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March 29 – Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships

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Join Nuyorican sexologist Yael Rosenstock, recent author of “An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips” for an interactive discussion exploring sexual identity in all of its diversity. Sexual identity isn’t limited to the genders we date – it includes our dating styles, the roles we take in sexual encounters, what we like to do, and more! This conversation will invite you to think about those identities to help you identify what you could be seeking for your ideal sexual and/or romantic relationships.
Getting to Know Yourself for Better Sex & Relationships
Friday, March 29, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

March 7 – A Radical Faith: Author Eileen Markey in conversation with Elizabeth Castelli

Join Eileen Markey, a Bronx-based journalist, Lehman College CUNY professor, and author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura, in conversation with religion scholar and Word Up volunteer Elizabeth Castelli, for a reading and talk about the role of religious conviction in the Central American people’s movements of the 1970s and 80s and how they can inform our work today.

Drawing on archival research and hundreds of interviews with people usually ignored by historians, A Radical Faith tells a grassroots, woman-centered, poor people-centered story of Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, a Bronx-born, Queens-raised first generation North American woman who was killed in 1980 by the U.S.-trained military of El Salvador. The book traces Maura’s transformation from missionary to partner willing to take fundamental risks in the struggle for liberation. Inspired both by her religious faith and her father’s role in the anti-imperial Irish revolution, Maura dedicated herself to people’s movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador. The book explores topics deeply relevant for our current political moment: invested, committed allyship, models of community resistance, the disruptive powers of hope and personal relationships, and the root causes driving current Central American migration.

From Jacobin: “In this exhaustively researched and deeply loving biography, Markey ascribes radical agency to one of the victims of El Salvador’s civil war violence better known for her death than for her life’s work. In so doing, she reveals the key role played by people of faith, local and foreign, in the liberation movements that challenged both their domestic oppressors and their US backers…For Maura Clarke and so many others, the church was not the obstacle to their radicalization, but rather the vehicle. A Radical Faith charts the unlikely transformation of that most oppressive colonial emissary, the missionary, into an instrument of anti-imperialist solidarity.”

Free event; $5 suggested donation will go toward supporting Word Up’s programming in 2019. A Q&A will follow the book reading and conversation. Books will be available for sale at the event, or may be purchased on our website at

A Radical Faith: Solidarity in Time of Tyranny­—The Story of Maura Clarke
Book talk with author Eileen Markey, in conversation with Elizabeth Castelli
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 24 – Monster María: Children’s Book Reading and Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

What happens when a terrible storm threatens to destroy an island? Can one little girl, Marisol, manage to swim the ocean and save her beloved Puerto Rico? Monster María is a bilingual picture book that tells Marisol’s story—a book about love, family, community, and resilience.

Please come hear co-author Pamela L. Laskin and illustrator/co-translator Wildriana Paulino read from Monster María, or Marisol Y El Huracán Maria, on Sunday, February 24, 12–1:30pm. The book is perfect for ages 3 to 6.

Sonia Manzano, the celebrated actress and writer who played “Maria” on Sesame Street, says of the book: “It celebrates the magical optimism in all of us.”

Written by Pamela L. Laskin and Lyn Di Iorio. Translated by Wildriana Paulino and Lyn Di Iorio. Art by Wildriana Paulino.

All profits from the sale of the book will benefit Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center


¿Qué sucede cuando una terrible tormenta amenaza con destruir una isla? ¿Puede Marisol, una pequeña niña, conseguir nadar el oceáno y salvar a su amada isla Puerto Rico? Monster María/ Marisol y El Huracán María es un libro infantil mágico para edades de 3 a 6 años que cuenta su historia: Un libro sobre amor, familia, una comunidad y la resilencia.

Vengan a escuchar la lectura del libro bilingüe Monster María/Marisol y El Huracán María, por Pamela L. Laskin y Wildriana Paulino el 24 de febrero desde las 12–1:30PM. El libro is perfecto para niñxs de edades 3 a 6.

Sonia Manzano, la actrís y escritora celebrada que hico el papel de “Maria” en Calle Sesame, dice sobre el libro: “Celebra el optimismo mágico en todos nosotros.”

Escrito por Pamela L. Laskin y Lyn Di lorio. Traducida por Wildirana Paulino y Lyn Di lorio. Arte por Wildriana Paulino.

Todos los beneficios de la venta del libro se beneficiarán de Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center.

Monster Maria: A Children’s Book Reading & Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 15 – Ser(es) Latin(x): Love & Magic VI

La Pluma y La Tinta presents this Valentine’s Day/Friday the 13th-themed reading featuring Latinx writers and poets, now in its sixth installment, focusing on poems and stories dealing with macabre love.


 Ser(es) Latin(x): Love & Magic VI
Sunday, January 27, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

February 2 – The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations

Artists with work in Word Up’s current exhibition The Heights/El Alto will gather for conversations about their works and the neighborhood changes that inspired them.

Dió-genes Abréu, Inju Keum, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Cindy Vasquez, Jerise Fogel, and Reynaldo García Pantaleón.

(More artists may be included as schedules allow.)

The Heights/El Alto is a commissioned portfolio of prints that asks visual artists who are longtime residents (15+ years) of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today. EXHIBITION ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 3.


Dió-genes Abreu, Jerise Fogel, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Alex Guerrero, Inju Kaboom, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Sky Pape,Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Virginia Ayress Moreno, Dister Rondon, Rene De Los Santos, Elizabeth Starčević, Rider Ureña, Cindy Vasquez


About The Heights/El Alto Printmaking Project
Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City’s plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide—and citywide/nationwide/global—issue.

The first exhibition will be on view at Word Up Community Bookshop through January 2019, then will be presented at spaces around the neighborhood and city thereafter. Additional artists will be added prior to the second exhibition.

The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations
Saturday, February 2
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032