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Preservation LINK Student Exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art

Preservation LINK Student Exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art
When: Tuesday May 10th, 2011
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 Harwood

WordSpace is proud to partner with Preservation LINK for
their annual student exhibition, “Through the Eyes of Our Children—Something Beautiful”. The exhibit will showcase the written and visual artworks of students from several elementary schools in the South Dallas/Fair Park area of the Dallas Independent School District. Inspired to embrace their imagination and vision, students use words, photography, and mixed media to create works that convey the HOPES & DREAMS they have for themselves, their community, and society.

WordSpace Board Members, Jean Lamberty, Dr. Venus Opal Reese and Program Director, Karen X Minzer have teamed with Preservation LINK’s Creative Director, Dave Herman, to deepen the enrichment of the written word into their project.

With its research and evaluation headed by Dr. Shaun Wilson, Preservation LINK’s dynamic combination of media arts education, academic enrichment, and interpersonal and professional development has attracted students, parents, educators, and other partners to their historic contribution to children’s educational, artistic, and personal development.

Ricardo Garza, Michael Guinn and Chris Hamilton

The Robert Trammell Reading Series at The Kessler
Wednesday May 11th, 2011
Where:The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St.

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg), Ricardo Garza has been writing and performing from South Texas to the Bay Area. A prolific writer and performer he has been featured in colleges and High school and middle schools where he has also conducted poetry workshops as part of The Writers Garret’s Writers in the Schools project. Also appearing in print, college radio and public television, Ricardo’s contemplative writings on the common and disenfranchised minority appear in his chapbook, Blood Brother’s y otros Poemas, and spoken word CD, Fiebre del sol.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

Chris Hamilton has been featured at Might Fine Arts Gallery for the Poets on X+ reading series. You can also find him at The Madswirl readings at South Side on Lamar’s Absinthe Lounge. “Listening to Chris is listening to the universal consciousness; it is filled with such energy and passion, much like the Big Bang, an explosion, a slowdown, a retraction, eventually returning to a singularity. He is without a doubt one of the more exciting poets to get to hear if you get a chance, a definite do not miss “-C

Paul Otremba and Young Eui Choi

The Roxy Gordon Members Salon Series
When: Thursday May 12th, 2011

Paul Otremba is the author of the poetry collection The Currency, published by Four Way Books in 2009.
His poems and collections have appeared in The Kenyan Review, New England Review, The Washington Post, Poetry Daily, and American Poets in the Twenty First Century: The New Poetics. He has been awarded a Robert Frost Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship, and a Krakow Poetry Seminar Fellowship. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University.

Young Eui Choi is a professor of English at Richland College where she teaches Composition and various literature courses such as American, Asian American, and World Literature. She is also a member of the Richland Literary Festival Committee. She has studied with U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Fox, and Robert McDowell. Some of her poems and articles have appeared in Write around the Corner, Korean Journal, and Dallas Korean American Literary Association. She is also the invited reviewer of the translation of Poetic Medicine by John Fox, into Korean. She finds great joy in spreading the power of poetry through facilitating poetry workshops for community members and includes taking her students to literary events in her curriculum. As a native Korean, she immigrated into the States about two decades ago. In her second home country, she is embracing and expanding her bi-cultural self, while working on leadership, justice, spirituality, and globalism, which are some of the themes her new poetry collection in progress.

Rage Almighty

Rage Almighty
When: Friday May 20th, 2011
Where: The Boiler Room, 2723 Elm St.

Rage Almighty (A YouTube sensation) offers a new approach to spoken word through clever rhyme, rant and rich lyrics saturated in satire, social commentary and hip wisdom. To captivate and engage the audience during a performance, he mixes powerful wordplay with his academically trained acting abilities coupled with a unique sense of humor. Not fitting into any category of poetry, versatile is a word commonly used to describe his creative style which has been noted to be as bold as his name.

Rage has shared his straightforward verbal skills in legendary venues such as Erykah Badu’s Black Forest Theater, the African American Museum in Dallas and the famous Nuyorican Poets Café. He has also performed at engagements featuring hip hop duo/activists Dead Prez; Atlanta’s rapper TI; R&B songstress Chrisette Michele; Philadelphia’s own Kindred Family Soul and world renowned rap group Brand Nubian including community activist and leader Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.

From live performances to his popular “mixtapes,” Rage Almighty is definitely one of poetry’s divine omnipotent forces.

Hosted by Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie
Dallas Slam Featured Reader Series

Da’rrell Cloudy and Jay Bean plus! 6×10 Showcase at Deep Ellum Market

Da’rrell Cloudy and Jay Bean plus! 6×10 Showcase at 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.

The 6×10 Showcase, 4pm

Deepening the onsite poetics experience of the Festival, Desmene Statum presents a showcase of 6 poets in 10 minute readings: Lilly Penhall, Opalina Salas, Johnny Olson, Michael Clay, Chris Zimmerly and Victory bring a taste of passionate poets who are among the finest of The Poetry Scene.

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