Program subject to change.
Master of Ceremonies: Michael Diaz
12:00–1:00 PM | United Palace, Main Stage
POETRY READING: Eric Gamalinda
THE NOVELIST’S SUITCASE: Acclaimed fiction writers Nicole Krauss (The History of Love) & Julie Otsuka (The Buddha in the Attic) talk with Francis Mateo about immigration, memory, and transporting readers to other times and places in fiction.
1:00–2:00 PM | United Palace, Main Stage
POETRY READINGS: Meena Alexander and Eduardo C. Corral
STILL DREAMING OF JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Widely considered the national leader of the movement for immigrants’ rights in America, Congressman Luis Gutierrez discusses his new memoir, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill, and his fight on behalf of immigrants, with Rubén Martínez, television commentator, NPR essayist, and Lannan Award–winning author of Desert America and Crossing Over.
2:00–3:00 PM | United Palace, Main Stage
POETRY READING: Sussy Santana
WRITING IN THE HEIGHTS: Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning writer Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), journalist and memoirist Raquel Cepeda (Bird of Paradise and And It Don’t Stop), prize-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver), and actor and poet Francis Mateo (Ubre Urbe) discuss getting it on the page in their beloved neighborhood, Washington Heights.
3:00–4:00 PM | United Palace, Main Stage
POETRY READING: Jesús Papoleto Meléndez
THE GRAPHIC CANON: A slideshow and discussion on the art of adaptation, with the artists who have adapted the world’s great literature for the 3-volume series The Graphic Canon. Featuring political cartoonist Ted Rall (adapting Sherwood Anderson); World War 3 Illustrated founder Seth Tobocman (adapting Frederick Douglass); comics artist Sandy Jimenez (adapting Ambrose Bierce); and acclaimed painter Andrea Arroyo (adapting Gabriela Mistral).
4:00–5:00 PM | United Palace, Mezzanine
POETRY READING: Rigoberto González
GOD AND THE OUTSIDER: A conversation between National Book Award finalist Richard Rodriguez (Darling and Hunger of Memory) and journalist and blogger Andrew Sullivan (The Daily Dish).
5:00–6:00 PM | United Palace, Mezzanine
THE BIG READ: A COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION: Readers discuss Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, as part of The Big Read, the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative to encourage whole communities to read and discuss the same book. Moderated by Led Black of the Uptown Collective. With thanks to Center for Fiction.
7:00–9:00 PM | Word Up (2113 Amsterdam Ave.)
STORY SLAM: The last portion of Uptown Lit—a STORY SLAM hosted by Matthew Dicks—will take place at 7:00 PM, down the street at Word Up Community Bookshop (2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.).