Join Word Up for a public conversation inspired by All the Nations Under Heaven, with coauthor Robert W. Snyder and oral historian/NoMAA executive director Joanna Castro. The conversation with be preceded by a poetry reading by Yesenia Montilla.
All the Nations Under Heaven is a chronicle of the role of immigrants and migrants in shaping the history and culture of New York City. First published in 1996, this updated edition of a classic text brings the story of the immigrant experience in New York City up to the present and considers the ongoing tensions between inclusion and exclusion, the pursuit of justice and the reality of inequality, and the evolving significance of race and ethnicity.
Books will be available for sale at the event; you may reserve a book here: www.tinyurl.com/AllTheNations.
Robert W. Snyder is professor of journalism and American studies at Rutgers University–Newark. His books include Transit Talk: New York’s Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories and Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City.
Joanna Castro is the executive director of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), a nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan.
Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. Her first collection The Pink Box was Longlisted for a PEN award in 2016. Her work appears in the recent anthology Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.