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The Amazing Hancock Brothers

The Amazing Hancock Brothers
Saturday, February 11, 6 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St. (Map)

Join us for 2nd Saturday in the Tyler-Davis Arts District: In conjunction with their Mighty Fine Arts curated show at The Kessler Theater, The Amazing Hancock Brothers perform spoken word, sign their books, make t-shirts, and who knows what else! Self-proclaimed les enfants terribles of the central Texas art world, the Brothers Amazing got some miles on ‘em since making that claim.


WordSpace Critics Circle: UNT’s David Holdeman on Yeats

UNT’s David Holdeman on Yeats
When: Wednesday February 29th, 7pm
Where: Contact WordSpace at 214-838-3554

Leap Day! We are honored to host David Holdeman, in programming partnership with University of Texas English Department to present an in-depth investigative experience of W. B. Yeats..

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David Holdemanis a Professor of English at University of North Texas. Dr. David Holdeman specializes in twentieth-century Irish literature and culture (especially W. B. Yeats); modern British and American poetry and drama; and the theory and practice of scholarly editing. His most recent book, W. B. Yeats in Context (Cambridge, 2010), co-edited with Ben Levitas, features thirty-nine essays by distinguished Yeatsians from around the world. His previous books include The Cambridge Introduction to W. B. Yeats (Cambridge, 2006); “In the Seven Woods” and “The Green Helmet and Other Poems”: Manuscript Materials by W. B. Yeats (Cornell, 2002); and Much Labouring: The Texts and Authors of Yeats’s First Modernist Books (Michigan, 1997). Dr. Holdeman is an active member of the Society for Textual Scholarship and served as program chair for its 2003 conference held at New York University.

W. B. Yeats is a writer who requires, and at the same time tests the limits of, contextual study. More than perhaps any other Irish writer, he produced his own context as much as it produced him. His cultural and political activities, combined with his prolific literary output, made an impact that can only be understood by close attention to his words in relation to the times in which he lived. W. B. Yeats in Context maps Yeats’s world in concise, lively essays by distinguished critics and historians. The places, people, themes and intellectual frameworks most important to his development receive close attention, as do his artistic influences, and the production and reception of his work. As a gateway into the study of Yeats, this volume offers much new information for both students, scholars and anyone interested in the life and times of this enigmatic and influential poet.

Here are links to the poems David has chosen for the 29th.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Adam’s Curse
Easter 1916
The Second Coming

The Critics Circles are intimate, salon with limited seating. WordSpace Members: Free. Non-Members $5 RSVP WordSpace 214-838-3554

Sanderia Smith, Jennifer Wallach and Venus Opal Reese @ Chocolate Secrets

Dr. Venus Opal Reese, Sanderia Smith, and Jennifer Wallach
When: Wednesday February 15th 7pm 
Where: Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave.

You are invited to sit, enjoy, and take in all that is Chocolate Secrets with a great event curated especially to honor African-American History Month: a special booksigning event and performance by Venus Opal Reese.

Jennifer Wallach, co-author and editor of Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one of the book’s contributors, Sanderia Smith will be on hand to sign copies of the books and Venus Opal Reese will perform one of her beautiful signature pieces. You may remember the gliterati evening from last year’s booksigning event at Chocolate Secrets that included Rosalyn Story and her new book Wading Home. Expect another memorable evening together.


Arsnick:  The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee  in Arkansas, 1962-1967: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) arrived in Arkansas in October 1962 at the request of the Arkansas Council on Human Relations, the state affiliate of the Southern Regional Council. SNCC efforts began with Bill Hansen, a young white Ohioan–already an early veteran of the civil rights movement–who traveled to Little Rock in the early sixties to help stimulate student sit-in movements promoting desegregation. Thanks in large part to SNCC’s bold initiatives, most of Little Rock’s public and private facilities were desegregated by 1963, and in the years that followed many more SNCC volunteers rushed to the state to set up projects across the Arkansas Delta to help empower local people to take a stand against racial discrimination. In the five short years before it disbanded, the SNCC’s Arkansas Project played a pivotal part in transforming the state, yet this fascinating branch of the national organization has barely garnered a footnote in the history of the civil rights movement. This collection serves as a corrective by bringing articles on SNCC’s activities in Arkansas together for the first time, by providing powerful firsthand testimonies, and by collecting key historical documents from SNCC’s role in the region’s emergence from the slough of southern injustice.

