Category Archives: Uncategorized

September 28 – Poetry Reading “Anemochory” by Leah Silvieus


Join us for an evening at Word Up Books to celebrate the release of Leah Silvieus’s chapbook Anemochory from Hyacinth Girl Press! The evening will also include readings by Hyacinth Girl Press authors Wren Hanks (Prophet Fever) and Lisa Marie Basile (war/lock). Poet Kate DeBolt will MC. Doors open at 7 p.m., and readings begin promptly at 7:30. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite.

Leah Silvieus is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press). She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from The American Academy of Poets, Kundiman and VONA. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, CURA, The Collagist, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. Her multimedia poetry projects have been featured at the O, Miami Poetry Festival, The Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, MO., and the Asian American Women Artists Association in San Francisco.

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, their poetry and nonfiction appear in Arcadia, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. They live in Brooklyn and are an Associate Editor for Sundress Publications.

Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet. She runs Luna Luna Magazine and Ingenue X (a blog dedicated to luminous living, creativity & beautiful things). She is also the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014) and a few chapbooks, including war/lock (Hyacinth Girl Press).

Poetry Reading “Anemochory” by Leah Silvieus
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

August 24 – FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation


Word Up is proud to present to two of our continent’s most celebrated playwrights and fiction authors, André Alexis and Kia Corthron, for a reading and conversation about their latest books, the writing of fiction and drama, and the intersections between them.


Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, ANDRÉ ALEXIS recently won two of Canada’s biggest writing prizes, the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His debut novel,Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. André’s newest book, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books, 2016) is a contemporary take on the quest narrative with a rich cast of characters; Adam Nayman wrote in Quill & Quire that “nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.” Prior to André’s long and award-winning fiction career, he was playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company. André resides in Toronto.


KIA CORTHRON has written many plays, fifteen of which have been produced nationally and internationally. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award. She has also written a bit of television (Edgar and Writers Outstanding Series awards for The Wire). The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) is her first novel. Angela Davis called the novel “a stunning achievement by any measure—a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence,  yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.” Kia grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

July 20 – Reading: Lessons on the Journey

Join authors Akosua Dardaine Edwards and sapoDILLA for readings from their respective works.
Akosua Dardaine Edwards shares lessons on the journey of self love, self belief and purpose after living and working in many countries in Africa, India Europe, USA and the Caribbean. Her experience of working with women in post conflict countries have morphed into wisdom to share about life and love.
Born and raised in one of the most culturally diverse meccas of the world, sapoDILLA harnesses her rich, artistic influences from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. A blooming author at the age of 23, sapoDILLA pulls her writing from various life experiences regarding hardship, trauma, loss, and the journey through self and discovery. A martyr in love and light energy, sapoDILLA carries strong and positive messages of resiliency and healing, speaking through her scope of blackness and womanhood.
Reading: Lessons on the Journey
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY



We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday during our 5th birthday party!

11am–1pm: Story Time Family Breakfast—with saxophone!
2–6pm: Sidewalk Party with Readings/Spoken Word/Music/Art
6pm: The inDUCTion ceremony: We’ll officially celebrate the completion of the painting that Word Up’s resident painter Reynaldo García Pantaléon has been working on since the fall of 2013, incorporating the stories of Word Up and the neighborhood into a beautiful overhead ceiling duct.
7pm: Party! For a $10 cover charge, dine on food from more than a dozen local restaurants and dance into the night.

Readings/Spoken Word
Sandy Jimenez, Mariel Escalante, Kate Hogan, Skye Cabrera, Nancy La Lanne, Akiva Penalosa, Darlene Valenzuela, Yoseli Castillo Fuertes, Janis Astor del Valle, Becky Fullan, Rick Van Valkenburg, Regina Woiler, Markus Scott, Natalia Mercedes, Cristina (Topaz) Rodriguez, & Mia Estrella
DJ Delaceiba, Charlie Cruz, Gaga P’al Pueblo, Jason Rosario, Lethy Liriano, Lexiglass, MC Maniphes, Ruben Gonzalez, Tellie Floydd, Blair Jensen, & Emmanuel “DjBoy” Abreu
Washington Heights Arts and Comics, Young Artists Zine Alliance, Marthalicia Mattarita, Feegz (Carlos Martínez Dominguez), Reynaldo García Pantaleón
Food for the party generously donated by Pick and Eat, Toast Uptown, Chipotle, Coogan’s, Mario’s Hamburger and Pizza, Famiglia Pizza, La Parrilla, El Bacan, Galicia Restaurant, Boston Market, Heights Tavern, Patagonia Wines and Spirits, and Dyckman Beer Co.

Commit to the future of Word Up by becoming a member at!

May 26 – Arts Funding Info Session

Members of the Northern Manhattan cultural community are invited to meet program staff from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and learn about opportunities for funding. Discussion will include program categories, eligibility and procedures.
RSVP suggested:
Arts Funding Info Session
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street)
New York, NY 10032