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Lost Art Open Mic @ Deep Ellum Open Market

Lost Art Open Mic @ Deep Ellum Open Market
When: October 30th, 2010
Where: Deep Ellum

WordSpace is proud to partner with Deep Ellum Open Market and the Better Block Project in sponsoring literary events. Deep Ellum Open Market, Directed by Brandon Castillo, is the 2010 winner of a Dallas Observer’s Best of Dallas award. Located on the corner of Elm St. and Malcom X Blvd, with over 40 vendors and live music, beginning at 8am in the morning. Look for the stage behind Cafe Brazil from 3-5 to listen or participate in the Lost Art Open Mic Project.

Karen X and Josh Lewis started Open Mic at Bill’s Records in 2002, and it ran till ’05 with various notable hosts, including Jolee Davis and Joey Cloudy. In 2010 it was recreated by OGs from 2002, Alex Pogosov and Peter Orozco in Bill’s new location at 1317 South Lamar with a larger and more diversified crowd of participants and audience.

Lost Art Open Mic is currently hosted by Alex P (Knife Six Productions), with Peter Orozco(PAO Productions) running audio/video/photography and promotion by writer Lilly Penhall (InterStellar Graphics) every Sunday evening.

Bill Wisener has been a legendary Proprietor, Host and special Friend, at his store, Bill’s Records to artists for over 30 years, welcoming everyone equally as family–from you and me to Radiohead, NIN, Beastie Boys, Ben Harper, Erika Badu, and so many others; with ongoing songwriter showcases,and past and present open mic projects, including WordSpace sponsored readings. Bill’s Records is the subject of Jeffrey Liles documentary, The Last Record Store.

For more information about and a visual mock up of the Better Block Project of Deep Ellum, visit

(Lost Art Open Mic Photos of Da’rrell Cloudy, Alex Pogosov, Desmene Statum and Chris Zimmerly by Lilly Penhall and Alex Pogosov.)


Tim’m T. West at UTD
When: October 21st, 2010
Where: University of Texas at Dallas


University of Texas at Dallas


WordSpace is proud to participate in Tim’m West’s UTD appearance in cooperation with the Fahari Arts Institute Arts and AIDS Residency.

We will be on hand to offer $5 student discounts memberships and drawings for gift memberships at Mr. West’s Underground Poetry Circus performance at The Pub, Oct. 21 9pm and Mr. West’s Master Class, Oct. 22 at the University Theater.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public.

Tim’m T. West is a poet, emcee, scholar and the author of three books “Red Dirt Revival”, “BARE”, and “Flirting”. A graduate of Duke, The New School, and Stanford universities, he is also co-founder of the now defunct rap group DDC. Tim’m followed their success with three solo projects, “Songs from Red Dirt”, “Blakkboy Blue(s)”, and the 2009 release ”In Security: The Golden Error”. He also created and hosted the “Front Porch” Spoken Word/Soul/Hip Hop showcase in DC, Oakland, Chicago, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and various U.S. Colleges and Universities. Tim’m also appeared in Byron Hurt’s ”Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Alex Hinton’s “Pick Up the Mic”, and is featured Mario Van Peebles documentary “Bring your “A” Game”. Though Tim’m currently resides in Houston, TX where he is Program Coordinator at The FUSION Center of St. Hope Foundation, he has also been a Visiting Lecturer in Ethnic Studies at Humboldt State University in Northern California. He recently accepted a position as an Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at Houston Community College. Find more about Tim’m’s work at

The interactive master class is a kaleidoscope of personal narrative, activism, and Hip-Hop Dance. Video, lecture, and audience participation will be (re)mix and scratch in this exploration  of sexuality, race, and Hip-Hip Culture.

 OCT 21st 

TIME 4:00pm-5:15pm

EVENT Roots of Hip-Hop Dance lecture/Demo

VENUE University of Texas at Dallas


ADDRESS 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75083

PHONE 214.883.2111

TIME 5:30-6:45

EVENT “Body as Text” Talk

VENUE University of Texas at Dallas


ADDRESS 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75083

PHONE 214.883.2111

TIME 9:00pm-12:00am

EVENT Featured Poet/Underground Poetry Circus

VENUE University of Texas at Dallas


ADDRESS 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75083

PHONE 214.883.2111

OCT 22nd

TIME 5:00pm-7:00pm

EVENT “Keeping it Real: Hip-Hop has gone Gay” Master Class

VENUE University of Texas at Dallas

LOCATION University Theatre

ADDRESS 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75083

PHONE 214.883.2111

Special Event at UTD

Rosalyn Story, Will Clarke, Roderick “RockBaby” Goudy, William Virgil Davis

Rosalyn Story, Will Clarke, Roderick “RockBaby” Goudy, William Virgil Davis
When: October 19th, 2010
Where: Northwood University

WordSpace is proud to present William Virgil Davis in the Northwood University Literary Festival. Mr. Davis will be reading at 11 am in the Chapel. Other offerings of the Literary festival will be at 7 pm.

