Category Archives: Face Out

August 15- No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell L. Moore

 

UPDATE: We finally rescheduled with Darnell L. Moore! Come Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria Wednesday, August 15 to hear him in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith.

When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.

What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA.

In bold and inspiring prose, Darnell traces his life from his childhood in Camden, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he found his voice and his calling as a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life counted. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.

At Word Up, Darnell will be in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Books will be available for sale at the bookshop, and are also available online on our website: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781568589480.                                             The event will be introduced by Memphis Washington, founder of the Q&T Meetup at Word Up.

Reading: NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: Darnell L. Moore                                              Wednesday, August 15, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032

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July 19- Love War Stories: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker

Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how “love wars” break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.

At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.

Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781936932252. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!

Reading: LOVE WAR STORIES: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker                                                                                                                Thursday, July 19, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032

June 9: Book Launch Party: Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides

This book asks a question that many educators may think, but won’t say out loud: Does compliance with IDEA legislation matter? The author acknowledges that, while compliance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is important, it can also be an administrative burden that detracts from practitioners’ capacity to adequately serve students with disabilities.

Using data collected from three suburban school districts, Voulgarides helps us to understand how compliance with IDEA intersects with decades of evidence of racial inequities in student outcomes. This timely and thought-provoking book unpacks the civil rights history of IDEA, examines the impact of its procedural focus on educational practice, and questions why racial inequities in special education persist despite good intentions by policymakers, educators, and school personnel.

Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides is an educational consultant and an assistant professor of special education at Touro College in New York City.

Books will be available for sale at the event. If you cannot attend, you can support the author and Word Up by buying the book online here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9780807759011.

Book Release: Does Compliance Matter in Special Education? by Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides
Saturday, June 9, 2018
4–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

June 7: Reading: Frankie Medina presents NOTES TO SELF

A special presentation during the NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll, we present a reading and artist talk w/ Frankie Medina, author of Notes to Self, a scratch book of his story dedicated to those who have influenced him.

Reading: Frankie Medina’s Notes to Self
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

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