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They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy @ ArtSpeak

When: Saturday, January 23, 9 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A North Tyler St, 75208
Hosted by: Steve Cruz

gregg prickettWordspace presents the first Artspeak of 2016 with a rare performance by “They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy”. Guitar virtuoso grand master Gregg Prickett and musical partner vocalist Sarah Ruth Alexander expand the notions of music and poetics with stunning soundscapes and atmospheric improvisations. Sheer brilliance will prevail as your third ear will unfold and your sonic horizons enhanced! This performance is in conjunction with the art reception for ‘Shabby Saints and The Rusty HooDoo Blues” featuring new work by the legendary Andy Don Emmons! Art Reception 6-9 and performance around 9ish! Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208.

ARtSpeak 1.23.16

WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas

When: Sunday January 31, 2-5 pm
What: WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas
Where: The Nasher Sculpture Center
Admission: Adult: $10, Seniors 65 and over: $7, Military with ID: $7, Student with ID: $5,Children under 12: FREE, Members: FREE

WordSpace is honored to partner with The Nasher Sculpture Center to present “Inverse/Looped” at Piero Golia’s Chalet Dallas.  

Inverse/Looped is a WordSpace-sponsored project originally conceived and coordinated by Leah Tieger and Sebastian Paramo in Fall 2015. This incarnation will present three of the original sound tracks from Courtney Marie, Tamitha Curiel and Lauren Belmore as poetic interface with Piero Golia’s Chalet Dallas

pierogolia2Piero Golia is a conceptual artist, architect and myth maker.  For Chalet Dallas, he has collaborated with architect Edwin Chan to completely transformed the Nasher’s Corner Gallery into a luxurious gathering space that integrates architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall, and Christopher Williams.

The Naples-born, Los Angeles-based artist Piero Golia has been described as a mastermind of monumental gestures and precise orchestration. In 2013 he opened Chalet Hollywood, arguably the most radical and ambitious representation of this characterization. Working with architect Edwin Chan, Golia transformed a storage area off of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles into agesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, integrating architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall and Christopher Williams. Golia’s intent was to create a space of rare beauty that would gather visitors from the vast reaches of L.A. to meet in a luxurious environment that encouraged interaction and led to a more developed sense of community. For over a year on select evenings, Golia opened the Chalet to friends and visitors for gatherings that ranged from extravagantly large-scale to quiet and intimate.  Golia designed these evenings with an unpredictable structure, mingling artists and celebrities, as a way to build a mythology around theChalet and encourage meaningful interactions between visitors united by their shared experience in the space. After sixteen months of operation, Chalet Hollywood closed November 3rd, 2014.

With the help of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Golia was able to resurrect the Chalet and bring it to Dallas in an effort to extend his utopian idea of community building through carefully orchestrated social gatherings. Again, Golia worked with Chan to reconfigure the architectural elements of theChalet Hollywood to its new environment in the Nasher Corner Gallery. Reusing nearly all of the original elements from the Hollywood version, Chan has recreated the feeling of Chalet Hollywoodinto a space that is unique to Dallas, transforming the gallery into a warm and convivial environment with modular white oak furnishings, Venetian plaster walls, and textiles designed by Johnson Hartig.

Also from Chalet Hollywood, Golia has included Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium—an ecosystem of crabs and floating rocks; Mark Grotjahn’s painting Untitled (My Beautiful Brother Eric Baboon Face 43.30)of 2011;  Jeff Wall’s photograph A Sapling Supported by a Post of 2000; and Christopher Williams’ piano, handed down from generations at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and rumored to have been played by Joseph Beuys, the father of social action as art, during his tenure as professor there in the 1960s.

Chalet Dallas follows a similar structure to its Hollywood predecessor. On certain evenings, it operates akin to a salon, where a wide range of guests and performers meet to experience whatever entertainment Golia has arranged for the evening. In addition, the Chalet will be accessible during the daytime as a place for museum visitors to gather, view the works of art, and experience the environment. On select Saturdays, public tours will highlight certain aspects of the evening gatherings, providing a sense of Chalet Dallas as not only a physical structure but also a space for myth-making and social engagement.


Pegasus Reading Series: Ju, Levine, Morton, and Kent Evans

Presented by WordSpace, come join us in welcoming our visiting poets from South Korea!!

KIM KYUNG JU is a Seoul-based poet and performance artist, whose work has been translated into several languages and is widely anthologized in Korea. He has written and translated over ten books of poetry, essays, and plays. He is the recipient of the Korean government’s Today’s Young Artist Prize and the Kim Su-young Contemporary Poetry Award. His first book of poetry, I Am A Season That Does Not Exist In This World, sold over fifteen thousand copies. Excerpts from the book have appeared in prominent American literary journals and magazines such as Boston Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, Circumference, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Black Ocean Press will release the English-language translation of I Am a Season . . . (trans. Jake Levine) around Christmas 2015.

Apart from poetry, essay writing and translation, Kim’s plays have won numerous awards and have premiered at some of the largest venues in Korea, including the Sejong Center (the largest venue in Seoul). Currently arrangements are being made for an English version of his play Butterfly Sleep to be produced off Broadway in New York. Additionally there are plans for his plays Bred from the Eyes of a Wolf and Black Box to be translated and produced abroad. Most currently, Kim teamed up with the renowned Korean rapper Mc Meta for a poetry/hip hop collaborative project called Poetic Justice. Kim also produces a literature podcast, is the founding member and organizer of the Penguin Rhyme Club reading series / poetry collective, curates art exhibitions highlighting foreign artists (most recently Vladimir Kush), and edits / manages articles for the literature webzine Munjang.

