Category Archives: Reading

27 de mai/May 27 – Lectura: Lugar común

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Lectura de las participantes del taller de escritura creativa en español coordinado por Claudia Prado, con el apoyo de Culture Push, Poets & Writers y Word Up Community Bookshop – Evento en español

Public reading by participants of the Spanish-Language Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Claudia Prado and supported by Culture Push, Poets & Writers and Word Up Community Bookshop – Event in Spanish

Lxs invitamos a una lectura del taller de escritura creativa en español que realizamos durante las últimas semanas mujeres inmigrantes de diversos barrios de Nueva York y New Jersey. Aunque no hemos podido encontrarnos, continuamos compartiendo la lectura y la escritura. Algunas hemos pasado estas semanas en las casas, otras yendo a trabajar. Para todas, las palabras son una de las maneras de hacer lo mejor que podemos de estos días, de contarlos desde nuestro lugar, de compartir y sostenernos.


We invite you to a public reading in Spanish by immigrant women from various neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Although we have not been able to meet, we continue to share our reading and writing. Some of us have spent these weeks at home, others going to work. For all of us, words are one of the ways to do the best we can these days, to talk about them from our place, to share with others and to sustain ourselves.


Carmen de los Santos
Elizabeth Tolaba
Erika González
Felicitas Cordes
Laura Camila
Leticia Reyes
María Guaillazaca
María Olimpia Dávalos
María Sánchez
Maritza del Rosario
Neshi Galindo
Rosalba González
Silvia Reyes
Zonia Ruíz

Lugar común
27 de mai, 2020

February 14- “Cómo leer poesía” club de lectura

Como parte del Aula de Poesía América invertida, “Cómo leer poesía” es una serie de talleres de lectura donde leeremos poesía hispana, latinoamericana y latinx. Cada sesión tendrá un coordinador/a que preparará la selección de textos. El viernes 14 de febrero, la selección de poesía boliviana contemporánea está a cargo de Giovanni Bello. El evento será en español. (Más en //

As part of the América Invertida poetry Room, “Cómo leer poesía” is a workshop reading series in which we will read Hispanic, Latin American and Latinx poetry. Each session will have a coordinator who will be in charge of the selection. On Friday, February 14th, the selection of Bolivian contemporary poetry has been made by Giovanni Bello. The event will be in Spanish. (Selection can be found at

“Cómo leer poesía” club de lectura                                                                          Friday, February 14, 2020/14 de febrero de 2020
4:00-7 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


February 20- Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin

Join us for a reading of Why No Goodbye? by Pam Laskin, who will read excerpts from her novel, give a history of this book’s inception (including its political cause), and have a Q/A at the end.What happens to the child left behind? A mother escapes Myanmarwith three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left behind to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read and write, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why No Goodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence. Co-winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer at City College; she directs The Poetry Outreach Center and teaches children’s writing in the MFA Division. She is the author of five poetry books and several picture books. Most recently she published Ronit & Jamil, a Palentinina/Israeli “Romeo and Juliet” in verse for teens (HarperCollins, 2017).

Reading – Why No Goodbye? by Pamela Laskin
Thursday, February 20, 2020
5-7 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.New York NY 10032

February 5-MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session

Shanon Morris is the debut author of MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic, a colorful story that makes nutrition education fun for children. As a Registered Dietitian, Shanon has been working with communities from children to senior citizens for the last decade with the goal of making nutrition education relatable, accessible and enjoyable for all. Today, she holds the position as the Senior Director of Community Impact at the American Heart Association. Shanon will conduction a short interactive nutrition education session with kids, read MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic and do a book signing after the reading.

For children 5-9 years old.

MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic: Book Reading and Kid’s Nutrition Education Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

November 20 – Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Nathalie Handal new poetry collection Life in a Country Album.

The book launch will have food and music inspired by the poetry book with appearances by the author Nathalie Handal for a night of celebration and festivities. Michael Archer (founder of Guernica Magazine) will introduce the book, and Nimmi Gowrinathan (professor/founder, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative & Beyond Identity faculty, City College) will lead a Q & A.

A dynamic line-up of guest-writers, actors and students will read a poem from Life in a Country Album: Tina Chang (Hybrida); Ricky Maldonado (The Life Assignment); Najla Said (actor); Nivea Castro and Wendy Angulo (VONA – The Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation); Kathy Engel (The Lost Brother Alphabet); student writers, Nailah Garard (Beyond Identity fellow), Jasmine Hayden, Asia Lo Savio, and more…

With Arabic Latin live music by percussionist & oud player Zafer Tawil & Co.

Life in Country Album by Nathalie Handal: From migrations to pop culture, loss to la dérive, Life in a Country Album is a soundtrack of the global cultural landscape—borders and citizenship, hybrid identities and home, freedom and pleasure. It’s a vast and moving look at the world, at what home means, and the ways we coexist in an increasingly divided world. These poems are about the dialects of the heart—those we are incapable of parting from, and those that are largely forgotten. Life in a Country Album is a vital book for our times. With this beautiful, epic collection, Nathalie Handal affirms herself as one of our most diverse and important contemporary poets.

I love how the desire and longing running through these poems reaches me via the collection’s many voices and cityscapes, and–most poignantly–via the borders between bodies, nations and hearts. Absolutely gorgeous.
—Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States

NATHALIE HANDAL was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her recent poetry books include the flash collection The Republics, about the Dominican Republic and Haiti, winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Arab American Book Award; Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She is the author of eight plays, editor of two anthologies, and her poetry, essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Nation, the Irish Times, among others. Handal is the recipient of awards from the Lannan Foundation, Centro Andaluz de las Letras, Fondazione di Venezia, Emily Harvey Foundation, among others. Her work brings her to audiences globally. She is a professor at Columbia University, and writes the literary travel column “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine.

Beyond Identity is a program that “trains young women of color from both immigrant and U.S.-based minority communities in identity-driven research, allowing them to draw on lived experiences of discrimination and violence to inform the research agendas and political writing that will be the foundation of distinctive political projects.*The category “women” is inclusive of cis-sexual, transgender, and non-binary forms of gendered identities. The Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative does not discriminate on gender or race.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
Can’t make it to the event? Order the book here.