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Yoga & Poetry benefiting Next Generation Youth projects

What: Monday night yoga and reading
When: Every Monday night, 6:30-8 pm
Where: Atma Bhakti Yoga Center, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223 in East Dallas, near Lindsley Park
Who: Karen X and You
Proceeds benefit WordSpace Next Generation programs.
Suggested Donation $5-15.

Atma Bhakti Yoga Center offers a weekly Monday night yoga class at 6:30 to benefit WordSpace Next Generation youth education projects.

1236710_664084110288152_2000634296_nTaught by an Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT  500 hour), this gentle yoga class culminates with a writing exercise and open floor reading by participants. Or bring your own rigorously self-investigative poems to share.



WordSpace Next Generation Project

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson 

1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_nYouth Poetry Workshops are a component of WordSpace Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents writing and performance workshops mentored by top Dallas poets and educators. The workshops are open to ages 13-19. Selected articipants also have the opportunity to appear in WordSpace Salons alongside experienced writers. Traveling writers visit workhops as special guests and young writers are given opportunities to submit their work to publications and performances. 

OCAlogoBWPrinciple Funding is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and TACA. This program is created in partnership with Oak Cliff Cultural Center. TACA_logo




Unconscious Collective @ Mighty Fine Arts

Who: Unconscious Collective
Who’s that? Aaron and Stefan Gonzales, and Gregg Pricket
When: Saturday, June 28, 9 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N. Tyler St.

Andrew_Ortiz_NegationIn conjunction with the opening of “Para Normalities” a solo show of work by Andy Don Emmons, The Brothers Gonzalez, known as the symbiotic avant garde rhythm foundation of Yells at Eels, have created a daunting side project with uber-accomplished guitar master Gregg Prickett with the intention of unsettling your musical horizons. Incorporating theatrical tribal costumes and spoken word interludes. The “Collective” will invoke ancient musical realms and inspired contemporary improvisation channeling punk, free jazz, funk, blues and metal. Be prepared for unworldly presences and expanded sensibilities and perhaps an after performance free for all jam with the notorious “Inferno Texino”.


Samira Noorali and Tamitha Curiel

“The Poets on X Series”
A Summer Series hosted by Opalina Salas

When: June 14, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, OC, 633 W. Davis St.

noorali-copySamira R. NooraliSamira Noorali is a poet and playwright whose works explore trauma survival, relationships and identity.   She is originally from Porterville, California but now calls Austin, Texas home.  Last year, Noorali wrote and published “A Simple Rebirth” and went on tour to promote the book in Florida, California, and Texas.  She transitioned “A Simple Rebirth” into play format earlier this year and will see its first stage reading in June at Houston’s Shunya theater.    A well-rounded writer, Noorali has worked as a staff writer for ITL News and won awards for appellate advocacy while a Juris Doctorate candidate at Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  Noorali is currently teaching a poetry course at University of Texas, which focuses onmythical writing concepts as a tool for personal growth.

Tamitha Curiel is an educator, poet, singer, songwriter, and actress. She works in educational outreach at Writers Garret and along with her husband, Chris Curiel-and Gerald Bendicks, is a member of the spoken word music group Swirve. She has performed at galleries, clubs and theaters all over Dallas and Fort Worth and collaborated with many of the areas most happening projects, including Mad Swirl and productions by Tammy Gomez.



Youth Poets Workshops 1st & 3rd Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson

 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 Poetssponsored 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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