Archive for June, 2016


When: September 8, 7:30 pm
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th St, Dallas 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

willardWith pleasure and excitement, WordSpace kicks off our 2016 – 17 season with a reading and conversation with Willard Spiegelman, Willard has been the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, and from 1984 – 2016 served as the editor of Southwest Review. Never known to be a man at a loss for words or opinions, his latest thoughts have been collected into his second book of essays, Senior Moments.

“If you are a living, breathing member of the human race, then Willard Spiegelman’s exemplary Senior Moments is for you. Aging is our universal condition: the only question is whether we approach our seniority kicking and screaming, or proceed with some degree of style and, let us hope, capacity for happiness. Spiegelman’s wise, witty, spirited essays show how we might work our way over to the style-and-happiness route, and are as good a guide for living well — at any age — that I know.” — Ben Fountain

At The Wild Detectives, Willard will read from his new book and be joined in conversation by Greg Brownderville, professor of poetry at SMU and the man stepping into Willard’s position as editor of Southwest Review.

Please join us for an evening celebrating Dallas writing, Dallas history, and with luck some Dallas gossip. senior





Lit Hop

What: Lit Hop
When: Saturday, July 30, starting at 6 pm
More Info: WordSpace@WordSpace.Us, 214-838-3554

Lit Hop is a one night festival-style walkabout experience of literary events!


WordSpace, Dallas’s favorite non-profit literary organization, takes on a new meaning for its slogan “Get Lit” with the announcement of the biggest bookish gathering Dallas has seen in 2016. Lit Hop is a well-read bar crawl experience going down in — you guessed it — Deep Ellum on July 30, 2016. Guests attending this FREE event are encouraged to wander between bookshops, art galleries, and bars to enjoy an eclectic collection of literary atmospheres!


Map of the happenings

Map of venues for Lit Hop



Utopian Fantasies Festival @ The Wild Detectives

Who: Lee Escobedo, Patrick Patterson Carroll, Colette Copeland, and Fidel NJ, hosted by Randall Garrett
What: “Utopian Fantasies”
When: Friday, September 9, 8-10 pm
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th St.
What else: It’s Free Fall 2016 !

RANDALL GARRETTWordSpace is please to present an event in participation with this “festival of disputed ideals“. “Utopian Fantasies” is part of a larger landscape of Free Fall Festival 2016’s  nine events featuring exhibitions, performances, and talks by El Centro students, selected city arts faculties and many Dallas community artists and writers. The events will span September 8 to December 17 and take place in galleries and bookstores in Oak Cliff, The Cedars and Fair Park’s Exposition neighborhoods.

The WordSpace presentation of “Utopian Fantasies” will feature spoken word by Lee Escobedo and Patrick Patterson-Carroll. Experimental film presentation by Colette Copeland. Hip-hop performance by Fidel NJ–just WordSpace’s cup of tea for a great Happening.

Click on the Schedule of Events for More Info.

Thursday Sept. 8th 2-4 pm
Utopia: Impossible States
 El Centro College
(801 Main St. / downtown Dallas)
On view: 09.06 – 09.30.16

Artists address utopian “impossible states” of ideal form, technology, and conceptualization, with performances by Dennis Gonzalez and Danielle Georgiou.
Featuring work by: Dwayne Carter • Danielle Georgiou
Randy Guthmiller • Rachel Muldez • Ryder Richards
Marilyn Waligore • Carlo Zinzi
Friday Sept. 9th 8-10 pm 
Utopian Fantasies

The Wild Detectives
(314 W. 8th St. / Oak Cliff)
Sponsored by WordSpace, featuring Patrick Patterson-Carroll and Lee Escobedo talk about their “utopian fantasies”, with film presentation by Michael Morris and hip-hop performance from Fidel NJ.

