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A Wordspace Salon with Greg Brownderville

When: January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: Salons are held in private homes, please RSVP to
Hosted by: Sanderia Faye

brownderville_grWordSpace celebrates the release of Greg Brownderville’s third poetry collection, A Horse with Holes in It.

Greg is an associate professor in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as editor of The Southwest Review. He is a great friend of WordSpace and in the past has participated in both our Pegasus Poetry Series and First Hearings at The Wild Detectives. We are delighted to give him this evening to himself.

Join us on January 19 for an evening of poetry, conversation, drinks, and food. Because WordSpace Salons are held in private homes, we ask that you rsvp to to receive the address.


A Horse with Holes in It, published by LSU Press in the Southern Messenger Poets series, employs downloadinventive phrasing and vivid imagery to construct a particular life marked by religion, confused by desire, dulled by alcohol, and darkened by death. But Brownderville also skillfully uses humor to soften the disquieting images that haunt these stanzas. Strange stories wind through these poems: Two method actors live as lovers in a war torn city and take the stage in an empty playhouse. A poet confesses to killing thousands of Arkansas blackbirds via folk magic. A preteen boy, deeply involved in an underground religion, is pressured into marrying a dangerous demon. Brownderville’s poems examine a soulscape wrecked almost beyond recognition and dig deeply through the ruins.


Lady B Smoove @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Dallas Poetry Slam Feature
When: Friday, January 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave., 75231
Hosted by: SlamMaster, Candy
Admission: $5, WordSpace Members Free, but please RSVP

fb_img_1481578440505Lady B Smoove’s musical and inspired journey began in 2006 while hosting and performing at The Kaffe Coffee House in Dallas, Texas, alongside several phenomenal artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. Since then, her poems and lyrics have been published in Voices of Poetry, Volume 4 and 5 by Regent Publishing. Her works have also been nominated for a Legacy of Success Foundation Award for Best Literary Works and a UBE Ally Award.

Since her start in this creative arts world Laby Bsmoove have shared the stage with the likes of Malcom Jamal Warner, Audacious IAM, Michael Guinn, Kevin Dupree, and many more; while featuring on stages from The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (Dallas, Texas), Dallas LGBT Pride Monthly Kick Off at City Hall and Dallas Pride Celebration (Dallas, Texas – 2012, 2013), Muse Theater (Dallas, Texas), Fahari Arts Institute (Dallas, Texas), The HeArt Series (Houston, TX), The Boys and Girls Club of Memphis (Memphis, TN) and many more. In 2010 Lady Bsmoove joinedforces with poet and spoken word artist Audacious IAM and went on tour, sharing her work throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia on The Southern Made Tour.


Lyn Lyric “A Poets Tribute To Nina Simone”

When: Saturday, February 18, 8 pm
Where: Margo Jones Theatre
Starring: Lyn Lyric
Directed by: B Randall
Admission: $15, WordSpace Members $10


Lyn Lyric Smith is a native of Dallas who has touched stages from Dallas to New York.
Lyn Lyric is a Singer, Songwriter, Poet, and Actress.  In March of 2015 Lyn Lyric released her long awaited poetry and music CD entitled “Of Verse & Song” at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. This versatile performer has landed rolls in productions such as Love Doesn’t Hurt, Behind The Cotton Curtain (a Tribute to Medgar Evers), The Black Nativity, The Book of Queens, and Just Call Him to name a few. Lyn Lyric is a crowd favorite at The Black Academy of Arts And Letters  Poet’s N Jazz, Poetry Smash and the longest running all female poetry show in Texas: In The Words Of A Sistah. In February of 2016 Lyn Lyric Smith graced an a sold out crowd with the One Woman Show “ A Poet’s Tribute To Nina Simone”. Lyn Lyric Smith’s style, grace, vocal and word symmetry has made her a staple on area stages and beyond.

ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts

Wordspace presents the last Artspeak of 2016 with a rare blues set featuring Andy Don Emmons accompanied by Mark Martinek. Fairfield Texas native Andy Don channels the spirit of Blind Lemon Jefferson and gets low down and greasy while moaning the eternal universals of existence, Drinkin’, Sex, Money, Art and Death!  And if there ever was a year that inspired the blues you couldn’t pick a better one than 2016!
Mighty Fine Arts presents “Teasarama” featuring new work by Leah Hairston. This show opens on Saturday Dec. 17 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sun. Jan. 22.
Leah Hairston’s burlesque queens and pin-up divas romp seductively amongst cartoon personalities who are seemingly oblivious to the possibilities. Tossing sex bombs into innocuous animation fantasies seems a little corrupt but Leah steeps her images in high humor with slight digs into male posturing. These ladies are unrepentantly provocative but immune from transgression because maybe they’re intoxicating muses bent on inspiration and imagination. Leah masterfully describes fine lines of intent throughout her pictures, thoughtful demarcations that give pause and a bit of a bite. But she doesn’t allow any of that to detract from making her work big enough fun and still be legal. So come on out and get teased and tantalized and tempted cause we all know everybody likes it more naughty than nice!
Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff, 75208, and Gallery hours are 12-5 Sat. and Sun. or by appointment: 214-942-5241    mighty fine arts

Jonathan Woods @ First Hearings

When: January12, 2017. 7:30 PM
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Davis St, Dallas 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

81-sy56hmll-_ux250_Join WordSpace for an evening of “pulpy, pervy fun.” (We didn’t say it, Booklist did.)

Jonathan Woods lived here in Dallas when he published his first story collection, Bad Juju and Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem(2011). Since then he has lived briefly in Key West and is now settled in San Marcos. WordSpace has lured him back to Dallas to celebrate his latest novel, Kiss the Devil Goodnight.

You can see that Woods has a way with titles. He is also good at sociopathic behavior, messy crime scenes, dangerous women, and suckered men transformed into implacable vengeance seekers. His tales are hilarious and appalling. But don’t take my word for it.

“It’s fun, fast, furious, frantic and oh so fantastically written. A rare treat.” KEN BRUEN, two-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards and London Boulevard

“A street-smart, fast-paced and deliciously cynical tale that races like an 18-wheeler with blown brakes from Florida’s badlands to the dark heart of Mexico.” STEPHEN AMIDON, author of Human Capital

“A hell of a ride! Buy yourself a ticket now.” MADISON SMARTT BELL, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and author of Doctor Sleep, All Souls Rising and The Color of Night

“A frenzied and sprawling masterpiece that blasts through the boundaries of southern-gothic.” JON BASSOFF, author of The kiss-the-devil-good-nightIncurables

After the reading, WordSpace board president Charles Dee Mitchell will join Jonathan Woods for a conversation with the audience.


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