* Support Word Up in 2017 *

Photo by Kelly Doyle, from the Word Up Volunteer Reunion and Celebration, October 28, 2017.

Word Up in 2017

Days open to the public: 296 
Number of readings, concerts, screenings, workshops, open mics, and gallery shows: 278
Volunteer hours logged: 8,000+ 
Books circulated: 14,500+

It takes an enormous, joyous neighborhood-wide effort to maintain Word Up as a space for expression and communion, education and care
—as we have for the past 6 years.

Please make a donation to Word Up todayAs you know, Word Up is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. Most of our books are donated used books, and sell for no more than $5. Our revenue from book sales is only a fraction of our annual budget, and so our existence depends on individual donations, occasional program grants, as well as the in-kind generosity of hundreds of people from Washington Heights, Inwood, the rest of New York City, the US, and abroad. The Word Up family extends far beyond our collective, and continues to grow—without you, we wouldn’t be here.

We need your help to ensure that we remain strong for the long run.

Thank you for everything, and we hope to see you soon.

The Word Up Collective


Photos from our Volunteer Reunion and Celebration!

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On October 28, 2017, Word Up and the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Co-operative held a Volunteer Reunion and Celebration. It was great fun catching up, and introducing newer volunteers to veteran ones. At this first Volunteer Reunion, we … Continue reading

December 29: Words and Music Series—Session 5: Situational Performance by Cabezas de Perras

A multidisciplinary performance involving a layering of text, sound and visuals heavily influenced by traditional Dominican music, electric landscapes and punk attitude, featuring Reynaldo García Pantaleón and Gregory Nuñez.

This is the fifth installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians at Word Up Community Bookshop.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Situational Performance by Cabezas de Perras
Friday, December 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

2017 End of year party! / ¡Fiesta de fin de año!

Following the third installment of our Words and Music Series with author Sheila Maldonado and musician Janice Lowe starting at 6pm, please join us for our annual end-of-year party! Beverages, dancing, and excellent company! $10 suggested donation. All proceeds will benefit Word Up programming in 2018! 

Después de la tercera instancia de nuestra serie de Palabras y Música con escritora Sheila Maldonado y música Janice Low a las 6pm, vengan a nuestra fiesta de fin de año! Bebidas, baile, y compañía excelente! $10 donación sugerida. ¡Todos los fondos recaudados contribuirán a los programas de Word Up en 2018!

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

December 13: Socialist Action: The War in Syria

A Socialist Action Forum
The War in Syria: The Role of Imperialism and the C.I.A.

Propaganda from Obama, Trump, and the corporate media would have you believe that the violence in Syria represents “good” vs. “evil.” Bad Syrian President Bashir Assad against U.S. backed “freedom fighters.” But, who are these freedom fighters? Why are religious extremists fighting to topple Assad with support from the U.S./C.I.A. and the reactionary Saudi Arabian Sheiks? And, finally, what are Washington’s goals in this oil rich region? Come and hear the surprising answers to these questions and more. A discussion will follow with:

JEFF MACKLER, member of the Coordinating Committee of the United National AntiWar Coalition, West Coast Coordinator of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, National Secretary of Socialist Action (appearing via SKYPE).

JOE LOMBARDO: Co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Socialist Action: The War in Syria
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032