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Earth Day Student Reading

When: Saturday, April 25, noon-5
Where: Fair Park
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Scott Davison

Booker T. Washington hosts an annual student reading in a cool new venue.


Pegasus Reading Series: Nate Logan, Salas, Synhorst, & Kyle Vaughn.

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What: Pegasus Reading Series
Hosted by: Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo
When: Wednesday, April 29th, 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 Nate Logan, Opalina Salas, Kara Synhorst, and Kyle Vaughn.

Nate Logan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of three chapbooks; including Arby’s Combo Roundup (Mondo Bummer, 2010). His poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including BOAAT, Ghostwriters of Delphi, Forklift, Ohio, No Tell Motel, Ninth Letter, and trnsfr among others. With Laura Theobald, he edits Spooky Girlfriend Press.

Opalina Salas is a poet, former book store owner, editor of lit magazines and creator of the original Poets on X Reading Series, first held at Cliff Notes, the bookstore she owned with her husband-poet Carlos Salas. The series moved to Mighty Fine Arts when Cliff Notes closed and she has been an indie butterfly curator/hostess for many WordSpace events. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and is included in the Anthology of Texas Beat Poets, published by University of Texas Press. She has read all over Texas in festivals, galleries and nightclubs, is a regular contributor to Mad Swirl, and lives in Dallas with Carlos and their daughter, Paloma.

Kara Synhorst is a Senior at SMU studying English and Creative Writing. She has thoroughly enjoyed opportunities to participate in several readings, including reading at the 2015 Deep Ellum Arts Festival. She has also won 2nd place for the David Russell Poetry Award from SMU’s annual Creative Writing contest for two consecutive years. Kara is inspired by contemporary artists such as Natalie Diaz and Alan Shapiro as well as canonized poets such as Sylvia Plath. Kara hopes to pursue an MFA in Poetry.

Kyle Vaughn’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Poetry East, Confrontation, The Sentence, Poetry Midwest, and Firewheel Editions’ Introduction to the Prose Poem. His prose has appeared in the National Council of Teachers of English’s English Journal, where he won the Paul and Kate Farmer Award for his article “Reading the Literature of War: A Global Perspective on Ethics.” His photography has appeared in Annalemma and Holon, and his book A New Light in Kalighat, featuring photos and stories about the children of sex workers and the children of crematory workers in the Kalighat district of Kolkata (co-photographed and co-authored with Breanna Reynolds), was published in 2013 and featured by Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky Movement. Kyle currently teaches Creative Writing and World Literature in Dallas, Texas.


Chris Merlick @ Mighty Fine Arts


Who: Chris Merlick
What: Artspeak
When: April 18, 9pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A North Tyler Street (Oak Cliff)

Wordspace presents Chris Merlick and his DuchampaphonesR.Mutt has traveled 100 years into the future to fulfill Marcel Duchamp’s intent by bringing his found bicycle wheel sculpture to fruition with kinetics and music! Chris will harmonize his melodic improvisations with the spinning of the wheel while Professor R.Mutt plays chess beneath the urinal challenging all “comers”. Duchampaphone.org
WordSpace is honored to partner with Mighty Fine Arts to present poetics and performance art in conjunction with Glenn Downing’s exhibition opening.
The unheralded work of Glenn Downing doesn’t abide by all those dogmatic contemporary art contextualizations. Because Glenn is a true Texas original, a genuine hickster Art genius and a bonafied wacko from Waco. His Art veers precariously between full of shit and full of brilliance, without any apologies, he lays the whole deal out for you. And maybe you might be ready, willing and able to be acculturated, and maybe you’ll be amazed at the width and breadth of invention and humor, and maybe you’ll be invigorated and engaged with that rare something known as imaginative vision. All speculation aside, come out to the opening and talk to the old so and so hisself and I wont have to explain myself so much, you’ll just know you know.

 


Master Class with Vievee Francis

What: Master Class with Vievee Francis
When: Saturday, April 24, 6:00PM – 8:00

Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St.
Fee: $40

 WordSpace is proud to offer a master class with Vievee Francis on April 24th in conjunction with his Dallas performance April 23th @ SDCC. Click here for the show and read on for information on how to submit.

We invite you to submit three poems for consideration for our workshop. We will pass along the best manuscripts for consideration to Vievee Francis; she will choose which ones to discuss in class. Space is limited. Manuscripts sent in earlier will be given priority for consideration. Follow the link below to submit.

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Vievee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006). Her third book, Forest Primeval, is slated for release in 2015 (Northwestern University Press). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies including Poetry, Best American Poetry, Cura, Waxwing and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (W.W. Norton 2012). She has also been a Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo, and a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing (Undergraduate Creative Writing Program) at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.

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Gemini @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace Feature @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When
: Friday, April 17, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: Hosted by RockBaby and GNO
Admission: $5, WordSpace Members Free

photo-280x300Richelle Scott known as Gemini in the artist society started taking an interest in performing poetry in 2007. She was 18 when she realized this was her passion. In 2010 she took an interest in slam and placed 3rd at the Southwest Shootout Regional Slam. Then she place at the Dallas Slam  to lock a spot on the team to go on to Nationals. The team placed top 20. When she returned from Dallas she featured many colleges, poetry slams, and all kinds of events around the US. She writes from her and her family`s experiences. She is now attending University of North Texas for a BA in Integrative studies of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. She started a organization at the university in 2007 called Poetic Justice that is still going strong.  She will be graduating August 2015. She is a mother of two beautiful boys. She lives in Houston and works at Memorial Hermann Hospital. She continues to perform in shows and is working on various projects. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @  RichelleGemini, Facebook Richelle Gemini Scott to keep up with her upcoming shows and projects.

 


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What: Vievee Francis at The SDCC
When
: April 23, 7 pm

Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 Fitzhugh
VIP Reception: 6:30-7:30, Refreshments provided by Buttons!
Master Class Enrollment is limited. To apply go here.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR MASTER CLASS


WordSpace is honored to partner with South Dallas Cultural Center to present great writers in conjunction with their theater series “Black Pain Black Power”. 

Vievee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006). Her third book, Forest Primeval, is slated for release in 2015 (Northwestern University Press). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies including Poetry, Best American Poetry, Cura, Waxwing and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (W.W. Norton 2012). She has also been a Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo, and a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing (Undergraduate Creative Writing Program) at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.

 


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