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Wordspace presents Pegasus Reading Series: Edwards, Leverone, Rock, and Chris Garver

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: April 27, 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 poets Trista Edwards, editor of the anthology Till the Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015), Julia Leverone, author of Shouldering (Finishing Line, 2016), and Martin Rock, author of Residuum (CSU Poetry Center, 2016).


IMG_7281Trista Edwards is an Ohio born, Georgia Peach living it up in Texas. Trista is currently a Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas. Her poems and reviews are published or forthcoming in The Journal, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Rumpus, Sou’wester, Moon City Review, and more. Trista is currently a contributing writer at Luna Luna Magazine and she recently edited the anthology Till the Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry, which was released early 2015.


leveroneJulia Leverone is from Boston and is finishing her PhD in comparative literature with Wash U in St. Louis. She translates from Spanish; her selected translations of Paco Urondo’s poems are forthcoming as a book titled Fuel and Fire, and many of these translations have appeared in places such as Waxwing, WitnessTupelo Quarterly, and The Massachusetts Review. She is now at work translating the novel Mascaró, the American Hunter by Haroldo Conti. Julia is an Assistant Editor of fiction at Asymptote and is Editor of Sakura Review. Poems from her first chapbook, Shouldering, have been published in Cimarron Review Sugar House Review, B O D Y, and Crab Orchard Review.

Martin-Bio-PicMartin Rock is the author of Residuum (CSU Poetry Center, 2016), Editor’s Choice for the 2015 CSU First Book Competition. His poetry chapbooks include Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013) and Fish, You Bird (Pilot, 2010), written collaboratively with Phillip D. Ischy. His poetry and translations from the Japanese have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Asymptote, the Agriculture Reader, AGNI, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, and the Tampa Review, and his work has been anthologized or featured by Best New Poets 2012, Verse Daily, Brooklyn Poets, Missouri Review’s “Poem of the Week” and elsewhere. With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, he edited the Unsung Masters volume Catherine B. Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master (Pleiades, 2015). He holds an MFA from New York University and is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston where he is Managing Editor for Gulf Coast. He is a poet-in-residence at Texas Children’s Hospital where he writes with hospitalized children and their families. He also designs books. His website is

Music  – TBA

Buddy Mohmed @ ArtSpeak.

Saturday, March 12, Wordspace presents Artspeak with Buddy Mohmed. The American Bedouin himself will offer up a small sample of his virtuoso musical abilities with a rare solo performance. Master of all string instruments Mr Buddy has lent his talents to myriad ensembles and groups. This will be a rare chance to catch him in the intimate confines of MFA Gallery. Performance starts around 8ish. Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208.

buddy mohmed

This performance is in conjunction with the exhibition opening for “Through the Looking Glass” featuring new work by Yuni Lee. This show opens Sat March 12 and will run till Sun April 24. Yuni Lee’s lively engagement with paint reveals a lyrical sensibility. There are no static passages in her pictures, shapes and colors swirl and flow in subtle abandon. There are flash points of vivid color that might obliquely reference her Korean heritage but her intent is not meant to be specific. Ms. Lee cultivates an abiding passion for the act of painting and her exuberant work resonates with her avocation and consummate skill. 



When: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 pm
WhereThe Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street, Dallas, 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

miroslav-penkovMiroslav Penkov was born in Bulgaria in 1982 and came to the United States in 2001. The Guardian praised is first story collection, East of the West (2012) for its combination of “toughness, vulnerability and bravado.” The New Republic wrote, “These stories are not the promising work of a first-time author. They are already a promise fulfilled—wise, bright, and deep with sympathy.” East of the West was published in eleven countries, and Penkov’s translation of his work was the bestselling book in Bulgaria in 2013.

Miroslav publishes is first novel, Stork Mountain, this month. The novel tells the story of an emigrant who returns from America to search for his grandfather, a man who disappeared three years before into the Strandja Mountains on the Bulgarian-Turkey border. The young man encounters the ecstatic Christianity of the region, the mysteries surrounding his grandfather’s life, and the shameful secrets of the past.