Saturday Sept. 17th 6-9 pm
Dystopian Dreams

MFA Gallery
 (409A N. Tyler / Oak Cliff)
(on view: 09.17 – 10.30.16)
 Third party musings, dreams of dystopias both personal and societal, an illusionary world of fragmentation, creation and destruction. Featuring the work of Dwayne Carter • Patrick Patterson-Carroll, Randall Garrett • Thor Johnson • Montoya Williams

Friday Sept. 30th 8-10 pm
Paradise is Burning

Poets on X+ present Randall Garrett and Lauren Belmore

Lucky Dog Books
(911 W. Jefferson Blvd. / Oak Cliff): Randall Garrett and Lauren Belmore waxing poetic and queer where “paradise is burning”.

Saturday Nov. 5th
Paradise: No Time Zone

(800 Exposition Ave. / Fair Park)
on view: 11.05 – 12.17.16
Paradise, a “no time zone” of original perfection, the natural world of continual process and transformation. Featuring work by Sheryl Anaya • Rachael Banks
, Colette Copeland • Val Curry • Randall Garrett
, Dennis Gonzalez • David Sunshine
Thursday Nov. 10th or Nov. 17th
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(800 Exposition Ave. / Fair Park)
Paradise / Utopia themed discussion with Richland College religion professor Jon Erwin.
Saturday Nov. 19th
Paradise vs. Utopia: Disputed Ideals

Ro2 Art
(1501 S. Ervay / Dallas / The Cedars): Group exhibit addressing opposing themes of paradise vs. utopia, artists forming alliances and occupying competing space, with a third party insurgency of the dystopian, mimicking the disputed ideals of contemporary life. Featuring the work of Sheryl Anaya • Rachael Banks • Dwayne Carter, Colette Copeland • Val Curry • Randall Garrett, Danielle Georgiou • Dennis Gonzalez • Randy Guthmiller, Thor Johnson • Rachel Muldez • Patrick Patterson-Carroll, Ryder Richards • David Sunshine, Carlo Zinzi • Marilyn Waligore • Montoya Williams
Thursday Dec. 8th or Saturday Dec. 17th
(800 Exposition Ave. / Fair Park): Avante-garde jazz ensemble Ataraxia, led by Dennis Gonzalez performs at the closing reception for “No Time Zone”.

Matt Bagley @ ArtSpeak

Matt Bagley
November 5, 9 pm

WordSpace presents Randall Matt Bagley’s performative work in conjunction with his exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts on November 5 at 9 pm. MFA Gallery is located at 409A N. Tyler St., Dallas, Tx in historic North Oak Cliff neighborhood west of downtown Dallas.

ArtSpeak @ MFA Gallery

Who: Inferno Texino: Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Jason Cohen, Brad Wthrd, Mark Martinek
What: ArtSpeak
When: Saturday, August 6th
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A Tyler St., 75208


Wordspace presents Artspeak with the legendary post skills ensemble “Inferno Texino” featuring the reknown Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Brad Wthrd, Jason Cohen and Mark Martinek. The Inferno Texino clan are known to subvert sounds and rhythm into a liberating miasma of sonic transendence, This is music that pushes beyond the avant garde in order to arrive at the raw and elemental. Can you dance to it? Damn straight! So get your ears inflamed and motivate your lower chakra with the Inferno Texino Experience! You will be blessed as your mind gets undressed!
ArtSpeak performances are in conjunction with exhibition openings at Mighty Fine Arts.

In this exhibition, “B.A.’s Co-Creational Vortex” features new work by Brett Ardoin. This show opens Sat. Aug 6 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday Sept. 11. Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208. “Brett” Ardoin was evoked in the primordial back waters of South Louisiana where the infernal humidity seeped into his brainpan and simmered into a seething excess of imagination. His seminal years were filled with the usual sordid episodes of wanton youth, casual sex and substances, filtered through a swampadelic haze of cultural misappropriation. Somehow he managed to transport himself across the state line to Dallas in order to align himself with more appreciative sensibilities. His “unique” presence found receptive acclaim and he unveiled his bold aesthetic agenda. He has declared himself a Co-Creative Performance Art Improvisational Magic Vibrationalist (Ladies Beware!} The fruits of his labor are finally revealed here in his inaugaral exhibit filled with furious gonzo energy and exuberance that isn’t afraid of sensory overload or “good taste” or disquieting conclusions. Step into the realm of the “B.A.” and get steeped in the vortex of the Co-Creational. 

