Calling all writers, rappers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly Word Up Open Mic—first Fridays of the month. A collaboration between Wash Heights Music Fest (Jason Rosario) and Washington Heights Artist Movement (Lethy Liriano) with Know Ideas. All ages and persuasions, gather to share, learn, and experience together.
Join us in welcoming Juan Vidal, writer for Remezcla, VIBE, among others, for his debut book, Rap Dad: A Story of Family and the Subculture that Shaped a Generation, part-memoir/part-cultural critique on fatherhood in hip-hop culture through the Latino lens. Rap Dad follows Juan growing up in 1980s gritty Miami to becoming a parent, focusing on how that reinvents cultural perception and identity. Slam poet Hanif Abdirraqib and New Yorker culture critic writer Carvell Wallace will join Juan in a popping and timely discussion about Rap Dad, and on hip-hop, race, and redefining masculinity within fatherhood in Black and Latino experiences.
Time to talk about being American vs. being Dominican! Is there a better of the two? How do you feel about being between two cultures? Come have a small snack and drink with us and let’s talk about it! Hosted by Yajaira Eduardo, author of Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American.
Spice up your book-buying experience—have a blind date with a book! Join Dominican Writers and La Pluma y La Tinta for a literary adventure at your favorite uptown bookstore, where dozens of books will be wrapped and displayed for purchase, and your only clue to what’s underneath is a quirky description. Are you up for it? Advance registration requested.
Register for John Paul Infante’s “Pros[e] Poem as Memoir” writing workshop, organized by Dominican Writers, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-prose-poem-as-memoir-tickets-49568502726. In writing about our lives, we find ourselves looking back at who we were as if we were telling the story of someone else. Through small group discussions, in-class writing prompts, and co-participant feedback, this workshop attempts to have participants use their own personal experiences as inspiration. We will briefly (barely) go over the rules of poetry, prose and memoir and shatter them completely in order to get at the truth about who we are now and who were then.
John Paul Infante is an award-winning writer and educator who has taught creative writing at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the humanities at the high school level in New York City. His poetry has been published in The Poetry Project, and fiction in Kweli Journal. His nonfiction won DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the US” essay contest. He lives in Washington Heights with his partner and daughter.