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Susan Briante and Rachel Levitsky

The Roxy Gordon Members Salon Series
When: Thursday April 28th, 2011

WordSpace is proud to partner with Greenhill School and Farid Matuk in sharing our Members Salon selections with their classrooms.

This Salon will also include a special Memorial Tribute to Akilah Oliver, originally scheduled to participate. She passed away in February 2011.

Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007) and Utopia Minus (Ahsahta Press 2011). Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Court Green, and POOL. A translator and essayist, Briante lived in Mexico City from 1991-1997 working for the magazines Artes de Mexico and Mandorla. She has received awards from the Atlantic Monthly, MacDowell Colony, The Academy of American Poets, & the Djerassi Foundation. Currently, she is translating the work of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorgio, as well as writing about industrial ruins and abandoned buildings in American cities. Briante holds an MFA from Florida International University and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas. Susan is a former WordSpace Board Member and continues to serve on the Programming Committee.

Rachel Levitsky’s second poetry collection NEIGHBOR was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2009. Her first novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours will be published by Futurepoem in 2011. Levitsky teaches Writing and Literature at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, Bard Prison Initiative and Pratt Institute. She is founder and member of Belladonna* Collaborative–a hub of feminist avant-garde literary action.

Akilah Oliver was the author of two poetry collections and four chapbooks. Her most recent book, A Toast in the House of Friends, (Coffee House Press 2009) incorporates prose, theory, and lyric performance to investigate body and memory through experimental forms and multiple frameworks,
Oliver’s writing practice embraces an investigative poetics approach as a dialogic engagement, as a practice of unveiling, and positing new ideas, lines, and ways of seeing. Her recent collaborative performance work investigated elegy as public ritual.
Her first book, the she said dialogues: flesh memory (Smokeproof/Erudite Fangs, 1999),
was awarded the PEN Beyond Margins Award.
Her chapbooks include “A Collection of Objects” (Tente Press, 2010), “a(A)ugust” (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), and “The Putterer’s Notebook” (Belladonna, 2006).
She is featured on the CD Matching Half with Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye (Fast Speaking Music, 2009). Oliver’s critical writing on Anne Waldman’s work can be found online at Jacket 27, Hold the Space: The Poetics of Anne Waldman. Oliver has delivered talks on Waldman’s work, and on elegy and memoir at the Associated Writer’s Program (AWP) in Chicago, at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Oliver read and performed her poetry extensively, as a solo reader and in collaboration with musicians.
She was co-founder of the critically acclaimed performance group the Sacred Naked Nature Girls (SNNG), Oliver toured with SNNG performing extensively, including at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, and Randolph Street in Chicago. SNNG’s work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times (1996), Bomb Magazine (Coco Fusco, Summer ’95), Drama Review (Meiling Cheng, Summer ’98), and in the book, “In Other Los Angeleses: Mulitcentric Performance Work”, by Meiling Cheng (2002, California Press).
Oliver received her BA from New College of California, has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Department of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, Long Island University (as the Distinguished Author, MFA Creative Writing Program), LaGuardia Community College, and was on the faculty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics/Naropa Summer Writing Program (SWP) at Naropa University and Pratt Art Institute, Humanities and Media Studies.
She was awarded an artist-in-residency at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, is the recipient of grants from the California Arts Council, The Flintridge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She lived in Brooklyn, NY.

Da’rrell Cloudy and Jay Bean @ Deep Ellum Market

Da’rrell Cloudy and Jay Bean @ Deep Ellum Market
When: Saturday April 16th, 2011
Where: Stage, Indiana at Malcolm X

WordSpace and Deep Ellum Market present songwriter/poets Da’rrell Cloudy and Jay Bean in an inspiring interface of old Deep Ellum and what makes things new.

Da’rrell Cloudy began writing as a child prodigy of his father, poet Joey Cloudy. By 13, he had published a chapbook of poems, entitled “A Bullet To The Brain” and was presented as a Writer in the Schools in Dallas area schools. He has been a regular feature of open mic and poetry salon scenes since he was 11.

Jay Bean and Da’rrell began their music collaboration in Longview High School, later forming the electronia band Atrium and recorded a demo. Atrium was temporarily disbanded in circumstantial vagaries and Da’rrell and Jay have been performing as a duo all over the Dallas.
Gifted voices, contemplative perspectives, and beatific personas–Look for Da’rrell and Jay onstage behind Cafe Brazil at Deep Ellum Open Market, the historic neighborhood festival and brainchild of Brandon Castillo.


Dallas Slam Featured Reader Series
When: Friday April 15th, 2011
Where: It’s a Grind Coffee House, 2901 Indiana

Mal is described as both, “charming,” and, “fierce,” He is a performance poet, public speaker, playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He has written & directed several short plays and films. Mal began performing poetry early in 2010, and has appeared on stages around the Metroplex. Raised in a small town near Austin, TX, this performer moved to the DFW Metroplex while attending Texas Christian University. On the page, Mal employs metaphysical conceit to convey human stories. On stage, he seeks an impassioned performance that recreates and displays the feelings that inspired each poem.

Hosted by RockBaby and Alexandra Marie

The Gerald Burns Student Readings

WordSpace Student Readings
When: Wenesday April 13th, 2011
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis

STUDENT READING! Hockaday: Meredith Gunn, An Rhiel Wang, Claire Banowsky; Greenhill: Erin Ginsberg, Jessica Tolbert; Booker T Washington: Devin Anderson, Hannah Wilk, Aza Smith, Theresa Maldonado, Tori Moss, Taylor G. Perry, Emma Lytle; Yavneh: Gang of 15
Each year we feature the best in area student work curated by writers who work in Education. WordSpace features emerging writers and students selected by Farid Matuk of Greenhill School, Kyle Vaughn of Hockaday School, Scott Davison of Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet, Tim Cloward of Yavneh Academy.
These young writers bring with them not only the enrichment of dedicated and recognized artists-teachers, but often the most innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations of writing in this promising preview of the future.

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