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Word Up Recirculation – Reading: WORDS UNWHISPERED by Pamela L. Laskin

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New YorkNY 10032


Join us for a reading with Pamela L. Laskin for her latest novel Words Unwhispered (Cervena Barva Press 2023).

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time.

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


WORDS UNWHISPERED is a book of ghazals written during the pandemic. Why the ghazal? It is a lyric form that expresses sorrow and grief in the best possible way. I would like to think of these poems as songs of sorrow since the beginning of COVID and the subsequent months that followed were times of isolation, loneliness, and enormous despair. In amidst these myriad of feelings were the small moments of grace: watching television indoors with a loved one; a special phone call; dreams of a time when we could all emerge outside of this black box, when our words would spin in the wind, unwhispered.


Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department at City College, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate Children’s Writing, and directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Several of her children’s and poetry books have been published. RONIT AND JAMIL, A Palestinian/Israeli ROMEO AND JULIET in verse was published by Harper Collins in 2017, and was named among the 35 books to have on your radar for 2017. BEA, a picture book, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Children’s Fiction in 2018. She is the winner of the 2018 International Fiction Prize from Leapfrog Press, and WHY NO BHINE, an epistolary novel about the Rohingya Muslims, was published in 2019. The Operating System published a bilingual picture book, MONSTER MARIA, which is about Hurricane Maria, and is being used as a fundraiser for after-school programs in Puerto Rico. Linus Press published MY SECRET WISH about families seeking asylum, and is also being used as a fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together.

Hudson View Gardens: Joyce Carol Oates Reading

Bloom Readings, along with the Castle Village Events Committee, is co-sponsoring one big event at the HVG Lounge on Sunday, September 24th, at 6:00 PM

Joyce Carol Oates will be reading from her new collection, “Zero-Sum”.

Ms. Oates, author of 160 books, including novels, short-story collections, mysteries and books of poetry, obviously needs no introduction  The evening will also include an interview and a question & answers period.

Also, her newest book will be available for purchase and signing on-site courtesy of our neighborhood bookstore, WordUp Community Bookshop at 165th and Amsterdam.

The event is sponsored by HVG Community Activities Committee.
Suggested donation: $10.  Save the Date!

Andrea Navedo’s “Our Otherness Is Our Strength” in conversation with Elisabet Velasquez

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New YorkNY 10032



Andrea Navedo is coming uptown to Recirculation, a project of Word Up, to read & sign her new memoir Our Otherness Is Our Strength: Wisdom from the Boogie Down Bronx. In the book, Navedo shares her story of growing up in “da South Bronx—boogie down, burning”—in order to inspire young people who grew up like she did and who, after being counted out, were still determined to succeed. In conversation with Navedo will be Elisabet Velasquez, author of When We Make It: A Nuyorican Novel.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

Q & T Picnic & Reading: CHEF’S CHOICE by TJ Alexander

Join Q & T Community for the annual Pride Picnic with a special reading of CHEF’S CHOICE by TJ Alexander.

Come and receive a free recipe/character card from Chef’s Choice (while supplies last)!

WHEN: Saturday, June 24 @ 3pm
LOCATIONDongan Lawn in Fort Tryon Park

3pm –  Snacks & Chats
3:30pm – Reading from Chef’s Choice by TJ Alexander
4pm – Picnic and Games

If you have dietary restrictions, questions, comments, or concerns, please email Memphis Washington at qntcommunity@gmail.com.

***This is meant to be an open space for mingling and getting to know more Uptown LGBTQ+ people. This is an explicitly LGBTQ+ space, which means that we expect people to respect each other’s various modes of expression, pronouns, and showing up.


A fake dating arrangement turns to real love in this deliciously delightful queer rom-com from the author of the sweetly satisfying Chef’s Kiss.

When Luna O’Shea is unceremoniously fired from her frustrating office job, she tries to count her blessings: she’s a proud trans woman who has plenty of friends, a wonderful roommate, and a good life in New York City. But blessings don’t pay the bills.

Enter Jean-Pierre, a laissez-faire trans man and the heir to a huge culinary empire—which he’ll only inherit if he can jump through all the hoops his celebrity chef grandfather has placed in his path. First hoop: he needs a girlfriend, a role that Luna is happy to play…for the right price. She’s got rent to pay, after all! Second hoop: they both need to learn how to cook a series of elaborate, world-renowned family recipes to prove that Jean-Pierre is a worthy heir. Admittedly, Luna doesn’t even know how to crack an egg, but she’s not going to let that—or any pesky feelings for Jean-Pierre—stop her.

Another swoon-worthy and heartwarming queer love story from a charming new voice in romance.

TJ Alexander writes about queer love. Originally from Florida, they received their MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston. They live in New York City with their wife and various houseplants.