Category Archives: Face Out

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

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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 wokitokiteki.com.

Futurepoem presents: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel
Friday, November 17, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

September 29- (H)afrocentric Book Author Talk & Signing

(H)afrocentric Volumes 1-4 is a new trade paperback gathering the first 4 comics volumes of Glyph Award winning Juliana “Jewels” Smith’s and illustrator Ronald Nelson’s unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day. With a foreword to the book by Kiese Laymon, (H)afrocentric tackles racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis, and popular culture head-on—with humor and biting satire. Unapologetic and unabashed, (H)afrocentric introduces us to strong yet vulnerable students of color, as well as an aesthetic that connects current Black pop culture to an organic re-appropriation of hip hop fashion circa the early 90s.

We start the journey when gentrification strikes the neighborhood surrounding Ronald Reagan University. Naima Pepper recruits a group of disgruntled undergrads of color to combat the onslaught by creating and launching the first and only anti-gentrification social networking site, mydiaspora.com. The motley crew is poised to fight back against expensive avocado toast, muted Prius cars, exorbitant rent, and cultural appropriation.

Whether Naima and the gang are transforming social media, leading protests, fighting rent hikes, or working as “Racial Translators,” the students at Ronald Reagan University take movements to a new level by combining their tech-savvy, Black Millennial sensibilities with their individual backgrounds, goals, and aspirations.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS:
Juliana “Jewels” Smith
is a writer, educator, and speaker. She is the Glyph Award winner for Best Writer on (H)afrocentric: Volume 4 and the honoree of the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award from the African American Library and Museum at Oakland. With humor and sharp wit, Smith connects comic books, politics, and popular culture.

Ronald Nelson is an illustrator originally from New York City. He studied at School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League, and Cooper Union. Ronald’s areas of expertise are in the fields of portrait drawing and sequential art. He is also proficient as a storyboard artist and cartoonist.

Mike Hampton
has been a self-published comic book artist and writer for over fifteen years and the colorist and letterist of (H)afrocentric for over five years. As a freelance graphic designer he has created logos, album covers, business cards, and fliers.

Kiese Laymon is an award-winning black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

PRAISE:
“Smith’s comics ooze with originality.”—AFROPUNK

“(H)afrocentric is a book that is incredibly contemporary and fits the progressive minds of today’s readers. It tackles issues of intersectionality and gentrification in ways that are not only informative but also entertaining. It’s unlike any comic book I’ve ever read.” —Jamie Broadnax, founder and managing editor of Blackgirlnerds.com

“(H)afrocentric is fully dope, artistic, brilliantly drawn, styled, and wonderfully radical with an awesomely fiery heroine! Juliana Smith and her team are to be commended for this desperately needed political and cultural contribution. Get into it and grab your soapboxes!” —Jared A. Ball, author of I Mix What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto

(H)afrocentric Book Author Talk & Signing
Friday, September 29, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

 

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 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