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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

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

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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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

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

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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Swirve Presents Swirve and Matt Bagley

What: Swirve Presents Swirve
Special Guest: Matt Bagley
When: Saturday, December 14, 8 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler Street
Bonus: It’s Block Party Night on Tyler Street! Friendly folks, arts and culture and complimentary beverages with From the Ends of the Earth, Manuel Pecino Gallery, and Drive by Pickers

Swirve 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.

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In conjunction with his “Artifacts of the Imagination” exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts, Matt Bagley joins spoken word/music group Swirve as a special guest to present his rock operetta on SpaceBugRobot Wars at WordSpace. Swamp Daddy Matt Bagley has returned from his interstellar teleportation travels back to the earthly realm with tales of remote universes and cosmic dramas. He brings back stories of his encounters with sentient robots and trained insects and exotic space critters that suffer ordeals not unlike those those in the bayou. The artifacts he returns with bear witness to the universality of being, life in space and earth, couched in metaphor and imagination.

 


Imani Cezanne at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Imani Cezanne at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: December 13, 2013 at 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Imani Cezanne enlightens, empowers and inspires audiences with her words. As the youngest member ever to make the San Diego Slam team, she helped the team place 6th in the Nation at the 2010 National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, MN. She has participated in countless poetry slams throughout California including the Individual World Poetry Youth Slam in 2009, in which she came in 3rd. Imani always thrives to better herself through the power of the spoken word and loves to share her passion with anyone willing to listen. She is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University.

 

Imani is also the Founder and President of Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds (S.P.E.A.K.), an on-campus organization that creates and plans events that elevate, empower, inspire, and motivate not only the entire San Francisco State University community, but the surrounding areas as well. S.P.E.A.K. thrives on the interest and the sharing of the arts. Open-mic events, writing workshops and poetry slams are just a few of the ways we stir the creative pot. We not only allow students to feel comfortable with their talents, but create an environment for networking and collaborations. Imani’s goal is to continue to help S.P.E.A.K. thrive on the SFSU campus, and expand to other campuses nationwide.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, December 7, 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. WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


Nikki Giovanni

WordSpace is Honored to Present
Nikki Giovanni–The Real Deal
When: December 8, 7:30 pm
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis
Sponsored by: Half Price Books with additional support by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
Promotion Partners: South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Poetry Slam, the Kessler Theater
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Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

Many of Giovanni’s books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Acolytes, and Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Blues: For All the Changes reached #4 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list, a rare achievement for a book of poems. Most recently, her children’s picture book Rosa, about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book, and Bryan Collier, the illustrator, was given the Coretta Scott King award for best illustration. Rosa also reached #3 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Shortly after its release, Bicycles: Love Poems reached #1 on Amazon.com for Poetry.

Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, on which she reads and talks about her poetry, was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award. Giovanni’s honors and awards have been steady and plentiful throughout her career. The recipient of some twenty-five honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was tapped for the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and named an Outstanding Woman of Tennessee. Giovanni has also received Governor’s Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received Life Membership and Scroll from The National Council of Negro Women. A member of PEN, she was honored for her life and career by The History Makers. She has received the keys to more than two dozen cities. A scientist who admires her work even named a new species of bat he discovered for her! Black Enterprise named her a Women of Power Legacy Award winner for work that expands opportunities for other women of color.

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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