Jennifer Jensen Wallach is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas. She is the author of  Closer to the Truth than Any Fact: Memoir, Memory, and Jim Crow (2008) and  Richard Wright: From Black Boy to World Citizen  (2010).  She is also working on an overview of U.S. food history that is to be published by Rowman & Littlefield. In 2010 History News Network named Dr. Wallach a “Top Young Historian.”

SANDERIA FAYE received an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Arizona State University. She has taught Creative Writing for Arizona State University, and Freshman Composition, and Literature for The United States Navy and at Mesa Community College among many others.  An excerpt from her novel Mourning Bench appeared in Mythium Literary Journal and in Jennifer Wallach and John Kirk’s book Arsnick:  The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, 1962-196.  She moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary, July 2011 based on the excerpt from her novel.

Her work was selected for “Best Of” honors at the 2011 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson Co-Directors, and an excerpt of her work will appear in the forthcoming SABAL Literary Journal.  She received scholarships to Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.  She expects to complete her novel this winter.

Venus Opal Reese is a tenured professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, an award winning solo performer, playwright, director, choreographer and poet. She has performed nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Her solo performance work, Split Ends, was featured on the cover of the Palo Alto Weekly, showcased at the Black Repertory Theatre in Rhode Island and ran off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC. Split Ends was nominated for an AUDELCO Award.  Dr. Reese was recently featured on ABC News and in Glamour Magazine and Diversity Inc., as an expert on race, beauty, and culture. Her performance with the Hip-Hop theatre play, Will Power’s The Seven, was featured in the American Theatre Magazine and won 3 Critic Choice Awards.
Venus has presented and performed internationally at the Sorbonne, Paris, France under the auspices of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University, La MaMa Umbria International, Spoleto, Italy, and Universita di Padova, Padova, Italy. Nationally she has performed and directed with Cultural Odyssey, AfroSolo, the LA Women’s Festival, and the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, NYC.
As a scholar, Dr. Reese’s research links Africa, the Middle Passage, Antebellum Slavery, minstrelsy and popular culture through the stories we tell. She offers and designs courses in Spoken Word, Arts and Performance, Theatre, Movement Theatre, African Dance, Hip-Hop Dance, American Character, Acting, Performativity, Cultural Studies, Womanism/Feminism, Queer Theory, Literary Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Identity and Media. Dr. Reese’s scholarly performative writing has been published in the Women and Performance journal, the Journal for Global Transformation, as well as edited volumes like Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections and The Politics of American Actor Training, both with Routledge. Venus serves as WordSpace board Resource Chair. She has turned her artistry as a writer and her research as a scholar into a lucrative business using uncommon strategies to help people around the world to achieve overwhelming success.


When: Friday February 17th 8pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 419 North Tyler Street

RonAmber Deloney, known to many as Floweasy, native of Dallas, Texas is all about social dialogue.  As a performance poet her work is conversations on street corners and words exchanged in the breezeway – a mix of images rewritten in various places on random things.   She has worked with The Last Poets in Europe and along with black German rapper Khabo and Takeshi Beats released a spoken word/hip hop album entitled Of Brickwalls and Breezeways, which is currently available on Itunes. The second cd, Lilac and Rapeseed, is in the final stages of production.  She holds an M.S.Ed. in Adolescent Education, MA in Art and Public Policy from NYU and BAs in English and German from Austin College.

Co-Hosted by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

WordSpace Board and Program Committee Member RockBaby, award winning poet, teacher, HBO Def Jam poet and Host of the Dallas Poetry Slam curates a monthly Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader Series for WordSpace. Founded in 1994 by Clebo Rainey and his wife Naomi, Dallas Poetry Slam is the oldest and most respected Poetry Slam in the Metroplex. Dallas Poetry Slam is a non-profit organization that promotes the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage the DFW community in the revelry of language. Dallas Poetry Slam provides an opportunity for local poets to compete as individuals and with a team on the local, regional and national level. Poets are exposed to art, language and culture from a network of poets and the general population in various cities throughout the United States. As a member of the Dallas Slam Team, one can develop team building, leadership, writing and performance skills along with greater pride as an artist representing the City of Dallas.

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