Category Archives: Face Out

March 26 – Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate

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A reading of recent work from current and former Washington Heights residents and writers Danielle Lazarin and Phillip Lopate.

DANIELLE LAZARIN’S debut short story collection, BACK TALK, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 NYFA fellow in fiction and the recipient of multiple individual artists grants from NoMAA. She lives in her native New York, where she is at work on a novel.

PHILLIP LOPATE has written three personal essay collections; two novels, three poetry collections; and more works of criticism. Recent publications include Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays), To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction, and A Mother’s Tale (2017). He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYPL Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants, and two NYFA grants. After working with children for twelve years as a writer in schools, he taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, Hofstra University, New York University and Bennington College. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate
Sunday, March 26, 2017
3-5PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 24 – Book Launch: Relle the Poet

relle-booksigning-flyerRelle the Poet is touring NYC in celebration of the release of her very first book, and she invites all the artists of the Washington Heights community and beyond to join her. This event will feature a reading from Relle’s IN DISARRAY, a collection of poems, short stories, and letters. The night will also feature a one-hour open mic segment. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Book Launch: Relle the Poet
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

 

March 18 – Uptown Stories Readings

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Celebrate the young writers of Uptown Stories! Based in Washington Heights, Uptown Stories offers small-group, after-school writing workshops led by professional writers and master teachers. Students learn the craft of writing, engage their imaginations, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and join an exciting, supportive community. Learn more about Uptown Stories at www.uptownstories.org.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-1:30 – Creating Other Worlds
2:00-3:00 – Elements of Fiction

Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00-2:00 – The Game of Poetry
2:30-3:30 – It’s Your Thing
4:00-5:00 – POW! Comics Drawing Gallery

Uptown Stories Readings
Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-3pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017
1-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 9 – Reading: Katy Bowman

mnBest-selling author and bio-mechanist Katy Bowman deepens her “you are how you move” message in her new book Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement. Bowman will present the key ideas in her new book—that we can improve our own health, and the health of our planet and our communities just by moving our own bodies more—and will answer questions and sign books.

Reading: Katy Bowman
Thursday, March 9, 2017
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

 

December 9 – Double Book Launch: The Borders of Dominicanidad / We Dream Together

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Word Up presents a double book launch for two distinguished scholars exploring the relationship between Dominican Republic and Haiti.

THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Lorgia Garcia-Peña (Harvard University)
&
WE DREAM TOGETHER: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Anne Eller (Yale University)

A reading & dialogue
Presented by Prof. Sharina Maillo-Pozo (SUNY-New Paltz)
Books will be available for sale.

About the books:
In THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD, Lorgia García-Peña explores the ways official narratives and histories have been projected onto racialized Dominican bodies as a means of sustaining the nation’s borders. García-Peña constructs a genealogy of dominicanidad that highlights how Afro-Dominicans, ethnic Haitians, and Dominicans living abroad have contested these dominant narratives and their violent, silencing, and exclusionary effects. Centering the role of U.S. imperialism in drawing racial borders between Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, she analyzes musical, visual, artistic, and literary representations of foundational moments in the history of the Dominican Republic: the murder of three girls and their father in 1822; the criminalization of Afro-religious practice during the U.S. occupation between 1916 and 1924; the massacre of more than 20,000 people on the Dominican-Haitian border in 1937; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. García-Peña also considers the contemporary emergence of a broader Dominican consciousness among artists and intellectuals that offers alternative perspectives to questions of identity as well as the means to make audible the voices of long-silenced Dominicans.

In WE DREAM TOGETHER, Anne Eller breaks with dominant narratives of conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by tracing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Eller moves beyond the small body of writing by Dominican elites that often narrates Dominican nationhood to craft inclusive, popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to poetry and song. Rethinking Dominican relationships with their communities, the national project, and the greater Caribbean, Eller shows how popular anticolonial resistance was anchored in a rich and complex political culture. Haitians and Dominicans fostered a common commitment to Caribbean freedom, the abolition of slavery, and popular democracy, often well beyond the reach of the state. By showing how the island’s political roots are deeply entwined, and by contextualizing this history within the wider Atlantic world, Eller demonstrates the centrality of Dominican anticolonial struggles for understanding independence and emancipation throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

Double Book Launch: The Borders of Dominicanidad / We Dream Together
Friday, December 9, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032