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Marc Marcel

Marc Marcel
When: Friday September 2nd, 2011
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville

Marc Marcel is one of the world’s most recognized and prolific Poets of our generation. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 10, Marc has far exceeded the boundaries brought on by his early disability. Not only does he travel the world performing Spoken Word, but he is also a published Novelist, Producer and Public Speaker. Several months after completing the first draft of his first published novel, ‘Saint Thomas,’ Marc, a Novelist at heart, started writing poetry in Atlanta GA in 1999, in efforts to place a poem at the end of that book that would give the same overall message. Little did he know at the time that he would turn poetry on the Page, into one of the rawest art forms witnessed on Stage. After publishing his first novel, he then published his first book of poetry, ‘Unchained,’ and since has released 15 Spoken Word CDs. Performing in over 150 American Cities and 4 Countries, he has also showcased, performed and/or held workshops for over 40 Universities, with Harvard, Yale, Morehouse and the University of Florida just a few to name. Having made 5 National Television appearances, including Lyrics Café, No Reservations, and a skit for The Jimmy Kimmel Show, he has also graced the stages of many legendary venues, the Smithsonian in Washington DC for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Peace Ball for President Obama, as well as performing for Scion Night at Knots Scary Farm, in front of 12,000 people. Through his performances he captures the emotions and feelings of several issues including politics, love, spirituality, self-revelation and the everyday struggles of life. Candid, thought-provoking, revealing, clever and honest are just a few descriptions of Marc’s work. Throughout his career, he has written thousands of unreleased poems, several unreleased novels and has produced hundreds of underground tracks. He is Spoken Word, at its rawest, highest level of performance!

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


Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey

Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey
When: Wednesday September 21st, 2011
Where: McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Avenue

Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey

WordSpace Board President Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Dallas. Locally he has been a contributor to The Dallas Observer and The Dallas Morning News, and he is a frequent contributor to Art in America. He has written essays for exhibitions at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and many other commercial and non-profit exhibition spaces. In 2008 he retired from Half Price Books, Records, and Magazines, where he was Executive Vice President of New Media Purchases and Proprietary Publishing. Read Dee’s Blog at www.potatoweather.blogspot.com

David Searcy is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Fiction and one of WordSpace founder Robert Trammell’s original circle of collaborators. He holds a BFA in painting from SMU and is the author of “Last Things” and “Ordinary Horror” (Viking Press).

Ben Fountain is a past WordSpace Board President. He is the author of the short story collection “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara” (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2006), which received the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2006 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Paris Review, among other magazines, and has received an O.Henry Award, two Pushcart Prizes, two short story awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the McGinnis Ritchie Prize for Fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and New Letters. From 2004-2006 he served as fiction editor of the Southwest Review. Fountain’s novel, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be published next year by Ecco/HarperCollins.”

Doug MacWithey worked in a variety of media, including collage, sculpture and drawing. Often his pieces were accompanied by performance pieces that he wrote. His work has been shown in local galleries and at the Dallas Museum of Art. Many North Texas collectors owned his work.

Immediately following the reading at The MAC, there will be a Reception from 7 to 9 pm at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue. “how it is the dead man suffers the loss of his loved ones”, MacWithey’s three panel, text based drawing from which the reading is taken, will be on view. It will be exhibited through September 30. The Reading Room is a project space dedicated to the intersection of the visual
and literary arts.

Please come early and visit both the exhibit of Doug MacWithy‘s work, as well as the WordSpace exhibit: Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones and the Internet, both projects curated by Video Association of Dallas board member, WordSpace Board President, and writer, Charles Dee Mitchell. The exhibition consists of wall-mounted QR codes that, when read by smart phones, take the viewer to videos or websites featuring North Texas authors.


Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa: Duets

The Roxy Gordon Members Salon Series
When: Thursday September 29th

WordSpace joins the celebration of Hispanic Cultural Heritage and Hispanic Culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month:

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. In 2005, Joaquín was featured on season five of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry for HBO. For seven years Joaquín was an award-winning public high school English teacher for ninth and eleventh grade students inspiring a new collection of poems from the classroom entitled Stand Up and Be Heard. For the last three years Joaquín has taken a break from his teaching position to tour North America and Europe teaching workshops and performing his one man spoken word show at hundreds of colleges, universities, conferences and poetry slams. In his extensive journey as a professional performance poet, Joaquín has shared a stage with Billy Collins, Saul Williams, E. Lynn Harris, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou among others. He recently co-wrote and produced Of Fire and Rain, (WordSmith Press) a CD of spoken word collaborations with Natasha Carrizosa. The project has been described as a testimony of life/love that spans from the barrios of East Dallas to the ghettos of the West Indies, excerpts of which were selected by Poetry in Motion to be published on posters on buses, light rail, and trains in major U.S. cities. The current Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín recently represented The United States at The World Cup of Poetry Slam Championship in Paris, France and won that title as well. He currently lives just north of his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife, Aída, and poetry, always in that order.

“I was blessed to sort of be raised in a setting that was kind of filled with poems. From my grandfather’s garden to the wild field,” he said. “I surrounded myself with storytellers as a child constantly.”

Natasha Carrizosa is a poet/writer who celebrates her dual heritage (African- and Mexican-American) with works that weave an intoxicating blend of cultures, languages and impressions. She lives and writes in Texas, and has shared her work at different venues from Texas to New York – from the Yellowhouse Gallery to the Nuyorican Poets Café. Her writings have been featured in Rhapsody, Our Texas magazines, as well as other online publications. She is author of Mejiafricana, a spoken word cd and Nude – A Collection of Love and Erotic Poems.

Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa will be performing in Duet.


Between Covers

McKinney Avenue Contemporarypresents a Wordspace sponsored exhibit, curated by Charles Dee Mitchell: Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones and the Internet. The exhibit introduces a new online registry that celebrates the diversity of North Texas published writers, from poets and novelists, to the authors of cookbooks and textbooks. Through the wonders of smart phone technology, attendees can access videos of local writers and literary organizations on the wall-mounted QR codes that, when read by smart phones, take the viewer to videos or websites In the New Works Space

The WordSpace exhibit is on display with two other Charles Dee Mitchell-curated exhibits at the MAC: “Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs” by Bill Davenport and Selections from the “Seals of the Philosophers” by Douglas MacWithey.

Part roadside attraction, part excavation, Bill Davenport fills the large gallery with specimens unearthed from contemporary mass society. Inspired by Harry Burton’s photographs of the King Tutankamun excavation, the Houston based artist utilizes steel, paper mache and found objects to presume the chaos and mysticism of ordinary man’s treasures.

Bill Davenport is a Houston based artist who holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He works as a contributing editor for Glasstire and a freelance art critic for the Houston Chronicle. Bill has been exhibited in over 60 exhibitions beginning his career as a resident at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the 1991 Core Fellows Exhibition and most recently at the Inman Gallery in Houston and the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas.

The Seals of the Philosophers was a collaborative effort of Douglas MacWithey and Charles Dee Mitchell for over a year before MacWithey’s unexpected death in August 2010. Illustrations from Opus medico-chymicum of Johann Daniel Mylius, a 3000 page alchemical text published in the 17th Century, inspired the past five years of MacWithey’s studio work. Selections from the Seals of the Philosophers is an in depth look at that work, including sculpture, drawings, and notebooks.

Douglas MacWithey was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1952 and received his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. MacWithey was part of the Dallas art scene from the 1980’s, although this was to be his first exhibition here in over ten years. Recent exhibitions include “Douglas MacWithey: Selections from the Seals of the Philosphers” at testsite in Austin and “Douglas MacWithey: Sculpture and Drawings” at Barry Whistler Gallery..

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The MAC galleries, located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, which is in the Uptown District of Dallas. Exhibitions will be on view through October 22.

Selections from Douglas MacWithey’s notebooks will be read Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm by curator Charles Dee Mitchell, and the novelists David Searcy and Ben Fountain. The evening is a presentation of WordSpace. Immediately following the reading at The MAC there will be a reception from 7 to 9 pm at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue. “How it is the dead man suffers the loss of his loved ones”, MacWithey’s large three panel drawing from which the reading is taken, will be on view. The drawing dates from the 1980’s and has never been shown before. It will be exhibited at The Reading Room, a project space dedicated to the intersection of the visual and literary arts, through September 30.

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The exhibit closes October 28th.


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