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NerCity

NerCity
When: Friday October 7th, 2011
Where: The Boiler Room, 2723 Elm

NerCity (Pronounced “Inner City poet/spoken word artist, activist, host, teacher, student and more importantly father; you cannot mention spoken word poetry in the Oakland/Bay Area without mentioning nercity’s name. His poetry is brash and unapologetic while always trying to touch at least one person with each performance. With 5 well received CD’s and an impressive resume under his belt which includes 2-Time Grand Slam Champion, Nationals Finalist, numerous slam championships & spoken word honors while also sharing or providing stages for some of the biggest names in the spoken word or music industry. “I perform like it’s my last time that I’ll ever see these people, because in this world you never know if it just might be.”

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


Peter Orozco @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party!

Peter Orozco @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party!
When: Saturday October 8th
Where: WordSpace, 415 N. Davis St and The Whole Block!

Peter Orozco @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party!
Second Saturdays of every month, from 6-9, WordSpace joins the community of visual artists, musicians and merchants in the Tyler-Davis Arts District of Historic Oak Cliff to throw a neighborhood festival of events. The WordSpace loft will be screening Peter Orozco‘s amazing video archive of the lit scene in Dallas, including his project at Bill’s Records, Lost Art Open Mic. Peter is a photographer, writer and videographer who has been documenting the poetry and music scenes for many years. An exhibit of his photographs will be on display, as well. Check out his website for an invigorating presentation of his beautiful work and archives.

Visit our new neighbors and friends in historic Oak Cliff- Tom Battles Custom Picture Framing , 413 N.Tyler, 4-8pm and Gallery Bomb, 407a N.Tyler, MFA Gallery, 419 N.Tyler, Be sure to drop by our WordSpace office, 415 N.Tyler, chillax, pick up our Schedule of Literary Events. Incense and Peppermints, 421 N.Tyler, will be further putting out the good vibes with live music and art. Across the street at Oil and Cotton, 838 W.Davis they’ll be celebrating their new Back Porch Studio with festivities throughout the day. Over on Davis, Kelly at The Rose Garden, 841 W.Davis, promises special event day bargains, always some great finds at the Garden. And don’t forget to visit Wendi at From the Ends of the Earth, 835 W.Davis for Fair-Trade exotica from around the planet. Stop in at CoCoAndre, 831 W.Davis, for, really, just the best chocolate treats in Dallas. And Daniel and Manuel Padilla Gallery, 829 W.Davis, are helping further the arts in the Cliff with their fine work. Expect Complimentary beverages, snacks, scenes and suprises! See yall out there! Carlos and Opalina Salas’s Cliff Notes is down the street for your Beat book jones and The Kessler Theater is the best music venue, eclectically curated by Artistic Director Jeffrey Liles

Our office, staffed by Program Director, Karen X Minzer, is in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood. It is an open door for artists, poets, educators and community leaders to interact and interface their work with ours. It also provides open-genre venue for salons, workshops, booksignings, iCHat and other experimental genres, not to mention the ongoing X+ Arts, Bishops Arts, and Tyler/Davis Arts block parties and festivals. Our office is located at 415 North Tyler St., Dallas, Texas 75208. Stay tuned to our website for any last minute planning over here in this very active and vital Dallas arts and culture scene.
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John Serio, RockBaby, Paul Otremba and Alex Lemon

John Serio, RockBaby, Paul Otremba and Alex Lemon
When: Tuesday October 18th 2011
Where: Northwood University, 1114 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill

WordSpace is proud to partner with Northwood University to present the annual Northwood University Literary Festival, curated by Martha Heimberg.
This year’s dynamic gathering of fiction and poetry writers includes
John Serio and Rock Baby.

John Serio is the editor of the newly released “Selected Poems” by Wallace Stevens. His winning introduction and informative chronology open up these poems, with their human eloquence, to a generation born a hundred years after Stevens. New readers will find that Stevens convinces by manner as well as conscience, by vivacity as well as fidelity, by tragic feeling as well as comic satire. Far more than Eliot or Pound, Stevens wished passionately to be above all a poet of 20th-century America and its American English; and he had the luck, as they did not, to write with increasing genius to the end of his life.

Roderick Goudy, also known as Rock Baby, is a graduate of University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Science with an emphasis in education. In 1993, he began his career as an educator with P.A.C.E. Head Start in Mississippi. In 1999, Roderick began his career as a poet where he has become a nationally known performance poet performing across North America including television appearances.

In 1998, Roderick Goudy began substituting teaching with Dallas Independent School District and from 1999-2002 held the position of PTA President. Roderick began organizing poetry competitions as the City of Dallas Slam Master for Dallas Poetry Slam in 2003. As a Slam Master, he has combined his love for art and education to organize and implement area writing and performance workshops, mentor young artists, guest lecture for community colleges and universities throughout the DFW Metroplex and nationally.

Roderick has served as an art instructor with Junior Players Guild for over 3 years providing instruction in dance, writing, and theatre while addressing issues of bullying, self-esteem, and healthy conflict resolution. He is a frequent guest speaker for area schools addressing bullying, communication and other life skills critical to student success.
Since 1988, he has held positions in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist, a pre-school, after-school and substitute teacher, committee member with WordSpace, a literary non-profit, board member with Family Care Connections, a social service non-profit with emphasis on healthy families and fatherhood initiatives, and Slam Master of Dallas Poetry Slam.

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.

 

Alex Lemon was born in Iowa, and lives in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the author of three collections of poetry, “Mosquito” (Tin House Books), “Hallelujah Blackout” (Milkweed Editions), and “Fancy Beasts” (Milkweed Editions). His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry 2008, Satellite Convulsions, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, The Southern Review and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is a frequent book reviewer, edits Descant, the Fort Worth Literary Journal, and teaches at Texas Christian University.

 


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