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29 de Abril – Taller: “El cuerpo está acá, pero el corazón allá”

Un taller que busca compartir la experiencia del cruce, de quienes dejamos nuestros países y venimos a Nueva York. En este viaje, hemos aprendido a disfrutar lo nuevo, pero también sentimos harta nostalgia. Dirigido a toda persona que quiera contar su historia de viaje (no se necesita saber escribir ni leer). A cargo de Nadia Villafuerte.

Nadia Villafuerte es narradora mexicana y autora de los libros Barcos en Houston, *¿Te gusta el látex, cielo?* y *Por el lado salvaje.* Ha sido becaria del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes y de la Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas y fue seleccionada para formar parte de la antología *México 20, New Voices, Old Traditions* (Pushkin Press, 2015), y *Palabras mayores, nueva narrativa mexicana* (Malpaso Ediciones, 2015). Le gusta la soul food y vive en Harlem.

Taller: “El cuerpo está acá, pero el corazón allá”
Sábado, 29 de Abril, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (esquina calle 165)
New York NY 10032

March 22 – Rebel Films Presents: Waltz with Bashir (2009)

*Waltz with Bashir* is an award winning animated documentary drama about the 1982 extermination of hundreds of Palestinian civilians at Sabra and Chatila in Lebanon. The brutal massacre was conducted by the Christian fascist “Falange,” with the aid of Israeli troops. The story of the genocide is told through the eyes of Israeli soldiers, one of whom is the director. Their tortured dreams make this a truly unique and powerful film. Actual footage taken in the aftermath of the slaughter further dramatizes the horror. This film was released as Israeli attacks on Gaza resumed in 2009, generating praise for the film but also criticism from the Right and the Left. Join us as we watch and then discuss the powerful *Waltz with Bashir.* For information: Socialist Action –
Rebel Films Presents: Waltz with Bashir (2009)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (Corner of 165 st)
New York NY 10032

March 17 – Cindy Vasquez Painting and Drawings

Word Up is honored to host the first exhibition of a Cindy M. Vasquez Diaz.
Cindy is a New Yorker of Dominican descent. She works primarily in illustration and painting, focusing on figures and portraits, portraying various environments and emotional states. A graduate of the High School of Fashion Industries, she holds an associate’s degree in fine art from LaGuardia Community College, and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in art education at City College.
“These are works I produced during my spare time, in my kitchen and bedroom. These works display personal anxieties, desires, comfort, confidence, repression, quirkiness, melancholy, and new discoveries of myself as I proceed in age. Some of these works show environmental illustrations infused with my concurrent thoughts or feelings. Overall, there’s no specific theme except the themes of existing in this lifetime, interacting with old and new people and environments, and growing up in a multicultural home and thriving as I move forward into an unknown blind future.”
—Cindy Vasquez

Warrior Queen’s Women’s Open Mic
Friday, March 17, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

March 12 – Poetry Reading: Images for Radical Politics

images-for-radical-politics-front-cover-webA reading with Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Wren Hanks, Allyson Paty, J. Scott Brownlee, and Christina Olivares.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Poetry Contest, which begins with an economic update and moves through scenes of labor, liberty, danger, and the dull-gorgeous ache of a capitalist existence; an existence spent negotiating one’s time and worth, one’s civic role, one’s money. She is also the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014), and is a member of the Localist collective.

Wren Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Allyson Paty’s poems can be found in publications including the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, the Literary Review, Tin House, and the PEN Poetry Series. She is, with Norah Maki, co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press and, with Emily Skillings, co-curator of the Earshot reading series.

J. Scott Brownlee is a poet-of-place from rural Texas and the author of Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books), as well as the chapbooks Highway or Belief (Button Poetry), Ascension (Texas Review Press), and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County (Tree Light Books). He is a core faculty member for Brooklyn Poets and a founding member of the Localists. Learn more at

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt (2015), published by Belladonna* Collaborative. A chapbook is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of two Jerome Foundation grants as well as an LMCC Workspace Residency.

Poetry Reading: Images For Radical Politics
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


March 5 – Defending Housing and Immigrant and All Human Rights

housingimmigrationevent_170305Members of the Green Party will briefly describe history of struggles for labor, women, housing, African American, gay, immigrant rights—briefly!—and then move onto the need to continue reviving and energizing those struggles. They are all ONE struggle for Human Rights.

Defending Housing and Immigrant and All Human
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:30-5:30 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032