December 15 – Helping Puerto Plata

Heavy rains in the Dominican Republic in early to mid November resulted in flooding that has displaced 20,000 homes. Join local non-profit Comite Provincial Puerto Plata and organizers Carolina Mateo and Pierre Civil in helping the relief effort by bringing canned food and household items* to donate. Monetary donations will also be collected. Live music from BB9K (ARP & Raze), Lexiglass, Charlie Cruz, A1king, LenGod, Fame, Barbie and more. Music provided by DJ Mike Hollywood, come early for open mic!
*Requested Household Items:
Cooking oil
Canned food
Children’s Underwear
Helping Puerto Plata
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

December 17 – ¡Fiesta de fin de año! Year-end party!

Come celebrate the end of 2016 with us. We are requesting a $5 (or any multiple of $5) cover charge. All proceeds will go to continuing the programming that Word Up has offered for the last 5 years, and to increasing our Spanish and English inventory. There will be music, camaraderie, and more!
Para seguir nuestro festejo de 5 años de Word Up, vengan a celebrar el fin de año con nosotros. Se cobran $5 (o un múltiplo de $5) de entrada, y los fondos que recaudemos se destinarán tanto a continuar la programación que Word Up ha ofrecido durante los últimos 5 años, como a aumentar nuestro inventario en español e inglés. ¡Habrá música, camaradería, y más!
¡Fiesta de fin de año! Year-end party!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

December 17 – The December Improv Comedy Show!

This is the second year for the TEP Improv Team, better known as The TEP Oreo Lobsters! We are excited to return for our second show at Word Up! A mixture of upper and lower grade students from The Equity Project School in Washington Heights, The TEP Oreo Lobsters are creative, artistic, and energetic performers who are always ready to tell you a story. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of laughs, all created on the spot with audience participation! See you then! The show will begin at 1pm and finish at 1:50pm
The December Improv Comedy Show!  Performed by The Equity Project’s Improv Team
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

CANCELLED – December 17 – For Night Poetry Reading


Michael Keenan will read from his new poetry book, “FOR NIGHT,” which was just released from BlazeVOX Books and Carlos Lara will read from his recently released collaboration with Will Alexander, “The Audiographic As Data.” James Case will read from an enormous work of fiction he recently finished.
For Night Poetry Reading
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

December 9 – Double Book Launch: The Borders of Dominicanidad / We Dream Together


Word Up presents a double book launch for two distinguished scholars exploring the relationship between Dominican Republic and Haiti.

THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Lorgia Garcia-Peña (Harvard University)
WE DREAM TOGETHER: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2016)
by Anne Eller (Yale University)

A reading & dialogue
Presented by Prof. Sharina Maillo-Pozo (SUNY-New Paltz)
Books will be available for sale.

About the books:
In THE BORDERS OF DOMINICANIDAD, Lorgia García-Peña explores the ways official narratives and histories have been projected onto racialized Dominican bodies as a means of sustaining the nation’s borders. García-Peña constructs a genealogy of dominicanidad that highlights how Afro-Dominicans, ethnic Haitians, and Dominicans living abroad have contested these dominant narratives and their violent, silencing, and exclusionary effects. Centering the role of U.S. imperialism in drawing racial borders between Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, she analyzes musical, visual, artistic, and literary representations of foundational moments in the history of the Dominican Republic: the murder of three girls and their father in 1822; the criminalization of Afro-religious practice during the U.S. occupation between 1916 and 1924; the massacre of more than 20,000 people on the Dominican-Haitian border in 1937; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. García-Peña also considers the contemporary emergence of a broader Dominican consciousness among artists and intellectuals that offers alternative perspectives to questions of identity as well as the means to make audible the voices of long-silenced Dominicans.

In WE DREAM TOGETHER, Anne Eller breaks with dominant narratives of conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by tracing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Eller moves beyond the small body of writing by Dominican elites that often narrates Dominican nationhood to craft inclusive, popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to poetry and song. Rethinking Dominican relationships with their communities, the national project, and the greater Caribbean, Eller shows how popular anticolonial resistance was anchored in a rich and complex political culture. Haitians and Dominicans fostered a common commitment to Caribbean freedom, the abolition of slavery, and popular democracy, often well beyond the reach of the state. By showing how the island’s political roots are deeply entwined, and by contextualizing this history within the wider Atlantic world, Eller demonstrates the centrality of Dominican anticolonial struggles for understanding independence and emancipation throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

Double Book Launch: The Borders of Dominicanidad / We Dream Together
Friday, December 9, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032