Welcome to WordSpace
WordSpace is a non-profit literary organization that supports literature in North Texas, connecting local readers with the best of world literature. Founded in 1994, the organization hosts author readings, workshops, concerts, and salons to promote established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in traditional and experimental forms. Through its diverse, multi-cultural programs, WordSpace enhances the development of language artists, facilitates communication throughout the literary community, and contributes to expanding the Dallas literary scene to the widest possible audience.
Founded in 1994 by poet Robert Trammell, Adrienne Trammell and writer friends Jerry Kelley, Roxy Gordon, Jeff Davis and David Searcy, WordSpace has presented programs with poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights and performance artists across the broadest possible spectrum, including Robert Creeley, Townes Van Zandt, Jeffrey Liles, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Dagoberto Gilb, Octavio Solis, Darius Safavi,Terry Allen, the Dharma Broads; 2013 National Book Critics Circle winner Ben Fountain, Ed Sanders, Andrei Codrescu, Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, Caravan of Dreams co-founder, Johnny Dolphin, and renowned slam poets, Rock Baby and Joaquin Zihuatanejo. WordSpace has produced numerous webcam readings with writers from countries around the globe, including Philippines PEN award recipient, Edwin Cordevilla, Persian exiles-in-London poets/publishers, Abol Froushan and Ali Abdolrezaei, Korean Presidential Award recipient Tae Joo Na, as well as the films of Robert Frank, Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones, Texas Unbound literary festivals, The Latino Arts Festival at Bishop Arts and Right Now,an ongoing series featuring the work emerging artists and independent presses, as well as regularly featured work of the Dallas Poetry Slam.
WordSpace NextGeneration Project: WordSpace sponsors the most innovative and educational programs for Dallas Youth offering free writing and performance workshops-Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series, annual Student Readings at SMU Lit Fest and the Kessler Theater, inclusion of students in Salons alongside experienced, award winning writers, Slam in the Schools, featuring Dallas Poetry Slam and partners with area schools as programming, performance and study volunteers. 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.