Word Up Must Move

Back in March, I had a reading for Resilience. The bookstore that was kind enough to host us was Word Up Books. Located in Washington Heights, is "a multi-language, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, committed to preserving and building a neighborhood in which all residents help each other to live better informed and more expressive lives, using books as an instrument of reciprocal education and exchange, empowering not only themselves, but their community." The place is 100% volunteer run and has been enriching Washington Heights since 2011.

Unfortunately, the lost their lease:

As you might have heard, from last week’s newsletter or news sources, Word Up’s new management company terminated our month-to-month lease agreement as of July 2, 2012. The lease, sponsored by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, had been a month-to-month agreement, giving either side allowance to terminate at any point with 30 days’ notice.
Their last day is July 31st. The staff has since been working hard to find a new home. " If you too have ideas, suggestions, or direct links to such a space, we are anxious to hear from YOU," they write on their website.

To donate to Word Up, visit here:

To keep up to date with their progress, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to their newsletter.

If you have any leads on good places in Washington Heights ("The ideal space would be centrally located in Washington Heights with a lot of foot traffic, close to our current ~1000 square feet, would include a stage and storage space, and would be at a subsidized rental rate,") make sure to contact them! (

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