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Dallas Youth Poets & Randall Garrett @ Better Block

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In conjunction with Better Block on Tyler Street and 7th,  Mighty Fine Arts and WordSpace present: Inferno Texino: a spoken word/performance/street dance featuring the exquisitely gifted and talented Dallas Youth Poets, a chance to celebrate burgeoning geniuses! Also a rare performance by the notorious artist extraordinaire Randall Garrett, hoodoo pope of the late Plush Gallery, he will undoubtedly entertain, amuse, seduce and disturb simultaneously. And a streetdance throwdown with the raucous meltdown jams of Inferno Texino ! Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Mark Martinek and Jason Cohen synthesize elements of psychedelic, Hindu, hillbilly, garage, punk and whatever to get your rocks off! Plentiful fun and cathartic too! All Free!
On stage, in the alley next to MFA Gallery! Starts around 7ish! Dont forget to stop in the gallery and check out the current show by Frank Lopez: “Make Mine Marvel, A Tintype View of Graffiti and Other Small Monuments” and say hello at the Wordspace table and get some cookies, and look out for the surprise street art sculptures by Robert Hamilton!
What: The Better Block Project
Who: Randall Garrett & Dallas Youth Poets
When: April 26 @ 7 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 A N. Tyler Street
 

 


Fernando Flores Signing at CentralTrak

When: Thursday, April 17, 7 pm
Where: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226

McAllen, Texas is the indie-rock capital of the world; or at least it would be, if all their bands didn’t have the pesky habit of disintegrating before ever having their first big success. That’s the central premise of Austinite Fernando A. Flores’ literary debut, and anyone who’s ever pawned their guitar to buy more beer will find much in this book to celebrate. Working from the conceit that all acts of creativity are vital to human happiness, no matter what the public reaction, Flores presents a smorgasbord of interconnected tales about artists who can’t quite seem to get their act together–from the performance artist whose most important work was only ever seen by five people, to the revered punk singer who never recorded a single album, to the bar band who accidentally become pawns of a local political campaign–and shows how in all these cases, the mere existence of these artists is a magical antidote against day-to-day ennui and adversity, and that it’s actually the rest of the squares who are the true bullshit artists. By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and infuriating, this compact story collection is a loving ode to small-town music scenes in all their messy glory, and a welcome slap in the face to our “Yes We Can” times.


Youth Poets Workshops 1st and 3rd Saturdays

Hosted byAlexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo, founders of Dallas Youth Poets

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_nYouth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. These workshops are mentored by top performance poets and Dallas Youth Poets founders, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Alexandra Marie Thurston.  They provides poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations for young writers to meet and open to ages 11-17. Participants  instructions in writing and performance culminate in eligibility to compete for  Dallas Youth Poets sponsored Team,representing Dallas in the annual conference and competition, 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 Thurston, (seen right) is 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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Youth Poets Workshops 1st and 3rd Saturdays

Hosted byAlexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo, founders of Dallas Youth Poets

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_nYouth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. These workshops are mentored by top performance poets and Dallas Youth Poets founders, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Alexandra Marie Thurston.  They provides poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations for young writers to meet and open to ages 11-17. Participants  instructions in writing and performance culminate in eligibility to compete for  Dallas Youth Poets sponsored Team, representing Dallas in the annual conference and competition, 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 Thurston, is 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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Sasha Banks at Dallas Poetry Slam

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 10.36.51 PMWhen: April 18, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: 
Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free

Sasha Banks is a poet and educator from Ohio, by way of Alaska, by way of Germany, by way of California. She lives in Ft. Worth, TX, teaching writing workshops for elementary and university level students. She studied creative writing at Texas Wesleyan University where she graduated, in 2012. She has spoken for Arun Gandhi, and was a Golden Poem Award winner and performer at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. Her work has been published in The Austin International Poetry Anthology and was awarded publication in Alight. She is a 2013 Button Poetry Chapbook Prize finalist.


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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Seamus Heaney Salon with David Holdeman

What: Seamus Heaney Salon, facilitated by Dr. David Holdeman
When: Thursday, April 10, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP wordspace@wordspace
Please Note: This is a public event but requires RSVP for address
Admission: Suggested Donation at event, Members Free

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.In the early 1960s, he became a lecturer in Belfast after attending university there, and began to publish poetry. He lived in Sandymount, Dublin, from 1972 until his death.

Heaney was a professor at Harvard from 1981 to 1997 and its Poet in Residence from 1988 to 2006. From 1989 to 1994 he was also the Professor of Poetry at Oxford and in 1996 was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Other awards that he received include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1968), the E. M. Forster Award (1975), the PEN Translation Prize (1985), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread Prizes (1996 and 1999). In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. His literary papers are held by the National Library of Ireland.

David Holdeman, professor of English at the University of North Texas, leads us through a reading of the poems of Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.  His death last year at the age of 74 brought mourning and joyous memories of the great poet, teacher and critic.  William Logan has called Heaney’s “the most flexible and beautiful voice of our age.”  Andrew Motion in The Guardian says one of Heaney’s great strengths is that “his high-mindedness never escapes the limits of the familiar experience – but at the same time he leaves us in no doubt that his first loyalty is to what Yeats called ‘the spiritual intellect’s great work.’”

Dr. Holdeman’s insightful explication and reading of Yeats’ poems here two springs ago was buoyant and moving, and he is also a lover of Heaney’s life-enhancing poems of Seamus Heaney.  Holdeman’s  scholarly books include The Cambridge Introduction to W. B. Yeats (Cambridge, 2006) and W. B. Yeats in Context (Cambridge, 2010).



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