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Reivan Alexandria plus Mercury Rocket @ ArtSpeak

Who: Reivan Alexandria plus Mercury Rocket
What: ArtSpeak
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A Tyler Street (Oak Cliff)
Hosted by: Steve Cruz

reivan redWordSpace recommences the infamous “ArtSpeak” series at MFA Gallery with a spoken word performance by Reivin Alexandria who will actualize the mythological and esoteric before your very eyes! And the psychedelic musical stylings of Mercury Rocket will make you howl through the night!

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Caliber Exertion” featuring new work by Preston Bradley. This show opens Sat March 7 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sun April 5th. Preston Bradley’s characters emerge from a wide swath of social interaction.  Boozers, business suits, tramps, rednecks and loose women are all gist for his fevered imagination. These folks are plainly familiar cause they are us, ordinary and overlooked and unheralded but somehow possessed with inherent distinction and dignity of absurd purpose. Mr. Bradley’s Tennessee upbringing informs his work with a Southern perspective, a bit askew and inclined toward dark humor and sweat and grease. He is also a recently bonafied Master Printmaker so declared by the “Fine Art” authorities at UNT. It’s to his credit that his printmaking looks to be carved out by a chainsaw, raw and unrefined and yielding up some awesome truth.


Kelly Luce

What: First Hearings
Who: Kelly Luce
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Eighth Street, Dallas, TX 75208
When: March 12, 2015. 7 PM

Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Charles Dee Mitchell curates and hosts the series First Hearings. Meet authors. Hear them read. Buy their books. Get their autographs. (And the bar will be open for business.)


Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago TribuneSalonElectric LiteratureCrazyhorseKenyon ReviewAmerican Short FictionThe Southern Review, and other magazines. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Austin, Texas, where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and editor-in-chief of Bat City ReviewThree Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is her first book.


Pegasus Reading Series: George David Clark, Lisa Huffaker, Danielle Sellers, and Glenn Shaheen

What: Pegasus Reading Series
Hosted by:
Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo
Thursday, March 26th, 7 pm.
Where:  Kettle Arts, 2650-B Main St.

WordSpace is proud to be partnering with Kettle Arts to bring you live literature in Dallas through our Pegasus Reading Series, curated and hosted by Sebastian H Paramo and Robert Torres.

This month we showcase the work of George David Clark, Lisa Huffaker, Danielle Sellers, and Glenn Shaheen.

George David Clark teaches creative writing and literature in the honors college at Valparaiso University. His first book, Reveille, won the Miller Williams Prize and his recent poems can be found in new issues of Alaska Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, The Believer, Blackbird, FIELD, The Missouri Review, The Southwest Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere, as well as online at Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. He is the editor of 32 Poems and lives in Indiana with his wife and their two young children.

Since winning Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize in 2008, Lisa Huffaker’s poems have been published in Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Measure, Southern Poetry Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Texas Observer, and Southern Humanities Review, which recently nominated her for the Pushcart Prize. Lisa’s primary background is classical singing; she holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and has sung with The Dallas Opera since 1999. She currently teaches creative writing at Yavneh Academy of Dallas.

Danielle Sellers is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published by Main Street Rag. She teaches English at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Glenn Shaheen received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Michigan, where he is a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University and is a founding editor of Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Comment. His book of poems, Predatory, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was the finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award. It is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is also the author of the chapbook of flash fiction, Unchecked Savagery, available from Ricochet Editions. His second collection of poetry, Energy Corridor, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2016. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere.


Danielle Inez

What: WordSpace 3rd Fridays @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, March 20, 8 pm
Admission: $5, Free to WS Members
Hosted by: RockBaby and GNO

Before she could write poetry, Danielle Inez was always moved to express herself artistically. As early as five years old, she recalls making construction paper books with pictures that told stories she created with an endless imagination. At the age of 12, she wrote her first poem “The Cloudless Sky”. This poem reminded her that her dreams were only as significant as she made them. This poem also sparked a passion for poetry that drove her write everyday. By 17, she joined the Creative Writing Club at her high school. Soon, she was chosen to be Poet of the Month for writing one of her all time favorite poems “Black Rose”. She diligently participated in poetry contests for recognition and scholarships but, she was not able to achieve much success at that time. So, Danielle decided to stick with writing just for the love of poetry and she began avoiding the pressure of competitions. Then in college, she found it rewarding to simply share her poetry with people who desired to hear. So in her early twenties she felt inspired to do spoken word as a means of empowering others. As she continues this journey to reach and teach through the art of poetry, her greatest desire is to be true so that others will be moved to be true also. The most powerful lesson she has learned so far is to let integrity be a reward in itself.


