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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, February 2
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Dallas Poetry Youth Slam When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room- Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo Half Price Books and WordSpace are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


What: OffWorld, a Science Fiction Club
When: Wednesday, February 13, 7pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler Street
Presented by: Phillip Washington
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Join us for a discussion of science fiction writers.

Ronaldo Wilson

What: Ronaldo Wilson
More:  Opening presentation by Greenhill School Student Writer
When: Friday, February 1, 7:30 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP for location: 214-838-3554,
Special Thanks: Ronaldo Wilson’s Dallas appearance is made possible in partnership with Greenhill School of Dallas and curated for WordSpace and Greenhill School by Farid Matuk.

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2013.





La-Love at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: La-Love at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: February 15, 2013
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

La-Love started writing at an early age but became a spoken word artist in 2002. Her inspiration to write her first slam poem was the death of her father in 2003. Since then she has published a chapbook titled “Last Night the Mic Saved my Life” and is the creator and producer of the quarterly spoken word competion/showcase in Austin, TX titled “The Make it Wet Spitfest”. 2012 marked her 8th year of the successfully running event.

La-Love is the former hostess of Austin’s Neo Soul Poetry Lounge currenty located at 11th Street Bar and Grill and The “Evolution”, formerly at Nuno’s and Jovitas. Love is also currently a member of the 2012 Neo Soul Slam Team and the Xenogia Spoken Word Collective.

She is a teacher, mother of 2, and activist in her community while juggling her passion as a writer, producer and performer. For upcoming Spitfest events, Spitfest DVD orders, booking or other information contact 512-903-8027

Dagoberto Gilb with Felix Flores Band

What: Dagoberto Gilb with special music guest, Felix Flores Band
Hosted by: Dallas CM Delia Jasso and Celia Alvarez Muñoz
When: Thursday, February 28, 8 pm
Where: Bishop Arts Theater, 215 South Tyler St.
Admission: $20 Gen Admin, $30 Reserved, $50 VIP Meet/Greet


Read Dagoberto Gilb in the February Issue of Texas Monthly.

Dagoberto Gilb is an American writer born in Los Angeles, California, whose reputation, after years between L.A. and Texas, is as one of the leading voices from the American Southwest. His many works include  Woodcuts of Women, 2001, Gritos, 2003, Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature, 2006, The Flowers, 2008, Before the End, After the Beginning, 2011,

His many many awards include James D. Phelan Award, San Francisco Foundation, 1984, Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, Texas Institute of Letters, 1987, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1992Whiting Writers’ Award, 1993PEN/Hemingway Award, 1994, PEN Faulkner Award, finalist, 1994, El Paso Writers’ Hall of Fame, 1995, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1995, National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist, 2003, Texas Book Festival Bookend Award, 2007, PEN Southwest Book Award, 2008.

Dagoberto Gilb’s work has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Anthologized in many literary and college composition textbooks. He is featured in the February issue of Texas Monthly.


mWordSpace is also please to present the popular hot up and coming music group Felix Flores Band to warm you up for Dagoberto.

Felix Flores Band is a Dallas based band whose music is a fusion of folk, jazz, flamenco and rock. Formed in 2005, this band has been active in the local scene for years and regularly plays coffeehouses, bars, art openings, festivals and special events.

“Felix conveys with aching accuracy the perils of love gone awry as well as poetically penetrating into the depths of the soul with his words. As for the uniquely talented characters that back him, Felix Flores Band specializes in sway in your seat, hold your honey tight- make love melodies. This is a jam band for the soul.” -Amberly Russell, poet

Felix Flores Band draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources stretching from musicians such as Ani DiFranco, Jeff Buckley, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey, Bright Eyes, Jack White, Miles Davis, Gypsy Kings -to writers Paolo Coelho and Kahlil Gibran.

“Love is like water
You can jump in it you can feel it
It can trickle down like rain
Or flood you like a hurricane”
– Lyrics from Love is like Water by Felix Flores

Felix Flores – Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel, Mandolin
Mingo Flores – Drums, Percussion
James Sands – Lead Guitar, Bass
Ely Sellers – Bass




Our Hosts: 

Dallas City Council Member Delia Jasso represents District 1, Oak Cliff, and is very active in advocating on behalf of arts, education and redevelopment of this historic Dallas neighorhood. She was served as CM since 2009 and has served as community and civics leader for over 20 years.




Celia Alvarez Muñoz was born in El Paso in 1937, and grew up amid competing cultures, languages, and value systems along the U.S.-Mexico border. She is an internationally recognized artist with countless exhibitions, public commissions and awards. Her image-text art explores the first glances and misread signs that occur where cultures meet, and the stories that they tell about the history of American society, culture, and modern art.


Martha Heimberg, Brian Nowlin: Wallace Stevens “Tootings at the Weddings of the Soul Night”

What: Wallace Stevens-“Tootings at the Weddings of the Soul Night”
Who: Martha Heimberg and Brian Nowlin
When: Thursday, February 7, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP 214-838-3554,
Admission: Members Free, Non Members $10 Suggested

7 pm: Wine & cheese & talk.

7:30 pm: Martha’s intro focuses on earlier work, poet’s joyful and erotic depiction of the natural world and the suddenness of insight in poems like “Floral Decorations for Bananas”, “The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man”, “Martial Cadenza”, “The Well Dressed Man with a Beard”, “Motive for Metaphor”,  and “Sketch of the Ultimate Politician.” (20 min.)

8:00 p.m. Brian Nowlin summarizes the often contradictory world of Stevens scholarship, and focuses on the brilliant late poems that emerge at the intersection of desire, memory and metaphor. Poems include “Large Red Man Reading,” “The World as Meditation,” “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour,” “A Quiet Normal Life,” and others. (20 min.)

A scholar and poet, Brian Nowlin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Dallas, where he is completing a dissertation on the late poetry of Wallace Stevens, and where he has worked as an adjunct professor of English and as the director of the writing center. 

Martha Heimberg is assistant professor of English at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas, creative writing instructor at Richland College and arts critic for Turtle Creek News and Theater Jones.
Five-time winner of Dallas Press Club’s Katie Award for arts criticism, community affairs and business writing, she has also won the Texas Historic Commission Griffin Award and the Sierra Club Award for writing. She has written over 200 features and reviews on live theater, visual and literary arts, and community affairs for Texas publications, including D Magazine, Texas Monthly, Lone Star Book Review and others. She originated DART’s Poetry in Motion program, a national project placing contemporary and classic poems on buses and trains, and is a founding member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum.

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