Archive for December 2nd, 2011

Rosa Alcala

Rosa Alcalá is the author of two chapbooks, Some Maritime Disasters This Century (Belladonna, 2003) and Undocumentary (Dos Press, 2008). Her work appears in the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), and in journals such as Mandorla, Chain, Barrow Street, Tarpaulin Sky,and The Brooklyn Rail. Alcalá has also translated poetry by Cecilia Vicuña, Lourdes Vázquez, and Lila Zemborain, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Rosa Alcala: Rita Hayworth- Double Agent from Wordspace .

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WordSpace is proud to partner with Greenhill School and Farid Matuk in curating our Members Salon selections to share with Greenhill’s Creative Writing students on December 2.

The Roxy Gordon Members Salon Series
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The Roxy Gordon Members Salon Series
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Between Covers

McKinney Avenue Contemporarypresents a Wordspace sponsored exhibit, curated by Charles Dee Mitchell: Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones and the Internet. The exhibit introduces a new online registry that celebrates the diversity of North Texas published writers, from poets and novelists, to the authors of cookbooks and textbooks. Through the wonders of smart phone technology, attendees can access videos of local writers and literary organizations on the wall-mounted QR codes that, when read by smart phones, take the viewer to videos or websites In the New Works Space

The WordSpace exhibit is on display with two other Charles Dee Mitchell-curated exhibits at the MAC: “Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs” by Bill Davenport and Selections from the “Seals of the Philosophers” by Douglas MacWithey.

Part roadside attraction, part excavation, Bill Davenport fills the large gallery with specimens unearthed from contemporary mass society. Inspired by Harry Burton’s photographs of the King Tutankamun excavation, the Houston based artist utilizes steel, paper mache and found objects to presume the chaos and mysticism of ordinary man’s treasures.

Bill Davenport is a Houston based artist who holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He works as a contributing editor for Glasstire and a freelance art critic for the Houston Chronicle. Bill has been exhibited in over 60 exhibitions beginning his career as a resident at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the 1991 Core Fellows Exhibition and most recently at the Inman Gallery in Houston and the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas.

The Seals of the Philosophers was a collaborative effort of Douglas MacWithey and Charles Dee Mitchell for over a year before MacWithey’s unexpected death in August 2010. Illustrations from Opus medico-chymicum of Johann Daniel Mylius, a 3000 page alchemical text published in the 17th Century, inspired the past five years of MacWithey’s studio work. Selections from the Seals of the Philosophers is an in depth look at that work, including sculpture, drawings, and notebooks.

Douglas MacWithey was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1952 and received his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. MacWithey was part of the Dallas art scene from the 1980’s, although this was to be his first exhibition here in over ten years. Recent exhibitions include “Douglas MacWithey: Selections from the Seals of the Philosphers” at testsite in Austin and “Douglas MacWithey: Sculpture and Drawings” at Barry Whistler Gallery..

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The MAC galleries, located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, which is in the Uptown District of Dallas. Exhibitions will be on view through October 22.

Selections from Douglas MacWithey’s notebooks will be read Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm by curator Charles Dee Mitchell, and the novelists David Searcy and Ben Fountain. The evening is a presentation of WordSpace. Immediately following the reading at The MAC there will be a reception from 7 to 9 pm at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue. “How it is the dead man suffers the loss of his loved ones”, MacWithey’s large three panel drawing from which the reading is taken, will be on view. The drawing dates from the 1980’s and has never been shown before. It will be exhibited at The Reading Room, a project space dedicated to the intersection of the visual and literary arts, through September 30.

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The exhibit closes October 28th.

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Michael Lagocki

Michael Lagocki
When: Friday May 18th, 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave

Michael Lagocki is a professional artist, teacher, and poet. He is one of three founders of the Dallas based ArtLoveMagic, which seeks to unite artists and audiences in positive experiences. He frequently writes on issues that affect the lives and sanity of creative people at www.artlovemagic.wordpress.com.

Co-Hosted by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

WordSpace Board and Program Committee Member RockBaby, award winning poet, teacher, HBO Def Jam poet and Host of the Dallas Poetry Slam curates a monthly Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader Series for WordSpace. Founded in 1994 by Clebo Rainey and his wife Naomi, Dallas Poetry Slam is the oldest and most respected Poetry Slam in the Metroplex. Dallas Poetry Slam is a non-profit organization that promotes the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage the DFW community in the revelry of language. Dallas Poetry Slam provides an opportunity for local poets to compete as individuals and with a team on the local, regional and national level. Poets are exposed to art, language and culture from a network of poets and the general population in various cities throughout the United States. As a member of the Dallas Slam Team, one can develop team building, leadership, writing and performance skills along with greater pride as an artist representing the City of Dallas.

Darius Safavi

Darius Safavi
When: Saturday April 21th, 8 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.

“Be It Resolved That Pluto’s Planetary Status Shall Be Reclassified To
Dwarf Planet”
by Darius Safavi

Darius Safavi returns to WordSpace after his sold out shows of “Plutonium Games” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary to read an excerpt from his next production scheduled for 2013.

Darius Safavi’s directing credits include The Story Lenny Bruce Never Told (Teatro Dallas), The Secret War (Dallas Hub Theatre), The Desecrated Ziggurat (The Milagro Theater), Ambulance Dance (Altered Stages), and The Bald Soprano (KD Studios). For more information, visit his website.

Hosted by WordSpace Program Director, Karen X Minzer


Giselle Robinson

Giselle Robinson
When: Friday March 2, 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave.

Giselle was born in “Rock City”, St. Thomas, USVI.  Giselle’s voice and her words, her stories and her style, reflect the deeply ingrained West Indian values and traditions she was raised with. She is as warm and smooth, deep and as vibrant as the Caribbean Sea.

She and her son have lived in Fort Worth for 4 yrs. This is where she was first introduced to the open mic in September 2009.

DFW’s own Island Girl, Giselle is a member of the 2011 Fort Worth Slam Team as well as the 2011 DFW Gladiator Slam Champion.   She has just released her first CD, “Cadence” as she prepares to rock the National stage.

Giselle says she writes because she has to, is compelled to, but she performs for that moment of personal connection; shared pain, shared purpose.  She’s still amused by reactions to her accent; after all, it’s just “Me”.

Co-Hosted by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

WordSpace Board and Program Committee Member RockBaby, award winning poet, teacher, HBO Def Jam poet and Host of the Dallas Poetry Slam curates a monthly Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader Series for WordSpace. Founded in 1994 by Clebo Rainey and his wife Naomi, Dallas Poetry Slam is the oldest and most respected Poetry Slam in the Metroplex. Dallas Poetry Slam is a non-profit organization that promotes the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage the DFW community in the revelry of language. Dallas Poetry Slam provides an opportunity for local poets to compete as individuals and with a team on the local, regional and national level. Poets are exposed to art, language and culture from a network of poets and the general population in various cities throughout the United States. As a member of the Dallas Slam Team, one can develop team building, leadership, writing and performance skills along with greater pride as an artist representing the City of Dallas.

kYmberly Keeton and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party

kYmberly Keeton and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam
When: Saturday March 10th, Slam 5 pm, kYmberly 8pm
Where:WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.

kYmberly mieshia dionne Keeton was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of The University of Houston with a B.A. in English Creative Writing, with a minor in African-American Studies (and awarded a Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in in English-Creative Writing and The Graduate Certificate in African-American Studies).

Keeton’s first short story: 2.Butahflies.Charlie.Browne.&.Painky.Lillies won the Honorable Mention Sylvan N. Karchmer Short Fiction Prize in May 2006 at The University of Houston and was published in the PARALLAX Journal at Richland College in Dallas, Texas.

As the former City Editor of rolling out dallas and Entertainment Editor for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper, she has interviewed Larenz Tate, Illyasah Shabazz, Haile Gerima, Usher, Mara Brock Akil, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Qwele, KeKe Wyatt, Monique, Snoop Dog, Charles Stone III, Akon, Pam Grier, Tamara Peterson and countless others in the industry.

Creating her own publication entitled Literafeelya Magazine in 2003, featuring work on arts and politics; the magazine produced twenty-two issues online, and published its first print issue with a grant funded by Young People For in November of 2007.

kYmberly is the former publisher and co-founder of Songhai News: The Black Collegiate Voice-Black Newspaper at the University of Houston. Keeton is also a November 2010 National Novel Writing Month winner, and her first library proposal was accepted at the 2011 Library 2.0 Virtual Conference. In addition, Keeton is the recipient of the 2012 E. J. Josey Library Academic Scholarship

As a collage artist, Keeton’s work has been displayed at the Community Artist’s Collective (Houston, Texas), in the Via Colori Sidewalk Exhibition, and in the MFAH 16th Annual Citywide African American 2012 Artists Exhibition (Houston, Texas).

Currently, she is the Associate Editor at ThyBlackMan.com; is a graduate student at the University of North Texas in the Library Science and Information Technology program, and hosts a blog entitled digibooklibrarian for literary enthusiasts.

Dallas Poetry Youth Slam is hosted by Dallas Poetry Slam’s Alexandra Marie.


T. Odis

T. Odis
When: Friday March 2nd, 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave

Terry G. Odis is a 24-year old-alumnus of Tuskegee University, and a graduate of Hampton University with a Master of Architecture. A Chicagoland native, Terry began writing poetry as a college freshman struggling to balance academics and turbulent domestic life. Since then, he has made it his responsibilty to use his God-given gifts as tools to build up his environment through positive and informative poetry. He’s performed spoken word at venues, colleges, and schools throughout Chicago, Alabama, Virginia, Indianapolis, and more recently, the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Terry has had the honor of sharing the stage with poets such as Black Ice, Abyss, Tasha Jones, and Tommy Bottoms. He is a member of The Left Side Poets, a group of individuals determined to contribute to the artistic world by providing personal accounts of life through poetry. In addition to being a flourishing spoken word artist, Terry is an architect and freelance graphic designer and currently resides in Dallas, TX.

Co-Hosted by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

WordSpace Board and Program Committee Member RockBaby, award winning poet, teacher, HBO Def Jam poet and Host of the Dallas Poetry Slam curates a monthly Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader Series for WordSpace. Founded in 1994 by Clebo Rainey and his wife Naomi, Dallas Poetry Slam is the oldest and most respected Poetry Slam in the Metroplex. Dallas Poetry Slam is a non-profit organization that promotes the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage the DFW community in the revelry of language. Dallas Poetry Slam provides an opportunity for local poets to compete as individuals and with a team on the local, regional and national level. Poets are exposed to art, language and culture from a network of poets and the general population in various cities throughout the United States. As a member of the Dallas Slam Team, one can develop team building, leadership, writing and performance skills along with greater pride as an artist representing the City of Dallas.

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