August 6, 9 pm

WordSpace presents performative work in conjunction with his exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts on September 17 at 9 pm. MFA Gallery is located at 409A N. Tyler St., Dallas, Tx in historic North Oak Cliff neighborhood west of downtown Dallas.

ArtSpeak. Randall Garrett @ MFA Gallery

September 17, 9 pm

WordSpace presents Randall Garrett’s performative work in conjunction with his exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts on September 17 at 9 pm. MFA Gallery is located at 409A N. Tyler St., Dallas, Tx in historic North Oak Cliff neighborhood west of downtown Dallas.

Tyehimba Jess @ South Dallas Cultural Center

What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Who: Tyehimba Jess
Hosted by: Author Sanderia Faye
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 7:30 PM, April 6
Special Guests, courtesy of Dallas Poetry Slam: Javon Rustin and Don Juan

Admission is Free and Open to the Public!

TYEHIMBA JESS: Before reading his impressive bio, we want you to also know that we’ve seen Tyehimba in action and highly recommend his appearance as an entertaining as well as educational experience.
Bio: Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, is forthcoming from Wave Books in April 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First CenturyRole Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry. His poetry has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Mosaic, American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Nashville Review and 580 Split.

author-1Sanderia Faye is an award winning writer, born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. Faye is also a PhD student in English at North Texas University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).

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The South Dallas Cultural Center is a community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts. SDCC has presented some of the most dynamic visual and performing arts in Dallas. Harold Steward is the Manager of SDCC after retirement of Vickie Meek, whose decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly influenced the cultural life of Dallas and the development of a whole new generation of African American artists SDCC hosts plays, readings, children and youth educational outreach, gallery exhibitions and musical performance year round. The South Dallas Cultural Center is located at 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210. For more info on SDCC, please contact (214) 939-2787.

Sponsored by South Dallas Cultural Center, with partial support from Richland College. 

In conjunction with African Diaspora: New Dialogues, Jess will also appear:
Where: Richland Literary Festival, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, 75243
When: April 6, 11 AM – 12:20 PM
Hosted by: Dr. Sobia Khan

34th Annual Literary Arts Festival, April 4-6, 2016

Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College Library



Tuesday, April4

11:00 am– Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench

12:30 pmJoe Stanco Faculty Reading

Wednesday, April 5

11:15 amMatt Lyle, playwright of The BoxerHello Human Female and Barbecue Apocalypse

12:20 pm Student Readings

Thursday, April 6

11: 00 amTyehimba Jess, keynote presentation followed by a fruit and cheese reception. Jess is a nationally renowned poet, author of leadbelly and Olio

Dan Savage @ The Kessler Theater

Oh Boy! He’s Back!

In 2010, WordSpace was honored to present Dan Savage in one of the most profoundly thought provoking and simultaneously entertaining evenings we’ve ever experienced. His combination of wit, ability to think on his feet while drawing from an encyclopedic brain makes any chance to experience this brilliant pundit a MUST SEE EVENT. Ask anyone.

Thank you, Dan, for returning to champion equal rights and benefit WordSpace.

When: Thursday, May 11
Where: The Kessler Theater
TICKETS: $35 SRO – $800 (Box Seating for 8)
WordSpace Premium Members Code:, 214-838-3554

Savage_CAA Speakers_Photo 9 (Rachel Robinson)


Oral Fixation – Best of Season 5 @ DCPH



WordSpace is honored to be a partnering sponsor of Oral Fixation, created, coordinated and hosted by Nicole Stewart Schlesinger.


Oral Fixation @ Dallas City Performance Hall 9.21


WordSpace is honored to be a partnering sponsor of Oral Fixation, created, coordinated and hosted by Nicole Stewart Schlesinger.


This month’s show is entitled: “Out From Under The Rug” with stories about abortion.

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