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Tammy Gomez: One Block Poem @ Deep Ellum Market

Tammy Gomez: One Block Poem @ Deep Ellum Market
When: December 18th, 2010
Where: Malcom X and Elm

5 years in the making, commissioned by the Fort Worth Arts Council, Tammy Gomez has created a poem made of 125 blocks, one word per block and engages the community to assemble it the whole block long.

As a Mexican-American Texas-born writer, performance artist, and media producer, Tammy Gomez has over 20 years of experience in producing, directing, and hosting literary performance events for the stage and live audiences, and has worked with over 300 artist/writers in collaborative contexts. She curated the Poetry Tent readings for the Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol for six years.

Tammy has studied poetics with renowned award-winning writers Arthur Sze, Ann Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and Lorna Dee Cervantes. During the 1990s, her spoken word band “La Palabra” enjoyed wide acclaim, as they took poetry to pubs, art galleries, and South by Southwest. Tammy has also been a performing member of such collectives as the Red Salmon Poets, the Blue Plate Poets, Dharma Broads, WOW (Women of Words), and Yoniverse (the latter which she founded and published).

Her audiences and sites of production have ranged from social justice and women’s advocacy organizations (Texas Association against Sexual Assault and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center) to media production centers (WATER House, KO.OP Radio, and Austin Free-Net). For KO.OP Radio, Tammy produced the weekly women’s magazine “Notes from a Broad” for five years. Her work often touches on themes of ecofeminism, spiritual strength in the face of adversity, and cross-cultural hybridity.

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.

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

Corey Marks and Farid Matuk

Corey Marks and Farid Matuk
When: December 4th, 2010
Where: Paperbacks Plus

WordSpace is proud to have this reading sponsored by our favorite neighborhood must-meet-up-regularly-at Eateries, Ricardo Avila’s Mextopia, with the freshest delicious Mexican food, gorgeous ambience and most welcoming owners and staff. Recently voted Best New Restaurant by the Dallas Observer, Mextopia is located at 2104 Greenville. Join us there after the reading! Special Thanks to Ricardo Avila and his partner, Michelle Andrie.

Corey Marks teaches at the University of North Texas and serves, with Bruce Bond, as Poetry Editor of American Literary Review. He is winner the Natalie Ornish prize, Texas Institiute for Letters, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review. a National Poetry Series winner for his book, Renunciation and a National Endowment for the Arts recipient.

Read Corey Marks in Three Penny Review

Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) and the chapbooks Is it the King? (Effing Press, 2006), and Riverside, forthcoming from Longhouse Press. His poems have appeared most recently in 6X6, Barrelhouse,The Boston Review,Big Bridge, Cannibal, and Mandorla among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in Sentence, Cross-Cultural Poetics, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Matuk has published translations from Spanish in Kadar Koli,Bombay Gin, Translation Review, and Harvard Review. Currently he serves as poetry editor for FENCE Magazine. The reciplient of Ford and Fulbright Fellowships, Matuk holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. He lives in Dallas with the poet Susan Briante.

Hosted by Karen X

Fluid Imagery

Fluid Imagery
When: December 3rd, 2010
Where: The Boiler Room

Fluid Imagery is a poet, orator, songstress, edifier, spoken word artist mother and realist. It is her belief that words can be used to heal, hurt, soothe, relate, edify and uplift. She uses the gifts that she has been blessed with to bring an awareness of issues that all people face. She believes that life and death lies in the power of the tongue and that you have to speak good things into existence. She also believes that if you dont know the past, it can haunt your present and distort your future.  Her style of poetry blends song with prose to tell stories of injustice, love, pain, desires, and life. It has been branded transparent poetry as she often puts a face to the pain people go through but dare not mention. She writes snippets of her life in every piece that is penned. It is her desire to be a blessing to others through poetry, prose and psalms. Fluid Imagery… I speak……… therefore.. .I AM!!!.

Hosted by Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

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