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Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Saturday, March 17, noon-5
Where: Malcom X and Elm Street

From noon-3, every hour on the hour, poets from the Dallas Poetry Slam pump up the jam Deep Ellum Outdoor Market with a 15 minute performance between music sets.



When: Friday Dec 2nd 2011
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Avenue

Rodzilla is an internationally known spoken word artist, carrying the torch lit long ago by ancestor griots and members of the Black Arts Movement. Heralded as the Blackademic, this scholar represents the hip hop intellectual at its finest with his brand of edutainment… He has performed in every noteworthy poetry den in the US, and has graced stages in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia… representing a special brand of lyricism called that NorthernCaliformulaSacramentoIzm, Rodzilla is one of the most unique artists around. A seasoned performer for the National Association of College Activities (NACA) Mr. Freeman has performed at Princeton, Brown, Harvard, and a plethora of other colleges around the United States. Nurtured in the fertile Northern California slam scene Rodzilla honed his craft as a member of the Sacramento Slam Team in 03, and 04, and has continued mentoring and coaching Sacramento’s Brave New Voices team that placed fourth in the country in 2010… with vision, depth and a deep historical grasp, this Blackademic is perfect for any setting, large or small, academic or laymen, multicultural, homosexual, and ESL… Come see about him.

Hosted by Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

Chuck Taylor and Chris Carmona @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party

Join us for a publishing party honoring Slough Press, Saving Sebastian, a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Drug Abuse, by Chuck Taylor and Beat, by Christopher Carmona.
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Chuck Taylor’s Slough Press has been publishing fiction, poetry, and essays for over thirty years. The focus of the press is on contemporary literary authors who experiment with form, communicate to a wide audience, and hope to influence the culture positively. The Press has received grants from the Texas Arts Commission and has won numerous awards.

Chuck Taylor is a Texas Yankee reared in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina, won the Austin Book Award for his collection, What Do You Want, Blood? He has worked in the Poets- in-the-Schools program, been a CETA poet in Salt Lake City, operated a used bookstore, worked in the laundry of a hospital, labored for the Terrill State Mental Hospital and the Texas School for the Deaf, owned a small press, and is the former Coordinator of Creative Writing at Texas A&M University. Conversations with the poet Lucien Stryk in 1967 stimulated his interest in Asian culture and he was able to work and study in Japan from 1991-94. Married three times, he has three children, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren.

Saving Sebastian-A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Drug Abuse
is a memoir in which Dr. Charles Taylor chronicles with painful frankness his son’s spiral downward into drug and alcohol abuse as well as Sebastian’s recovery, though it was a long and difficult one. Dr. Taylor also examines with almost brutal honesty his own role in his son’s self-destructive behavior. This is a book that parents of drug abusing children will find both touching and helpful.

Christopher Carmona hails from the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas. He is a Beat poet following the tradition of poets like Jack Kerouac, Bob Kaufman, and Raul Salinas. He is deeply interested in exploring the intersections of Native Americans and Latinos. He believes in practicing poetry as a form of social resistance. Much of his writing works to redefine what it means to be ‘beat’ as a poet. He has been published in The Writers’ Block, Beatlick Art & News, World Audience Literary Journal, and El Tecolote. He is also editing an anthology of Beat Texas writings for UT Press with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson.

Beat is a collection of poems working to keep the beat. Mixing together life in deep south Texas, life as a Chicano, and life as a beat poet. This book serves to keep the tradition of the Beat Generation alive and well where it should be…in poetry.

Both authors will be reading from their current works, signings and past Slough Press titles will be available for purchase.

WordSpace/Tyler-Davis Arts District
415 North Tyler St.
Hosted by Karen X

Rosa Alcala

Rosa Alcalá is the author of two chapbooks, Some Maritime Disasters This Century (Belladonna, 2003) and Undocumentary (Dos Press, 2008). Her work appears in the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), and in journals such as Mandorla, Chain, Barrow Street, Tarpaulin Sky,and The Brooklyn Rail. Alcalá has also translated poetry by Cecilia Vicuña, Lourdes Vázquez, and Lila Zemborain, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Rosa Alcala: Rita Hayworth- Double Agent from Wordspace .

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WordSpace is proud to partner with Greenhill School and Farid Matuk in curating our Members Salon selections to share with Greenhill’s Creative Writing students on December 2.

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