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March 26 – Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate


A reading of recent work from current and former Washington Heights residents and writers Danielle Lazarin and Phillip Lopate.

DANIELLE LAZARIN’S debut short story collection, BACK TALK, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 NYFA fellow in fiction and the recipient of multiple individual artists grants from NoMAA. She lives in her native New York, where she is at work on a novel.

PHILLIP LOPATE has written three personal essay collections; two novels, three poetry collections; and more works of criticism. Recent publications include Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays), To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction, and A Mother’s Tale (2017). He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYPL Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants, and two NYFA grants. After working with children for twelve years as a writer in schools, he taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, Hofstra University, New York University and Bennington College. He is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing.

Reading: Danielle Lazarin & Phillip Lopate
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

March 22 – Rebel Films Presents: Waltz with Bashir (2009)

*Waltz with Bashir* is an award winning animated documentary drama about the 1982 extermination of hundreds of Palestinian civilians at Sabra and Chatila in Lebanon. The brutal massacre was conducted by the Christian fascist “Falange,” with the aid of Israeli troops. The story of the genocide is told through the eyes of Israeli soldiers, one of whom is the director. Their tortured dreams make this a truly unique and powerful film. Actual footage taken in the aftermath of the slaughter further dramatizes the horror. This film was released as Israeli attacks on Gaza resumed in 2009, generating praise for the film but also criticism from the Right and the Left. Join us as we watch and then discuss the powerful *Waltz with Bashir.* For information: Socialist Action – spewnyc@aol.com
Rebel Films Presents: Waltz with Bashir (2009)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (Corner of 165 st)
New York NY 10032

March 24 – Book Launch: Relle the Poet

relle-booksigning-flyerRelle the Poet is touring NYC in celebration of the release of her very first book, and she invites all the artists of the Washington Heights community and beyond to join her. This event will feature a reading from Relle’s IN DISARRAY, a collection of poems, short stories, and letters. The night will also feature a one-hour open mic segment. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Book Launch: Relle the Poet
Friday, March 24, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032


March 17 – Cindy Vasquez Painting and Drawings

Word Up is honored to host the first exhibition of a Cindy M. Vasquez Diaz.
Cindy is a New Yorker of Dominican descent. She works primarily in illustration and painting, focusing on figures and portraits, portraying various environments and emotional states. A graduate of the High School of Fashion Industries, she holds an associate’s degree in fine art from LaGuardia Community College, and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in art education at City College.
“These are works I produced during my spare time, in my kitchen and bedroom. These works display personal anxieties, desires, comfort, confidence, repression, quirkiness, melancholy, and new discoveries of myself as I proceed in age. Some of these works show environmental illustrations infused with my concurrent thoughts or feelings. Overall, there’s no specific theme except the themes of existing in this lifetime, interacting with old and new people and environments, and growing up in a multicultural home and thriving as I move forward into an unknown blind future.”
—Cindy Vasquez

Warrior Queen’s Women’s Open Mic
Friday, March 17, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

March 18 – Uptown Stories Readings


Celebrate the young writers of Uptown Stories! Based in Washington Heights, Uptown Stories offers small-group, after-school writing workshops led by professional writers and master teachers. Students learn the craft of writing, engage their imaginations, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and join an exciting, supportive community. Learn more about Uptown Stories at www.uptownstories.org.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:30-1:30 – Creating Other Worlds
2:00-3:00 – Elements of Fiction

Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00-2:00 – The Game of Poetry
2:30-3:30 – It’s Your Thing
4:00-5:00 – POW! Comics Drawing Gallery

Uptown Stories Readings
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY