November 12 – FACE OUT: New Poetry by Sean Singer, Cate Marvin, and Robin Beth Schaer


Sean Singer was born in Mexico in 1974. His first book Discography won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sean has also published two chapbooks with Beard of Bees Press, Passport and Keep Right on Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water, and has a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers-Newark. Tonight we celebrate the release of his newest book, Honey & Smoke (Eyewear, 2015).

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking (Anhinga 2015). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, Saltonstall, and VCCA. She teaches writing in New York City and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.

Cate Marvin is the author of Oracle, Fragment of the Head of a Queen and World’s Tallest Disaster. A winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and a Whiting Award, her poetry has been published in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, and elsewhere. A cofounder of VIDA and a professor of English at CUNY, she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

FACE OUT: New Poetry by Sean Singer, Cate Marvin, and Robin Beth Schaer
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 7 – FACE OUT: Extravaganza de Libros


City poets read from their 2015 collections.
Curated by Sheila Maldonado

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2014).

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. She is the author of The Pink Box (Willow Books, 2015), her first collection of poetry.

Urayoán Noel lives in the Bronx, teaches at NYU, and is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Iowa, 2014) and Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (Arizona, 2015), among other books.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes
Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize.

Joe Pan is the author of two collections of poetry, Autobiomythography & Gallery (BAP) and Hiccups (Augury Books, 2015). He is the publisher and managing editor of Brooklyn Arts Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press, 2015) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). She is the poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices.

Sheila Maldonado (host) read for the first time from her first book of poems, one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night, 2011), at Word Up in its first location at Broadway and 176th Street.

FACE OUT: Extravaganza de Libros
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 11 – FACE OUT: Jim Dwyer & Hal Niedzviecki In Conversation

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Cultural critics Hal Niedzviecki and Jim Dwyer share the stage at Word Up to discuss the future . . . and the consequences of living in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next.


In his newest book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories, and more, he traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us, and asks the crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?

HAL NIEDZVIECKI is the author of three previous books of nonfiction, including The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors and Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity. He serves as publisher and fiction editor of Broken Pencil, the seminal indie culture publication that he founded in 1995. Naomi Klein has called Nidzviecki “one of the wisest, funniest and most acute cultural critics writing today.”


New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer’s latest book More Awesome Than Money, Dwyer tells the riveting story of four ambitious NYU undergrads who tried to change the world by taking on Facebook—and were swallowed up by their quest to keep your data safe. Just out now in paperback, the book also provides a clear survey of the debates and ethical questions surrounding internet privacy, and a wake-up call for everyone who tweets, Googles, or signs into Facebook without a second thought.

JIM DWYER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who writes the “About New York” column for the New York Times. He has written or co-written six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City. Daily Beast calls More Awesome Than Money “a thrilling read, astoundingly detailed and researched, alternately suspenseful and heartbreaking.”

FACE OUT: Jim Dwyer & Hal Niedzviecki In Conversation
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

October 29 – Reading Group: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s “Writing On The Wall”

Reading Group: educating ourselves around mass incarceration (aka incarcerate slavery), white supremacy (racism), and other related topics. This week’s discussion will focus on “Writing on the Wall” by Mumia Abu-Jamal (up to chapter 10). Join us in dialogue, open to all who believe in justice and freedom for everyone equally.
Reading Group: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s “Writing On The Wall”
Thursday, December 29, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

October 28 – Dia de los Muertos : ‘The Book of Life’ Art and Movie Event


Families are invited to a free screening of ‘The Book of Life’ at Word Up: Community Bookshop. The movie will be preceded by kids’ arts and crafts activities inspired by the traditions of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday. Light refreshments will be served.

‘The Book of Life’ (2014) is rated PG. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. The screening begins at 430pm. Arts and craft will begin at 3:30pm..

Dia de los Muertos : ‘The Book of Life’ Art and Movie Event
Wednesday, December 28, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

October 24 – Special kids storytime

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Join us for a special edition of Story Time, featuring a free, healthy breakfast, book giveaways, special stories, and a Halloween-themed puppet show!

Tracy Dockray, award-winning children’s illustrator of Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” series, presents her new book, Lice: The Scare in My Hair, which aims to help parents and children engage with the uncomfortable issue of head lice in a fun and approachable way.

Fractured Fables with puppeteer Rebecca Migdal presents wacky mashups of traditional tales, that are chosen from a bucket by children in the audience. An improvisational puppet show, it’s an especially exciting and fun participatory experience for kids 3-8 years old. Fractured Fables is a project of the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater!

Special thanks to CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids; a program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Ambulatory Care Network) for the mini-grant to support this event.

Sábado, 24 de Octubre, 2015
2113 Avenida Amsterdam @ la calle 165
11am – 1pm
Años 3 y mas – ¡GRATIS!
Acompáñanos para una edición de su tiempo de cuentos especial.  Con un desayuno saludable y gratis, regalos de libros, cuentos especiales y un teatro de títeres con tema de Halloween.

Tracy Dockray, una ganadora de premios para su ilustraciones de la serie “Ramona” de Beverly Cleary presenta su libro nuevo, “Piojo: El susto en mi pelo.”  El libro tiene el propósito de ayuda padres y niños se ocupan del problema de piojo en una manera divertida y accesible.

El titiritero Rebecca Migdal, presenta “Fábulas Fracturadas,” un espectáculo de cuentos  tradicionales torcidos que están escogidos por los niños de la audiencia.  Es un teatro de títeres improvisado que es una experiencia muy emocionante y divertida para niños de 3 a 8 años.  “Fábulas Fracturadas” es un proyecto del Yippee Skinny Teatro de Títeres!

Muchas gracias a CHALK (Escogiendo Estilos de Vida Saludables Y Activos Para Niños – un programa de New York Presbyterian Hospital/Ambulatory Care Network) por la beca apoyando este evento.

Special kids storytime
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

October 11 – November 11 – Good Pathways by Joyce Sanchez


A fundraising art exhibition of abstract artwork by native New York artist and writer Joyce Sanchez. Founder of Intercultural Cardboard Press, Lab for Social Practices to support their project Multilingual and Intercultural Literacy Progam for Spanish Speaking Children.

The exhibition Good Pathways explores the joyful and vivid journey that the world of colors can bring. The abstract collage paintings contain pieces of cardboard over the canvas as part of the symbolism of the artist’s cartonera work she does through Intercultural Cardboard Press/La Cartonera Intercultural a social art platform that she started off in Ecuador in 2010. As a connection as a writer, she will have poetry reading by Leonel Riera during the opening.

Joyce Sanchez was born in Queens, New York, but at the age of nine her parents moved to Ecuador. That shift made a huge impact in her life and her identity came strongly defined by something she learned later was called intercultural identity. Art has been since her early memories an enormous source of energy. But it wasn’t until she finished a two year course on Intercultural Pedagogy in Linkoping University, Sweden that she decided to combine art and identity issues and that it was important for her to reach out to her audience also through art and only her blogs. In 2004 she created her first blog Intercultural Bulletin/ Boletin Intercultural and six years later she founded Intercultural Cardboard Press which is a Social Art Lab which is an interdisciplinary art platform for community engaged art performances.