Iris Morales in conversation

Join us at Word Up Community Bookshop as we welcome two scholars and activists whose works explore important touchstones in Puerto Rican history, latinidad, Blackness, gender, and social change—an author conversation and book signing with Vanessa K. Valdés, author of Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and Iris Morales, author of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976.

The conversation will be introduced by writer and activist (and Word Up volunteer!) Amanda Alcantara, founder of La Galería magazine and contributor to Latinas: Struggles and Protests in 21st Century USA (edited by Iris Morales).

More about THROUGH THE EYES OF REBEL WOMEN: THE YOUNG LORDS, 1969-1976, written and edited by Iris Morales
This first account about the experiences of the women members is a “story within a story” told from the inside out. The Young Lords emerged in New York in the late sixties to fight poverty, racial and gender inequality, and the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Women in the Young Lords organized to build a people’s movement and fought the “revolution within the revolution” believing that women’s equality was inseparable from the society’s progress as a whole. Morales chronicles the revolutionary rise of the Young Lords, the role and contributions of its women members, and the group’s decline.

A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. Valdés’s work is the first book-length examination of Schomburg’s life as an Afro-Latino, and suggests new ways of understanding the intersections of both Blackness and latinidad.

Vanessa K. Valdés’s previous book, Oshun’s Daughters, will also be available for sale.
Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA (edited by Iris Morales) is a timely collection of poetry and prose reflecting on women’s lived experiences and the ways that Latinas address the relationship between gender and social change.
Book talk: Vanessa K. Valdés & Iris Morales in conversation
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

11 de mai: Presentación de libro: Una trinitaria encendida por Raquel Abend van Dalen

Presentación del libro *Una trinitaria encendida* por Raquel Abend van Dalen. Presentan Mariela Dreyfus y Lila Zemborain.

RAQUEL ABEND VAN DALEN (Caracas, 1989) es autora de los poemarios: *Sobre las fábricas* (Sudaquia Editores, 2014) y *Lengua Mundana* (Común Presencia Editores, 2012); de las novelas *Cuarto azul* (Kálathos Ediciones, 2017) y *Andor* (Bid&Co.Editor, 2013; SubUrbano Ediciones, 2017); y coautora de *Los días pasan y las formas regresan* (Bid&Co. Editor, 2013). Editó las antologías *La cajita cabrona* (Editorial Cráter, 2016) y *Topos mecánicos* (Editorial Ígneo, 2018). Realizó su maestría en Escritura Creativa en Español en la New York University, 2014.

MARIELA DREYFUS is a Peruvian poet, essayist, and translator who currently lives in New York City. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature from Columbia University and currently teaches at New York University as a Clinical Professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

LILA ZEMBORAIN is an Argentine poet and critic who has lived in New York City since 1985. She is the author of the poetry collections *Abrete sésamo debajo del agua* (1993), *Usted* (1998), *Guardianes del secreto* (2002), *Malvas orquídeas del mar* (2004; published as *Mauve Sea-Orchids* [2007]), *Rasgado* (2006), and the chapbooks *Ardores* (1989), and *Pampa* (2001). Her work has been included in the anthologies *Mujeres mirando al sur. Poetas sudamericanas en USA* (2004) and *Final de entrega. Antologíade poetás contra la violencia de género* (2006). She is the director and editor of the Rebel Road series, and the curator of the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University, where she teaches creative writing in Spanish.

Viernes, 11 de mai
Librería Comunitaria Word Up
 2113 Avenida Amsterdam (@ calle 165)
Nueva York, NY 10032