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ARTSPEAK with Joey Da’rrell Cloudy

Joel Cloudy


Saturday, November 14, 5 pm
MFA Gallery, 409A North Tyler St., 75208

Joey Da’rrell Cloudy is a writer whose poetry and short stories have been published by Dance Macabre, Tom Cat Press, Mad Swirl, Fat Fizz and DeJour. He has read and hosted numerous readings, is co-publisher of the literary journal “Death List 5” and taught creative writing workshops through with Writers In The Schools. He is the author of ‘Howl 18 poems for Allen Ginsberg’, the forthcoming ‘Watermelons, White Women and Cadillac’s’, ‘It’s Complicated’,  and ‘Party In My Mouth’. ‘Tramp’ is the title of the first novel completed by the poet. He currently lives to writes in Dallas, Texas.



Eileen Myles @ Half Price Books



Half Price Books, 7-9 

5803 E. Northwest Highway

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls, both out in fall 2015, from Ecco/Harper Collins. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently she teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa TX and New York.

Marilyn Clark, Shilyh Warren, Janelle Ellis: African American Women Film Directors

 Marilyn Clark, Shilyh Warren and Janelle Ellis team up for a conversation and film clips of African American Women Film Directors. RSVP NOW!

When: November 4, 7 pm
Where: RSVP for address, WordSpace@WordSpace.Us
Refreshments made possible by Spiral Diner and Ben E. Keith!

Marilyn Clark

MARILYN CLARK, is the Education and Outreach Coordinator of the South Dallas Cultural Center with 30 years of A long time South Dallas resident and one of its most outspoken advocates, Ms. Clark brings years of experience to this position as both an activist and educator. From her years with Sesame Street to her time at Cable Access along with her stints as political organizer for Rep. Jim Mattox, Ms. Clark’s experience is invaluable.


SHILYH WARREN (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, UT Dallas) will present the early history of black women’s filmmaking, beginning with Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic films of the late 1920s. Though Hurston is most well known for her literary production, she was also an early pioneer of anthropological filmmaking and the first black woman filmmaker. Black women’s documentary filmmaking would not resurface until the late 1960s with Madeline Anderson’s civil rights films, Integration Report and I Am Somebody. We’ll watch some of these together and discuss the lasting impact of Hurston’s focus on women, spirituality, and the body.


Janelle EllisJANELLE ELLIS teaches English Lit at El Centro College. She and Marilyn Clark have worked for decades in support of women in the arts, co-coordinating and curating numerous festivals and film projects, particularly highlighting the voice and art of African Americans.  Currently, they are participating in the Fair Park Film Forum. featuring the work of women in film as a global dialogue.




Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay with Cheryl Dunye, Tanya Hamilton, Kasi Lemons, Michelle Parkerson, Gina Prince-Blythewood, Dee Rees, and Oprah Winfrey

Friday: all day

Screenings at All Projection Facilities around Fair Park:

National Honorees + Local Filmmakers

Friday night: 7pm

Hall of State Auditorium (downstairs)

Premiere of Julie Dash’s new DOC on Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor “Culinary Griot”: TRAVEL NOTES OF A GEECHEE GIRL

Introduced with Docs by Cinematic Foremothers Zora Neale Hurston and Eloyce King Patrick Gist

Saturday noon: 11am to 1pm

Luncheon (Gullah Cuisine) in Galleries of African-American Museum with TRIBUTE to JULIE DASH: Great Director

Saturday afternoon: 2 to 4pm

Panel Discussion Filmed by C-Span in Auditorium

Moderated by Jacqueline Bobo (Audience by Invitation)

Saturday evening: 5 to 8pm

Gala Reception at Hall of State + seated dinner for Honored Filmmakers with Local Filmmakers

IndieGoGo fundraiser for Black Women Directors

Saturday late night: 9 to 12am

Concert at the Fair Park Band Shell Featuring Erykah Badu

Pegasus Reading Series: Griselda Castillo, Darryl Ratcliff, Will Richey, and Lauren Belmore with Faith Malimba

GriseldaGriselda Castillo is a bilingual poet and creative nonfiction writer living in Austin, TX. Her poems have recently been featured in Sparkle + Blink and Unlikely Strangers, courtesy of Quiet Lightning and Badgerdog Literary Publishing in March and July 2015.  She graduated from The College of Santa Fe with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and published several long lost poems as an undergrad in Glyph Literary Magazine. She was a finalist for the Helman Prize for Short Story Fiction in 2007 for her flash fiction piece, “Stories”. Griselda is currently selling her soul as a copywriter for a creative agency in Denver and working on her first manuscript.


Will RicheyWill Richey is a husband and father. Artist and athlete. Lover of the oral tradition and empowerer of voice. Half seafood gumbo, half arroz con habichuelas. His Heritage runs deep through Louisiana and Puerto Rico. He is the co-founder of DaVerse Lounge, performance curator for the Dallas Festival of Ideas and a graduate of the University of Dallas. 


10636455_705833566858_6223033368121335673_oDarryl Ratcliff  
is a social practice artist whose work focuses on cultural equity. A DaVerse Lounge All Star, Ratcliff has performed original works in Panama, Mexico, and across the United States.


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 and Courtney Marie.  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 Performance Hall

Stories about wacky Thanksgivings with family drama, chef/cooking/kitchen stories, times when a meeting of the minds got crowded by too many conflicting perspectives.

Verb Kulture at Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday, November 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, Greenville Ave.
Hosted by: Dallas Poetry Slam, SlamMasters GNO & RockBaby
What: WordSpace Night @ DPS

Verb KultureVerb Kulture is a perfect word to describe her. She is poetry in motion. Verb was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She is a performing artist that possesses many talents which include being a Spoken Word Artist, a Slam Champion, Dancer, Musician, Producer, Writer, Host, Motivational Speaker and so much more. She is the founder and CEO of Verb Kulture Ent. This young woman has a gift of bringing people together and reaching an audience. Her dynamic performances grabs your attention and speak to your heart. She is currently the producer of some of the biggest shows in Dallas/Fort Worth area including the Annual Changing Faces Masquerade Ball and the Annual Harlem Renaissance Extravaganza…Verb has been performing for the majority of her life and believes that everyone has a story to tell and the capability of making a difference in the lives of others. This national artist has been seen on many stages and has performed with many Grammy Award winning artists. She was a featured artist on season 3 of Tv One’s Verses and Flow show where she shared the stage with Mary Mary and Vivian Green. Her talents have landed her many great opportunities. When she is not on the stage, you can find her producing empowering shows presented by Verb Kulture Ent. like W.O.W. (Words over Wine), Poetry’s Love Affair with Music, and Beat Street Poetry. She is a true lover of all art forms and provides a platform for all up and coming talent. Verb is currently working on a project to be released this year which will feature and include Grammy Award winning musicians. You can find Verb hitting the stages with her new band “Jus Lyke Muzic” soon. To keep up with this renaissance woman and all of the great works she is creating, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @verbkulture

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