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March 3 – April 28 Creating Comics Rooted in Activism & Personal Experience

We all carry stories around with us, stories we we – no, need – other people to hear. Because they can be made by one person, without expensive equipment or advanced skills, zines, comics and graphic novels have a long history of being a fertile venue for frank, revelatory storytelling. They have also been made and used by activists for decades. In this class, we will take a look at the history of nonfiction stories in comics, and create our short, nonfiction comic from scratch. Please come to class with ideas for a personal story – either a personal narrative you would like to capture in comics form, or a cause you would like to discuss in comics form.

This class is open to folx aged 14 and up. There is a $75 fee for this eight session class, payable at the first session. Scholarships are available.

Please email the instructor, Ellen Lindner, at ellenlindner@gmail.com, to sign up.

Ellen Lindner is the author of two graphic novels, Undertow and The Black Feather Falls. She is also the editor of The Strumpet, a collection of comics by artists who identify as women. Her activist art is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, and she has contributed fictional and nonfictional short stories to many anthologies. Based in Upper Manhattan, she is currently working on The Cranklet’s Chronicle, a collection of stories about women and baseball. You can check out her work at littlewhitebird.com or on Instagram @ellenlindna

This class will be taught in English but all class materials will be available in English and Spanish.

Título de clase: “Crear cómics arraigados en el activismo y la experiencia personal”
Instructora: Ellen Lindner
Todos llevamos historias a nuestro alrededor: historias que queremos – ¡no, necesitamos! otras personas para escuchar. Debido a que pueden ser hechas por una sola persona, sin equipo costoso o habilidades avanzadas, los zines, historietas y novelas gráficas tienen una larga historia de ser un lugar fértil para contar historias francas y reveladoras. También han sido fabricadas y utilizadas por activistas durante décadas. En esta clase, echaremos un vistazo a la historia de las historias no ficticias en cómics, y crearemos nuestro cómic corto de no ficción desde cero. Por favor, vengan a clase con ideas para una historia personal – o una narrativa personal que te gustaría capturar en forma de comics, o una causa que te gustaría discutir en forma de comics.

Esta clase está abierta a todo gente a partir de los 14 años. Hay una cuota de $75 por esta clase de ocho sesiones, pagadera en la primera sesión, que incluye una donación a Word Up Community Bookshop. Hay becas disponibles.

Sobre la instructora:
Ellen Lindner es autora de dos novelas gráficas, Undertow y The Black Feather Falls. También es la editora de The Strumpet, una colección de cómics de artistas que se identifican como mujeres. Su arte activista está en la colección del Museo Smithsonian, y ha contribuido con cuentos cortos ficticios y no ficticios en muchas antologías. Basada en el Alto Manhattan, actualmente está trabajando en una colección de historias de no ficción sobre mujeres y béisbol. Pueden ver su trabajo en littlewhitebird.com o en Instagram @ellenlindna

Creating Comics Rooted in Activism &Personal Experience              Weekly on Sunday, March 3– April 28, 2019                                                 1-3 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032 

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February 17 – Building the Foundation: Organizing 101 with BYP100!

 

Building upon the Foundation will be led by the New York Chapter Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). This workshop will focus on what organizing is while addressing the important difference from activism. In addition, BYP100 will share their political framework, the work they are doing and how you can get involved!
 
Building upon the Foundation: Organizing 101 with BYP100!                                                Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:00–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

September 6- Stories I Would Tell a Million Times

Come one, come all to an opening reception and live reading for “Stories I Would Tell a Million Times. A Show of Nonfiction Comics Narratives From Members of the Word Up Community”.
We will celebrate the opening of this show with the participants in a recent class led by local teaching artist Ellen Lindner at Word Up Community Bookshop. Students will present their work in a live reading at 7:30! Light refreshments will be served.

Participating artists:
Jason Couvertier
Marisol Cruz
Sharon de la Cruz
Liz Frances                                                                                                                               Brian Hidaldo
Ronny Hidalgo
Taran Kim
Jonah Newman
Jen Ortiz
Jasmina Tomic

Stories I Would Tell a Million Times                                                                Thursday, September 6, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032

 

August 15- No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell L. Moore

 

UPDATE: We finally rescheduled with Darnell L. Moore! Come Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria Wednesday, August 15 to hear him in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith.

When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.

What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA.

In bold and inspiring prose, Darnell traces his life from his childhood in Camden, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he found his voice and his calling as a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life counted. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.

At Word Up, Darnell will be in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Books will be available for sale at the bookshop, and are also available online on our website: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781568589480.                                             The event will be introduced by Memphis Washington, founder of the Q&T Meetup at Word Up.

Reading: NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: Darnell L. Moore                                              Wednesday, August 15, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032