Writing New York City: An Evening with Y. Rodriguez & Itua Uduebo

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032



Join us for a conversation with Y. Rodriguez (author of the short story collection Urban Folk Tales) and Itua Uduebo (author of the millennial novel Parade of Streetlights) on the New York experience and how the city inspires their work at Recirculation, a project of Word Up, brought to you by Read Furiously. A quarterlife manifesto for the modern malaise, Parade of Streetlights is a captivating exploration of the millennial experience. Urban stories and urban lives come together in Urban Folk Tales, short stories infused with elements of magical realism.

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

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.


Y. Rodriguez was born in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents. Y. Rodriguez is a published, produced, and award-winning playwright and director who has had her plays produced in Off-Broadway theater companies throughout Manhattan.Ms. Rodriguez is also a published poet, and a professional musician and songwriter who performs with her band, AYOKA, in venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Itua Uduebo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, resides in New York, NY, and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics. He is currently working in the financial technology industry. His writing journey began in his college years and to date he has several essays, articles, freeform poems, and short stories published online and in print. His focuses are new adult fiction, urban literature, science fiction, thrillers, politics, racial justice, culture, and global affairs

Read Furiously is a family-owned, New Jersey based publisher who believes in the sustainable reading journey. Through our published titles and community efforts, our goal is to cultivate a reading relationship with fellow “Furious Readers,” those that believe that reading can be both a leisure activity and a form of literary activism. Read Furiously is a proud member of the Independent Book Publisher's Association and Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.


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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.


Urban Folk Tales: Stories By Y. Rodriguez Cover Image
ISBN: 9798986119908
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Read Furiously - April 4th, 2023

Parade of Streetlights By Itua Uduebo Cover Image
ISBN: 9798986119977
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Read Furiously - June 6th, 2023