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WordSpace Presents Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

WordSpace Presents Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Saturday March 17th, 12pm
Where: Deep Ellum: Indiana and Malcom X

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.

WordSpace and 2012 SMU Literary Festival: Reception for the Artists

WordSpace and 2012 SMU Literary Festival: Reception for Tyehimba Jess and Krys Lee
 Friday, March 23, 6:30pm Reading, Reception to follow
Where: McCord Auditorium Southern Methodist University
More:  SMU Literary Festival Full Lineup and Details

WordSpace is very honored to partner with Southern Methodist University 2012 Literary Festival in hosting the closing reception for the artists. Please join us for Wordspace’s special reception and SMU Literary Festival’s special guest performance by Tyehimba Jess and Krys Lee. Meet and greet the distinguished SMU Department of English and special guest presenters of the 2012 Literary Festival.

WordSpace Salon: Miroslav Penkov

WordSpace Salon: Miroslav Penkov
When: Wednesday March 14th 7pm
Where: Contact WordSpace 214-838-3554

Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. When he was four, his family moved to the capital city of Sofia, where he graduated from First English Language High School. He arrived in America in 2001 and completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, followed by an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas.

His stories have won The Southern Review’s Eudora Welty Prize and have appeared in or are forthcoming from A Public Space, One Story, Orion, The Sunday Times, Granta Online, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The 2012 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.

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EAST OF THE WEST, which is his first book, was published in the U.S. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and in ten other countries. In Bulgaria his own translation of the stories will be published by Ciela under the title “?? ????? ?? ??????.”

Miroslav is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas and currently the editor of the American Literary Review.

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WordSpace Student Readings at the 2012 SMU Literary Festival

WordSpace Student Readings at SMU Literary Festival
Hockaday School, Greenhill School, Booker T. Washington School, Yavneh Academy, Texans Can Academies
When: Wednesday March 21st 6:30pm
Where: SMU McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall
More: SMU Full Lineup and Festival Details 

WordSpace is greatly honored to present their annual Dallas area high school students reading at the 2012 Southern Methodist University Literary Festival.

These young writers bring with them not only the enrichment of dedicated and recognized artists-teachers, but often the most innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations of writing in this promising preview of the future.

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The students and their work are curated by well-known writers who also work in education, featuring emerging writers selected by Farid Matuk of Greenhill School, Kyle Vaughn of Hockaday School, Scott Davison of Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet, Tim Cloward of Yavneh Academy and Sanderia Smith of Texans Can Academies.

FREE and Open to the public.

Special Thanks to David Haynes and the SMU Department of English for creating this very special opportunity for the City’s talented young writers.

Giselle Robinson

Giselle Robinson
When: Friday March 2, 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave.

Giselle was born in “Rock City”, St. Thomas, USVI.  Giselle’s voice and her words, her stories and her style, reflect the deeply ingrained West Indian values and traditions she was raised with. She is as warm and smooth, deep and as vibrant as the Caribbean Sea.

She and her son have lived in Fort Worth for 4 yrs. This is where she was first introduced to the open mic in September 2009.

DFW’s own Island Girl, Giselle is a member of the 2011 Fort Worth Slam Team as well as the 2011 DFW Gladiator Slam Champion.   She has just released her first CD, “Cadence” as she prepares to rock the National stage.

Giselle says she writes because she has to, is compelled to, but she performs for that moment of personal connection; shared pain, shared purpose.  She’s still amused by reactions to her accent; after all, it’s just “Me”.

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.

kYmberly Keeton and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party

kYmberly Keeton and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam
When: Saturday March 10th, Slam 5 pm, kYmberly 8pm
Where:WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.

kYmberly mieshia dionne Keeton was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of The University of Houston with a B.A. in English Creative Writing, with a minor in African-American Studies (and awarded a Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in in English-Creative Writing and The Graduate Certificate in African-American Studies).

Keeton’s first short story: 2.Butahflies.Charlie.Browne.&.Painky.Lillies won the Honorable Mention Sylvan N. Karchmer Short Fiction Prize in May 2006 at The University of Houston and was published in the PARALLAX Journal at Richland College in Dallas, Texas.

As the former City Editor of rolling out dallas and Entertainment Editor for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper, she has interviewed Larenz Tate, Illyasah Shabazz, Haile Gerima, Usher, Mara Brock Akil, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Qwele, KeKe Wyatt, Monique, Snoop Dog, Charles Stone III, Akon, Pam Grier, Tamara Peterson and countless others in the industry.

Creating her own publication entitled Literafeelya Magazine in 2003, featuring work on arts and politics; the magazine produced twenty-two issues online, and published its first print issue with a grant funded by Young People For in November of 2007.

kYmberly is the former publisher and co-founder of Songhai News: The Black Collegiate Voice-Black Newspaper at the University of Houston. Keeton is also a November 2010 National Novel Writing Month winner, and her first library proposal was accepted at the 2011 Library 2.0 Virtual Conference. In addition, Keeton is the recipient of the 2012 E. J. Josey Library Academic Scholarship

As a collage artist, Keeton’s work has been displayed at the Community Artist’s Collective (Houston, Texas), in the Via Colori Sidewalk Exhibition, and in the MFAH 16th Annual Citywide African American 2012 Artists Exhibition (Houston, Texas).

Currently, she is the Associate Editor at; is a graduate student at the University of North Texas in the Library Science and Information Technology program, and hosts a blog entitled digibooklibrarian for literary enthusiasts.

Dallas Poetry Youth Slam is hosted by Dallas Poetry Slam’s Alexandra Marie.

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