Gene Barry


When: Saturday, March 21, 8 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis Street, 75208

946347_392427430859105_1831394938_nGene Barry is an Irish Poet, Art Therapist and a practicing Psychotherapist. He has been published widely both at home and internationally and his poems have been translated into Arabic, Irish and Italian.

Barry is founder of the Blackwater Poetry group that meets weekly in The Spinning Wheel in Castletownroche County Cork, Ireland and administers the world famous Blackwater Poetry Group on Facebook. He is also a publisher and runs the publishing house Rebel Poetry.

As an art therapist using the medium of poetry, Gene has worked in hospitals, primary and secondary schools, NA, Youthreach, with retired people’s groups, AA, asylum seekers and with numerous poetry groups.



HFermoy-poet-Gene-Barry-founder-of-the-Fermoy-International-Poetry-Festivale has read in Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Holland, England, Scotland, England, and Belgium and as the guest poet at numerous Irish poetry venues. In 2007 Gene read at the Patrick Kavanagh Celebration in Dublin.

Barry’s chapbook No Family Tree was published 2008 and in 2013 his collection Unfinished Business was published by Doghouse Books. In 2010 Gene was editor of the anthology Silent Voices, a collection of poems written by asylum seekers living in Ireland.

Gene edited the anthologies Remembering the Present in May 2012, Inclusion and The Blue Max Review 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions as part of the Fermoy International Poetry Festival. In 2014 Barry additionally edited Irish poet Michael Corrigan’s collection Deep Fried Unicorn, and fathers and what must be said and The Day the Mirror Called for Rebel Poetry.

Barry is also founder and chairman of the Fermoy International Poetry Festival and is presently editing his new collection of poems.


Unfinished Business by Gene Barry (Doghouse books):  Gene Barry is a very engaged poet. What he observes in today’s world is his muse. The poem ‘Michael’ is a prime example: After polio had visited, / the boy it chose / was never the same.

Detailed lines follow to a tragic conclusion. Poets who write on life have reality as their canvass and this is very true of the poems in this publication. Unfinished Business is a great first collection and earns a space on the poetry favorites shelf.

Poetry Cornwall: Barry works as an art therapist and psychotherapist in north County Cork. However as a poet he founded Elbow Lane Poetry and the Fermoy International Poetry Festival, of which he is also chairman. He also teaches poetry in local schools and edits collections. Although this is his first collection, his poems have been widely published and even translated into Arabic and Italian.

His professional life brings him into contact with asylum seekers, active retirement groups and hospital patients and their experiences are reflected in many of his poems. As well as this, his poetry also reflects his own experiences and thoughts on the big issues on life and love.

Books Ireland: 

Tsead Bruinja. Holland: The poems of Gene Barry are generous and compassionate. Barry writes rebel poetry that rebels against the hardening of our hearts and minds and urges us to stay open-minded and understanding. Anybody who writes lines like ‘lost my breath again / as they doled out / the currency of resentment, / bitterness’ deserves your and my attention. I am thrilled and happy that his first collection has finally appeared in print.

Michèle Vassal. France: Gene Barry’s poems informed and grounded in the vernacular of the soul, reveal his deep understanding of human nature. His poetry describes la condition humaine with an unequivocal honesty and a purity of language which, I have to admit, transported me.

Bradley R. Strahan. USA:Gene Barry knows how difficult it is to deal with the burdens that are visited upon each generation by its progenitors. His poetry epitomizes the struggle all of us must face to put aside the hurt and forgive, and possibly even love.

His work deals honestly with the day to day realities and struggles of daily life in a way that shrugs off nothing, that refuses to obfuscate or romanticize. His poetic voice is an original one that speaks memorably to all of us. 

Pushcart Prize winner LaToya Watkins and The Wildcatter Exchange Festival

What: The Wildcatter Exchange Festival
Where: In the Historic South Main Village, Fort Worth Texas
Festival Dates: March 27 and March 28
LaToya Watkins: March 28

WordSpace is honored to be a promotional partner of the 2015 Wildcatter Exchange Festival as well as sponsor of watkins-latoya-500-2014-122014 Pushcart Prize winner LaToya Watkins in a special appearance. Win-Win!

Stay tuned for more info and updates.


Member Salon with John Slate

John H. Slate is the archivist for the City of Dallas, where he is responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives. Slate is the author of “Lost Austin,” a recently published book in the “Images of America” series. “Lost Austin” records some of the city’s rich and unique history and most of the images depicted in the book are of seminal Austin places and institutions that no longer exist but that played an important role in shaping Austin’s special character. He is also the author of “Historic Dallas Parks” and “Dealey Plaza.”

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