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Anita Barnard Book Release: On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry

Who: Anita Barnard
What: Book Release: On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry
When: Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis, 214-941-2665

darkpathcover_smallJPB“On the Dark Path 
is a hauntingly beautiful collection of poems that lead us deeper into these ancient tales than we’ve been before. Powerful, surprising, sometimes brutal, these poems enchant the imagination and linger in the mind for days.”
-Michelle Rhea, editor Incarnate Muse Press

Speaking to us from the woods and the cottage, from the marriage bed, the hospital bed, the writing group and the camps at Dachau, the forty-eight poets in this anthology of poems based on traditional fairy tales, edited by DFW poet and longtime fairy tale enthusiast Anita M. Barnard, bring their personal worlds to the fairy tale and the fairy tale out into the world at large. The reading will feature some of the local poets whose works appear in the book.

67492_1516404906902_6337928_nAnita M. Barnard has co-edited five poetry anthologies, most recently Above Us Only Sky, Volume Two and The Venomed Kiss, as Incarnate Muse Press, and edited the anthology Sense of Touch. Her poetry has appeared in Illya’s Honey, Borderlands, and the Texas Poetry Calendar, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award; the selected poem appeared in the The Comstock Review. Her poem Red was nominated for the 2008 Pushcart Prize. Anita received honorable mention from New Millennium Writings Winter 2008-09 Poetry Award, and her poem Building with Straw was published in the 2010 issue. Her poem based on Brueghel’s Diana and Callisto was exhibited in the gallery of the Blanton Museum of Fine Art at the University of Texas Austin alongside the painting. Anita is also a visual artist, working in paint, mosaic, collage, glass and cement, exhibiting in the Fort Worth area, nationally and internationally. Two of her collages were shown in Bremen, Germany then traveled to New Zealand where they appeared in four gallery shows. Anita lives in Fort Worth and spends weekends as a locavore gardener or tending her rural land in NE Texas where she hopes to someday have a retreat for writers and artists. Her still-evolving website is She writes about art, poetry, food gardening, education and other topics at






Richard Dobson

What: Richard Dobson
When: May 5, 5-7 pm
WhereLucky Dog Books — Oak Cliff
633 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
Bookstore Phone: 214-941-2665

Richard Dobson is a Texas singer-songwriter from Tyler and former roughneck who gamboled around Galveston and Houston, then Austin and Nashville, before spending the past 13 years living in Switzerland and playing all over Europe. That’s the shorthand. The long version is this fine piece of contemporary literature, Pleasures of the High Rhine – A Texas Singer in Exile.”
Read complete review
by Joe Nick Potoski.

Richard Dobson (born March 19, 1942) is an American singer/songwriter.

He was born in Tyler, Texas. He spent time in the 1970s with Townes Van Zandt, Mickey White, Rex “Wrecks” Bell, Guy Clark,Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and “Skinny” Dennis Sanchez.

Although his name is not prominent, some of his songs were recorded and co-written by famous artists like David Allan Coe (“Piece of Wood and Steel”), Guy Clark (“Forever, for Always, for Certain”; “Old Friends”), Lacy J. Dalton (“Old Friends”), Nanci Griffith (“Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith”) and Kelly Willis (“Hole in My Heart”). His song “Baby Ride Easy” was recorded as a duet by Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds as well as by Billie Jo Spears and Del Reeves. It has also been recorded by the Carter Family. For the TV show Christmas On The Road in Montreux in 1984 it was performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. He wrote an autobiographic book about his years with Townes Van Zandt and the others mentioned before, called The Gulf Coast Boys. Pleasures of the High Rhine — A Texas Singer in Exile, was published in February 2012. He’s also irregularly publishing a newsletter called Don Ricardo’s Life & Times which is mostly about personal experiences. It used to be printed but now is published on his homepage.

He moved to Switzerland in 1999 and has been living there ever since. In November 2005 he recorded an album in Nashville with Thomm Jutz, a friend and musician he played and recorded with in Europe. The album On Thistledown Wind was released in 2006. The following album Back at the Red Shack was recorded at the same studio in Houston, Texas where his first two albums were recorded. For the recording of his album From a Distant Shore he returned to Thomm Jutz’s studio in Nashville again in 2008.

Club Bolano

What: Club Bolaño, Roberto Bolaño readers club
When: May 7, Tuesday, 8-9:30 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis in Oak Cliff
Presented 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,

This meeting will focus on 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

When: Saturday, May 4, 4-6 pm
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, May 8, 7-9 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler Street
Presented by: Phillip Washington
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Join us for a discussion of science fiction writers.

Princess McDowell at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Princess McDowell at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: May 17, 2013 at 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

The first poem Princess wrote as an adult came after her financial aid was cut in college. She was upset, but the poem definitely helped cull the desire to take out her frustrations in other, more destructive ways.

That was 2007. Princess hasn’t done too much since then. She’s performed on street corners and living rooms, open mics and parking lots. Normally, she writes about life experiences and fleeting moments she doesn’t want to forget. There’s a good chance that, one day when she’s bored, she’ll write a poem about writing this bio, since it can be incredibly hard to write about yourself.

She’s inspired by the love we give and show to each other, and describes her poetry as her life wrapped in metaphors. Her favorite poets are usually authors and friends, or authors she wishes could be friends, or friends who would be great authors.

Last August, Princess released her first album of poetry, entitled Not A Storybook <3. It’s the most personal thing she’s ever done by far. She’s working to do it again, sometime soon. You can read some of her poetry at

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