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Swirve and Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

What: Readings and Performances
When: Saturday, September 14, 7:30-10 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 Tyler Streets
Admission: WS Members & MFA Gallery Exhibition Guests Free, Non Members: $5 Donation Suggested

In conjunction with her Armas Desnudas art exhibition at Mighty Fine Arts, WordSpace presents Swirve and Rosemary Meza-DesPlas,  kicking off the Swirve Presents Swirve Series at WordSpace. Rosemary Meza-DesPlas has always written poems or short stories in my sketchbooks. The poems and short stories seem to compliment the rough and scratchy sketches of half-formed visual ideas. In 1994 she published a poetry chapbook titled “The Laughter Between My Legs” and created drawings to go along with each poem in the book.

photo-111Swirve is a Dallas music, spoken word and experimental performance ensemble featuring Tamitha Curiel, Chris Curiel and Gerard Bendiks. The members have been known to play the trumpet backwards, the drums upside-down, and  shout sideways. They have performed in galleries, nightclubs, festivals and bbqs. They have also collaborated with many of Dallas’s other fine artists, including Tammy Gomez, Mad Swirl. Alison Starr, Kenny Withrow, and members of Yells at Eels.



Reveal Reception: WS @ The Kessler 2013-14 Season


The “Reveal” Reception @ Half Price Books, NW Highway.


Wednesday, September 4, 5-7 pm


Join us for wine and a splasy promo reception as we reveal our full lineup and turn ticket sales on with Members Discounts.

Wordspace is honored to have Half Price Books as principle artists sponsors for this benefit series that supports our 50+ annual programs. Additional partial sponsorship of our 2013-14 Season is made possible by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, board, members and friends.

Donor Bridge Night: WordSpace presents “The Word-Up Allstars”

WordSpace presents the first annual Donor Bridge Day “Word-Up” featuring the “Word-Up Allstars” on Thursday September 19 at the Kessler Theatre from 7-10 pm.

This is a benefit event that will offer spoken word performances from famous and infamous poets, writers, and artists to help raise funds for WordSpace.  Every dollar  will be maximized and then some by Donor Bridge!

The “Word-Up Allstars” lineup includes 10-minute performances by Matt Bagley, Michael Clay, The Dallas Poetry Slam Team, The Andy Don Emmons Revival, Randall Garrett, Joseph Justin, William Bryan Massey III, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Carlos Salas, Opalina Salas, Bruce Webb, Josh Weir and Laney Yarber. Special Suprise guests are imminent!

This cabaret cavalcade is a unique extravaganza of talents and sensibilities that will help celebrate the power of  WordSpace, which provides Readings, Salons, Next Generation Projects, lively Panel Discussions and Showcase Events featuring emerging to prominent writers, and performers all year long! Join us for “Word-Up”  admission is FREE! But we hope that everyone will help realize our goal for the day of 100 folks giving up $35 each for a Wordspace membership donation.

This is a once in a blue moon opportunity to catch a line-up of notoriously gifted folks who will cajole, enchant, entertain, enlighten, and amaze! MCs include WordSpacers Rock Baby, Alexandra Marie, Karen X, Dee Mitchell.

Make plans to come out! Bring your cash, check, or credit card, have a favorite beverage, hang tight, hold on to your hat and your seat ‘cause this is going to be big fun!

Bonnie Friedman


Who: Bonnie Friedman
When: Thursday, September 12, 7 pm
Where: Salon, Private Residence, RSVP 214-838-3554,

Bonnie Friedman was born in the Bronx, New York, and to her amazement was accepted into the Bronx High School of Science despite the fact that math made her weep and the only thing she liked about biology was spelling agar agar.

She continued her studies at Wesleyan University, where she majored in Third World Politics, and the University of Iowa, where she earned an MFA in fiction writing.  She has won fellowships to both MacDowell and The Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, and was awarded a 2013-2014 fellowship by the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at the University of North Texas

Her first book, Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life (HarperCollins) was a Village Voice bestseller and is widely anthologized.

Her next book, The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy(Beacon) was called “eloquent” by Library Journal, “excellent,” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “compulsively readable”  by O., the Oprah Magazine.

Her writing has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Writing on WritingThe Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best of The Oprah Magazine.  She has published frequently in the New York Times, and her work has appeared inO., the Oprah MagazineRedbookSelf, and The Ladies Home Journal, as well as many literary journals. Her very first short story was published in Playgirl magazine (a mixed blessing), and she’s been accepted to be a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the MacDowell Colony.

Most recently, her essay “Becoming Visible” was selected by Kathryn Harrison for a special memoir issue of Ploughshares.  She has been the keynote speaker at many writing conferences, as well as at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

She has taught writing at Dartmouth College and at NYU, and is currently an assistant professor in the creative writing program at the University of North Texas.  She divides her time between Brooklyn and Denton.

She is not the same Bonnie Friedman who writes travel guides to Hawaii, much as she wishes she were!

Da’Shade Moonbeam at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Da’Shade Moonbeam at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: September 13, 2013 at 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie


DaShade Moonbeam 1To say that I am simply a Poet or a Hip-Hop artist, would not be an accurate description as to what I do, or who I am. I choose to express myself through many artistic mediums, and I am constantly pushing the limits of these artistic forms to avoid categorization. But if I must classify myself, then I choose to be called, an Artist. My mentors have always told me that I am so far ahead of my time that my work may not truly be appreciated by human beings, until we’ve mastered the science of Terraforming distant planets throughout the Universe. Life has taught me that a person can be many things, so I trek beyond conventional definitions of titles and boxes, to shed the spotlight on what I am, and where I am currently. Da’Shade Moonbeam is; a Martial Artist, a Poet, an Emcee, an Actor, a Cinematographer, a Stage & Film Fight Choreographer, a Photographer, a Film Editor, a Script Writer, a Sketch Artists, a Teacher, a Mentor, a Sound Constructor, a Singer and a Warrior. This list is constantly expanding, and I may be one of these art forms more than the others, at any given time. I am a self-proclaimed -Street Nerd- that has had a Love affair with the Martial Arts since the tender age of 7 years old. The Martial Arts were my first love, shortly after came Poetry, the Spoken Word, and Music in the form of Rap and Rock. I am a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and an internationally ranked Slam Poet. The subject matter covered throughout my collective catalog of work, include, but are not limited to: the on-going exploitation of women, men, and children through human-trafficking, slave labor, and sexual exploitation; love lost and obtained, happiness, the hood and Nerd-dom.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, September 7, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.

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