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Michael Guinn, Bob Whoopeecat and RockBaby @ Deep Ellum Market

Michael Guinn, Bob Whoopeecat and RockBaby @ Deep Ellum Market
When: November 20th, 2010
Where: Elm St and Indiana

Wordspace is proud to partner with Brandon Castillo and Deep Ellum Market to present a tour de force of area Slam! These much Distinguished Ambassadors of our award winning Slam communities will be on stage behind Cafe Brazil from 2-3. The Festival begins at 8 in the morning and runs till 5 with vendors, food and entertainment.

Michael Guinn is co-founder Fort Worth Slams, poet, youth empowerment specialist and motivational speaker.

He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked for six years in Fort Worth as an investigator for the state’s Child Protective Services agency. He has participated in the Zawadi Writers, an ad hoc African-American group that performed and held writing workshops in prisons, inner-city community centers and women’s shelters, and as part of after-school programs. For more on FW Slam and Michael, visit his website, (Music Page)

Bob Whoopeecat is a zen motorcyclist, culinary arts chef, slam master, member and organizer of the Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam Competition.

RockBaby aka Roderick Goudy has appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and has won several local, regional and national performance poetry competitions. He organizes the Dallas Poetry Slam 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 and serves on the WordSpace Program Committee.


When: November 19th, 2010
Where: Its A Grind

LGB is a spokenword artist that was born and raised in New Orleans. He burst on the open mic scene in the year 2000 performing at one of New Orleans most historic open mic venues, Ebony Square.  As other venues opened up in the New Olreans area such as True Brew Cafe, Rhythmn City and The Hard Rock Cafe, LGB routinely performed at different locations around the city.  His hardcore gritty street style with a mixture of comedy and clever metaphors quickly made LGB a household name. He went on to win several talent shows and open mic competitions with in the same year.

In 2001, 2002 and 2003, he was a member of the first ever New Orleans National Slam Team which competed in Seattle, Minnesota, Memphis and Chicago.  In 2003, he was ranked 34th in the Nation and helped the slam team rank in the top 10 at the National  Poetry Slam.  LGB a.k.a. Beezy also was given the nickname Ghetto Poet for his raw, hold no punches, street style poetry.

In 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Dallas Tx.  After getting situated in the Dallas area, he graced a few open mic spots before a two year lay off.  Beezy then re-emerged on the open mic scene in the summer of 2008 performing at Sankofa’s Arts Cafe, Brooklyn’s Jazz Cafe and many other venues in the Dallas area.  Since his return he has won several slams and talent competitions quietly making a name for his self in the DFW.  LGB is currently working on his 4th poetry/spokenword cd after recently releasing his 3rd album titled Poetic Thoughts of LGB. He has shared the stage with many of poetry’s powerhouses such as Sunni Patterson and Talaam Acey just to name a few.

Hosted by Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie


Chuck Taylor and Hedwig Gorski

Chuck Taylor and Hedwig Gorski
When: November 12th, 2010
Where: Members Only Salon

Chuck Taylor‘s two most recent books are poetry–Heterosexual: A Love Story (Panther Creek) and Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon (Pecan Grove). Taylor has also published novels and collections of short stories. For the last twenty-one years he has taught at Texas A&M University, serving a term as Coordinator of Creative Writing. Before that he was a bit of a wanderer, and taught creative writing at the Universities of Texas at El Paso, Tyler, and Austin. He worked in the Texas Writers-in-the-Schools Programs in San Antonio, Victoria, and Beaumont. He also worked at Paperbacks Plus in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, and ran a creative writing workshop out of the old Lakewood Paperbacks Plus. He has worked for environmentalist causes with Earth First! and the Sierra Club. As a writer he’s open to any subject if it inspires him, but he often writes about working people and about fatherhood.  Currently he is working on a memoir about the time he lived in a tent along Barton Creek near Austin to avoid working jobs for pay. During that time he worked one day and lived on forty dollars a week. Since 1973, despite periods of poverty and instability, Taylor has operatedSlough Press. On his press he published the first book by former Dallas writer Sheryl St. Germain, and Pat Littledog’s book set in Dallas, Afoot in a Field of Men, later republished by Atlantic Monthly. Currently one of his former students has a book on a New York Times Bestseller List.

Read Chuck Taylor in Criterion

Hedwig Gorski is an American poet, scholar, and artist who received awards for media works in poetry and drama. She coined the term “performance poetry” in early 1980 to describe her poems written only for oral performance and recorded performance poems with composed music. The best collected during live radio broadcasts were re-mastered and released on a CD Send in the Clown (2009). She published three books of poetry and released many audio collections including a collector’s edition chapbook with vinyl record titled Polish Gypsy with GhostIntoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street (Slough Press) 2007, 2009, is a memoir/archive about her 1978 experimental verse theater in Austin. Her BFA degree from NSCAD, a world famous radical art school in Nova Scotia, is in painting. Her doctorate in creative writing is from University of Louisiana. She received a Louisiana Artist’s Fellowship (2002), and a Fulbright to lecture in Poland (2003). Some of her poems have been translated into Polish and published in Okolica. Excerpts from her 1978 neo-verse drama Booby, Mama! appear in Karawane (2009), and the transcript of a television interview with Robert Creeley is in JAST, a Turkish journal. She appeared at the Jozi Spoken Word Festival 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the U. S. State Dept. A podcast (2009) of audio for “Mexico Solo” is out on IndieFeed. A micro book titled Poetique (2010) features the performance poem text of audio featured on Send in the Clown.

“Teenager in Nova Scotia” a Performance Video by Hedwig Gorski

Jolee Davis, Amy Weaver, iChats: Josh Lewis/LA and Thomas Peters/Boulder

Jolee Davis, Amy Weaver, iChats: Josh Lewis/LA and Thomas Peters/Boulder
When: November 10th, 2010
Where: Kessler X+ Art Gallery

Jolee Davis–Creator/Editor of Death List Five magazine (voice of the lunatic fringe). An art and literary magazine based in Dallas. Has hosted and been featured in numerous venues. She also has a rebellious hairdo. Her latest chapbook, “self righteous c**t”, is a love child of Iceberg Slim and Oprah.

Read Jolee Davis

Video of Jolee’s reading @ The Kessler

Amy Weaver…Infamous in the Dallas poetry scene. 8 teams, 3 NPS final stages, and 2001 Dallas Slam Team champion in Seattle. Amy is currently working on a new book of poetry and her first novel, “Casket Girls” (historical fiction based on the mythology and violent denizens of New Orleans).

She has a fondness for bourbon and has been known to hump a few legs.

Josh Lewis is a designer/animator/illustrator/photographer/musician, and writer living in Los Angeles, former co-host of Bill’s Records Open Mic Readings in Dallas.

Thomas Peters is the charismatic poet/owner of Boulder’s legendary Beat Book Shop, host of the longest continuous Open Mic and Reading Series in Boulder, a special Friend of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Naropa University graduate. With the Beat Book Shop, Tom, has created an open door to the arts, music and film communities. He is the author of 100 Missed Train Stations (Farfalla Press).

Hosted by Karen X

Kessler X+ Art Gallery

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