Book Launch: ¿Con qué Papel me Envuelves la Luna? by Lisa Gil-Ventura in conversation with Roxana Calderón

Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


*THIS EVENT HAS MOVED TO Recirculation, a project of Word Up 876 Riverside Dr. (& 160th Street) New York, NY 10032*


Join us for an evening of celebration for the launch of Lisa Gil-Ventura’s ¿Con qué Papel me Envuelves la Luna? with poetry readings, signing, open mic and live music entertainment (guitar player). In conversation with Ventura will be Roxana Calderón, author of La Casa de las Maletas: Todos llevamos un equipaje por dentro. Some light refreshments are to be served.

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 for this event must wear a mask inside.

Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th  St.

This event is sponsored by Dominican Writers Association.


¿Con qué papel me envuelves la luna? Es una alineación de las estrellas. Una invitación a los archivos de recuerdos y sentimientos grabados en un cuaderno por una joven estadounidense que se enamoró de un muchacho de campo de la República Dominicana. A través de cada una de sus líneas, Lisa Gil- Ventura, nos abre la puerta de su corazón y nos lleva al inicio de un amor que desafía las probabilidades. Un amor hecho en el cielo, que se manifestó en la Tierra.

Este poemario es un reflejo de la experiencia del autor, luego de años atrás planear un viaje sorpresa de regalo para su familia, siendo ella quien saliese sorprendida y premiada al dejarse llevar del universo. Este libro es un regalo de aniversario en forma de poesías, donde se habla de fe, magia, nuevos comienzos, las relaciones a larga distancia, la pasión de juventud, la paciencia, y la jornada de una chica que se enamoró bajo circunstancias incomprensibles, pero que la curiosidad no la dejo rechazar ese amor desconocido, obviando las circunstancias.

Lisa con su ingenuidad de juventud y su fuerza de voluntad nos demuestra a través de sus poemas que cuando se da la batalla por lo que se quiere, todas las piezas caen en su lugar, hasta lograr el objetivo deseado.


Lisa “Rubi G.” Ventura (she/her) is a Washington Heights bred Black Dominican poet, essayist, and author of “Con Qué Papel Me Envuelves La Luna?” Lisa has been published by Dominican Writers, Raising Mothers, Economic Hardship Reporting Program in conjunction with Slate, and Writing The Land. She was interviewed for The Nation’s Going for Broke podcast and documentary series, as well, Refinery29’s Somos. A VONA 2022 alumni and featured poet for the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Lisa’s work has been showcased by Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Bold Voice Collaborative, and IDEA Cultural.

Roxana Calderón is a writer and editor born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the Dominican Republic. After more than 10 years of supporting students in underserved areas of New York, Calderón chose to dive into uncharted waters and published her first book La Casa de las Maletas (2019, NYC, DWA Press). Calderon has been published in (Un Verano en Nueba Yol' 2019), (Las Hijas de Machepa 2019), (El Componente & Confesión a un desconocido 2020). She has also participated in the anthologies of the Americas Poetry Festival in New York, Multilingual Anthology (Just Listen/Solo escucha 2019), and the Latin American anthology El vuelo más largo, published by Ángeles del Papel Editores in Peru. In April 2021, Calderón launches the second edition of her book La Casa de las Maletas, also published by DWA, in New York City. Roxana is a member of the editorial team of the digital literary magazine Spanglish Voces, facilitates literature workshops in Spanish, and collaborates with the Dominican Writers Organization. Her work has been featured in two of the most important newspapers in the Dominican Republic; Diario Libre and Listín Diario. In 2021, Roxana presented her first one-woman show, “Once We Loved”, a monologue about the story behind her book. Roxana Calderon lives in New York City and is a senior program director at a non-profit organization in Washington Heights.

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¿Con qué papel me envuelves la luna? By Lisa Gil- Ventura Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578302843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Inktuition Press - January 6th, 2023

La Casa de las Maletas: Todos llevamos un equipaje por dentro By Roxana Calderon, Hugo Federico Ovando (Illustrator), Roxana Valerio Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578427287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dwa Press - December 11th, 2018