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April 24 – Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua

Tu lucha es mi lucha

This is the 3rd annual English/Spanish celebration of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating the spring, and reminding of an escape from slavery and that no one is free until everyone is free. There will be a short bilingual participatory ceremony open designed to be accessible to people of all faiths. This will be followed by a potluck meal.

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 16 – Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

erika book cover copy
Book Launch of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women.
With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect the daily lives of these Latina women.
The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.
A reading and book signing with the following contributors:
ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ, (Editor) recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, holds an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. Her writing has been adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time, and Second Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also appeared in, Consequence magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and is the editor of the annual Middle & High School Voices for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.
KERSY CORPORAN has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a teenager. Her love of literature and writing led her to attend Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she earned her MA in English education. She has led workshops in teaching writing, culturally responsive teaching, and issues of social justice. Kersy especially enjoys helping teens tell their stories and currently teaches high school in northern New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ is a writer and teacher who has worked in academia, media, and the arts for the past two decades. As a journalist, she has covered education, immigration, politics, music, and Latino culture in various alternative and mainstream media outlets. The guidebook she coauthored with Seth Kugel, Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, was published in 2006. Currently she works in communications for the union 32BJ SEIU, continues to work independently on radio projects, and teaches at the Milano School for International Affairs at The New School. Her essay was written in 2007; Milena is now nine years old.
MIRIAM MEJÍA, a Dominican writer living in New York, studied statistics and sociology at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. She has published Crisálida (1997), De fantasmas interiores y otras complejidades (2004), Garabatos en púrpura (2007), Piel de agua (2008), Aristas ancestrales (2010), Mujeres en claves (2010), and . . . y la imagen se hizo verso (2012). She also coedited La palabra rebelada/revelada: El poder de contarnos (2011). Her work appears in the anthologies Di aroma di café (2006), Antología de cuentistas dominicanas (2007), Voces de la inmigración: Historias y testimonios de mujeres inmigrantes dominicanas (2007), and Para no cansarles con el cuento (2015).
SOFIA QUINTERO, a self-proclaimed Ivy League homegirl, is a writer, activist, speaker, and producer. Her first three novels, written under the pen name Black Artemis, are included in the Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. Quintero also writes “chick lit,” erotica, and young adult fiction under her real name. She has been featured in the New York Post, El Diario/La Prensa, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Latina, and Upscale. Kirkus called her latest novel, Show and Prove, “powerful and thought-provoking, an homage to a climactic hip-hop era.” To learn more about her and her various creative and political projects, visit
LEONOR SUAREZ was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Washington Heights in New York City at the age of eleven. She received her BA in Latin American literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she wrote her first novel, Lent Sacrifice. She is currently working on her second novel.


Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 3 – D’Lolly’s Pastry Party


“We’re holding a Pastry Party where guests can try a variety of D’Lolly’s original recipes along with coffee and other appropriate beverages. A $10 suggested donation allows you to sample as much as you like, while supplies last!

D’Lolly’s Uptown Bakeshop is a new pastry business in Washington Heights and Inwood, in the throes of a crowd-funding campaign on

This event is a final push to reach our goal before the April 4th deadline. Please make a $10 suggested donation on indiegogo to have your name added to the guestlist. Hope to see you there!”

D’Lolly’s Pastry Party
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

Marzo 26 – Entre El Internet Y La Literatura


La librería Word Up y Rafael Reyes Mendes tienen el gran honor de invitar a todos los escritores, poetas, pintores, artistas, y al publico en general a la gran conferencia-monologo, titulada: Entre El Internet Y La Literatura con la disertación y actuación de: Virginia E. Gil.

Tendremos Conferencia, monólogos, y poesías, también refrigerio.
Para información llamar al tel – 646-651-5465

Entre El Internet Y La Literatura
Sabado, 26 de Marzo, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

March 25 – LGBTQ Noche Bohemia – Bohemian Night


¡La única actividad artística LGBT en Washington Heights volvió! Comparte con artistas multidisciplinarios una noche llena de amor, creatividad y activismo. Artistas y admiradores que han participado desde el 2005 hasta los que nunca han asistido, están invitados. Artistas invitados: Charlie Vazquez, Manny Lopez, Sarahi Almonte y Nancy La Lanne(Bliss). Como siempre, habrá algo de tomar y de picar (la salsa de Yoseli) y se pedirá una donación de $5.00 para Word Up y los artistas invitados.

The one and only LBGT Open Mic in The Heights is Back! Join multimedia LGBT artists for a night of love, creativity and activism in a safe and welcoming space. Artists and art lovers who have attended since 2005 to new ones are welcome. Featured artists: Charlie Vazquez, Manny Lopez, Sarahi Almonte and Nancy La Lanne(Bliss). As usual, there will something to drink and to snack on (Yoseli’s Salsa) and we’ll ask for a $5.00 donation for Word Up and for featured artists (TBA).

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Friday, March 25, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

March 12 – How to Do Story Time at Home / Como hacer una lectura de cuentos para su niño en casa


Bilingual Workshop for Parents
Plus Breakfast

How to do story time at home
by Mariel Escalante

Do you know the benefits of reading to your child as early as birth?

Have you taken your little one to a story time session at a library or bookstore?

Would you like to ready to your baby or toddler but do not know appropriate books?

Did you know that you can do your own story time with your child at home?

In this workshop we will provide information on how to do it!

How to Do Story Time at Home
Saturday May 12, 2016
11am to 12:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10034


Taller Bilingüe Para Padres de Familia
Mas Desaynuno

Como hacer una lectura de cuentos para su niño en casa
por Mariel Escalante

Conoce de los beneficios sobre la lectura para hijo, inclusive desde su nacimiento?

Ha llevado a su peque a una sesión de lectura en algún lugar público como una librería o biblioteca?

Le gustaría leerle a su bebe o niño pero no sabe que libros son apropiados?

Sabe que usted puede hacer su propia lectura de cuentos con su hijo en casa?

En este taller le proporcionaremos información de cómo hacerlo!

Como hacer una lectura de cuentos para su niño en casa
Sábado 12 de Marzo, 2016
11am a 12:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10032

March 17 – Reading: Wridding / When the Winds Hit Heavy

Martha Cooper _Keith Haring

Wridding / When the Winds Hit Heavy : The Remix Presentation
In a hybrid experiment composed of textual, visual, and audio elements and fragments, two writers call, respond, dialog, echo, and argue across their respective novels.
Nikolina Nedeljkov is a reader / writer / scholar whose interest is centered around the creation-remix nexus as a source of storytelling and critical / creative remapping of cultural realities.  In the light of peaceful/peaceable resistance to oppression, the remix is the postfuturist hi-fi response against noise, and in the service of disambiguated communication. Doctorate degree obtained from the PhD Program in English, Graduate Center, CUNY. Critical / creative pieces appear on LIES/ISLE; kill author; 3:AM; in Cultural Studies, Education, and Youth: Beyond Schools; Genero; Pennsylvania Literary Journal; and Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal. The novel Wridding published by in 2014. Blog:
David Breitkopf has toggled between writing and tennis his entire life, though there was that five-year foray into standup comedy. He has worked as a reporter and editor for a number of daily newspapers. His fiction was most recently published in Hobo Pancakes, Scissors & Spackle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Two Hawks Quarterly. He recently completed a novel called When the Winds Hit Heavy. His website is

Reading: Wridding / When the Winds Hit Heavy
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY