Archive for November, 2015

Clancy Manuel, Laney Yarber, Chaitra Lineham at MFA Gallery

What: ArtSpeak
When: December 12, around 9 ish
Who: Clancy Manuel and Laney Yarber perform in conjunction with Chaitra Lineham’s opening
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler Street, 75208

Clancy ManuelWordspace presents the last Artspeak of 2015 with Mighty Fine Arts in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208.

“Blurred Vision Meets Ambient Noise” with performance and music by Clancy Manuel and “Psych Lights” by Laney Yarber! Starts around 9ish! 







menagerieMighty Fine Arts presents “Menagerie” featuring new work by Chaitra Linehan. This show opens Dec 12 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Jan.17. Chaitra Linehan’s animal pictures aren’t meant as empirical portrayals but are subjects engaged in her own interpretive narrative. Though she is considerably knowledgable about the birds and beasts she renders her intentions aren’t steeped in accuracy but are more inclined toward poetic homage. The collage plummage of her bird portraits imbues them with immediacy and personality as well as aesthetic virtuosity. Her paintings of wild beasts and critters are steeped in darker implications and dilemnas. The “Menagerie” that Ms. Linehan conjures is meant to inveigle delight and wonder but with decided undertones of menace. Also on Opening Night, “Psyche Lights”, featuring spoken word and music by Clancy Manuel and light show created by Laney Yarber.

Obbie West @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, May 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy, and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

Obbie WestObbie West is a male poet originally from Los Angeles, CA, Been married to Poetry since 2011. Versatile Poet gifted in delivering verbal pictures thru metaphor and sensational word manipulation. Targets a wide range of subjects from relationships, love to social issues. Poetry has become his release valve, a means to inspire and broadcast for those who have a message but no outlet. If you need to know anything about him…..LISTEN.

ICON @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
Friday, April 15, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and Rockbaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

ICONSHA’CONDRIA “iCON” SIBLEY is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning, viral sensation poet/spoken word artist/performer whose individual titles include 2009 LIPS (Louisiana Individual Poetry Slam) Champion, 2014 Bayou City Slam Co-Champion, 2015 Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Indie Runner-Up; and she recently became the first woman to ever win the largest poetry competition in Texas, the 2015 Texas Grand Slam as well as the winner of the first ever 2015 Rouge Roulette regional poetry slam. She is a founding member of two-time National Poetry Slam Champion team, Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), and she also featured on the third season of the NAACP Award-nominated, national hit TV show, Verses and Flow (TV One). Her work has been acknowledged and featured on various viral sites such as Upworthy, For Harriet, Fusion, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. In addition to her many accolades, iCon is a teaching artist and founder of The Little Girls Big Names Project.

Amir Safi @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
Friday, March 18, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7502 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

amirAmir Safi is from College Station, Texas. His poetry is the result of a collision between his Iranian culture and his Texan upbringing. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a degree in Biology. “What better subject to study than the science of life?” While in school, he co-founded 501(c)3 poetry non-profit Mic Check and the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. Upon moving to Houston, Amir founded Write About Now Poetry, a weekly poetry slam and open-mic that meets every Wednesday. Amir is a 2015 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, the 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Individual Slam Champion, a 2013 National Poetry Slam semi-finalist and his work has been featured on Upworthy.

Bri Blue @ Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday, February 19, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue, 75231
Hosted by: GNO, Candy, and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

bri-blue-2-1Bri Blue is an Author, Orator, Spoken Word Artist, Event Host/MC, Orator, Women’s Rights Advocate, and Motivational Speaker hailing from Berkeley, CA. A UC Berkeley graduate, Blue’s unique and emotionally charged performances connect emotion, entertainment, and inspiration to the goals, vision, and experiences of her audience. Blue has been invited to lend her creative, captivating brand of story telling to events across the US and on the national stage for TV One’s broadcast performance show ‘Verses and Flow’. A three time published author, Blue has an online following of over 10,000, is the creator of Speak Easy- a widely popular weekly Open Mic Showcase in Northern CA, and the founder of the ‘Unapologetically You’ Awareness Campaign designed to educate, uplift, and empower women.
As the Best Female Spoken Word Artist in the 2015 & 2014 Bay Area Black Music Awards, The Most Inspiring Writer in the Bay Area in the 2014 H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Awards, and a member of the 2015 Oakland Slam Team, Bri Blue brings a commanding voice, a welcome presence, fresh talent, and a welcoming personality to engage an audience and give them the emotional push to take their success a step further.

D.E.E.P. @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Where: Heroes Lounge, Greenville Avenue, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231
When: Friday, January 15, 8 pm
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

D.E.E.P2015 Houston Poet Laureate Finalist, D.E.E.P. has established herself as a notable nationally-known poet and author. Ranked the #2 Best female poet in the world in 2008 and Finalist for the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, she has been a force of power in the poetry community for over a decade. She published her first collection of poetry, “Heartstrings and Lamentations,” at the tender age of 19. She went on to compete in her first national poetry slam in her senior year of college as a member of the 2004 Collegiate Poetry Slam Team for the University of Michigan.

After falling in love with the National poetry slam team she moved to Houston and became a member of the 2007 Houston Poetry Slam and 2008 H-Town National Poetry Slam Teams.  She served as the Slammaster and seven-time member of the Houston VIP Slam Team.  Currently, she is the three-time Grand Slam Champion of the Houston VIP team. In 2011, she coached the National Team to Group Piece Finals where they were ranked 6th in the nation. In 2012, under her coaching, the VIP team was ranked 4th in the Southwest at the Southwest Shootout Regional Slam. Her team then found its way to 11th place overall and the Best ranked team in the state of Texas in 2014.

She has had the honor of being chosen as one of the Juried Poets for the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest She has been a finalist at the 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the Champion of the 2014 Counter Current Ekphrastic Poetry Slam. She holds the title of Last Chance Slam Champion at the 2014 Women of the World Slam. Most recently she was a finalist for the Individual World Poet Slam in Washington D.C.

Her work can be seen in the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, the 2014 Survival Issue published by Wicked Banshee Press, And the Alight Collection of women’s poetry.




FIRST HEARINGS: David Langlinais
WHEN: December 10, 7:00pm
WHERE: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Eighth St, Dallas, 75208
HOSTED BY: Charles Dee Mitchell

david-langlinaisDavid Langlinais is a Dallas author who was born and raised in Abbeville, Louisiana. Duck Thief, his first collection of short stories, is part of the Louisiana Writers Series distributed by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. David’s stories feature characters making sense of their lives in a world where tradition and change exert equal pull.

Duck Thief and Other Stories is a stunning collection by a fine new voice in Southern literature. David Langlinais comes from that great tradition of American storytellers that gave us Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and Richard Ford. The people who populate his stories are our friends and neighbors, and they live, work, and play where we do. His language is spare and unpretentious, and the rhythms of his prose lead us from moments of simple beauty to profound revelation. Haunting, compassionate, heart-breaking…these are some of the best stories I’ve read in a long time.”

–John Ed Bradley, author of It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium



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