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Kim Vodicka and Ben Kopel are on the road from Louisiana!

What: Kim Vodicka and Ben Kopel…on the road from Louisiana!
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis
When: Friday, June 22, 7pm
Admission: FREE, with Refreshments!

Help celebrate the opening of the new Lucky Dog Books (formerly Paperbacks Plus) in Oak Cliff with some hospitality writers making their US rounds this summer with their new chapbook.
They will be reading and signing copies of their work.

Poet Kim Vodicka grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her B.A. in English from UL Lafayette in 2010. She is currently working on her M.F.A. in Poetry at LSU, where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Co-Coordinator of Delta Mouth Literary Festival 2012. Kim is an avid lover of music, hosts a psychedelic rock show, “Shangri-La-La Land,” on KLSU, and is involved in musical-poetic projects. She believes that poems want to be songs very badly, and she can recite most of her work from memory. She is the author of the self-published chapbook “Hustle”, featuring poems and collages constructed from pornographic literature. Her artwork has been published in Tenderloin, and her poems have been published in Shampoo, Ekleksographia, and Dig. “Aesthesia Balderdash” (Trembling Pillow 2012) is her first full-length collection.

Praise for Aesthesia Balderdash:
“Belatedly—like everything we wait for—Kathy Acker’s great, I mean really great, grand‐daughter appears…in Louisiana, naturally (or un‐naturally). Her ‘blood runneth cheesecake’ who penneth this collection of see-sick lyrics drunk w/ semantic play and painful as ‘all lights…even stars.’Vodicka’s Aesthesia Balderdash sisters the disaster of gender in ways that matter: ‘chronically, / abashedly, / rosily, cockily, / dazzlingly.’ Not for the faint of art, ….”–Laura Mullen

Ben Kopel was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1983. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches creative writing and English literature to high school students. He is the author of a chapbook, “Because We Must” (Brave Men Press), and his work has been published injubilat, Conduit, The New Delta Review, Makeout Creek, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. “Victory” (H_NGM_N Books 2012) is his first full-length collection.

Praise for Victory:
“Meteoric as pop songs, as fist-fights between best friends, Ben Kopel’s poems blaze out like declarations of love and vendetta spray-painted on overpasses. Victory is raw and tender as a crying-jag, while being full of a new savagery’s swagger and grace.”
–Dean Young

WordSpace is pleased to partner with Lucky Dog Books to present a booksigning, hosted by Intern Director, Jessica Tolbert of Oberlin College.

Dallas Poetry YOUTH Slam

What: Dallas Poetry YOUTH Slam
When: Every 1st Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room
Hosts: Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

Half Price Books and WordSpace  are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth. Created by Alexandra Marie, a host and organizer for Dallas Poetry Slam.

Art Slam










Steve Paul Productions and Mighty Fine Arts are proud to present ArtSlam, a silent auction benefiting WordSpace.

What: Art Slam
When: Sunday June 24th, from 5-9 pm
Where: Steve Paul Productions, 2814 Main St. Dallas Tx 75226

The 2012 Art Slam will be a fun-filled late afternoon of drinks, bites, and great artwork and packages on which to bid. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit WordSpace.

WordSpace is a non-profit North Texas literary organization dedicated to supporting indigenous literature and connecting the best of world literature to local readers. Throughout the year WordSpace presents author readings, workshops, concerts and salons. In 2011, WordSpace sponsored over 35 events. Founded in 1994, WordSpace is the longest running literary group in Dallas.

WordSpace has presented programs and workshops with many writers and songwriters, including Robert Creeley, Gerald Burns, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Liles, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Isabel Nathaniel, Terry and JoHarvey Allen, Cristina Henriquez, David Searcy, O. Henry Prize Winner Ben Fountain, Ed Sanders, NPR correspondent, poet, and novelist Andrei Codrescu, internationally acclaimed media pundit, activist, Dan Savage, and most recently, Amy Sedaris.

Thank you in advance for your support of the 2012 Art Slam.

Dee Mitchell
President Of WordSpace

WordSpace Presents Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

Who: Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Performers!
When: Saturday, June 16, 12pm
Where: Stage, 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.

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