Tag Archives: Author’s Reading

Word Up – Junot Díaz at the United Palace

Doors 5:30, show 6pm. Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, “Islandborn,” with a Q&A and book signing to follow.  In “Islandborn,” Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. She can’t remember The Island; she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends and their memories, Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

– Standard tickets are $25, and one copy of the book is included in that price.

– Tickets are also available for $15, with no book included.

– Tickets for kids under 12 and seniors 65+ are available for $5. These tickets do not include a book.

English and Spanish editions of the book will be available for sale at the event, for $17.99 plus sales tax. Please support your local volunteer-run nonprofit community bookshop!

For co-sponsorship opportunities, please inquire at info@wordupbooks.com.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller. He is a MacArthur “Genius,” a Guggenheim Fellow, and a graduate of Rutgers University. Fiction editor at the Boston Review and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Díaz is the cofounder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation.

Junot Díaz presents Islandborn
Friday, April 13, 2018
5:30 doors; 6pm event
Location: United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St., 10033
Ticket prices: $5–25 (see ticket link for further details)

Word Up Poetry Book Launch: Ryan Harper

Ryan Harper’s *My Beloved Had a Vineyard* (The Poetry Press, 2018) is the winner of the 2017 Prize Americana for Poetry. In this collection, Harper turns over the dark soil of American culture—its popular music, landscapes, spiritualities, and prophetic national literature that ranges from Emerson to Rukeyser to Baldwin. “My Beloved Had a Vineyard” wrestles with the danger, beauty, and possibility of life on the margins in a nation ever verging on democracy.

Ryan Harper is a visiting assistant professor in New York University’s Religious Studies Program. He is the author of The Gaithers and Southern Gospel: Homecoming in the Twenty-First Century (University Press of Mississippi) and the poetry chapbook Memphis Left at Cairo (Finishing Line). Other work appears in Mississippi Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, Chattahoochee Review, Killing the Buddha, and elsewhere.

Light refreshments will be served.

March Above the Bridge Writers’ Café, “Spring Awakening”

So…it looks like we’re due for another snowstorm next week?  Shall we pretend that’s not going to happen and hear some writers read their pieces on “Spring Awakening” instead?  Sounds like a good idea to us! Come join us for a Writers Cafe this Monday, March 19 featuring the work of:  Scott Chasolen, Glenn Dornfeld, Varese Layzer, Rebecca Mason, Maribel Perez, Emma Poole, Peg Rapp,
Niki Singh.  Continue reading March Above the Bridge Writers’ Café, “Spring Awakening”

Razor Blade Readings at Tannat Wine & Cheese

Join us for our second literary reading on Sunday afternoon. Drink wine, nosh on some farm-to-table eats, and fill your soul with words.The readers left to right are:  Abigail Kirby Conklin’s poetry has been published by The Lampeter Review, and Flumes Literary Journal. Her work has also been featured by Indolent Books’ online series What Rough Beast, the blogs The Poetry Shed and Bonus Cut, and the online writers’ community The Bridge. She lives in New York City, where she works in education and curriculum development.

Erin Lynn is pursuing her Ph.D. in Poetry at the University of Connecticut, where she is a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize and teaches English. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the Alexander Posey Contest. She co-curates Poor Mouth Poetry Reading Series in the Bronx and edits “This Morning” for Coldfront Magazine.

Michael Klein is a four-time Lambda Literary finalist and two time winner of the award. He has four books of poetry and two books of prose and teaches at Goddard College’s MFA Program and Hunter College in New York.