JAKE LEVINE has translated a full length book of poetry, Kim Kyung Ju’s I AM A SEASON THAT DOES NOT EXIST IN THE WORLD, a book of experimental writing, Tomas Butkus’ GOD / THING, and a chapbook of poems by Kim Yi Deum. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including funding from the Korean Translation Institute, a Korean Government scholarship, and a Fulbright scholarship, his translations, essays, and writing has appeared in places such as The New York Times, Boston Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, etc… Additionally, he writes a series of syndicated articles in the Korean literary magazine Munjang, translating and introducing contemporary American poets to a Korean general audience. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, an editor at Spork Press, and is currently getting his PhD in comparative literature at Seoul National University.

KARISSA MORTON is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, & currently lives in Denton, Texas. She holds an MFA in poetry and has worked as a third grade teacher, writing tutor, literary editor, & most recently as an English instructor at the University of Cincinnati. Her poems appear in The Indiana Review, Guernica, The Paris-American, Crab Orachard Review, Devil’s Lake, Sonora Review, & elsewhere. She co-curates the blog collective On Sports. 


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.

D.E.E.P. @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Where: Heroes Lounge, Greenville Avenue, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231
When: Friday, January 15, 8 pm
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

D.E.E.P2015 Houston Poet Laureate Finalist, D.E.E.P. has established herself as a notable nationally-known poet and author. Ranked the #2 Best female poet in the world in 2008 and Finalist for the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, she has been a force of power in the poetry community for over a decade. She published her first collection of poetry, “Heartstrings and Lamentations,” at the tender age of 19. She went on to compete in her first national poetry slam in her senior year of college as a member of the 2004 Collegiate Poetry Slam Team for the University of Michigan.

After falling in love with the National poetry slam team she moved to Houston and became a member of the 2007 Houston Poetry Slam and 2008 H-Town National Poetry Slam Teams.  She served as the Slammaster and seven-time member of the Houston VIP Slam Team.  Currently, she is the three-time Grand Slam Champion of the Houston VIP team. In 2011, she coached the National Team to Group Piece Finals where they were ranked 6th in the nation. In 2012, under her coaching, the VIP team was ranked 4th in the Southwest at the Southwest Shootout Regional Slam. Her team then found its way to 11th place overall and the Best ranked team in the state of Texas in 2014.

She has had the honor of being chosen as one of the Juried Poets for the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest She has been a finalist at the 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the Champion of the 2014 Counter Current Ekphrastic Poetry Slam. She holds the title of Last Chance Slam Champion at the 2014 Women of the World Slam. Most recently she was a finalist for the Individual World Poet Slam in Washington D.C.

Her work can be seen in the 2012 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, the 2014 Survival Issue published by Wicked Banshee Press, And the Alight Collection of women’s poetry.






David Searcy has been a friend and supporter of WordSpace since its inception in 1994. He is the author of two novels, and over the past few years his essays have begun to appear in The Paris Review, Esquire, and other of what they call your Prestige Publications.

Some of these essays have now been collected in Shame and Wonder, published by Random House on January 5, 2016. In this collection Searcy writes about – or thinks on paper about – everything from paper airplane construction to the Ken Burns documentary on Lewis and Clark. Along the way there are sidebars on cereal box prizes, El Caminos, and an enchanted tree near Fredericksberg.

Good things are already being said.

Shame and Wonder is a work of genius.  A very particular kind of genius, to be sure, one that bides more comfortably with questions, potentialities, mysteries and wonders than with the hard and fast answers that the information age has taught us to crave.  If you want to know things, real things, read Shame and Wonder.  It will knock you flat and lift you up.”Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk


“Strange, wonderful, and full of curiosity and nostalgia, David Searcy’s essays chip away at the world around us to lay bare the beauty and sadness at the heart of it all.”—Gay Talese

Please join WordSpace in honoring David Searcy on January 14.

Following the reading, David will be joined in conversation with award-winning novelist Ben Fountain.

David Searcy_AUTHOR PHOTO_credit Nancy Rebal

Dallas Poetry Slam @ Heroes

WordSpace Features on 3rd Fridays, Details TBA

Hosted by acclaimed mega award winning SlamMasters

RockBaby and GNO


Chris Abani @ South Dallas Cultural Center

Thursday, January 28, 7 pm
African Diaspora: New Dialogues

Chris Abani


Photo: David Shankbone


Chris Abani is an acclaimed novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender, and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He is the author of a dozen books and winner of major literary prizes.

SDCC logoAbout South Dallas Cultural Center and Vicki Meek: The South Dallas Cultural Center is a community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts. Vicki Meek is the award winning director of SDCC. She is a curator, artist and activist. Her decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly impacted the cultural life of Dallas and development of a whole new generation of African American artists. In 2016, Ms. Meek will retire from her office at SDCC to co-develop The Institute for Creative Research in Puerta Viejo, Costa Rica.

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