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December 8- Luis “El Terror” Dias Street Naming Celebration

The corner of 165th Street and Amsterdam Avenue will be renamed for Luis “El Terror” Dias. Details about the celebration to come!
Luis “El Terror” Días (1952-2009) fue un músico, compositor, escritor, poeta e intérprete de la música popular dominicana. Hijo de padres músicos tradicionales, es uno de los artistas más importantes e influyentes de la República Dominicana del siglo XX. Se expresó en casi todas las formas musicales dominicanas, no solamente como investigador sino también como compositor. Fue, además, un guitarrista excelso, interprete y conocedor de los ritmos autóctonos y de estilos internacionales tales como el blues, jazz, punk, folk, y rock. Creó el tecno-amargue o tecno-bachata, así como un rock de acento marcadamente dominicano. Vivió en la ciudad de Nueva York por más de quince años, donde produjo música para diversos artistas y creó dos álbumes personales y uno en colaboración con Lliam Greguez. Sus influencias se pueden sentir en todas las manifestaciones artísticas de la media-isla.
Luis “El Terror” Días (1952-2009) was a musician, composer, writer, poet and performer of Dominican popular music. Born in a family of traditional musicians, is one of the most important and influential artists of the Dominican Republic in the 20th century. As a researcher, composer, and extraordinary guitar player, he interpreted and mastered native rhythms and international styles such as blues, jazz, punk, folk, and rock. He explored almost all of the Dominican musical forms. Creating techno-amargue or techno-bachata, as well as a rock style with a distinctive Dominican flavor. While living in New York City for over fifteen years, he produced music for various artists and created two albums of his own and one in collaboration with Lliam Greguez. His influences can be felt in all of the artistic manifestations of his nation.

Luis “El Terror” Dias Street Naming Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

November 24- Blind Date With a Book: Holiday Edition

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Get the holidays started right with BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK: Holiday Kickoff Party. Need a gift? Want to treat yourself? Our volunteer staff has hand-picked (and already wrapped) some of our favorites.

Word Up will be providing free cocoa & wrapping paper through the holidays (while supplies last). Be the first to get Word Up & new wrapping paper!
Free hot cocoa and cookies!!
Free Gift wrap!
Empieza las festividades con una
Una celebración para iniciar las festividades

¿Necesitas un regalo? ¿Quieres consentirte a ti mismo? Nuestro colectivo de voluntarios ha seleccionado y envuelto algunos de nuestros libros favoritos.

Word Up les tendrá chocolate caliente y envoltura de regalo durante las festividades (hasta agotar existencias) ¡Sé la primera persona que tenga la nueva envoltura de regalo de Word Up!
Chocolate caliente y galletas de cortesía!!
Envoltura de regalo gratuita!

  BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK: Holiday Kickoff /  CITA A CIEGAS CON UN LIBRO                                                                                                  Saturday, November 24, 2018 /Sábado, 24 de noviembre                        2:00- 5:00 pm                                                                                                              Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                             2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

Pedro Mir Symposium Recap

Last month’s Pedro Mir Symposium was a great success! In case you missed it, we have videos of all three panels—Mir in the Dominican Context (with Ginetta Candelario, Zaida Corniel, and Silvio Torres-Saillant), Approaches to Mir (with David Cortés-Caban, Roberto Márquez, and Dan-el Padilla Peralta), and Mir in Translation (Jonathan Cohen, Sintia Molina, and Rosa Mirna Sánchez)—as well as Silvio Torres-Saillant’s keynote speech.

What might not be captured as clearly in the videos was what it felt like to be at Word Up over the course of the two days of the Symposium. We heard scholars and writers talk about the work and life of a poet whose generous and expansive spirit was alive in their very exchanges. Audience members and participants alike commented on how Pedro Mir himself would have appreciated the boundary-breaking conversation taking place between academic scholars and people familiar with Mir’s work from outside the academy. To those less familiar with Mir’s work, his forceful, poignant words against domination, even in the face of real danger, read in Spanish and English, felt like a timely and helpful reminder. Older poets from the neighborhood and across the water in the Bronx recited his verse from memory and told stories about being his student, more than once being moved to tears. The conversation flowed bilingually, and our team of interpreters on-site provided translation for those with headsets.

We couldn’t be happier about how everything turned out, and we are so grateful to you all for being a part of making it happen. An extra shout-out to Greg Hernandez for recording all of Saturday’s video footage, and to Melissa and Kevin Guzmán for lending the extra chairs from Small Idea—especially those red ones for our speakers!—for the weekend. Thanks as well to the Word Up Collective as always, to the Dominican Writers Association, Alianza Dominican Cultural Center, and to Cabot Creamery, Fetzer Wines, and Coogan’s Restaurant for donations of cheese, wine, and bottled water throughout the weekend.

The Symposium was directly in line with the kind of programming we are committed to at Word Up—engaging, open, relevant, and wrapped in words. In fact, some of our Spanish-language events this month and next came out of conversations over wine and cheese between Symposium panels—check these and more out on our events calendar. Hope to see you soon at the shop!

October 31- Pumpkin Tales

Get ready for Halloween with Pumpkin Tales, with storyteller Rachael Harrington. These not-so-scary stories will have kids listening, moving, and playing through tales full of pumpkins, scarecrows, cats, and more! This program is great for ages 2-4 accompanied by caregivers.

Pumpkin Tales                                                                                                  Wednesday, October 31, 2018                                                                                   11:30am–12:10pm                                                                                                       Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                             2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

October 25- Reading: Jasminne Méndez, Yesenia Montilla, & Roberto Carlos Garcia

Join us in experiencing a special northeast visit from Jasminne Mendez, author of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays & Poetry; Yesenia Montilla, author of The Pink Box; and Roberto Carlos Garcia, author of black/Maybe. It will be a night of Dominican poetry that audiences won’t soon forget!


Jasminne Mendez is a poet, educator, and award-winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Crab Creek Review, Texas Review, La Galería, Label Me Latino/a, Gulf Coast, Bird’s Thumb, The Rumpus, and COG Magazine. She is a senior contributing editor at Queen Mob’s Teahouse and the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013; winner of an International Latino Book Award), and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018). She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.


Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City and a daughter of immigrants. She is a graduate of Drew University’s Poetry & Poetry in Translation MFA program, and a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in the Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, and other publications. Her first collection of poetry, The Pink Box (Willow Books) was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award. She lives in Harlem.


Roberto Carlos Garcia is the author of black / Maybe (Willow Books) and Melancolía (Červená Barva Press). His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Root, Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. ​He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books, LLC. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Reading: Jasminne Méndez, Yesenia Montilla, & Roberto Carlos Garcia                                                                                                                             Thursday, October 25, 2018                                                                                    6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032