March 12 – Face Out: An evening of poetry with Katie Herman, Cora Dean, Adam Pellegrini, & Talia Shalev


Join Word Up for an evening of poetry featuring four Brooklyn-based poets.

Adam Pellegrini’s poems have been featured in journals such as Harpur Palate and Pebble Lake Review, and in the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, and he is the poetry editor for Sakura Review. He currently lives in Brooklyn and directs a college writing center in NYC.

Talia Shalev’s poems have appeared or will appear in The Seattle Review,Mare Nostrum, and The Volta. Talia teaches at Brooklyn College and is studying poetry as a PhD student at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and she is assistant poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Recently, Talia worked on the editorial team for What We Are Part Of: Teaching at CUNY: 1968 – 1974, a selection of the poet Adrienne Rich’s teaching materials (Lost & Found Series IV, CUNY Center for the Humanities).

Cora Dean, a writer and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn, is reading from her first book of poetry, Shred. Her writing has been published in anthology of Quebec anglophone fiction, In Other Words. Bored in Heaven, a 2010 documentary on village ritual activity around Chinese New Year that she wrote, produced, and co-directed, is currently taught at numerous American and international universities. She has worked at a few bookstores and as a reader for CBC and Radio Canada’s national fiction competition.

Katie Herman’s poetry and criticism have recently appeared in publications including B O D Y, LEVELER, and Tikkun, and she has work forthcoming in Poetry Northwest. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. She was an editor at Soho Press for five years, and she currently works as a freelance book editor. She lives in Brooklyn, and you can find her on the Internet at

FACE OUT: An evening of poetry with Katie Herman, Cora Dean, Adam Pellegrini, & Talia Shalev
Thursday , March 12, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 8 – Arts & Minds Exhibition Opening


Arts & Minds is a non-profit organization committed to improving quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In museums, community centers and nursing homes they provide meaningful art-centered activities to create positive cognitive experiences, enhance communication and reduce isolation. This exhibition celebrates 5 years of Arts & Minds at the Studio Museum in Harlem, featuring art that tells the story of the organization. The show highlights some of the many works produced in their art-making sessions, and also demonstrates the strong bonds that have been generated by the Arts & Minds family. The exhibit runs until April 8.

Arts & Minds Exhibition Opening
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 7th – Face Out: Monica Ong, W. Todd Kaneko, & Bethany Carlson


Word Up celebrates recent books by MONICA ONG (Silent Anatomies), W. TODD KANEKO (The Dead Wrestler Elegies), and BETHANY CARLSON (Diadem Me) with an afternoon of poetry and images.

* Monica Ong’s Silent Anatomies—selected by poet Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award—is a collection of poems that traverse the body’s terrain, examining the phenomena of cultural silences. In her exciting debut, Monica Ong takes us to lyrical haunts on the boundaries of text and image, medicine and memory, immersing us deep in the waters of fluid identity.


* Bethany Carlson’s Diadem Me shimmers with accumulations of feeling and experience. These poems map a surface at once interior and exterior, and, as they do, they offer their readers new ways of moving through a world that is at once arbitrary and ordered. In mourning, jubilation, and wonderment, Carlson breaks the hymn in a Dickinsonian way, offering us something like transcendence—except her poems never forget their earthly, bodily roots.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014). His poems, essays and stories can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, The Normal School, The Collagist, Barrelhouseand many other journals and anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.

* This event is co-sponsored by Kundiman. Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe the Asian American story onto American experience, transforming and enriching the landscape of our national culture. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment.

What does Kundiman mean? Kundiman is the classic form of Filipino love song—or so it seemed to colonialist forces in the Philippines. In fact, in Kundiman, the singer who expresses undying love for his beloved is actually singing for love of country. As an organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American writers, we find in this name inspiration to create and support artistic expression.

Face Out: Monica Ong, W. Todd Kaneko, and Bethany Carlson
Saturday March 7, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave (at 165 st)
New York, NY


March 5th – African American Physicians During The Civil War



Join us as author Heather M. Butts reads from her book, “African American Medicine in Washington DC”:The service of America’s African Americans in defense of our Union during the Civil War required African American nurses, doctors and surgeons to heal those soldiers. In the nation’s capital, these brave healthcare workers joined together to begin to create a medical infrastructure for African Americans by African Americans. Famed surgeon Alexander T. Augusta fought discrimination to become a preeminent surgeon, visiting with President Lincoln, testifying before congress and aiding in the war effort. Washington’s Freedman’s Hospital was formed to serve the District’s growing free black population and would later become the Howard University Medical Center. These physicians would form the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest organization representing African American doctors and patients. Including detailed analysis of African American health issues, patients and medical approaches, author Heather M. Butts recounts the heroic lives and work of Washington’s African American medical community during the Civil War.

African American Physicians During The Civil War
Thursday March 5, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave (at 165 st) 
New York, NY

February 27 – “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT

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Join the Fort Tryon Jewish Center and Word Up Community Bookshop for the next “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT!

Please join us for a special Kabbalat Shabbat experience, a sweet hello and greeting to the Jewish Sabbath, with Rabbi Guy Austrian and Stav of the Dreamcoat Experience troupe. The program is designed for small children up to age 3, and their grownups, but all are welcome! Join us for music, singing, movement, blessings, and community (and snacks)! RSVPs encouraged but not required. $5 suggested donation per family.

This program is open to everyone, and families of all religions and backgrounds are welcome. It is fun and interactive for all, and a great learning experience!

(This program is a project of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center’s “Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” initiative, and rotates among various locations throughout Washington Heights and Inwood.)

“Zera’im/Seeds of Shabbat” KABBALAT SHABBAT EVENT
Friday, February 27, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165th St.)
New York, NY

February 22 – Gagá pa’l Pueblo: Un evento especial por la memoria de Minerva Mirabal


Los invitamos a una actividad especial de Gagá pa’l Pueblo en la cual rescatamos la memoria de Minerva Mirabal, una de tres hermanas opositoras al dictador dominicano Rafael Trujillo. Las hermanas fueron brutalmente asesinadas el 25 de noviembre del 1960. Noemí Jackson es una servidora de misterios miembro de Gagá pa’l Pueblo que dice recibir a Minerva. Tendremos un pequeño altar con las banderas dominicanas, y la del 14 de junio, junto con las imágenes de las hermanas Mirabal, Papa Liborio, y la virgen de la Altagracia. Se tocará palos y luego Minerva en cabeza de Noemí hablará con los presente. Luego una sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Se toca palos otra vez y terminamos.

Gagá pa’l Pueblo: Un evento especial por la memoria de Minerva Mirabal
Sabado, 22 de Febrero, 2015
ord Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (en la calle 165)
New York, NY

February 26 – Meet Us At La Galería

10847623_887674311263179_7834847966012033225_oJoin us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora

La Galería is the place in which family, neighbors, and guests gather to discuss everything from the latest chisme to social and political issues. It is the place where dialogue and debate are welcomed and encouraged. Galerías are not exclusive to a particular class; some are built-in, others are an impromptu creation. We are recreating galerías to provoke conversations on topics that affect Dominicans in the Diaspora.

Meet Us At La Galería
Tursday, February 26, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY