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Roberto Munguia

Who: Roberto Munguia
What: Mighty Fine Arts Series
When: Saturday, March 15, 8:15 pm
Where: From the Ends of the Earth

In conjunction with Frank Lopez’s opening exhibition at Mighty Fine Arts, Roberto Munguia presents a spoken word performance next door at From the Ends of the Earth. 


Photo Credit: Dallas Arts Revue

“Roberto Munguia likes to work with a number of different media. And at each instance a very different aesthetic emerges. His ink drawings are composed of languorous calligraphic strokes and loosely balanced solid forms, sometimes additionally punctuated with flowering washes of diluted ink. He achieves a nice balance between his flowering forms and lines and the white of the paper. These works reflect a quite and solid sensibility. Munguia’s prints reveal pre-Columbian influences in their titles and Islamic influences in their mosaic-like composition. These works are as enchanting and mysterious as the creatures that inhabit them.”

 Read Excerpts of Munguia’s writing here.
Special Thanks to Wendi Medling of From the Ends of the Earth.
Opening Reception 6 pm.
The work of Frank Lopez employs archaic technique with contemporary intent. His tintype images are exquisitely evocative and filled with poetic atmosphere and associations.  The world he invokes invites contemplation and wonder and is filled with mysterious beauty and ardor.

Brando Chemtrails at Dallas Poetry Slam

1278881_10201680555830895_1121809114_oWhen: March 21, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: 
Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free

Brando Chemtrails is a poet from Denver Colorado that finds terror in the clean and hope in the hopeless. Brando was a member of the 2011 Slam Nuba national championship team and is the author of seven chapbooks, as well as half of the dance-noise-propaganda-poetry duo Non State Actors. Brando has performed poetry at slams, open mics, coffee shops, bars, strip mall lounges near riots, punk/hip hop/country shows, bonfires and quiet corners from Oregon to Florida and lots of places in between, and hopes you enjoy what you hear.

Youth Poets Workshops 1st and 3rd Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway

3rd Saturdays: 4-6 @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson

1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n Youth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents workshops mentored by top performance poet and Dallas Youth Poets Executive Director, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and co-founder Alexandra Marie Thurston They provide poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations. The workshops are open to ages 11-17. Participants receive instruction in writing and performance with a chance to compete for the  Dallas Youth Poets sponsored team that will represent Dallas in the annual conference, Brave New Voices.  The workshop participants are also eligible to compete in other area youth team competitions.

1069326_606241049416526_1446133809_nJoaquin Zihuatanejo (born in Dallas, Texas) is an award-winning American slam poet and teacher. In 2004, Zihuatanejo competed in the National Poetry Slam as part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which placed third. He also appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry in 2005.  In 2008, he won the Individual World Poetry Slam and was the winner of the World Cup of Poetry Slam in 2009. Currently, Zihuatanejo resides near his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Outside of poetry, Zihuatanejo taught English and creative writing for seven years.

Alexandra Marie Thurstonis a writer from Los Angeles and Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam. She bring years of service to the poetry community and inspiring mentorship to young writers. Alexandra Marie Thurston serves as the board of directors of WordSpace.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Oak Cliff Cultural Center to produce Youth Poets Workhops at their facility. Funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and WordSpace Members.

Special Thanks to Half Price Books, sponsors of WordSpace at The Kessler, for use of their facilities for this program. WordSpace is also honored to be a 2014 recipient of TACA’s generosity.


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WordSpace presents Next Generation Project @ SMU Lit Fest

What: WordSpace presents Next Generation @ SMU LIT FEST 2014
Where: McCord Auditorium
When: Wednesday, March 19, 7 pm
Admission: FREE!
Reception at 6:30 pm

Texans CAN AcademyWordSpace is honored to present an annual program of youth writers at the SMU Literary Festival.

Schools include Hockaday School, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Yavneh Academy, Hockaday School, Trinity Valley School,  Prometheus Academy and a presentation by Dallas Youth Poets students.


Yavneh Academy

These Students bring the mentorship of some of the most talented writers working in education- including Dr. Tim Cloward, Scott Davison, Luke Jacob, Kyle Vaughn, Alexandra Marie Thurston, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Isabella Russell-Ides and Karen X Minzer.

Nothing gets these students going more than their annual presentation at SMU Lit Fest, as they open the Festival with a reception and fill the auditorium with their fans. WordSpace has presented an annual student reading since 2002. Other venues have included the Kessler Theater and Lucky Dog Books. Many of these young writers have gone on to win major awards.

577103_555541517819813_331516386_nJoin us for an evening of inspiring previews of literary artists and the first cornerstone of the WordSpace Next Generation Project.

Check out the many fine writers being presented at the 2014 SMU Literary Festival: For More Information about 2014 Southern Methodist University Lit Fest and presenters, click here:


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