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Word Up Recirculation: de ir sé que vine: Mell Rivera Díaz in conversation with Gabriel Carle

Thursday, July 11, 2024 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New YorkNY 10032


Author & musician Mell Rivera Diaz will read from his poetry book, de ir sé que vine, featuring poems in Spanish and English. The reading will be accompanied by original music, performed by the author. In conversation with Rivera Diaz will be prize-winning author Gabriel Carle.

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.

Mell Rivera Díaz (1994, San Juan, Puerto Rico) es poeta, compositor, y estudiante doctoral de Spanish en la Universidad de California, Irvine. Mientras escribe sobre la literatura de la diáspora puertorriqueña para su tesis doctoral, lleva una vida de migración circular entre Irvine, California y Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Gabriel Carle (b. San Juan, 1993) is a writer and academic researching queerness, race, migration, and the environment in Caribbean literatures and cultures. They completed a BA in Escritura Creativa at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University. They are based in New York City.

This project was supported in part by the University of California Office of the President MRPI funding M22PS5863.

Cuarto de Pegar: A Performance of Poetry and Music by Pablo Helguera

Cuarto de Pegar / Collage Parlor is a performance by artist Pablo Helguera that includes storytelling, poetry, and music, culminating a year of research and exploration within the collection of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library.

Cuarto de Pegar departs from an early memory of the artist in his childhood home in Colonia Roma in Mexico City, a large house once owned and initially furnished by his grandfather, Ignacio Helguera, who had a particular fascination with Spanish art and literature.

This event will feature a solo performance, a theatrical monologue, that incorporates poetry, song, and storytelling in pieces composed by the artist. It will include a musician to accompany the performance and a digital projector to display archival material. The autobiographical narrative will be a reflection upon the cultural relationship between Latin America and Spain and the inheritance of those historical narratives for a Mexican family that emigrated to the United States. The work will include musical excerpts of works by Manuel De Falla (Siete Canciones Populares Españolas), Zarzuela (“Yo no sé qué veo en Ana Mari”, from “El Caserío” by Guridi), and a Spanish Renaissance song from the Cancionero de Upsala (“Si la Noche Haze Escura”).

This performance is the result of research and interactions with staff at the Hispanic Society Museum and Library as a part of Pablo’s 2023 NYSCA Artist Fellowship.


May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and be led by poet Paul Rabinowitz through Fort Tryon Park to see and hear dance, music, and poetry performed on benches, lawns, stairways, pathways, near rock faces, and under trees.  This impressive ensemble of contemporary artists inspired by nature and the elegance of Fort Tryon Park collectively draw from Modern, Flamenco, Jazz, Folk, and Brazilian-Afro lineages and styles.