Category Archives: Face Out

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

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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

 

May 27-Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía

Word Up is proud to present children’s book author Thornton Cline and Washington Heights-based translator Mary Escalante, and their new book, El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía–the Spanish-language edition of The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin (story by Thornton Cline, illustrations by Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline is a teacher, songwriter, speaker, and author of nine children’s books, two novels, and three nonfiction books. His songs have received Grammy and Dove award nominations, and he was twice honored with Songwriter of the Year for his hit song, “Love is the Reason,” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor. He lives in Tennessee with his wife Audrey.

Mary Escalante is a writer, translator, and community interpreter. She is co-translator of the book Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up, a children’s picture book about a bookshop in northern Manhattan where she oversees a weekly bilingual story time. In 2017, Ms. Escalante was awarded by local NYC TV station Channel 23 for her outstanding work as an advocate of early literacy and reading for both children and adults, particularly for the Spanish-speaking community.
Word Up se enorgullése en presentar al autor de libros infantiles Thornton Cline y a la traductora establecida en Washington Heights, Mary Escalante,y su nuevo libro “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía”, la edición en español de “The Amazing, Incredible Shrinking Violin“ (una historia de Thornton Cline con ilustraciones de Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline es un maestro, compositor, orador y autor de nueve libros infantiles, dos novelas y tres libros de no ficción. Sus canciones han sido nominadas para los premios Grammy y Dove y ha sido galardonado dos veces por su exitosa canción “Love is the Reason” como “Mejor canción del año”, grabada por Engelbert Humperdinck y Gloria Gaynor. Radica en Tennessee con su esposa Audrey.

Mary Escalante es una escritora, traductora e intérprete en la comunidad en la Cd. de Nueva York. Ella es cotraductora del libro “Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up”, un libro infantil sobre una librería en el norte de Manhattan, donde se encarga semanalmente del círculo de lectura infantil bilingüe. En el 2017, Escalante fue premiada por el Canal 23 de televisión por su destacada labor como partidaria de la alfabetización temprana y la lectura para ambos, niños y adultos, particularmente en la comunidad hispanoparlante.

Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía
Saturday, May 27, 2017
2–4pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

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