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Zach Dodson @ Wild Detectives

When: Tuesday, October 19, 7 pm
What: First Hearings
Hosted by Charles Dee Mitchell

Photo by Johnathan Crawford.

Photo by Jonathan Crawford

Zach Dodson is a book designer particularly interested in visual narrative. He has designed books for many independent presses, most notably featherproof books, which he founded in Chicago in 2005.

Texan Zachary Thomas is the author and illustrator of Bats of the Republic, an illuminated novel due from Doubleday in 2015. Zach Plague wrote and designed the hybrid image/text boring boring boring boring boring boring boring in 2008. Neither should be contacted, as they exist only speculatively.

Professor Zachary Dodson teaches courses on hybrid narrative and storytelling atAalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He is available for guest lectures or workshops on book design, visual narrative or publishing.


ArtSpeak: Dennis Gonzalez The Doctrine of Heiromancy & YELLS AT EEL

dennis gonzalesWhen: October 24
What: ArtSpeak
Where: 409 A, N. Tyler St, Oak Cliff

Wordspace and Mighty Fine Arts present “The Doctrine of Heiromancy-Works on Paper” a one night only pop up show featuring new work by Dennis Gonzalez and a performance by Yells at Eels

Divination is at the heart of heiromancy and that might also describe the aesthetic approach of Dennis Gonzalez. His work embraces the esoteric and the quotidian as sources of inspiration, he broaches no distinctions of hierarchy. His art and music reflect the burdens of life, the crude and carnal as well as the joyous and profound. But his intent is transcendence and a furthering of the spirit and the imagination, which is what we could all use a little more of. Come out for this rare evening with the maestro, his first art show in 10 years!



Pegasus Reading Series: Joe Milazzo, Jill Talbot, Kathleen Winter, & Sarah Ruth

Joe Milazzo is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis). His poetry collection The Habiliments is forthcoming from Apostrophe Books. His writings have appeared in The Collagist, Drunken Boat, H_NGM_N and Black Clock (among others), and are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Tarpaulin Sky, and Whiskey Island. Joe co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing] and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is

Jill Talbot is the author of Loaded:  Women and Addiction, the co-editor of The Art of Friction:  Where (Non) Fictions Come Together, and the editor of Metawritings:  Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in journals such as BrevityDIAGRAMEcotoneThe Paris Review DailyThe Normal School, and The Rumpus. Her memoir, The Way We Weren’t, was published by Soft Skull Press in July and two of the essays in it were were named Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of North Texas, the nonfiction editor for BOAATand the fiction editor for High Desert Journal.

Kathleen Winter is the author of Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press) winner of the Antivenom Prize and the 2013 Bob Bush Memorial Award for a first book of poems. She is the Fall 2015 Dobie Paisano Fellow, selected by the University of Texas and Texas Institute of Letters. She has been awarded fellowships at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France; James Merrill House; Cill Rialaig Retreat; Prague Summer Program and Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, AGNI Online, The New Republic, Memorious, Field, Gulf Coast and Poetry London. Winter grew up in San Antonio and teaches at Napa Valley College.


Sarah Ruth grew up in West Texas. She studied vocal studies and electroacoustic composition at the University of North Texas. She has performed solo, as well as in the bands Cerulean Giallo, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, and Violent Squid. Her solo-debut album is called Words On The Wind on Pour Le Corps.

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 Courtney Marie & 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.

In/Verse: Looped







Location: Common Desk Oak Cliff; 633 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

We’ve placed recorded loops of prose and poetry readings in different rooms, hallways, and headphones, all paired with visual installations by each writer. Walk around and encounter each reading on your own terms; no folding chairs arranged in rows, no one standing in front of microphones; writers wandering around with you, including:

Courtney Marie
Lauren Belmore
Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi
Zach VandeZande
Kyle Vaughn
Tamitha Curiel

And more to come!

$5 suggested donation at the door
Donation bar with wine and beer



Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall



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In The Doghouse” will feature another great evening of great storytelling: This month tales of  trouble in the “house”! 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.  This entertaining evening will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride exploring true life tales about breaking through the comfort zone. “

Sanderia Faye In Conversation with Greg Brownderville

Who: Sanderia Faye / Greg Brownderville
What: First Hearings, A Conversation
When: October 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Eighth Street, 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Sanderia Faye’s first novel, The Mourner’s Bench, takes place in Maeby, Arkansas. The year is 1964, and eight-year-old Sarah Jones feels it is time to take responsibility for her own sins. When a revival comes to The First Baptist Church, Sarah plans to take her place on the mourner’s bench and prepare to give her testimony. But things are changing in Maeby, Arkansas. Her own mother is a civil rights activist, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee has come to town, and tensions are running high.

Sanderia Faye will read from The Mourner’s Bench on October 22 at The Wild Detectives. After the reading, award-winning poet Greg Brownderville will lead a discussion with Sanderia. Greg is Assistant Professor at Dedman College of the Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University, and he comes from the same area of Southern Arkansas as Sanderia. They will talk about books, small Southern towns, race, and whatever other topics arise.

After the discussion, Sanderia will be signing books.



Rachel McKibbens at Dallas Poetry Slam

When: October 23, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, Greenville Ave.
Hosted by: Dallas Poetry Slam, SlamMasters GNO & RockBaby
What: WordSpace Night @ DPS
Admission: $5

Rachel McGibbensPoet, activist, playwright and essayist Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse.


