Tag Archives: Poetry

February 21 – Mercy G’s The Awakening of My Senses Book Launch

Word Up Community Bookshop welcomes local author and Washington Heights native Mercedelli Graciano (Mercy G) to the store for an unforgettable evening! Her new book, The Awakening of my Senses, is a compilation of poems, quotes and essays describing the discovery of love and everything that comes with it. In this first book, her hope is to excite something in someone and entice them to navigate through their feelings in a healthy way. Preaching about falling in love, falling apart and regaining strength comes easy for this self-healer. Her goal is to teach people that anything can be done as long as we allow the process of life to guide us. With a sprinkle of self-love and a dash of awareness, Mercedelli Graciano brings us a masterpiece of emotions through her writing.
From the author:

“I would love to hold my book signing party surrounded by the streets that inspired so much of my poetry. Being a Dominican self-published author is one of my greatest accomplishments. I would love to celebrate with my people, como si fuera en la sala de mi casa.”

 

Mercy G’s The Awakening Of My Senses Book Signing
Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30-8:30

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032 

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January 25 – Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A

Join us for an intimate book reading with Melania-Luisa. She will be performing poems from her debut book, “MELA.”

Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 and 2018 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. Marte was a finalist at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Competition and ranked 5th in the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition and was just recently a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. She is the founder of “Melanin Goddess” a Dallas based feminist healing collective for WOC. You can get in touch with her for more reading and poetry engagments at www.melanialuisa.com

Melania-Luisa Marte Reading & Q+A                                             
Friday, January 25, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

December 20 – JP Infante in Conversation with Julian David Randall

Join Dominican Writers JP Infante in conversation with Cave Canem Poetry Pride winner Julian Randall and Poet Gabriel Ramirez.
Julian Randall is a Living Queer Afro-Dominican poet from Chicago. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors and a poetry editor for Freezeray Magazine. He is also a co-founder of the Afrolatinx poetry collective Piel Cafe. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Nepantla, Rattle, Ninth Letter, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner and The Adroit Journal among others. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi. Refuse is his debut collection of poetry which was published for winning the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
Gabriel Ramirez is a Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist. Gabriel is a youth mentor at Urban Word NYC. Ramirez is a Willow Arts Alliance fellow, Watering Hole Fellow and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. You can find his work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like The Volta, Winter Tangerine, Blueshift Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, African Voices, in ¡MANTECA!: an Anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press 2017) and forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017).
JP Infante in Conversation with Julian Randall and Gabriel Ramirez                                Thursday, December 20, 2018                       
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave
New York NY 10032

November 30- Elizabeth Acevedo Book Signing

Join us for a book signing by National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winner Elizabeth Acevedo. Elizabeth will be signing copies of her debut novel THE POET X. Organized in conjunction with Dominican Writers.

Elizabeth Acevedo Book Signing
Friday, November 30, 2018
4-6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

November 30- Nueva York Poetry Press

Nueva York Poetry Press

Recital de los poetas:
La imperfección del deseo (Colección Museo Salvaje vol.1) de Adrián Cadavid.
El idioma de los parques / The Language of the Parks (Colección Museo Salvaje vol.3) de Marisa Russo.
Los días de Ellwood (Colección Museo Salvaje vol.4) de Manuel Adrián López.
La orilla libre / The Free Shore (Colección Pared Contigua vol.1) de Pedro Larrea.”Los días de Ellwood” de Manuel Adrián López
Colección Museo Salvaje (homenaje a Olga Orozco) vol.4
Nueva York Poetry PressManuel Adrián López camina por la poesía atajando las imágenes que deben surgir desde el urbanismo ansioso y vertiginoso de la ciudad de Nueva York. La gran metrópoli, como un personaje que conmueve y contraría a la voz poética. Y junto con ella, una segunda persona que pasa revista por todos los poemas de este libro y que se ve aligerada en la sensibilidad ahíta de dolor y búsqueda.
La fuerza urbana de López y de su interlocutor -su actuante poético- asumen una empresa poética de la que no hay forma de dudar de su calidad lírica y con la que se dignifica la voz, cada vez más firme y potente, de este poeta.
Sin que este libro pretenda ser un diario, “Los días de Ellwood” son las razones que conllevan a su autor a despojarse de todas las máscaras, a darle a la ciudad y a su cosmopolitismo una fuerza líquida y desnuda que atraviesa cualquier significado desde sus más espléndidos significantes.
En este libro se demuestra que la experiencia puede ser una forma de presentar la universalidad sin derecho a que un poema se pertenezca solamente a su autor. Los lectores somos los que caminamos por los días de este poemario con toda la fuerza, la brutalidad y la aceptación del dolor. O como diría el cantautor catalán Joan Manuel Serrat: “Nunca es triste la verdad/ lo que no tiene es remedio”. Xavier Oquendo Troncoso

 Nueva York Poetry Press                                                                                        Friday, November 30, 2018                                                                                  6- 8 pm                                                                                                                  Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                             2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032