October 13-14: Pedro Mir Symposium

Free Admission | Pre-Registration with Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/mirsymposium

**Spanish-English bilingual interpretation will be available at all events in the Symposium.**

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY (October 4, 2018) – Word Up Community Bookshop  is proud to present the first Pedro Mir Symposium in honor of writer, scholar and poet laureate of the Dominican Republic, PEDRO MIR (1913-2000), considered among the most beloved and respected literary figures in the Dominican Republic of the 20th Century. Mir wrote poems, including his famous “Hay un país en el mundo”, about Dominican workers young and old, as well as historical scholarship that addressed the legacies of colonialism and slavery in his country. In 1947, Mir was exiled by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo for fifteen years. Mir came back to the Dominican Republic in 1962 and remained there until his death in 2000. He was awarded the Dominican Republic’s National Prize for History (1975) and it’s National Prize for Literature for lifetime achievement (1993). In 1984 was appointed the Poet Laureate of the Dominican Republic by the Dominican Congress. One of his most well-known books of poetry, Contracanto a Walt Whitman, has been translated into English and published together with a selection of other translated poems: Countersong to Walt Whitman, and Other Poems (1993, 2nd ed. 2017). Mir’s translator, Jonathan Cohen, will be participating in the panel “Mir in Translation” on Sunday, October 14 (see more below). Cohen’s translation, as well as Mir’s Poesía completa and his Letras dispersas, will all be available for sale.  

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13: Day One of the Pedro Mir Symposium

1pm: “Mir in the Dominican Context” panel including participants:

Silvio Torres-Saillant (Syracuse University, see full bio below)

Ginetta Candelario (Smith College)

Zaida Corniel (Stony  Brook University)

3pm: “Approaches to Mir” panel including participants:

Roberto Márquez (Mount Holyoke College)

Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University)

David Cortés Cabán (Hostos Community College)

 

5pm: Writer Miriam Mejía (www.miriammejia.com) reads, followed by a reception

6pm: Keynote Speech by SILVIO TORRES-SAILLANT on the work of Pedro Mir  [Held at Alianza Dominicana—530 West 166th Street]

Professor of English and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University and founding director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at the City College of New York, Silvio Torres-Saillant’s research centers on intellectual history, Latino discourse, ethnic American literatures, comparative poetics, and the racial regimes spawned by the colonial transaction. He has authored Caribbean Poetics (1997; 2nd ed. 2013), El tigueraje intelectual (2002; 2nd ed. 2011), Introduction to Dominican Blackness (1999; 2nd ed. 2010), An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (2006), Diasporic Disquisitions: Dominicanists, Transnationalism, and the Community (2000), and El retorno de las yolas: Ensayos sobre diáspora, democracia y dominicanidad (1999). He is co-editor of The Challenges of Higher Education in the Hispanic Caribbean (2004), Desde la orilla: Hacia una nacionalidad sin desalojos (2004), and Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Vol. IV (2002). He is currently at work on “Racial Selfhoods: The Rise of Western Identity and the Fracture of the Human.” He delivered a “special lecture” (Círculo de Conferencias Especiales) during the Dominican Republic’s XIX International Book Fair Santo Domingo 2016 and gave the keynote address to open the 58th Casa de las Américas Literary Prize, in Havana, Cuba in 2017. In 2018, he was the opening keynote speaker in the conference “Global Dominican—Politics, Economics, and Cultural Production” held at the Senate House, University of London, England, UK. Torres-Saillant held his first faculty position in the English Department of Hostos Community College, of the City University of New York.

7:30pm: Mir-influenced reading at Alianza Dominicana. Readers include, among others:

 

  • Dinorah Coronado
  • Juan Matos Cuevas
  • David Cortés Cabán

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14: Day Two of the Pedro Mir Symposium

3pm: “Pedro Mir in Translation” panel at Word Up with participants:

Sintia Molina (St. Francis College)

Rosa Mirna Sánchez (Caldwell University)

Translator Jonathan Cohen (jonathancohenweb.com)

 

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October 12- Embracing Grief: An Evening of Personal Narratives

Join Radix Media and Word Up Community Bookshop as we host an evening of literary works from our book, AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss & Grief. Light refreshments will be provided, and the authors will be available afterwards to sign copies of the book.

Anna Schott is a writer who has also been a dog-walker, record store owner, and musician. Her personal essay “Getting it Down” is about her connection to a childhood friend who later contracts HIV.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and game designer from Brooklyn, New York. Over one hundred of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and other magazines and anthologies. His short story “Icarus Falls” explores the idea of memory and the relationship between a parent and child. Learn more at his website: http://www.alexshvartsman.com.

