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Pegasus Reading Series: Greene, Mendoza, Bender-Murphy, and Joshua Westerman

What: Pegasus Series
When: February 24, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

This month Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo host Ryan Bender-Murphy, author of “First Man on Mars” (Phantom Books, 2013), Kendra Greene, author of “Anatomy of a Museum, or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Icelandic Phallological Museum But Were Afraid to Ask” (Analamous Press, 2015) and Paula Mendoza, author of “All Slither” (Raw Paw, 2015). Featuring the music of Joshua Westmerman.

RYAN BENDER-MURPHY‘s chapbook, First Man on Mars, was published by Phantom Books in 2013. His other work has recently been published in Better, The Boiler, Cartridge Lit, Country Music, Deluge, Everyday Genius, and Hobart. He has started a journal called Hardly Doughnuts.

A. KENDRA GREENE is Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. She has an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. Her 2015 chapbook from Anomalous Press, Anatomy of a Museum, or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Icelandic Phallological Museum But Were Afraid to Ask, was the first in an ongoing series of essays about Icelandic museums and the sorcery, sea monsters, and specimens that inspire them. The next chapbook, The Stone Collector, is forthcoming this Spring.

PAULA MENDOZA‘s work has appeared in Parcel, Bat City Review, Washington Square, and PANK, among others, and her chapbook, All Slither, was published by Raw Paw Press this year. She’s the essay editor for The Offing, assistant poetry editor at Newfound | Art & Place, and a reviewer for SCOUT. She’s the recipient of the Hopwood Award in poetry from the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. She lives and writes in Denton, Texas.

JOSHUA WESTERMAN is a violist and composer residing in Dallas, TX. He has participated in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, Current New Media and the Round Top Orchestral Festival. He attended New England Conservatory and earned a BM from the University of North Texas. He is currently working on a certificate in Art and Curatorial Practice from the New Centre for Research and Practice where he is preparing a collaborative show at the Tranzit Gallery in Prague.

Bri Blue @ Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday, February 19, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue, 75231
Hosted by: GNO, Candy, and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

bri-blue-2-1Bri Blue is an Author, Orator, Spoken Word Artist, Event Host/MC, Orator, Women’s Rights Advocate, and Motivational Speaker hailing from Berkeley, CA. A UC Berkeley graduate, Blue’s unique and emotionally charged performances connect emotion, entertainment, and inspiration to the goals, vision, and experiences of her audience. Blue has been invited to lend her creative, captivating brand of story telling to events across the US and on the national stage for TV One’s broadcast performance show ‘Verses and Flow’. A three time published author, Blue has an online following of over 10,000, is the creator of Speak Easy- a widely popular weekly Open Mic Showcase in Northern CA, and the founder of the ‘Unapologetically You’ Awareness Campaign designed to educate, uplift, and empower women.
As the Best Female Spoken Word Artist in the 2015 & 2014 Bay Area Black Music Awards, The Most Inspiring Writer in the Bay Area in the 2014 H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Awards, and a member of the 2015 Oakland Slam Team, Bri Blue brings a commanding voice, a welcome presence, fresh talent, and a welcoming personality to engage an audience and give them the emotional push to take their success a step further.

Dallas Poetry Slam at Heroes

WordSpace Features on 3rd Fridays, Details TBA

Hosted by acclaimed mega award winning SlamMasters

RockBaby and GNO


John Slate: Confessions and Revelations of a Teen Punk Fanzine Editor

What: Salon with John Slate
When: February 11, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP for Location: Wordspace@WordSpace.Us

John Slate presents an entertaining evening of powerpoint, handouts and reconteurship relating to his years in Austin as a teen punk zine editor.  John has presented other Salon topics such as “Outlaw Poetics” featuring the work of Bonnie Parker, Candy Barr and others. 

John-Slate-John H. Slate is the archivist for the City of Dallas, where he is responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives. Slate is the author of “Lost Austin,” a recently published book in the “Images of America” series. “Lost Austin” records some of the city’s rich and unique history and most of the images depicted in the book are of seminal Austin places and institutions that no longer exist but that played an important role in shaping Austin’s special character. He is also the author of “Historic Dallas Parks” and “Dealey Plaza.”


Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall

WordSpace is honored to produce the 2015 – 2016 Season of Oral Fixation!

More details coming!

Angela Ards Book Release Salon

Friday, February 5,  7:30 pm

Book Release: Words of Witness: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Post-Brown Era (University of Wisconsin Press)

Bonus: Darryl Dickson-Carr will conduct an interview with Professor Ards

Bonus #2: Hosted by Sanderia Faye

RSVP for location: 214-838-3554,

Angela Ards has published extensively on African American literature and culture in the post-civil rights era, a historical moment that demands recalibrated ways of thinking about black identity as questions of gender and class complicate allegiances and agendas previously based on race.  Her book examines how writers bring their lived experience to bear on crafting both a language and a politic that might account for this new stage of African American history. She received her PhD from Princeton University and teaches at SMU. 

“Ambitious, timely, engaging, and provocative. Angela Ards, erudite and remarkably widely read, situates her analysis of a new political ethic grounded in black women’s experience at the intersection of autobiography studies, feminism, black literary history, and cultural and political theory.”
—Julia Watson, coeditor of Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader



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