March 17 – Cindy Vasquez Painting and Drawings

Word Up is honored to host the first exhibition of a Cindy M. Vasquez Diaz.
Cindy is a New Yorker of Dominican descent. She works primarily in illustration and painting, focusing on figures and portraits, portraying various environments and emotional states. A graduate of the High School of Fashion Industries, she holds an associate’s degree in fine art from LaGuardia Community College, and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in art education at City College.
“These are works I produced during my spare time, in my kitchen and bedroom. These works display personal anxieties, desires, comfort, confidence, repression, quirkiness, melancholy, and new discoveries of myself as I proceed in age. Some of these works show environmental illustrations infused with my concurrent thoughts or feelings. Overall, there’s no specific theme except the themes of existing in this lifetime, interacting with old and new people and environments, and growing up in a multicultural home and thriving as I move forward into an unknown blind future.”
—Cindy Vasquez

Warrior Queen’s Women’s Open Mic
Friday, March 17, 2017
7:30-9:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

March 18 – Uptown Stories Readings

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Celebrate the young writers of Uptown Stories! Based in Washington Heights, Uptown Stories offers small-group, after-school writing workshops led by professional writers and master teachers. Students learn the craft of writing, engage their imaginations, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and join an exciting, supportive community. Learn more about Uptown Stories at www.uptownstories.org.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-1:30 – Creating Other Worlds
2:00-3:00 – Elements of Fiction

Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00-2:00 – The Game of Poetry
2:30-3:30 – It’s Your Thing
4:00-5:00 – POW! Comics Drawing Gallery

Uptown Stories Readings
Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-3pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017
1-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 11 – Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!

Little DudeBring your kids to the community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends!

Meet Little Dude! The New York therapy dog, who guides children on adventures throughout his big world, as he teaches lessons of kindness within a six-part book series. The series include themes of kindness, manners, feelings, respect, empathy and courage. All are welcome for the book reading where children will learn the Little Dude song and meet Little Dude. More at: http://www.worldoflittledude.com

 

Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
11-12pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

March 12 – Poetry Reading: Images for Radical Politics

images-for-radical-politics-front-cover-webA reading with Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Wren Hanks, Allyson Paty, J. Scott Brownlee, and Christina Olivares.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Poetry Contest, which begins with an economic update and moves through scenes of labor, liberty, danger, and the dull-gorgeous ache of a capitalist existence; an existence spent negotiating one’s time and worth, one’s civic role, one’s money. She is also the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014), and is a member of the Localist collective. vanessajimenezgabb.com

Wren Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Allyson Paty’s poems can be found in publications including the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, the Literary Review, Tin House, and the PEN Poetry Series. She is, with Norah Maki, co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press and, with Emily Skillings, co-curator of the Earshot reading series. allysonpaty.tumblr.com

J. Scott Brownlee is a poet-of-place from rural Texas and the author of Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books), as well as the chapbooks Highway or Belief (Button Poetry), Ascension (Texas Review Press), and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County (Tree Light Books). He is a core faculty member for Brooklyn Poets and a founding member of the Localists. Learn more at http://www.jscottbrownlee.com.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt (2015), published by Belladonna* Collaborative. A chapbook is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of two Jerome Foundation grants as well as an LMCC Workspace Residency. christinaolivares.com

 
Poetry Reading: Images For Radical Politics
Sunday, March 12, 2017
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

 

March 9 – Reading: Katy Bowman

mnBest-selling author and bio-mechanist Katy Bowman deepens her “you are how you move” message in her new book Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement. Bowman will present the key ideas in her new book—that we can improve our own health, and the health of our planet and our communities just by moving our own bodies more—and will answer questions and sign books.

Reading: Katy Bowman
Thursday, March 9, 2017
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032