Laurinda Lind lives and teaches in New York’s North Country near the St. Lawrence River. Her poetry has been in Comstock Review, The Cortland Review, Paterson Literary Review, and others. Her poem “The Lightkeeper Misses His Wife in 1996” dates back to her years as a journalist.

 

Embracing Grief: An Evening of Personal  Narratives                        Friday, October 12, 2018                                                                                             6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                            Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

7 de octubre-Presentación de libro: Corazón de hojalata por Margarita Saona

Presentación del poemario de Margarita Saona: Corazón de ojalata. Participarán Mariela Dreyfus, Silvina López Medin, y Claudia Salazar Jiménez.

Margarita Saona (Ph.D. Columbia University) enseña en el departamento de estudios hispánicos en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago y es la autora de Novelas familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea (Rosario, 2004) y Memory Matters in Transitional Perú (Londres, 2014), Comehoras (Lima, 2008) y Objeto perdido (Lima, 2012). Corazón de hojalata (Chicago, 2017) es su primer poemario.

Mariela Dreyfus es la autora de los poemarios Memorias de Electra (1984), Placer fantasma (1993), Onix (2001), Pez (2014) y Gravedad (2017). Publicó el estudio César Moro. Soberanía y transgresión en el año 2008 y es co-autora con Rocío Silva Santisteban de la obra Nadie sabe mis cosasEn torno a la poesía de Blanca Varela, publicado en 2007. Mariela Dreyfus enseña escritura creativa en NYU.
 Silvina López Medin nació en Buenos Aires y vive en Nueva York. Publicó los libros de poemas La noche de los bueyes, Premio Internacional de Poesía a la Creación Joven de la Fundación Loewe, Esa sal en la lengua para decir manglar y 62 brazadas. Su obra de teatro Exactamente bajo el sol se estrenó en el Teatro del Pueblo y recibió el Tercer Premio de Obras de Teatro del Instituto Nacional del Teatro. Co-tradujo el libro Eros the Bittersweet de Anne Carson y la antología de poemas Home Movies de Robert Hass. En 2018 fue una de las residentes de Works on Water & Underwater New York Art Lab en Governors Island. Cursa una maestría en escritura creativa en inglés en New York University. Es editora de Ugly Duckling Presse.
Claudia Salazar Jiménez se doctoró en NYU. Su primera novela, La Sangre de la aurora, obtuvo el prestigioso premio Las Américas e en 2014. Editó las colecciones Escribir en Nueva York. Antología de narradores hispanoamericanos y Voces para Lilith. Literatura contemporánea de temática lésbica en Sudamérica (2011). Ha publicado relatos en la revista El hablador Los Noveles, así como en numerosas antologías.

Presentación de libro: Corazón de hojalata por Margarita Saona                     Domingo, 7 de  Octuber , 2018                                                                                           3-5PM                                                                                                                              Librería Comunitaria Word Up                                                                                    2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                              Nueva York NY 10032

September 30- Rap Dad: Juan Vidal, Hanif Abdirraqib, & Carvell Wallace in conversation

Join us in welcoming Juan Vidal, writer for Remezcla, VIBE, among others, for his debut book, Rap Dad, part-memoir/part-cultural critique on fatherhood in hip-hop culture through the Latino lens. Rap Dad follows Juan growing up in 1980s gritty Miami to becoming a parent, focusing on how that reinvents cultural perception and identity. Slam poet Hanif Abdirraqib and New Yorker culture critic writer Carvell Wallace will join Juan in a popping and timely discussion about Rap Dad, and on hip-hop, race, and redefining masculinity within fatherhood in Black and Latino experiences.

 

Rap Dad: Juan Vidal, Hanif Abdirraqib, & Carvell Wallace in conversation                                                                                                    Sunday, September 30, 2018                                                                              4–5:30pm                                                                                                            Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

September 28-La Pluma y la Tinta and Dominican Writers present Blind Date with a Book

Spice up your book-buying experience—have a blind date with a book! Join Dominican Writers and La Pluma y La Tinta for a literary adventure at your favorite uptown bookstore, where dozens of books will be wrapped and displayed for purchase, and your only clue to what’s underneath is a quirky description. Are you up for it?

Advance registration requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blind-date-with-a-book-tickets-48313394664

La Pluma y la tinta and Dominican Writers present Blind Date with a Book                                                                                                                                  Friday, September 28, 2018                                                                                    6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                              2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032