February 2019 – Exhibition & Readings: “I AM” in the Heights

P.S. 132/Juan Pablo Duarte, Urban Arts Partnership, and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria present the art exhibition I AM, on view February 6–28.


Three poetry readings will accompany these students’ portraits, which were created under the guidance of art teacher Ruthy Valdez:


Wednesday, February 6 – 4–5:30pm
Wednesday, February 13 – 4–5:30pm
Wednesday, February 27 – 4–5:30pm

Please join us in celebrating these 125 students and their work!

Exhibition: I AM in the Heights
February 5–28, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032 

Check out the other events in the I AM tour:


February 16 – 31 Days of Praise Volume 2. Book Launch Event



31 Days of Praise Volume 2 has recently been released, and the author Alexis Hamlor will be signing copies of her latest book. This book is filled with devotionals from days 1 through 31, which will uplift and inspire you everyday. The book has a devotional which is very down to earth and filled with some of the author’s personal experiences. This is an event that you don’t want to miss out on!

Purchase the book in store, or order online here.

31 Days of Praise Volume 2. Book Launch Event
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:00-4:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

February 2 – The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations

Artists with work in Word Up’s current exhibition The Heights/El Alto will gather for conversations about their works and the neighborhood changes that inspired them.

Dió-genes Abréu, Inju Keum, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Cindy Vasquez, Jerise Fogel, and Reynaldo García Pantaleón.

(More artists may be included as schedules allow.)

The Heights/El Alto is a commissioned portfolio of prints that asks visual artists who are longtime residents (15+ years) of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today. EXHIBITION ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 3.


Dió-genes Abreu, Jerise Fogel, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Alex Guerrero, Inju Kaboom, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Sky Pape,Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Virginia Ayress Moreno, Dister Rondon, Rene De Los Santos, Elizabeth Starčević, Rider Ureña, Cindy Vasquez


About The Heights/El Alto Printmaking Project
Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City’s plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide—and citywide/nationwide/global—issue.

The first exhibition will be on view at Word Up Community Bookshop through January 2019, then will be presented at spaces around the neighborhood and city thereafter. Additional artists will be added prior to the second exhibition.

The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations
Saturday, February 2
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

January 27 – Conversations on Self-Care + Book Celebration

Natalie Love Cruz is a nutritional healer, herbal alchemist, and self-care advocate. She has facilitated workshops and retreats helping women of color recognize the importance of self-care. ​She is the creator of the planner “Self Care Cues: Just Do You!” which focuses on integrating self-care into every day living.
Guests are invited to a moderated book talk and celebration of the ultimate self-care planner for 2019.


Conversations on Self-Care + Book Celebration
Sunday, January 27, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

January 25 – Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A

Join us for an intimate book reading with Melania-Luisa. She will be performing poems from her debut book, “MELA.”

Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 and 2018 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. Marte was a finalist at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Competition and ranked 5th in the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition and was just recently a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. She is the founder of “Melanin Goddess” a Dallas based feminist healing collective for WOC. You can get in touch with her for more reading and poetry engagments at www.melanialuisa.com

Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A                                             
Friday, January 25, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032