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What: OffWorld, A Science Fiction Club
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St
When: Resumes in February
Presented by: Phillip Washington
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell
Join us for look at new short science fiction and discussions.

Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

What: Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series
When: Jan. 5, 4pm
Where: Half Price Books, NW Highway, Program Room
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie, Rock Baby and Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Admission: FREE

WordSpace partners with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth. Dallas Poetry Slam’s Alexandra Marie and award-winning Rock Baby join World Cup Winner, Joaquin Zihuatanejo to host workshops and performance with young area writers.

Zubair Ahmed

: Zubair Ahmed Reading and Book Signing: “City of Rivers” (McSweeney’s Publishing, 2012)
When: Friday, January 4, 7:30
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 10801 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Hosted by: WordSpace and Lucky Dog Books
Admission: FREE
More Info and,  214-838-3554
Directions: 214-827-4860 and Google Maps

Zubair Ahmed was born in 1988 and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2005, his family won the Diversity Visa Lottery, which granted them the opportunity to immigrate to the US. During the year-and-a-half before moving, Ahmed dropped out of school and became a professional video gamer. In 2005, Ahmed’s family moved to Duncanville, Texas, where he finished high school. Ahmed now studies mechanical engineering and creative writing at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Solar Car Team, president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and has recently delved into business and startups.

City of Rivers by Zubair Ahmed (December 2012)

The poems in CIty of Rivers— the first full-length collection from 23-year-old wunderkind Zubair Ahmed– are clear and cool as a glass of water. Grounded in his childhood in Bangladesh, Ahmed’s spare, evocative poems cast a knowing eye on the wider world, telling us what it’s like to be displaced and replaced, relocated and dislocated. His poems are suffused with a graceful, mysterious pathos– and also with joy, humor, and longing– with the full range of human emotions. City of Rivers is a remarkable and precocious debut.

“This is a kind of art that can’t be faked or manufactured, a poetry derived only of witness, impulse, and vision. City of Rivers is a triumph by any standard.” — Michael McGriff

“When reading Zubair Ahmed I feel as though I am both witnessing and taking part in an ecstatic, lyric experience. Ahmed’s work is not just a blues forged out of the Bangladesh landscape, these poems are also a celebration of the world as a whole– a sometimes complicated, dark celebration, but a celebration all the same.” — Matthew Dickman

Zubair Ahmed « McSweeney’s – YouTube

Ebony Stewart at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Ebony Stewart at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, January 18, 2012, 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

With lips from any ghetto you choose and words spoken to save her own life, this Gully Princess by the name of Ebony Stewart, is the only adult female Three Time Slam Champion (2007, 2009, 2011) in Austin, TX.  Ebony was also one of the leading members of Austin Neo-Soul in 2010 ranking 4th in the Nation.  Adding another accolade, Ebony coached the 2012 Neo-Soul slam team, taking them all the way to first place in Group Piece Finals.  The Austin Chronicle stated “Ebony is a wide-eyed and physically fluid young woman.” While The Austin American Statesman describes her personality and spoken word style as “beasty.”   Poetry is where Ebony Stewart goes to make things right.

Rauan Klassnik, Farid Matuk and Russel Swenson

What: Rauan Klassnik, Farid Matuk and Rusell Swenson
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. (Oak Cliff)
When: Friday, January 25, 8 pm

 Rauan Klassnik‘s HOLY LAND (Black Ocean) is not a book for the faint of heart. His poems–dreamlike fables that conflate the domestic and quotidian with the dangerous and the perverse–are bathed in tears and blood: a trip to the bank becomes a journey to Auschwitz; bullets and gore find equivalence in rivers, birds and lush grass. In Klassnik’s startling vision, ‘the world knows what you want, and it knows what you need. It brings you bodies. And it brings you a gun”–Gary Young.Rauan grew up in South Africa and then spent most of life in Dallas, TX where he was for many years an active part of the local writing community. Rauan’s first book, Holy Land, came out from Black Ocean in 2008. His second book, The Moon’s Jaw (also from
Black Ocean) releases end of 2012. Rauan’s poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Front Porch, The North American Review, Poetry Midwest & other venues. Rauan is now headquartered, close to Costco, in Kirkland, WA.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010), which was awarded honorable mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Award, named finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and chosen by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for recognition in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series.  New poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Iowa Review,Critical QuarterlyWhite Wall Review, and   Matuk is a contributor to Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums:  Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada (Shearsman, 2011) and American Odysseys:  Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive, 2013).

“There’s something wrong with Los Angeles. In his brilliant debut Santa Ana, Russel Swensen analyzes what it means to live in a city that sets all of its awful immune system on you, that fevers itself to burn off all but the most wicked and calloused. Here the city becomes a fantastic and terrifying Lynchian nightmare in which each person is an animal desperate to devour or be photographed. A girl sings “if you put your ear to an ash tray, you can hear the sea of flame replacing me” and maybe that’s the city itself, fire licking the corners of the pages, the moments seen as though through smoke. It’s all the speaker can try to do to escape, the wind that carries the flames always finding him, finding him out. This is a phenomenal work, nerve wracking and passionate, and will leave you with all the right kinds of scars.” -Glenn Shaheen.
Russel Swensen currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University.  He earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston. His work has appeared inBlack Clock, Quarterly West, Prick of the Spindle, FRiGG, The Collagist, and elsewhere.

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