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David Searcy, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, RockBaby

What: David Searcy, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, RockBaby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team
When: October 15, 7:00 pm – 9:15, 8:50 9:15 p.m. Audience Q & A with the three writers, followed by book/CD signing.
Where: Northwood University Literary Festival, Lambert Commons on Northwood’s 400 acre campus, located 25 minutes from downtown Dallas, just off Highway 67 south — the Joe Pool Lake exit.
Map to Northwood

David Searcy is an award-winning Dallas-based novelist and essayist. His recent wide-ranging essays have appeared in Paris Review, Granta and other thought-leading journals. He has a forthcoming collection of essays to be published later this year by Random House.  He will read from “El Camino Dolorosa,” an evocative essay about his grandfather’s old pickup which is nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.


Joaquin Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and acclaimed  teacher.  Born and raised in the barrio in East Dallas, his work captures the duality of Chicano culture.  Honest, brutal and evocative, his poems are often hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.  He has won many awards as a teacher of creative writing and high school English, and for his collection of poems Stand Up and Be Heard. He conducts writing workshops in America and Europe, and his one-man spoken word performances are in demand at universities and literary conferences on three continents.

Rockbaby and Dallas Poetry Slam Team Members complete the evrning show with solo and group performances.  Popular Dallas slam poet and comic writer, Rockbaby has become a favorite at Northwood over the past few years. This year he brings along two members of the Dallas Slam Team to close the LitFest with high spirits and homeboy poems.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Special Thanks to writer, critic Martha Heimberg, Northwood Lit Fest Chair. Martha Heimberg has been writing about theater, the arts and historic preservation for over 30 years for numerous Texas newspapers and magazines, including Dallas Weekly, D Magazine and Texas Monthly. She currently writes a weekly theater column for Turtle Creek News. She has won awards from the Dallas Press Club and the Texas Historic Commission, and is a founding member of the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. She coordinates DART’s Poetry in Motion program, and a WordSpace board member for nine years. Her degrees in English and comparative literature are from Southern Methodist University. She is associate professor of English at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Northwood Literary Festival for this dynamic gathering of poets and fiction writers.

Tim Cloward Lecture-Dallas Literature on the Assassination

Who: Tim Cloward, in multi-media lecture
What: “The City That Killed Kennedy, the Literary History of Dallas and the Assassination”
Hosted by: Willard Spiegleman
When: Wednesday, October 9, 7 pm, Reception 6:30 pm
Where: The Dallas Institute of Culture and Humanities, 2719 Routh St.
Directions: Click Here
Free to the public

This WordSpace program is presented in partnership with Dallas Institute of Culture and Humanities and Southwest Review.

This presentation chronicles what Dallas-area writers have written about the November 22, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.  From the city’s original attempts to deal with the guilt, self-loathing and ostracism that came with its christening as “The City of Hate,” to its current attempts to memorialize the event at its 50th anniversary, Dallas has produced an extensive literature that mirrors in fascinating ways the larger national debate on the real meaning of the JFK assassination.

Presenter: Tim Cloward, Ph.D., is the author of the upcoming book The City that Killed Kennedy: A Cultural History of Dallas and the Assassination (Winner of the 2013 Mayborn Conference Book Manuscript Award).  His essay “Conspiracy-A-Go-Go,” an excerpted chapter of his book, will be published in the upcoming Fall issue of the Southwest Review.


The Dallas Institute of Culture and Humanities
has, since 1980, conducted public programs aimed at discovering what the humanities have to offer to the cultural life of the city.  It will be presenting the all-day symposium “Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas” on November 2 at the Southside Ballroom.

Dr. Larry Allums is the Executive Director of The Dallas Institute. The Dallas Institute Fellows are comprised of a distinguished group of scholars, teachers, writers, and public intellectuals in the arts and humanities.

Southwest Review: Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections fromSouthwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South.

It has been edited since 1984 by Willard Spiegleman, winner of the 2005 the PEN/Nora Magid award for literary editing.

MasterPiece at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: MasterPiece at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: October 11, 2013 at 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5, WS Members FREE
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie


TsingletonMainEmailMasterPiece the poetess was born in Dallas, Tx. She also lived in Arizona for seven years while studying Theatre Arts and Business Administration at the University of Arizona. She began performing and acting at the age of 6 and also discovered a love for poetry at 13. Her passion for poetry and performing arts has inspired many people. The debut album Mind of MasterPiece introduces a new genre of music coined by MasterPiece herself: rhythm and poetry. The cd chronicles her story through powerful words, emotions, rhyme, thought provoking lyrics and smooth rhythmic music that has a hint of hip hop, soul, and jazz all mixed into one. Fans recognize her as a dynamic writer with poise, talent, and beauty. She continues to maintain a balance between the arts and business by being an extraordinary poet/performer and business woman. Her hobbies include basketball, dancing, cooking, designing webpages, traveling, and watching movies. Her poet name MasterPiece stems from the idea that all artists strive to achieve and put forth their best work possible. It is a metaphor for a successful artist. She continues to travel to Phoenix, Tucson, St. Louis, Austin, and Dallas to perform spoken word.

Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, October 5, 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.

Sandra Bernhard

What: Half Price Books presents WordSpace at The Kessler
Who: Sandra Bernhard
When: October 23, 8 pm
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis

306194_10151290827115814_565672802_nSandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I’m Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special.The New York Times described Bernhard as a “living, breathing bonfire” and applauded the show, calling it “an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion.”

In 2006, Bernhard’s Everything Bad and Beautiful also opened to raves. “Give the dame her due, it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.” (New York Times, 6/06) Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has been touring it with since.

“She has chutzpah to spare, but it’s her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It’s [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard’s enduring appeal,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.

From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ‘80s.

Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.

Bernhard’s music albums include: I’m Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters.

Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. “She has musicality to die for,” the L.A. Times wrote recently, “a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” or just go nuts with “Lady Marmalade.”

Bernhard has also written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow,1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy

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