Rosalyn Story is a Dallas resident who has published both fiction and nonfiction, including “And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert” (Warner), which was adapted for the PBS program “Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: A History of Blacks in Opera.” Story is also a long-time violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Her first novel, “More Than You Know” (Agate Publishing), earned critical acclaim, and her new novel, “Wading Home” (Agate Publishing) is set in post-Katrina Louisiana.

Rock Baby has appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and has won several local, regional and national performance poetry competitions. He is viewed as a natural performer who also does comedy and theater. He organizes the Dallas Poetry Slam that host local performance poetry competition and coaches a team that competes nationally. He teaches creative writing for after school programs in DISD, RISD and Desoto ISD. He also is an active member on the African American Impact Committee (AAIC).” and curates the WordSpace/Dallas Slam Featured Reader Series.

Will Clarke is an American novelist who is the author of Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles: A Spy Novel (sort of) and The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana,  Clarke originally self-published both books via the Internet and independent books stores like Book Soup in Los Angeles, BookPeople in Austin, and Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. Clarke’s books eventually became underground hits in the early part of the 2000s. He later republished the books in hardback with Simon & Schuster and sold the movie rights to Hollywood. Both books have been selected as The New York Times Editors’ Choice while Clarke was named the “Hot Pop Prophet” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2006. He is also the author of the controversial essay,  ”How to Kill A Boy That Nobody Likes” which was published in the Free Press Anthology, When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School.

Will Clarke is known for using the supernatural (a psychic dot-com millionaire and the ghost of a dead frat boy) to trick the cynical eye into seeing the madness of the mundane.

William Virgil Davis has published poems in many magazines. His books of poetry are: One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets award; The Dark Hours, which won the Calliope Press Chapbook Prize; and Winter Light. He has also published short stories and several books of literary criticism. He is an English Professor at Baylor University. His latest collection recently won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Poetry Collection.

Curated and Hosted by Dr. Martha Heimberg


When: October: 15th 2010
Where: Its A Grind

Victory is a performance poet, writer, singer, artist, graphic designer, stupid romantic, mother, daughter, daydream believer, introvert with severe social anxiety (and yet possessed by a masochistic urge to make a spectacle of herself).

She has been performing poetry on stage and competing in poetry slams since 2001 and has been on several slam teams that have gone to compete in the National Poetry Slam, including the 2004 Dallas Slam Poetry team that took 3rd place nationally.

She currently is the editor, head writer, photographer and oversees layout for two north Texas community newspapers (names withheld to protect the innocent).

Victory is available to perform at birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, Quinceañeras, funerals and office Christmas parties. Probably not the best choice for a wedding. These have been unlucky so far.

Fans, potential employers, former boyfriends, stalkers and other interested parties can contact her at She dares ya.

Hosted by Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

Dallas Slam Featured Reader

Carlos Salas Giselle Ichat: Scott Pierce

Carlos Salas    Giselle    Ichat: Scott Pierce
When: October 13th, 2010
Where: Kessler X+ Art Gallery

Carlos Salas, poet/painter/ father/husband/friend/ co-proprietor of Oak Cliff’s best bookstore Cliff Notes Prolonged Media. He is also, co-host of monthly open mic reading held at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, also located in Oak Cliff. Locally, Carlos has been involved in the humanities in one form or another from literature, art, film, theatre, and music. He is a seeker of all things, harmonious, believer of all things, impermanent, believer of all things, interdependent.

RockCityPoet,Giselle–For this native of St. Thomas Virgin Islands, words became the comfort and color of her life when she was too ill to even leave her home.  She moved to Ft. Worth seeking healthcare for her son two years ago and performs her soul all over the metroplex. Below is an excerpt of Giselle’s reading at The Kessler.

Scott Pierce was born in 1975 and lives for the moment in Austin with his partner, the poet Cindy St. John.  He is the author of TV Poems (BlazeVox  2004) and Some Bridges Migrate (Small Fires Press 2009).  He  edits the publications of Effing Press which include the Effing Chapbook Series, full-length poetry collections, and the lit/viz art journal effing magazine.

Hosted by Karen X

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