Word Up is sponsored by Vantage Residential and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and coordinated by Fractious Press and Seven Stories Institute.
TUESDAY, July 5 – 6:30-8:30 pm
NYC-based journal The Mom Egg teams up with the Above the Bridge Writers’ Café – a monthly Washington Heights reading series and “playground for writers” that has hosted themed readings since early 2009, for a reading celebrating mothers, with Kelli Stevens Kane, Donna Katzin, Monica A. Hand, Elsa Mandelbaum, Theta Pavis, Lynne Shapiro, Stacey Linden, Laurie Newell, and Jonny Schremmer.
Wednesday, July 6
4-5pm – Open Mike with Teens
Marie Carmen Hernandez, local teen poet will read from her collection of poems. Other teens are welcome to read their poems and prose on this special open mike reading featuring local teen writers.
Arlaina Tibensky, local writer will be reading from her forthcoming young adult novel Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster) – available July 26th in bookstores. Question and answer session to follow after reading.
6pm – 7:30pm
Ezra Wolkenfeld will lead an open exercise in creative writing. All ages are welcome to participate in this event.
Jane LeCroyis Transmitting (AKA: Story With Icebergs) has been carving out its own brand of improvisational experimental pop for more than a decade, as documented on their latest record Dark and Full of Life, out now on the Austrian label Delphy Rekords. Consisting of the poetry and song of the illustrious Jane LeCroy (Sister Spit, Somnaut, Nu Voices) and the unorthodox cello work of Tom Abbs (Hungry March Band, Andrew Lamb Trio) along with the persuasive drumming of Kevin Raczka (Underground Horns), Transmitting’s music takes the audience on a lucid musical and lyrical ride through the subconscious and dream world of a wayward soul looking for redemption. Catchy melodies, biting improv, and infectious groove with a healthy dose of sardonic wit, awaits any who witness.
Thursday, July 7 7-9pm
Here and There: Travel Readings with Led Black, Lola Koundakian, Iskandar Andrews, and Veronica Liu. Uptown Collective’s editor in chief, Led Black, will read from his work in progress, DR Travelogue. Poet Lola Koundakjian, a 2011 NoMAA grantee, will be reading a selection of travel pieces – some real, some imaginary – with a sprinkling of poems about food and drinks. Iskandar Andrews will read from Drinking and Driving in Urumqi, a serio-comic travelogue/meditation recounting immersive misadventures and multiple baptisms by culture shock, linguistic overload, and corn vodka into the diverse culture of the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, Peoples Republic of China. Veronica Liu will read from her novel Your Chinese Tea is Getting Cold!, written with 2010 support from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ).