August 4 – Amor a la Poesía/For the Love of Poetry

Join poets Amada Mia and El Gringito, alongside author Sophia Louise and hip-hop artists, Frank Nittis and Andrew Daniell for an afternoon of poetry and music. Light refreshments will be available.
Vengan a escuchar a lxs poetas Amada Mia y El Gringito, juntxs con la escritora Sophia Louise y los artistas de hip-hop Frank Nittis y Andrew Daniell. Habrá refrescos.
Amor a la Poesía/For the Love of Poetry
Sunday, August 4th, 2019, 3:00-5:00pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street.
New York, NY 10032

July 27 – Write with JP: A Guide to Writing Micro-Fiction

This class will have students reading and writing micro-fiction. We review micro short stories from fiction anthologies, and read excerpts from Sandra Cisneros, Etgar Keret, and Francis Mateo. We will discuss the elements that make up micro-fiction and discuss why they resonate.

Suggested donation: $10

At the workshop, you will have the opportunity to schedule a revision consultation with JP for a time outside this event.

John Paul “JP” Infante is a Dominican-American teacher and writer who hosts cultural events in New York City. He’s taught creative writing at Lehman College of CUNY and holds an MFA in fiction from the New School for General Studies. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry can be found in Kweli Journal, The Poetry Project, Uptown Collective, Dominican Writers, Hip-Not Magazine and Manhattan Times. His writing has won many awards, including the prestigious PEN Faulkner Emergent Writer Award. JP lives in New York City, believes in horoscopes and spends too much time on Instagram. Follow him @infanteJP.

Write with JP: A Guide to Writing Micro-Fiction
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street
New York NY 10032

August 11 – Conversation on Youth, Race, and Immigration

Join authors Isabel Martinez and Bianca Balridge, guided by Dr. Michelle Knight-Manuel, as they discuss race, immigration and youth.

The featured books are Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work by Bianca Balridge and Becoming Transnational Youth Workers: Independent Mexican Teenage Migrants and Pathways of Survival and Social Mobility by Isabel Martinez.

You can purchase the books here

At a political moment in which Black and Latinx youth are being demonized and subject to racist language characterizing them as threats to be “controlled” and “contained” under the mantle of white supremacy, these two books, considered side by side, reflect the effects of neoliberal impacts on two seemingly disparate youth groups in shifting metropolitan areas: Black youths in after-school programs and out-of-school, recently arrived Mexican immigrant teenagers.

This conversation will illuminate the ways in which advocates, educators, youth workers and scholars can disrupt forms of oppression faced by Black and Latinx youth, and reclaim community spaces and other spaces of refuge against the onslaught of violence these communities experience. It will also highlight the dedication of organizers and youth advocates, working alongside and behalf Black and Latinx youths for survival, freedom and justice.


Isabel Martinez is an Associate Professor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies  at John Jay College. She is the founding director of the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP), a research and service project that provides academic, social and legal support to recently arrived immigrant minors in removal proceedings. She is a proud resident of Washington Heights.  

Bianca J. Baldridge is a life-long youth worker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies with affiliations in Afro-American Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bianca’s experiences as a community-based youth worker in domestic and international contexts continues to inform her research and youth advocacy in profound ways.


Growing up Black and Latinx: A conversation on Youth, Race, and Immigration
Sunday, August 11,
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

August 9 – Kalisha Buckhanon, Reading and Signing Speaking of Summer

Come meet and greet with Kalisha Buckhanon, critically acclaimed author of Speaking of Summer (Counterpoint, July 30), a fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover the complicated truths at the heart of every family. Set in Harlem, this multi-layered literary thriller follows one woman’s deperate search for her missing twin sister.

About Kalisha: Kalisha is the author of the novels SOLEMN, CONCEPTION and UPSTATE from St. Martin’s Press as well as the Amazon Bestselling story “Pick Me” from Kindle Singles. Her stories and essays appear in She Knows, Fiction International, Oxford American, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, pluck!, xoJane, Winter Tangerine Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and many more. She is also seen on ID Channel, BET and TV One as an expert in true crime cases involving women. She was born in Kankakee, Illinois, and attended the College at University of Chicago, The New School M.F.A. Creative Writing Program and University of Chicago’s English PhD program.


Pre-order book here:

Kalisha Buckhanon, Reading and Signing Speaking of Summer
Friday, August 9, 2019

Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

July 26 – C@P Book Club presents Willie Perdomo

Join the C@P Book Club #3 for a conversation on The Crazy Bunch by Willie Perdomo, with the poet himself, at Word Up on Friday, July 26 at 6:30pm.

The Creatives at Play (C@P) Book Club is where creatives and art lovers get together to talk literature over wine.

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a special night with one of the dopest poets of all time still changing the game with every book he drops.

About the book:
Twenty years after the release of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime changed how we read and recite poetry, Perdomo is back with The Crazy Bunch, a novella in verse that tells the story of a crew from El Barrio, Harlem.

In a style that gets you bobbing your head whether you’re reading or hearing it, Perdomo has you experience everything from Santeria ceremonies to C.O.P.S. interrogations, making you part of the crew.

C@P Book Club #3 presents Willie Perdomo
Friday, July 26, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032