Tag Archives: Word Up Community Bookshop

Brown Girls Read! at Word Up

Brown Girls Read! is a bi-monthly reading circle for Black and Brown femme and women-identifie​d folk living in uptown areas. We read books written by dope authors of color and gather to explore how the literature relates to our life experiences as marginalized people.

Urayoán Noel is a Bronx-based poet, critic, performer, and translator originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014). An Associate Professor of English and Spanish at NYU, he also teaches at Stetson University’s low-residency MFA of the Americas and vlogs at wokitokiteki.com

Lantern Arts’ “Exhibit: Self” at Word Up

The Lantern Arts Collective unites artists of diverse backgrounds and experience who live in Lantern Community Services supportive housing buildings. Guided by Chantal Heijnen, Sonja Rohde and Emily Sharp, members of the groups meet on a weekly basis to explore a variety of media. Their work was recently displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery as part of Arts to End Violence. The Lantern Arts Collective also presented their work in the 2017 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll. Their collaborative work, Block Party, was featured in the 2016 Community Partnership Art Show at the Museum of Modern Art.  The short film Self > Selfie explores the ways we curate our images for public consumption, and examines what our screens fail to capture and communicate about life experience.

Self > Selfie
was made in collaboration with Lantern and teaching artist Kerry Downey, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Program. Over 50 Lantern staff and residents participated in the film. Since 2007, MoMA’s Community Partnership Program has been working with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing MoMA’s collection and resources. As a multidisciplinary video artist, Downey is interested in finding creative ways to explore our contemporary relationship to media and technology.

Exhibit: Self features self portraits of Lantern Arts Collective artists; mixed media, acrylic, photography.

The program also features a short film, STONEFACED by Vivian Ducat.

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic at Word Up

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic’s mission is to establish a consistent hip hop scene for the community of Washington Heights by spreading the hip hop culture and providing a space for free artistic expressions.  Founded & hosted by Charlie Uptown.

OPEN MIC:
– ONE SONG per sign up.
– music pluggable by AUX cable (no CDs, or USB)
– all art forms are welcome.
– any merchandise for sale must be approved by Word Up.

Futurepoem and Word Up present: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel

Futurepoem presents a night of readings from Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel! Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems, along with critical perspectives on her work, are included in Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP, 2016), The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time, eds. Charles Altieri & Nicholas Nace (Northwestern UP, 2017), and American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, eds. Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy (Wesleyan UP, forthcoming). The recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she edited and translated Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling, 2012). She is also the editor and co-translator of Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press, forthcoming). She has taught for CantoMundo, and was the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Fellow at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Currently she is Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing & Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Urayoán Noel is a Bronx-based poet, critic, performer, and translator originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014). An Associate Professor of English and Spanish at NYU, he also teaches at Stetson University’s low-residency MFA of the Americas and vlogs at wokitokiteki.com.