Sep 18 & Oct 2 – La Pluma Y La Tinta Writing Workshop

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Join us for a writing workshop geared toward AfroLatinos. Topics covered will include plot, character development, story structure, as well as
-using history in your fiction
-bilingual dialogue
-writing beyond the stereotype

La Pluma Y La Tinta Writing Workshop
Sundays, September 18 and October 2, 2016
12-3pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

September 3 – Uptown Family Jam

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Uptown Family Jam is a new event for sharing real, quality live music in a relaxed family friendly space. Performers are invited to share a piece or two (10-15 minutes) – any genre of music is welcome as long as it’s appropriate for all ages. Solo or small groups encouraged. World-class professionals, aspiring performers and closet musical masterminds welcome. Singalongs or open jams are encouraged, but not required. This will be a listening but relaxed audience of all ages – dance or puppets or spoken word welcome. Hosted by Jon Braman (www.jonbraman.com) with neighborhood friends. Email sproutingdaisies@yahoo.com to get on the list!
Uptown Family Jam
Saturday, September 3, 2016
4-6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

September 2 – Washington Heights Music Festival Open Mic

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Calling all writers, rappers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly Word Up Open Mic—first Fridays of the month—hosted by Jason Rosario, as all ages and persuasions gather to share, learn, and experience together. This month features special guest co-host North, of the Bronx’s own Division X, and is co-presented by WHAM (Washington Heights Artist Movement).
Washington Heights Music Festival Open Mic
Friday, September 2, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

Sept 1 – Black Lives Matter Activist Nyle Fort in Conversation

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Nyle will share thoughts on his time in Ferguson, MO, his experience with the Black Lives Matter movement, and his organizing efforts in Newark, NJ and beyond. The talk will be followed by a group discussion about current organizing efforts within the movement, as well as concrete ways in which people can contribute.

Nyle Fort is a minister, organizer, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. After traveling to Ferguson, Missouri to protest the murder of Mike Brown, Nyle created Strange Fruit Speaks, a black church liturgy commemorating the last words of African Americans killed by police and vigilantes. Furthermore, he established Newark Books and Breakfast, a monthly political education program providing free books and breakfast to local youth and families. Most recently, Nyle travelled to Amsterdam and Palestine, as part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s multinational effort to challenge radicalized violence and the Dream Defenders delegation to promote Black and Palestinian solidarity. Nyle is a Ph.D student in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.

Black Lives Matter Activist Nyle Fort in Conversation
Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

August 24 – FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation

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Word Up is proud to present to two of our continent’s most celebrated playwrights and fiction authors, André Alexis and Kia Corthron, for a reading and conversation about their latest books, the writing of fiction and drama, and the intersections between them.

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Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, ANDRÉ ALEXIS recently won two of Canada’s biggest writing prizes, the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His debut novel,Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. André’s newest book, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books, 2016) is a contemporary take on the quest narrative with a rich cast of characters; Adam Nayman wrote in Quill & Quire that “nobody is a mere archetype in Alexis’s universe, and far from digressions (or generic concessions), these subplots suggest the humane, egalitarian sensibility of a writer who’s reluctant to simply instrumentalize his characters.” Prior to André’s long and award-winning fiction career, he was playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company. André resides in Toronto.

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KIA CORTHRON has written many plays, fifteen of which have been produced nationally and internationally. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award. She has also written a bit of television (Edgar and Writers Outstanding Series awards for The Wire). The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016) is her first novel. Angela Davis called the novel “a stunning achievement by any measure—a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence,  yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.” Kia grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
FACE OUT: André Alexis and Kia Corthron in Conversation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032