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26 de Julio- Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ

Primera antología de poesía cubana y cubanoamericana sobre temas diversos (familia, sociedad, afectividad, creación, redes de inspiración, identidad, etc.) relacionados con la condición LGBTQ. Los editores son Jesus J. Barquet y Virgilio López Lemus. Entre los 42 autores incluidos están Richard Blanco, Magali Alabau, Manuel Adrian Lopez, Maya Islas, Achy Obejas, Alina Galliano, Amauri Gutiérrez Coto, Reinaldo García Ramos, Abilio Estévez, Antón Arrufat, Damaris Calderón, Isel Rivero, Jorge Garcia de la Fe, Lina de Feria, Emilio Bejel, Carlos Pintado, Yosie Crespo, Mabel Cuesta, Odette Alonso, Alberto Lauro, Nelson Simón, Yoandy Cabrera, Norge Espinosa, Nelson Diaz de Villegas y Frank Padron.

Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ                                                                                                              Jueves 26 de julio, 2018                                                                                                      6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                  Librería Comunitaria Word Up                                                                                      2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                                       Nueva York NY 10032


July 19- Love War Stories: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker

Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how “love wars” break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.

At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.

Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781936932252. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!

Reading: LOVE WAR STORIES: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker                                                                                                                Thursday, July 19, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032

July 18- No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell L. Moore 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 in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith                                                                                                 Wednesday, July 18, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032

7 de Julio: Proyección de película/Screening: Mujeres Extraordinarias

Proyección de película/Screening: Mujeres Extraordinarias

Documental Mujeres Extraordinarias volumen II, una historia oral de mujeres dominicanas, con una gran trayectoria de lucha a favor de los derechos, realizado por Yildalina Tatem Brache (jurista, docente y documentalista dominicana). (60 min.)

This documentary Mujeres Extraorinarias, volume 2, directed by Yildalina Tatem Brache, features 4 exemplary women from the Dominican Republic, sharing their marvelous stories: Lulú Contreras, Magaly Pineda, Susi Pola and Milagros Ortiz Bosch.

Proyección de película/Screening: Mujeres Extraordinarias                                Sábado, 7 de julio, 2018                                                                                                       3–5pm                                                                                                                                  Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                            2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                                  Nueva York NY 10032                                                                           http://www.wordupbooks.com


7/12, 8/9, 9/13: Free the Arts Jam

Free The Arts Jam
Come connect with community to share in an artistic and mutual healing peer support space, towards liberation and freedom. Freedom to bring in and share whatever material, in whatever medium, freedom to make mistakes, freedom to be your unique whole self and collaborate with like minds. We move our bodies, we sing, chant, make music, we share and write poetry, we tell our stories in a multitude of way towards understanding, skill sharing, playing, co-creating and supporting each other. If you deal with mental health issues, or what society has labelled “mental illness”, or what has also been reclaimed as “madness”, or invisible disabilities, or “Neurodivergence” – having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal”, than this is a healing justice space is for you! This event is open to all ages, bodies, and minds, though we are centering the needs of Black and Brown, Trans and Queer, Neurodivergent / Mad folks. You can learn more about Free The Arts Fest at freetheartsfestival.com or by emailing freetheartsfestival@gmail.com.
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one will be turned away.
Free the Arts Jam
Second Thursdays: July 12, August 9, September 13, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032