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Harry Hunsicker: First Hearings at The Wild Detectives

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The Grid

First Hearings: Harry Hunsicker
Where: The Wild Detectives
When: September 24, 7 pm
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell


The Grid (Thomas & Mercer; August 2015)

A former federal law enforcement contractor with a somewhat spotty record, Jon Cantrell has seen—and done—just about everything. Now he’s a sheriff, keeping the peace in small-town Texas. He thought that he’d finally settled into a quiet, less-complicated life—until his deputy gets himself murdered. Soon Cantrell’s search for the killer points to an online-dating site designed for extramarital affairs and to a woman who may have been the unfortunate deputy’s last date.

Meanwhile, someone is staging a series of seemingly random attacks on the regional power grid, and Cantrell is reluctantly pulled back into the federal fray when he accepts an off-the-books assignment to uncover the culprit. With the power company and the feds impatient for an arrest—and clues in his deputy’s case pointing to something more sinister—Cantrell must run parallel, conflicting investigations. But will he find what he’s looking for? Or is he about to take a fall?


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Harry Hunsicker is a novelist and former executive vice-president of the Mystery Writers of America. His work has been short-listed for both the Shamus and Thriller Awards. Hunsicker’s story “West of Nowhere,” originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, was selected for inclusion in the anthology,The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His sixth novel, The Grid, will be published in August 2015 by Thomas & Mercer.

ArtSpeak: Savage Impressions: Dirty Printmakers and Art Pirates Mash Up

Who: Matt Bagley, Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Randall Garrett, Matthew Guest, Juanne Peck, Laney Yarber, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, The Mercury Rocket, Inferno Texino, Unconscious Collective.
When: Saturday, September 26, Noon-9 pm
Where: MFA Gallery, 409 N. Tyler Street in the Art Alley and Parking Lot
Are You Ready! This promises to be the ultimate underground arts festival you cannot afford to miss. More Info Soon.


Pegasus Reading Series: Richard Bailey, R. Flowers Rivera, Bess Whitby, and Horace Bray

pegasussept2015-page001Richard Bailey‘s poems have appeared in several journals, including The Madison Review, Mudfish, Quiddity, and Whiskey Island Magazine. His films have shown in festivals across the U.S., including SXSW, Black Maria, Dallas Medianale, Anthology Film Archives, and have recently shown in Europe at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland and Proyector International Video Art Festival, Spain. Learn more about Richard at

R. Flowers Rivera, a Mississippi native who now lives in McKinney, Texas. Her second collection, Heathen (February 2015 by Lotus Press, distributed by Wayne State University) was selected as the winner of the 2015 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for publication by acclaimed poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. The award was established by Lotus Press to recognize an outstanding book-length manuscript by an African-American poet. Heathen presents revisionist mythology, specifically exploring myths through the lens of race, gender, and Southern culture. This fall she is teaching at the University of Texas—Dallas. Visit for more information.

Bess Whitby is a poet currently earning an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. She will defend her thesis this fall and graduate in December. She earned her BA in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature from North Texas in May of 2013. Bess is an active participant and reader for Spiderweb Salon, a Denton-based arts collective. She is also a regular contributor to the Spiderweb Salon Zine, a DIY-style publication which seeks to publish prose, poetry, short essays, and art.

Horace Bray is a guitarist, composer, and band leader currently residing in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. While living in St. Louis, Missouri, Horace studied privately with Corey Christiansen, Paul Bollenbeck, Rick Haydon, and Reggie Thomas. He was a member of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, the Missouri all-suburban and all-state Jazz bands, and was the guitarist for the Birch Creek Jazz ambassadors in 2006. Horace moved to Denton to study at the University of North Texas in 2010. While there he played with the Unt Jazz singers, the 4 o’clock lab band, the 2 o’clock lab band, and was the first undergrad guitarist in 15 years to hold the guitar chair in the prestigious One O’clock Lab Band.

Pegasus Reading Series is a reading series based in Dallas, TX and presented by WordSpace. Pegasus is held at Kettle Art gallery in Deep Ellum and hosted by Sebastian Paramo.  Pegasus is meant to showcase local and touring writers and foster community between the authors and the writers.

Past readers for Pegasus include: Nick McRae, Octavio Quintanilla, Edyka Chilomé, Chloe Honum, Courtney Marie, Blake Kimzey, Logen Cure, Fatima Hirsi, George David Clark, Greg Brownderville, Chelsea Wagenaar, Danielle Sellers, Merritt Tierce, Jenny Molberg, Nate Logan, and others.

