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Date(s) - 10/05//2017
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Word Up Bookstore

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Word Up Bookstore

A 100000 Poets for Change Event

Thursday, October 5th

6:30 PM

2113 Amsterdam Ave. at 165th St.

Washington Heights, NYC

Featured Readers:

J.P. Howard, Elizabeth Lara, Veronica Liu, Peg Alford Purcell,

Marjorie Tesser and Special Guests

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), a collection of micro-fiction and hybrid prose with praise from Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, Peter Orner, and others. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press. Visit her at

JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR, was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*). JP was a 2017 Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist and is featured in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series from Headmistress Press. She was the recipient of a 2016 Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda, Astraea and Brooklyn Arts Council. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a NY-based forum offering women writers a monthly venue to collaborate and is an Editor-at-Large at Mom Egg Review online. JP’s poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Muzzle Magazine, and The Best American Poetry Blog. JP holds a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.

Elizabeth Lara’s poems have appeared in numerous online and print journals, including Mom Egg Review; Edna; Confluencia in the Valley: The First Five Years of Converging with Words; Truck; Ex Tempore; The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry; and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. In 2011 she was a resident at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY. She was a member of the Hot Poets Collective (New York, 2011-2012), and co-edited Happiness: The Delight-Tree – An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry (United Nations SRC Society of Writers, 2015 and 2017).

Veronica Liu’s writing and visual art have appeared in Broken Pencil, Quick Fiction, PaxAmericana, We’ll Never Have Paris, Get Ahead, Mom Egg Review, and other journals and zines. In 2010 she was the recipient of a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance grant to support the completion of her first novel, and a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant to coordinate an uptown arts festival. She is co-founder of the publishing collective Fractious Press and the online community radio station Washington Heights Free Radio, as well as being a local legend for her stewardship of Word Up Community Bookshop.

Marjorie Tesser has edited poetry books and anthologies for Bowery Books and Demeter Press and is editor in chief of Mom Egg Review. She is the author of poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Award Winner) and The Magic Feather. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Drunken Boat, Akashic Press’ Thursdaze, Earth’s Daughters and others. She.



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