Welcome to WordSpace
WordSpace has presented programs thousands of poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights, performance artists and scholars across the broadest possible spectrum, including Robert Creeley, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jeffrey Liles, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Dagoberto Gilb, Terry Allen, 2013 National Book Critics Circle winner Ben Fountain, Ed Sanders, Andrei Codrescu, Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Laurie Anderson, and Caravan of Dreams co-founder, Johnny Dolphin. WordSpace has produced numerous interdiscipinary events and public webcam readings with writers from countries around the globe, including Philippines PEN award recipient, Edwin Cordevilla, Persian exiles-in-London poets, Abol Froushan and Ali Abdolrezaei, Korean Presidential Award recipient Tae Joo Jah, as well as the films of Robert Frank, and Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones, Texas Unbound literary festivals at Undermain Theater and The Latino Arts Festival at Bishop Arts. WordSpace is honored to promote independent presses, pay honoraria to emerging artists, and feature Dallas Poetry Slam, First Hearings, Poets at X Reading Series, Pegasus Reading Series and ArtSpeak, a performance art series.
Next Generation Project: WordSpace sponsors innovative and educational programs for Dallas youth, offering open mics, annual all-city student readings, and students in Salon alongside award winning writers. Our Summer Internship Program hosts young writers from universities around the country.
A NOTE ON THE LOCAL
The local is not a place but a place in a given man – what part of it
he has been compelled or else brought by love to give witness to in
his own mind. And that is THE form, that is, the whole thing, as
whole as it can get.
I think we will be fools to be embarrassed by it. We know the
other neatness possible, the way of the neat pattern, and the dodging
which it must call for. Grace has no part in that. At some point
reached by us, sooner or later, there is no longer much else but
ourselves, in the place given to us. To make that present, and actual
for other men, is not an embarrassment, but love.
First person, no. 1, 1961.
TESTIMONIALS FROM ARTISTS, EDUCATORS AND MEDIA:
“I did my first public reading at a WordSpace event in 2002 and the thriving literary community centered around WordSpace has been an essential part of my development as a writer.”
Ben E. Fountain, National Book Critics Award Winner
“Since the WordSpace organization has relocated to Oak Cliff, the subsequent heightened interest in literature and creative writing here has proven to be both inspirational and enlightening. WordSpace’s presence here genuinely feels like a gift to the neighborhood.”
Jeff Liles, Artistic Director, Kessler Theater
“Thank you for such a fine time and soul cleansing experience in Dallas.” Andrei Codrescu
“…in addition to its willingness to blur the lines between written word and other art forms, WordSpace has remained a source of support across a broad spectrum of local literary interests.”
Peter Simek, D Magazine
“The effect of WordSpace programs and the role they play in the positive development of young people is invaluable. These programs deserve your support.”
Scott Davison, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts