May 12 and 13 – NEX1:KIDMARAVILLA

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CHRISTIAN MORALES is a Washington Heights native. A seasoned actor classically trained actor in the American Theater who is deeply immersed in the actor’s process and also a NYC based professional Bachata musician.

James Estevez is a native of Washington Heights. A seasoned Director who’s studied with Master Acting teacher Miranda McDermott at New Media Repertory in New York City.
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Inner-city Bachatero KID MARAVILLA (KID MARVELOUS) AKA Casey Ibanez takes you through a personal recount of his personal life, music career, recovery from drug addiction, and the tale of the emergence of a present day hip Washington Heights; during a brief musical stint on an uptown A-train bound platform in Washington Heights, Uptown New York City.

NEX1:KIDMARAVILLA
Thu and Fri, May 12 and 13, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 11 – Reading Event: Ana Castillo & Nancy Mercado

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Ana Castillo has been called one of the most powerful voices in Chicana literature. Her award-winning novels, plays, poetry and essays offer sharp, incisive, and passionate socio-political commentary on issues of race, gender, motherhood, and identity. She’ll read, discuss, and sign copies of her provocative new memoir, BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me, on May 10th (Mother’s Day in Mexico).

Nancy Mercado is the author of a new book; Please Postpone My Death and It Concerns the Madness. She is the editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e/Magazine; the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College- CUNY, an online literary journal. Published in dozens of anthologies, Mercado has presented throughout the US, in Cuba and abroad.

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Ana Castillo constituye una de las voces más potentes de la literatura chicana. Sus premiadas obras de narrativa, teatro, poesía y ensayo ofrecen reflexiones sociopolíticas agudas, incisivas y apasionadas sobre temas como la raza, el género, la maternidad o la identidad. El 11 de mayo (precisamente uno después del Día de la Madre en México) leerá, comentará y firmará copias de sus nuevas y provocativas memorias: Black Dove: mamá, mi’jo and me [Paloma negra: mamá, mi’jo y yo], donde entreteje relatos intergeneracionales de su familia mexicano-americana, al tiempo que explora el significado de lo que supone ser soltera, de piel morena, feminista y madre en un mundo de encarcelaciones masivas, elaboración de perfiles a partir de estereotipos raciales y brutalidad policial.

Nancy Mercado es la editora de la primera antología Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology compuesta de escritoras del movimiento literario llamado Nuyorican, publicada en Voces por El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College- CUNY, Nueva York. La Dra. Mercado ha publicado un libro de poesía, It Concerns the Madness. Su próximo poemario, Please Postpone my Death se publicará este septiembre.

Reading Event: Ana Castillo & Nancy Mercado
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
7-10pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 24 – Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua

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This is the 3rd annual English/Spanish celebration of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating the spring, and reminding of an escape from slavery and that no one is free until everyone is free. There will be a short bilingual participatory ceremony open designed to be accessible to people of all faiths. This will be followed by a potluck meal.

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 22 – We Were Us: A Poetry Reading

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Tejan Green will read from her collaboration with Jeremy Lydell Beauregard, “We Were Us,” which was released earlier this year on Ten G Publishing, Jason Ueda will read new work for his forthcoming collection of poems dealing with ghosts, Michael Keenan will read from his collection, “For Night,” which will be released by BlazeVOX Books later this year, and Christopher Janigian will read new work.

Bilingual Passover Celebration/Celebración Bilingue de la Pascua
Friday, April 22, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 16 – Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

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Book Launch of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women.
With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect the daily lives of these Latina women.
The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.
A reading and book signing with the following contributors:
ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ, (Editor) recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, holds an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. Her writing has been adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time, and Second Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also appeared in Muthamagazine.com, Consequence magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and is the editor of the annual Middle & High School Voices for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.
KERSY CORPORAN has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a teenager. Her love of literature and writing led her to attend Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she earned her MA in English education. She has led workshops in teaching writing, culturally responsive teaching, and issues of social justice. Kersy especially enjoys helping teens tell their stories and currently teaches high school in northern New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
CAROLINA GONZÁLEZ is a writer and teacher who has worked in academia, media, and the arts for the past two decades. As a journalist, she has covered education, immigration, politics, music, and Latino culture in various alternative and mainstream media outlets. The guidebook she coauthored with Seth Kugel, Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, was published in 2006. Currently she works in communications for the union 32BJ SEIU, continues to work independently on radio projects, and teaches at the Milano School for International Affairs at The New School. Her essay was written in 2007; Milena is now nine years old.
MIRIAM MEJÍA, a Dominican writer living in New York, studied statistics and sociology at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. She has published Crisálida (1997), De fantasmas interiores y otras complejidades (2004), Garabatos en púrpura (2007), Piel de agua (2008), Aristas ancestrales (2010), Mujeres en claves (2010), and . . . y la imagen se hizo verso (2012). She also coedited La palabra rebelada/revelada: El poder de contarnos (2011). Her work appears in the anthologies Di aroma di café (2006), Antología de cuentistas dominicanas (2007), Voces de la inmigración: Historias y testimonios de mujeres inmigrantes dominicanas (2007), and Para no cansarles con el cuento (2015).
SOFIA QUINTERO, a self-proclaimed Ivy League homegirl, is a writer, activist, speaker, and producer. Her first three novels, written under the pen name Black Artemis, are included in the Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. Quintero also writes “chick lit,” erotica, and young adult fiction under her real name. She has been featured in the New York Post, El Diario/La Prensa, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Latina, and Upscale. Kirkus called her latest novel, Show and Prove, “powerful and thought-provoking, an homage to a climactic hip-hop era.” To learn more about her and her various creative and political projects, visit www.sofiaquintero.com.
LEONOR SUAREZ was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Washington Heights in New York City at the age of eleven. She received her BA in Latin American literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she wrote her first novel, Lent Sacrifice. She is currently working on her second novel.

 

Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women
Saturday, April 16, 2016
1-3pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 13 and 20 – Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know Dominican History

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Now You Know: Dominican History – Part I brings you the real history of the Dominican Republic going back to when the island was Kiskeya.

Part 2 of Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know: Dominican History
The trek of Dominicans into the United States, and specific areas within it, has had a significant cultural, historical, political and spiritual impact. We’ll explore key dates, times and events that have been a part of this process, and are still relevant today.

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Ya Tu Sabe: Historia Dominicana – Parte I te trae la verdadera historia de la República Dominicana regresando a cuando la isla era Kiskeya.

Parte 2 de Ya Tu Sabe: Historia Dominicana
El viaje de Domincanxs a los estados unidos, y ciertas areas especficas, ha tenido un significado cultural, historico, politico y espiritual. Exploramos fechas, e eventos importantes que han hacido parte de este proceso, y que aun nos afectan hoy.

Ya Tu Sabe / Now You Know Dominican History
Wednesdays, April 13 and 20, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 2 – Story Time Family Breakfast

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Please join us for a special edition of story time featuring Kenneth Zhumi, an 11-year-old boy who has Autism. He loves to draw as a way to express himself to the world. He loves little horses. They go with him everywhere. He hopes you enjoy his books as much as he loves writing and drawing them.

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One of Kenneth’s teachers, Jury Rosario, an applied behavior analysis specialist, will be joining Kenneth and his family as Kenneth makes his reading debut at Word Up. Kenneth’s six full-color booklets will be available for sale.

A tasty breakfast will be served 11–11:30am. Reading and conversation starting at 11:30am.

Story Time Family Breakfast
Saturday, April 2, 2016
11am-1pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY