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

We all carry stories around with us, stories we want—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 sign up at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-i-would-tell-a-million-times-nonfiction-comics-class-with-ellen-lindner-tickets-57335603333?aff=affiliate1.

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.

“Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.


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


February 24 – Monster María: Children’s Book Reading and Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

What happens when a terrible storm threatens to destroy an island? Can one little girl, Marisol, manage to swim the ocean and save her beloved Puerto Rico? Monster María is a bilingual picture book that tells Marisol’s story—a book about love, family, community, and resilience.

Please come hear co-author Pamela L. Laskin and illustrator/co-translator Wildriana Paulino read from Monster María, or Marisol Y El Huracán Maria, on Sunday, February 24, 12–1:30pm. The book is perfect for ages 3 to 6.

Sonia Manzano, the celebrated actress and writer who played “Maria” on Sesame Street, says of the book: “It celebrates the magical optimism in all of us.”

Written by Pamela L. Laskin and Lyn Di Iorio. Translated by Wildriana Paulino and Lyn Di Iorio. Art by Wildriana Paulino.

All profits from the sale of the book will benefit Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center


¿Qué sucede cuando una terrible tormenta amenaza con destruir una isla? ¿Puede Marisol, una pequeña niña, conseguir nadar el oceáno y salvar a su amada isla Puerto Rico? Monster María/ Marisol y El Huracán María es un libro infantil mágico para edades de 3 a 6 años que cuenta su historia: Un libro sobre amor, familia, una comunidad y la resilencia.

Vengan a escuchar la lectura del libro bilingüe Monster María/Marisol y El Huracán María, por Pamela L. Laskin y Wildriana Paulino el 24 de febrero desde las 12–1:30PM. El libro is perfecto para niñxs de edades 3 a 6.

Sonia Manzano, la actrís y escritora celebrada que hico el papel de “Maria” en Calle Sesame, dice sobre el libro: “Celebra el optimismo mágico en todos nosotros.”

Escrito por Pamela L. Laskin y Lyn Di lorio. Traducida por Wildirana Paulino y Lyn Di lorio. Arte por Wildriana Paulino.

Todos los beneficios de la venta del libro se beneficiarán de Centros Sor Isolina Ferré Canóvanas Center.

Monster Maria: A Children’s Book Reading & Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

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

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

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
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 15 – Ser(es) Latin(x): Love & Magic VI

La Pluma y La Tinta presents this Valentine’s Day/Friday the 13th-themed reading featuring Latinx writers and poets, now in its sixth installment, focusing on poems and stories dealing with macabre love.

RSVP: info@plumaytinta.org

 Ser(es) Latin(x): Love & Magic VI
Sunday, January 27, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032