WordSpace sponsors Miroslav Penkov for a reading and book signing at The Wild Detectives, March 24 at 7:30 pm.



WordSpace presents Pegasus Reading Series: Goldstein, Lee, Reaves-King, with music by Kim Nall

What: Pegasus Series
When: March 23, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

L.E. GOLDSTEIN holds an MA from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from Boston University. Her poems have recently appeared in MiddleGray, 3 Elements Review, and Illya’s Honey.  She is currently working as an online content writer for a law firm in Dallas, and she is also the editor of Moon Pigeon, a poetry publication that contains content in both electronic and print.

JI YOON LEE is a poet and translator whose most recent publication is a book of translation, Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (Action Books, 2015). She is the author of Foreigner’s Folly (Coconut Books, 2014), Funsize/Bitesize (Birds of Lace, 2013), and IMMA (Radioactive Moat, 2012). She is the winner of the Joanna Cargill prize (2014), and her manuscript was a finalist for the 1913 First Book Prize (2012). She was born in South Korea,  and immigrated to the United States as a teen. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.

GAYLE REAVES-KING is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based in Fort Worth. In addition to freelance reporting and editing, she teaches journalism at the University of North Texas and is working with co-authors on a nonfiction book called Dividing the Baby. Her poetry chapbook Spectral Analysis was published in 2015 by the Dallas Poets Community. In 2014, her chapbook Blood Forfeit was a finalist in the San Pedro River Review‘s contest. Her recent freelance work has appeared in the Texas Observer and American Way magazines. Last year she earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, where she now teaches. She is a former national president of the Journalism and Women Symposium and part of the brain trust at the Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase in Dallas.

with music by KIM NALL

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“I did my first public reading at a WordSpace event in 2002 and the thriving literary community centered around WordSpace has been an essential part of my development as a writer.”
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WordSpace has presented programs with thousands of poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights, performance artists, storytellers and scholars across the broadest possible spectrum. Ongoing series include ArtSpeak, Pegasus, First Hearings, African Diaspora: New Dialogues, Salons, Next Generation, WordSpace at The Kessler, Oral Fixation and Dallas Poetry Slam Features.

Amir Safi @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
Friday, March 18, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7502 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

amirAmir Safi is from College Station, Texas. His poetry is the result of a collision between his Iranian culture and his Texan upbringing. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a degree in Biology. “What better subject to study than the science of life?” While in school, he co-founded 501(c)3 poetry non-profit Mic Check and the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. Upon moving to Houston, Amir founded Write About Now Poetry, a weekly poetry slam and open-mic that meets every Wednesday. Amir is a 2015 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, the 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Individual Slam Champion, a 2013 National Poetry Slam semi-finalist and his work has been featured on Upworthy.

Dallas Poetry Slam at Heroes

WordSpace Features on 3rd Fridays, Details TBA

Hosted by acclaimed mega award winning SlamMasters

RockBaby and GNO


Tim Seibles @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center

Tim Seibles


Tim Seibles is an Old Dominion University professor, and nationally acclaimed poet.  He’s also an 80s Dallas Poetry Scene OG! We’re delighted to welcome Tim back home.

His most recent collection of poems, “Fast Animal,” was a 2012 National Book Critics Award finalist.

Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hurdy-Gurdy,” “Hammerlock” and “Buffalo Head Solos.” An associate professor of English and creative writing at ODU, he has been on the university faculty for the past 17 years. Seibles is also a visiting faculty member for the Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Seibles has also been a writing fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including: “Rainbow Darkness,” “The Manthology,” “Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry,” “Black Nature,” “Evensong,” “Villanelles” and “Sunken Garden Poetry.” His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in “The Best American Poetry 2010.”

Seibles is a native of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Misericordia University.

About 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. Vickie 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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