4 Under Thirty Reading

Friday, February 16, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


Four writer-friends connected to CUNY Hunter College treat you to an evening of virtuosity, eccentricity, trying, and fun. Join us!

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


Alejandro Heredia is a queer Afro-Dominican writer and community organizer from The Bronx. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, and CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. His chapbook of short stories, You’re the Only Friend I Need (2021), explores themes of queer transnationalism, friendship, and (un)belonging in the African Diaspora. Alejandro’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Lambda Literary Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. He is currently the Ann Plato Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College.

Joshua Barnett is a writer from Little Rock, Arkansas, based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in fiction from Hunter College, where he taught creative writing. He now works as a writing coach and editor with Gilliam Writers Group as he finishes his debut novel exploring generational memory in the American South.

Josephine Sloyan is a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. Her work has appeared in the Penn Review, Identity Theory, and Room Magazine. She is currently at work on a novel.  

Ryan Schulte is a graduate of CUNY. His first nonfiction chapbook, “Notes on Water and Blood,” was published by Greying Ghost Press in 2020 and longlisted for the Perennial Press Chapbook Award. His novella, “All of You,” was released as an audiobook by Hello America Stereo Cassette in 2022. His poetry has appeared in The North, and his fiction in Blood Orange, underscore, BULLJAKE, and Maudlin House. A queer community gardener, he lives in Washington Heights, New York. 


MASKING: Masking is suggested. 

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ACCESSIBILITY: Recirculation is a wheelchair-accessible space with one ramp from the street level down to the store. Most of the shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. The bathrooms are not yet ADA compliant and do not yet have a changing table but are gender neutral. The events are mic’d for sound and videos are captioned when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.

You're the Only Friend I Need By Alejandro Heredia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938900372
Published: Gold Line Press - May 15th, 2021