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Octavio Solis

What: Octavio Solis
When: Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Where: McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Avenue
Admission: $15       $10 WS Members& Kitchen Dog Theater Subscribers
Please Note: Members and Subscriber Discounts with ID at the Door
Reservations: 214-838-3554
Sponsored by: Half Price Books

Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis, is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic and humor of humanity with brutal honesty and characteristic intensity. His imaginative and ever-evolving work continues to cross cultural and aesthetic boundaries, solidifying him as one of the great playwrights of our time.  Octavio’s WordSpace appearance is in conjunction with Kitchen Dog Theater‘s rehearsal for his play Se Llama Cristina, scheduled as part of the New Works Festival Main Stage, May 24-June 22.


Club Bolano-A Roberto Bolano readers club

What: Club Bolaño
When: April 2, Tuesday, 8-9:30 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis in Oak Cliff
Hosted by: Joe Milazzo
Admission: WS Members FREE, Donation suggested for non members
Contact:, 214-838-3554

Club Bolaño is not a formerly luxuriant resort gone a little to pot and decadence. It’s a monthly program designed by Joe Milazzo for the obsessed fans of Roberto Bolaño, (28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003), a Chilean novelist and poet. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel 2666.

We will be starting “cold”, i.e., as far as we know, no one has done any reading in advance, the program for this inaugural discussion focuses on RB’s bio and a basic critical background for his work (his place in Latin American literature and his “vogue” here in the English-speaking world especially).

The remainder of the meeting would then be dedicated to reading and discussing a few of Bolano’s poems. RB was a poet first and so some consideration of this work is on orer. It also provides a gateway to the fiction. Joe has photocopied about 6 poems (from THE ROMANTIC DOGS) which he will distribute at the meeting. The other virtue of the poems is that they can be read cold.

From there, in successive meetings, we will work through at least one example of the short fiction — ” A Literary Adventure” or the title story from LAST EVENINGS ON EARTH — then shift to NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS, and then plunge into the big books: SAVAGE DETECTIVES and 2666.

For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France, and Spain. He was a founding member of infrarrealismo, a minor poetic movement. He affectionately parodied aspects of the movement in The Savage Detectives. In Mexico, living as a bohemian poet and literary enfant terrible, “a professional provocateur feared at all the publishing houses even though he was a nobody, bursting into literary presentations and reading”.

Joe Milazzo facilitates Club Bolaño, beginning the journey with stories in LAST EVENINGS ON EARTH, followed with the interconnected shorts in NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS, and then we dive into THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES, taking us through 2013, if not further.. and hope to eventually arrive at 2666

Milazzo is the author of The Terraces (Das Arquibancadas) (Little Red Leaves textile Series, 2012). His writings have appeared in H_NGM_N, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Black Clock, and elsewhere. Along with Janice Lee and Eric Lindley, he edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing] ( Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series


It’s the last workshop before the big Slam Finals at the end of the month. There will be Special Guests in the house to give some last minute feedback on the poems that writers are planning to use in the final show. Students to be compete in the big slam finals show will be announced.

When: Saturday, April 6, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy, in the community room
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Sponsored by: WordSpace

The Big Read Panel: Growing Up With Science Fiction

In conjunction with The Big Read’s tribute to the late Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451, Off World, the science fiction readers’ club of WordSpace, presents a panel  on the role science fiction can play in the lives of young readers. Panel members range from naysayers to fervent fans of the genre. This free event will be a lively evening with ample opportunities for audience members to weigh in on the topic.

The Big Read is a city-wide celebration of Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts to grantees Friends of the Public Library and programming partner D Academy, a leadership division of D Magazine. See other offerings on The Big Read Dallas website. “ONE BOOK ONE CITY”.


What: A Panel Discussion to celebrate The Big Read, a project of D Academy and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library
Who: Panelists: OffWorld’s Phillip Washington; Ken Ruffin, president of the National Space Society, North Texas Division; and, Jerome Weeks, critic and producer for KERA Public Radio
Moderator: Charles Dee Mitchell
When: Tuesday, April 9, 7-9 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Highway


Michael Guinn at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Michael Guinn at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: April 26, 2013 at 8pm
Where: 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5 (Free to WS Members)
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

Michael Guinn is an energetic and interactive speaker for teens, college students and adult professionals. He has a Master of Science in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker.  After working with the state of Texas as a Caseworker with the Child Protective Services, he was inspired to empower youth through poetry and writing.  Trained as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Michael promotes and speaks about the awareness of addiction, domestic abuse and sexual harassment. He was recently named Community Mentor of the Year and nominated for the Legacy of Men Award.  Michael competes in poetry slam competitions all over the world and has been hosting a weekly open mic poetry and spoken word event for 11 years in Downtown Fort Worth.  He is the accomplished author of more than 16 poetry books and 4 spoken word CD projects. Michael also hosts, writes and performs for weddings, anniversaries, conventions, conferences, churches, and women and children events.

Rod Russell-Ides Reading & Book Signing

What: Rod Russell-Ides and his new book “Sparky and the Dipshit”
When: Saturday, April 6, 8 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. near Bishop Arts
Admission: Members FREE















Rod-Russell Ides is a poet, songwriter, musician, performance artist, landscape artist, dharma bum, and storyteller/writer. Join us as we celebrate the release of his new book “Sparky and the Dipshit”, published by Fireside Press. Rod lives in Dallas with his wife, poet/playwright, Isabella Russell-Ides.


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