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

June 3- Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick

A 3-hour fiction workshop geared toward Latinx students and writers who want to have their fiction closely critiqued by a former acquisitions editor at a major publishing house. Participants will receive feedback from the instructor on how to revise their pieces for publication as well as have their work critiqued by the participating writers. Creative work can be either short stories or beginnings of novels, restricted to 3, 500 word count max.

Ticketed event: $40, 8 slots available deadline to confirm is May 25, 2018. RSVP here:
Toni Kirkpatrick (Toni Margarita Plummer) is a Macondo Fellow, a winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize, and author of the story collection The Bolero of Andi Rowe. A contributor to the anthologiesWise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, she has published other short fiction in PALABRA, Kweli, Label Me Latina/o, Origins Online, andRiver River. For more than ten years, Toni worked as an acquisitions editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she enjoyed discovering Latinx writers. Now she is a freelance editor. Visit her websites at ToniMargaritaPlummer.Wordpress.com and Toni.Kirkpatrick.com

Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

February 25: Que Bola, Acere—Workshop with Ashe International, Inc.

In this workshop, Dr. William Ross, will be sharing his history of travel to Cuba since 1997 when he went for the first time as a member of the Venceremos Brigade. In lieu,  of the ever-increasing popularity of traveling to the island, Dr. Ross will share the information needed for individuals to understand life and culture on the island so as not to disrespect the Cuban people and to maximize the positivity of their experience. An explanation of the Embargo the US has against Cuba and its effects on travel. Traveling to Cuba under the Trump administration. Understanding the dual currency system in Cuba. Understanding life in Cuba. Understanding the way tourism and tourists really affect the life of the average Cuban. Explaining the formation of a grassroots tour to Cuba with Ashe International, Inc. Understanding the role politics play in modern Cuban Life. Dr. Ross will be joined by writer Priscilla Hernandez who will share her experience at the island and the importance of being a traveler not a tourist.    BIOS:                                                                                                                    Dr. William Q. Ross (aka Mission) is the son of Young Lord who was always taught that the movement is never ending and we must always do our best to provide resources for our community. With degrees in Business Management, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and Spiritual Counseling, Dr. Ross focuses on not only ensuring resources are created for the community, but also that they are sustained. He specializes in working with urban youth and has been instrumental in ending conflicts between street organizations in the United States and abroad, as well creating leadership curriculum for public schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations. He is a writer and the President & Founder of Ashé International, Inc. In 1997, Dr. Ross visited Cuba for the first time, his introduction to the land, culture, traditions, perseverance, and passion of the Cuban people laid the foundation for his continual and consistent travel back to Cuba for the decades to come. An initiated Palero, Santero, and Babalawo, as well as an ordained Interfaith Minister, Dr. Ross focuses on celebrating the spirituality of all disciplines and honoring the paths associated with them.

Priscilla Hernández is a VONA 2016 Travel Writer Workshop Alum. Ms. Hernández is a fledgling writer currently working on her memoir. She has dedicated her life to social justice, art and activism. She has been fortunate to travel far and wide including trips to England with her Lehman College Theater major classmates as well as Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo with her sisters of What Better Looks Like, a non-profit near and dear to her heart. In October 2017 she visited Cuba, a bucket list trip, in a personalized tour facilitated by Dr. William Q. Ross of Ashé International. Through her Travel Writing she will share her experience as a Latina and Solo Woman traveler. She has adopted the motto: Traveler Not Tourist.


Que Bola, Acere: with Ashe International, INC.
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018
12:30 – 2:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                http://www.wordupbooks.com


December 14 – The Heart of The Story

The Heart of The Story: Join us for a writing workshop celebrating the art of storytelling as a tool to heal communities and ourselves. Come write your stories. All genres are welcome. 

ALICIA ANABEL SANTOS is a Priestess, Afrolatina/Dominican Writer, Lesbian, Speaker, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, and Activist. She is from Bushwick, Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer. Her work honors and celebrates the contributions of Latin American women of the diaspora. Anabel is the Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group with over 700 women writers.

She has been a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and has written for LATINA Magazine. In 2011 she published her memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love and her play I WAS BORN was selected as part of the ONE Festival in New York. She has worked for renowned magazines, yet it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine, “Two Cultures Marching to One Drum,” which would change the direction of her life. In 2008, she joined Creador Pictures as Writer / Producer of its first documentary, AfroLatinos: An Untaught History.  

In 2008 Alicia Anabel Santos and Renzo Devia, Director / Executive Producer of Afrolatinos embarked on a journey of self-discovery African roots by traveling to almost every single country in Latin America. The intention was to document the African influence in Latino culture seeking out the often unspoken truths, stories and hidden facts about this history. What they discovered was a history that had never been taught. It became a spiritual and educational adventure that would change their lives forever. Renzo took his 20+ years of experience producing television combined with Alicia’s passion for writing and they created AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story.

AFROLATINOS LA HISTORIA QUE NUNCA NOS CONTARON is the story of the estimated 150 million Afrodescendants throughout Latin America who have been excluded from historical narratives, literature and academia. With the United Nations declaring 2015-2024, the International Decade of People of African Descent including Latinos in the discourse is revolutionary. Afrolatinos takes you on a journey throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations as we learn about their history, religions, music, dance and many contributions. We hope this documentary will empower Afrolatinos to start a dialogue that creates awareness, to promote change and to give voice to a large community who have been silenced and historically marginalized. Afrolatinos premiered and has sold out screenings at the United Nations and the Pan African American Film Festival.

She can be found writing her ass off! Alicia attended New York University and lives in the Bronx, New York with her partner.

The Heart of The Story
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop