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Dia de los Muertos @ Tyler-Davis Arts District

Dia de los Muertos @ Tyler-Davis Arts District
When: Wednesday November 2nd, 2011
Where: WordSpace, 415 N. Tyler St.

WordSpace is honored to host Teatro Dallas for a special performance in the block long celebration of life and death, as we join our block in throwing down the candy, grins, tears, art and ambience. Regular neighborhoold playas, Incense and Peppermints, Oil and Cotton and CoCo Andre are all in the mix, as well as To The Ends of The Earth and Gallery Bomb.

The Day of the Dead Celebration is a tradition that was created to serve the public need to mourn, reflect, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through their ancestors, loved ones, and the living. Join us as we honor and celebrate the rich traditions of the Hispanic Community in the heart of Oak Cliff for an unforgettable Día de los Muertos Celebration.
Festivities include live music, interactive art workshops, face painting, altar tour, storytelling, educational presentation on history of Day of the Dead, sugar skull decorating, papel and hot chocolate.

Alexandra Marie and M.H. Clay

The Robert Trammell Reading Series
When: Wednesday November 9th, 2011
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis
Hosted by Karen X, Videotaped by Jeff Liles

Alexandra Marie
In the spring of 2005, Los Angeles native Alexandra Marie returned to the poetry scene after a three-year hiatus. She resumed writing and became a regular at various open mic venues in the Los Angeles area. A month after her return, she had her first featured performance at “Les Trois Vies.” She continued to attend local open mics, and featured at many special events and poetry venues. Alexandra Marie hosted her own open mic venue, “Connected Through Art,” from 2006 to 2007, and assisted the 2006 Los Angeles Slam Team at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. She has published two chapbooks: Love in Bits and Pieces in June of 2007, and You Are Between the Vowels and Consonants in My Every Sentence in November of 2007.
In April of 2008, Alexandra Marie moved to Dallas, and started her poetic career all over again. By the end of the year, she had made her mark in her new city, and brought in 2009 featuring at a New Year’s Eve party held in the Downtown Westin. This was followed by performances at the Arlington Martin Luther King Day Celebration and First Tuesdays at Brooklyn Jazz Café. Alexandra Marie continues to frequent Dallas open mics and can now be found co-hosting the Dallas Poetry Slam open mic with Rock Baby.

M. H. Clay is a poet and playwright residing in Dallas, TX. His profession has taken him around the world to see much and meet many. He has heard raw wisdom from young, Caribbean Rastas, “Live fast and quit!” and pondered the deep questions with Chinese businessmen, “What do we do with all the garbage?” He writes to maintain a semblance of sanity and throws his words out to see what kindred spirits will catch and throw back. Michael is the co-editor of Mad Swirl with Johnny Olson.

B. H. Fairchild and Renee Rosse @ Mighty Fine Arts

B. H. Fairchild and Renee Rosse
When: Saturday November 12th, 2011
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 419 North Tyler Street

B. H. Fairchild and Renee Rosse @ Mighty Fine Arts
It’s Tyler-Davis Arts District 2nd Saturday Block Party Time and again!
We are please to partner with Mighty Fine Arts to host these two distinguished writers:

B.H. Fairchild (born 1942) is an award-winning American poet and former college professor. His most recent book is Usher (W.W. Norton, 2009), and his poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe Southern ReviewPoetryTriQuarterlyThe Hudson ReviewSalmagundiThe Sewanee Review. His third poetry collection, The Art of the Lathe, winner of the 1997 Beatrice Hawley Award (Alice James Books, 1998), brought Fairchild’s work to national prominence, garnering him a large number of awards and fellowships including the William Carlos Williams Award, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, California Book Award, Natalie Ornish Poetry Award, PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, National Book Award (finalist), Capricorn Poetry Award, and Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships. The book ultimately gave him international prominence, as The Way Weiser Press in England published the U.K. edition of the book. The Los Angeles Times wrote that “The Art of the Lathe by B.H. Fairchild has become a contemporary classic—a passionate example of the plain style, so finely crafted and perfectly pitched…workhorse narratives suffused with tenderness and elegiac music.”He was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in small towns in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, later working through high school and college for his father, a lathe machinist. He taught English and Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino and Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Denton with his wife and dog, Minnie, and teaches at The University of North Texas. B. H. Fairchild is the 2011 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

Renée Rossi’s chapbook Still Life won the 2009 Gertrude Chapbook Competition for Poetry.  Her recent chapbook is entitled Third Worlds. She lives with her family in Dallas and dreams about returning to Italy.


When: Friday November 18th, 2011
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville

A remarkable poet, emcee, photographer and leader in the community, A.I is only beginning to make her mark. Not even twenty-one years old, A.I. has already accomplished a great deal. A few of these achievements include qualifying for the 2011 Dallas Poetry Slam Team, becoming the 2011 Austin They Speak Youth Slam Champ, performing at the 6th Annual Minority Mentorship Symposium (Texas Relays), releasing her first spoken word CD entitled “Antisocial Butterfly” in February 2011, and her first mixtape, “intricate misfit.” in August of 2011.

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A.I. was born Aisha Tiara White, on August 8, 1991 in Dallas, Texas. A.I. has had it rough; growing up in the inner city with a wrongfully imprisoned father, a mother struggling to make ends meet, and siblings who were rarely there for her. The impact this has made on her is great. She describes her struggle in this quote, saying “I’m from nothing, so from it I made something.” Though A.I has faced many hardships during her childhood and adolescence, mentors such as Natasha Carrizosa, Ebony Stewart, and Juliann Faucette have been able to help her through and rise above her circumstances.

While attending David W. Carter High School, A.I. was introduced to Creative Solution’s Literary Society (LIT), which would become an outlet to develop her passion for writing. LIT is a program founded by Darius Frasure aiming to promote visual and performing arts at Carter High as well as the surrounding community. This would prove to be extremely powerful and influential. The program introduced A.I. to the under 21 open mic at Daverse Lounge; this is where she found her love for performing. In addition to exploring poetic endeavors, A.I.’s pursuit of music in conjunction with Small Time Losers Entertainment (STL) started here. STL’s aim was to artistically generate a monumental impact on the world while maintaining small time humility. Using her own experiences as well as musical influences ranging from Marshall Mathers to Lauryn Hill, it was here that A.I began making music.

Although A.I decided to take a year off from her performance career, in order to learn more about herself and the world, her first year at the University of Texas at Austin, proved to be a very productive one. During her second year at the university, A.I started performing again. In fact, since then and most recently, she has performed, competed, and hosted at a number of venues across the state of Texas (including Dallas, Houston, and other major cities). A.I has served and performed as a member of The Cipher: Austin’s Hip Hop Project and performed and at the 14th Annual Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in the San Francisco/Bay area, where she placed 3rd (out of 50) in the MC Olympics and her team made it to the semi-finals. The Austin They Speak team was still asked to showcase a poem, conceptualized and co-written by A.I. on final stage. Additionally, A.I. became the founder of LiveLife Entertainment. LiveLife is a production company working to utilize abilities in the arts to produce, promote, and inspire creativity and positive outlets especially for inner-city youth. LiveLife also aspires to promote individuality, integrity and to combat the destructive aspects of society. “Define your own fresh” is the company’s signature motto.

Currently, A.I. is keeping herself busy working as a freelance photographer as well as completing new music and poetry projects, to follow up Antisocial Butterfly and Intricate. She is now studying Mass Communications and Theatre at Prairie View A&M University. Not only is she a full time student, but A.I continues her career as a spoken word artist and emcee to spread truth and light to her community and the world.

Co-Hosted by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

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