Current Program

Seven Stories Institute’s latest initiative to bring books to communities that want and need them is the coordination of Word Up, a “pop-up” bookshop in Northern Manhattan, where there hasn’t been a general-interest, multi-language bookstore in more than a generation.

Sponsored by Vantage Residential and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and coordinated by Fractious Press and Seven Stories Institute, Word Up will have readings, performances, workshops, talks, and more, with local writers and presses. We hope that the idea of a multi-language, general-interest bookstore in the center of the neighbourhood takes hold and that the space—whether this one, or another like it—can continue through and beyond the summer.

The grand opening of Word Up is during the Uptown Arts Stroll.

Word Up
community bookshop
4157 Broadway @176 Street, Washington Heights, NYC
June 17-July 14, 2011
Hours: Monday-Friday 4-9pm / Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm

Word Up
librería comunitaria
4157 Broadway @176 Street, Washington Heights, NYC
Junio 17-Julio 14, 2011
Horas: Lunes-Viernes 4-9pm / Sabado-Domingo 12-4pm

Read more about the bookshop here:

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization with the mission to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan. One of NoMAA’s core programs is the annual Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long celebration of arts and culture, which also promotes the business scene and natural beauty of the diverse neighborhoods of Northern Manhattan. For more information, please visit or

Seven Stories Institute (SSI) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded as a response to the realization that many good books posing alternatives to current governmental policies and attitudes never reach those most adversely affected by those policies. Through author forums, community performances, collaborations with local media, and distribution of books at deeply subsidized prices, SSI seeks ultimately to promote literacy and the active exchange of ideas, imagination, and the written word.

Fractious Press is a community publisher founded in the Bronx and Washington Heights in 2005. Fractious strives to collapse the categories of author, publisher, and audience through nontraditional exchanges of resources and the recognition that some of the best stories browse on this page buy ssn and dob so emerge when one isn’t intending to create them. Fractious has published prose, poetry, and comics in books, zines, pamphlets, auditory flavor packets, secret codes, and more, and annually coordinates small press and music fairs in Upper Manhattan.

Recent Programs


People’s Theatre Project and Seven Stories Institute

in partnership with the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood and the Morris-Jumel Mansion cordially invite you to:

DIG IT! Voices: Our Young People Speak

May 19 | 7:30pm | YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood | 54 Nagle Avenue | 10040
May 22 | 2pm | The Morris-Jumel Mansion | 65 Jumel Terrace | 10032

A theatrical protest of music, words and movement created and performed by local teens. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s book, A Young People’s History of the United States, and their own life experiences, the young actors have also created a printed anthology which will be available at the performance.

Dig It _01
Dig It _02
Dig It _03
Dig It _04

Developed and Performed by:
Sofia Arnold, Ben Edelman, Romy Garcia, Jelissa Hernandez, Angel Martinez, Angel Suazo

Program Facilitators:
Mino Lora (Artistic Director, People’s Theatre Project) and
Veronica Liu (Managing Editor, Seven Stories Press)

Guest Facilitators:
Eddie Antar (playwright), Bob Braswell (actor), Sarita Covington (poet/actor), Dyalekt (poet/actor), Daniella Gitlin (writer), Will Glass (musician), Melissa Riker (choreographer), Andrew Sargent (historian), Dan Simon (editor and publisher, Seven Stories Press)


or call 646-398-9062

…and please spread the word!

Support provided by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.