Oral Fixation @ Dallas City Performance Hall


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Dallas’ ever-buzzier live storytelling series for adults, hits the big leagues with its 5th Season at the stunning City Performance Hall in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The season opener, “Push the Envelope”, is a metaphor for the unconventional series itself.  Get in on the action Wednesday, September 16th at 8pm.  This entertaining evening will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride exploring true life tales about breaking through the comfort zone.

Will Richey of DaVerse Lounge and the Festival of Ideas shares the story behind his passion for helping others express themselves.  Dallas social change activist Christian Yazdanpanah reveals how his childhood struggle with poverty inspires him to push for educational reform.  Mary Kreider faces her biggest fear in public speaking class.  Suzette Drouillard deepens her relationship with her daughter by sending 28 cards in 28 days for her 28th birthday.  Wayne Applebaum wanders far from his Orthodox Jewish upbringing in NYC to find his limits tested when his son develops leukemia.  Donald Griswold falls deeply in love with the neglected Russian baby he adopts after a painful chapter in his life. And Justin Nygren of The Grove takes a huge risk professionally to keep his family afloat.  This show features real-deal envelope pushers who will bravely share their truths on the massive City Performance Hall stage.

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Rudy Francisco at Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday 18, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, Greenville Ave.
Hosted by: Dallas Poetry Slam SlamMasters GNO & RockBaby
What: WordSpace Night @ DPS

Rudi FranciscoRudy Francisco completed his B.A in Psychology at 21 and continued his education by pursuing a MA in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He has made conscious efforts to cultivate young poets and expose the youth to the genre of Spoken Word Poetry through workshops and performances at schools and community centers. In addition to his contributions to education, Rudy Francisco is the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego. Rudy’s goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.


WordSpace Season Launch Party with Special Guests Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown

When: Thursday, September 17, Party starts at 7:00pm. Performance starts at 8:00pm.
Where: The Wild Detectives (Oak Cliff)
Hosted by WordSpace: Charles Dee Mitchell, RockBaby, Sara Cardona, Jean Lamberty, Steve Cruz, Jerry Kelley, Laney Yarber, Sebastian Paramo, Richard Bailey, and Karen X Minzer. 

Last year the WordSpace Season Launch Party gathered around 50 friends and supporters for a night of drinks, conversation, and presentations. This year we are making the party bigger in every way. Poets Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown have been causing a scene wherever they go with their Lazers of Sexcellence Tour. On September 17, they will be performing free on the outdoor stage at The Wild Detectives.

Here’s the thing about Amber Tamblyn: How many poets have a resume that includes a story arc on Two and Half Men and a stint as guest blogger for The Poetry Foundation?  I’m pretty sure that puts Amber in a field of one. Amber Tamblyn is an actress and a poet. If you are a woman in, say, your late twenties or early thirties, you probably remember her as the eponymous  Joan of Arcadia. Since then she has continued to act and  to publish four well-received books of poetry. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who knows about these things, said of her first collection, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language.” Roxanne Gay described her latest book, Dark Sparkler, as “astonishing.”

Derrick Brown is a poet, performer and publisher based in Austin, Texas. As a slam poet, he has performed in over 1800 venues ranging derrick_brownfrom the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, to The Glastonbury Festival in the UK and The Sorbonne in Paris. (The one in France.) His 2012 collection Strange Light won Texas Poetry Book of the Year. In 2004, he founded Write Bloody Publishing which to date has out close to 100 books. And, like Amber, Derrick is not without acting credits. In 2014 he provided the voice of Mappy in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

This duo has been touring the country with The Lazers of Sexcellence, described as a “ruckus…of poetry, comedy and music.” Come out to enjoy the show, hear what else WordSpace has planned for the year, grab a $1.00 taco (while they last) and select one of the happy hour specials at The Wild Detectives Bar.


northtexasgivingday-1426083418.2532-square-logo2015-(mobile)September 17 is North Texas Giving Day, the day when a portion of every dollar you give to one of the participating non-profit organizations earns matching funds from The Dallas Communities Foundation.

WordSpace is a non-profit, and we are participating. As the day approaches, your in box will no doubt fill with reminders from every school, museum, theater, dance company, and wildlife rescue organization you have ever crossed paths with. Please be generous and think of WordSpace. Donations must be made on the internet through the NTGD portal, but WordSpace will have volunteers standing by to make the process as quick and painless as possible. (Or you can give at home during the day.)

THE WORDSPACE PLEDGE TO YOU: Our fundraising will not slow down the fun on September 17.

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