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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

May 19 – Film Screening + Q & A: Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists

In the heart of the American-Jewish community, there is more diversity of opinion than one might imagine. This film interviews a wide spectrum of American Jews, including artists and intellectuals, asking them what they were told about Israel as they were growing up, why that world view was as compelling as it was, and how they came to change their minds. SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE ZIONISTS is about how people change their minds. (2013, US, 46 min). The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director, Bruce Robbins.

Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His most recent book is “Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence” (2012).

Film Screening + Q & A: Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 12 and 13 – NEX1:KIDMARAVILLA

CHRISTIAN MORALES is a Washington Heights native. A seasoned actor classically trained actor in the American Theater who is deeply immersed in the actor’s process and also a NYC based professional Bachata musician.

James Estevez is a native of Washington Heights. A seasoned Director who’s studied with Master Acting teacher Miranda McDermott at New Media Repertory in New York City.
Inner-city Bachatero KID MARAVILLA (KID MARVELOUS) AKA Casey Ibanez takes you through a personal recount of his personal life, music career, recovery from drug addiction, and the tale of the emergence of a present day hip Washington Heights; during a brief musical stint on an uptown A-train bound platform in Washington Heights, Uptown New York City.

Thu and Fri, May 12 and 13, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

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

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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