Sanderia Faye Book Launch Celebration

Salon & Book Launch Celebration: Mourner’s Bench
Who: Debut novel by Sanderia Faye
When: Thursday, October 1, 7 pm
Where: RSVP for the Party! WordSpace@WordSpace.Us
Yes! Copies of Mourner’s Bench will be On Sale!

full-coverAt the First Baptist Church of Maeby, Arkansas,the sins of the child belonged to the parents until the child turned thirteen. Sarah Jones was only eight years old in the summer of 1964, but with her mother Esther Mae on eight prayer lists and flipping around town with the generally mistrusted civil rights organizers, Sarah believed it was time to get baptized and take responsibility for her own sins. That would mean sitting on the mourner’s bench come revival, waiting for her sign, and then testifying in front of the whole church.

But first, Sarah would need to navigate the growing tensions of small-town Arkansas in the 1960s. Both smarter and more serious than her years (a “fifty-year-old mind in an eight-year-old body,” according to Esther), Sarah was torn between the traditions, religion, and work ethic of her community and the progressive civil rights and feminist politics of her mother, who had recently returned from art school in Chicago. When organizers from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) came to town just as the revival was beginning, Sarah couldn’t help but be caught up in the turmoil. Most folks just wanted to keep the peace, and Reverend Jefferson called the SNCC organizers “the evil among us.” But her mother, along with local civil rights activist Carrie Dilworth, the SNCC organizers, Daisy Bates, attorney John Walker, and indeed most of the country, seemed determined to push Maeby toward integration.

With characters as vibrant and evocative as their setting, Mourner’s Bench is the story of a young girl coming to terms with religion, racism, and feminism while also navigating the terrain of early adolescence and trying to settle into her place in her family and community.

WordSpace is honored to be first to present the debut novel of Sanderia Faye in Dallas. We will also be hosting a conversation between Sanderia and Greg Brownderville October 22 at The Wild Detectives, but the celebration starts now!

About the Author

Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk.

Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.

Faye is also a PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE)




Sarah Gerard and Colin Winnette

First Hearings: Sarah Gerard and Colin Winnette
When: Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th Street, (Oak Cliff)
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

JoshWool_SarahGerardBy now I’ve read Binary Star twice, and I’ve become so entwined with it that I’m reluctant to talk about the subject at length. Let me just say that I’ve never read anything like it. — Harry Mathews

I felt a breathless intensity the whole time I read Sarah Gerard’s brilliant Binary Star. I sped through it, dizzy, devastated, loving all of it. — Kate Zambreno, author of Heroines

Two lost souls hurtle through a long dark night where drug store fluorescents light up fashion magazine headlines and the bad flarf of the pharmacy: Hydroxycut, Seroquel, Ativan, Zantrex-3. Gerard’s young lovers rightly revolt against the insane standards of a sick society, but their pursuit of purity—ideological, mental, physical—comes to constitute another kind of impossible demand, all the more dangerous for being self-imposed. Binary Star is merciless and cyclonic, a true and brutal poem of obliteration, an all-American death chant whose chorus is “I want to look at the sky and understand.” —Justin Taylor, author of Flings

A bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding. Sarah Gerard writes about love and loneliness in a new and brilliantly visceral way. — Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation

Allegorized by the phenomena of binary stars, Sarah Gerard’s first novel confronts the symptoms of modern living with beauty and courage. — Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness

Colinprofile%20Dec%202014%20(49%20of%2057)Haints Stay is the story of two brothers, Brooke and Sugar, one of whom is pregnant with the other’s child. After the two middling bounty hunters are chased from town due to a bathhouse brawl, they encounter Bird — a boy who mysteriously appears in their camp with no memory and palms as smooth as stones. As the past races to catch up with them, each sets off in pursuit of their own peculiar sense of justice and belonging. An acid Western in the tradition of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, Kelly Reichart’sMeek’s Cutoff, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo, the novel features gunfights, cannibalism, barroom piano, young love, a wagon train, stampedes, and the tenuous rise of the West’s first one-armed gunslinger.

In addition to being called “…the most anticipated American independent novel…” by  Flavorwire , the novel was a Rumpus Book Club pick for May and a #brazosbest pick by Brazos Bookstore for June.

The book’s trailer, by filmmaker David Formentin, premiered at  Flavorwire and can be viewed  here.
Haints Stay puts to mind the very best contemporary novels of the old West, including those by powerhouses like Charles Portis, Patrick DeWitt, Robert Coover, Oakley Hall, E.L. Doctorow and Sheriff Cormac McCarthy himself, not to mention Thomas McGuane’s classic screenplays for The Missouri Breaks and Tom Horn. But Colin Winnette has his own dark and delightful and surprising agenda  Be wary. He might be the new law in town.”—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask.
“From his curiously harrowing  Animal Collection  to the glorious guts of  Fondly , I trust wherever Colin Winnette’s imagination sees fit to take me. And now — with  Haints Stay  — we venture to the lawless old West for a story stitched out of animal skins and language that glimmers like blood diamonds. This is a dangerous novel; let’s read it and risk our lives together.”—Saeed Jones
“This is the kind of refreshing, bizarre, remorseless story the Western genre needs. …Winnette’s truly effective trick is that he can build a world so wild (where no one is spared the unrelenting violence) out of complex characters that you genuinely grow to care for, making what they endure so much more wince-inducing and blood pressure-raising.” Askmen .com
“The unexpectedness of Colin Winnette’s fiction is nothing less than thrilling.  Haints Stay is a solid, layered work of genre-defying beauty.”—The Lit Pub
“Life is nasty, brutish, and short in this noir-tinged Western… that falls somewhat uncomfortably between ‘Deadwood’ and  The Crying Game. It sounds like a cross between Daniel Woodrell and Elmore Leonard right up until Winnette flips the script.”—Kirkus Reviews


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