Welcome to Wordspace
People are Talking
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
WordSpace produces over 50 events a year in 9 different series.
ARTSPEAK presents performance art and songwriters in conjunction with exhibitions and festivals in Oak Cliff.
AFRICAN DIASPORA: NEW DIALOGUES focuses on work of nationally recognized writers reading at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The authors pay school visits and offer writing workshops.
DALLAS POETRY SLAM features the best of slam poetry in the engaging atmosphere of Heroes on North Greenville Avenue.
FIRST HEARINGS hosts Texas authors reading from newly published books at The Wild Detectives, a popular Bishop Arts book store.
HEADLINERS brings celebrity artists in ticketed events to The Kessler Theater.
NEXT GENERATION includes an eight week theater camp serving 7-14 year old students in the Hampton-Illinois neighborhood.
ORAL FIXATION brings true-life storytelling to theater audiences in ticketed events at the Dallas City Performance Hall.
PEGASUS READING SERIES, a poetry series at Kettle Arts Gallery in Deep Ellum, features area writers, many involved as either teachers or students in university creative writing programs. SALONS present entertaining topics from Dallas intellectuals in private homes.
WORDSPACE UNDERGROUND fuses spoken word, electronic music, video and installation art at urban pop up venues.