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Word Up: Say More Open Mic

Calling all writers, performers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly open mic —first Fridays of the month. Hosted by Lethy Liriano, founder of WHAM (Washington Heights Artist Movement), and Sciryl of Mankind. All ages and persuasions, gather to share, learn, and experience together. Suggested donation: $10

¡Se hace un llamado a todos los escritores, raperos, músicos, oradores, bailarines y artistas de todo tipo! Unanse a nuestro micrófono abierto—cada primer viernes de mes. Esta es una colaboración entre WHAM (Lethy Liriano) y Sciryl de Mankind. Individuos de todas edades y persuasiones pueden juntarse a compartir, aprender y vivir una experiencia en grupo. Donación sugerida: $10


How Trump Stole 2020: Greg Palast in conversation with Noam Chomsky, moderated by Amy Goodman

Book Launch: How Trump Stole 2020: Greg Palast in conversation with Noam Chomsky, moderated by Amy Goodman

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
7pm EST (4pm PST)

$20 ticket includes a copy of How Trump Stole 2020
Tickets: https://www.wordupbooks.com/event/how-trump-stole-2020

Join us on Tuesday, July 14, at 7pm EST, for a conversation on voter suppression with Greg Palast (How Trump Stole 2020), Noam Chomsky (Requiem for the American Dream), and Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!).

The right to vote is not guaranteed. Between closing poll sites, purging voter rolls, and manipulating voting machines, the U.S. government has gone to great lengths to keep you from voting. Greg Palast’s newest book, How Trump Stole 2020, exposes the depth of this scheme, and the ways in which our elected officials have focused their efforts specifically on disenfranchising voters of color, primarily Black and Indigenous voters in red or purple states.

Vote theft was once considered to be a marginal issue that no one wanted to talk about, but as the stakes have risen and the facts have become known it is now recognized as one of the central issues deciding our presidential elections. The scope is staggering. In the Georgia 2018 midterm election alone—the testing ground—Republican voting officials quietly removed half a million voters from the voter rolls. How Trump Stole 2020 is the story of the racially poisonous schemes to steal the 2020 election, the political operatives behind the trickery—and the hard right billionaires funding it all, written by the investigative reporter who has been covering this story from the outset.

To attend the event, purchase a ticket through Word Up (or Book Passage or Third Place Books). We will share your email address with Seven Stories Press. The link to the event will be sent to you directly by Seven Stories Press prior to the event date. 

Word Up: BIPOC Perspectives on Publishing


A discussion on what compels publishing professionals to stay in the field, and their visions for the future~

The publishing industry has been slow to become diverse in race, class, gender, ability, and more. As diversity surveys and campaigns like #PublishingPaidMe have exploded the issue, and initiatives like BIPOC-focused internships and coalitions have helped change the landscape, overall structural change still upholds establishment norms. Yet, the desire to create the best books possible for readers still drives many BIPOC to remain in the industry. Four book publishing professionals from companies of varied structures—Ibrahim Ahmad (Akashic Books), Angela Abreu (Dominican Writers Press), Chantz Erolin (Graywolf Press), and Nicole Counts (One World/Penguin Random House)—discuss why they joined the publishing industry, what challenges they have faced within it, and how we might tackle the work that needs to be done to ensure that books reach all audiences. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer N. Baker, whose nearly 20 years of experience come to bear on her long-running podcast Minorities in Publishing.


Angela “Angy” Abreu is a Dominican-American mom, writer and community organizer. Angy firmly believes that “if it does not exist then you must create it.”  In 2015, feeling dismissed as a Dominican American writer in many literary spaces, she decided to create the Dominican Writers Association, a 501 c3 non-profit organization solely dedicated to highlighting content that not only promotes the works of Dominican Writers but also provides them with the tools and resources necessary for their development. Part of DWA’s activities include the book publishing arm, DWA Press. Angy is the Creative Director of Dominican Writers and along with the Board manages and creates content that serves the Dominican Writers population.

Ibrahim Ahmad is the editorial director at Akashic Books, where he has worked in various capacities since 2000. He teaches at the Wilkes MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program and Literary Publishing MA Program, leads frequent writing workshops, and is the cofounder, with Akashic publisher Johnny Temple, of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program. In 2015 he was named one of four finalists for the inaugural Star Watch prize by Publishers Weekly, awarded to “young industry professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry.”

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). She has volunteered with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books and I, Too Arts Collective, and spoken widely on topics of inclusion, the craft of writing/editing, podcasting, and the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.

Nicole Counts is a Senior Editor at One World, an imprint of Random House, where she works with Fatimah Asghar, Morgan Parker, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Donovan X. Ramsey, Brittany Packnett, Danielle Geller and Gabi Burnham among others. She started her career in marketing and publicity at PublicAffairs and Nation Books. She is a freelance writer, as well as a facilitator and mentor with Girls, Write Now, a mentor with Representation Matters Mentorship Program, and a member of POC in publishing. A Jersey native and Philly lover, she lives in Brooklyn.

Chantz Erolin works with poets through manuscript development and all stages of production as editorial and production associate at Graywolf Press, where he was the inaugural Citizen Literary Fellow. A poet and critic, Erolin’s writing can be found in the Believer, Good Job, and elsewhere. He lives on the Southside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he grew up.

Monday, July 13, 2020 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Virtual Book Club: CLOTH in Collaboration with Word Up & Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, Featuring Local Authors

Welcome to our book club:

This week: Author and artist Wilhelmina Grant in conversation with health activist Eileen Fuentes.

Featuring artist Julann Gebbie, with our Washington Heights small business spotlight Fort Washington Public House.

Registration required. First 5 registrants / attendees will receive a copy of Wilhelmina Grant’s book. All registrants will be entered in a raffle to receive a work by Julann Gebbie and a gift card for Fort Washington Public House.

Book Link:

Wilhelmina Grant website:

CLOTH celebrates local authors, local businesses, and local artists through book clubs curated by Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center and Word Up Community Bookshop. Each bookstore will program alternating Saturdays throughout the summer, through August 29.

Word Up – Book Talk: The Interpreter: A.J. Sidransky in conversation with Led Black

A. J. Sidransky (Forgiving Maximo Rothman) is back with the first novel in his new “Justice” series. To celebrate the release of The Interpreter, Alan will read, followed by a Q&A with Led Black, founder and editor in chief of the Uptown Collective.

Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_edCa9EO4QKm34rbWEungjQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About The Interpreter

In the heat of wartime Manila, 23-year-old American GI Kurt Berlin is recruited by the OSS to return to Europe to aid in the interrogation of captured Nazis. A refugee from the Nazis himself, Berlin discovers the SS officer he’s interpreting is responsible for much of the torment and misery he endured during his escape. And that very same Nazi may hold the key to finding the girl he left behind. Will the gravitational pull of revenge dislodge his moral compass?

From the terror of pre-war Vienna to the chaos of occupied Brussels, through Kurt’s flight with his family through Nazi-Occupied France to the destruction of post-war Europe, The Interpreter follows Kurt’s surreal escape and return. How much can his young mind absorb before it shatters?

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm