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Sweatloaf at ARTSPEAK

When is this? Saturday, April 30
Where?…on Earth? Yes, it’s at Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St. in the OC
Who is responsible for this? Wordspace presents ArtSpeak

ArtSpeak features performance art in conjunction with exhibition openings at MFA Gallery.
This month, new work by Clay Stinnett “Texican Spaghetti Wrestling” will also feature a sonic assault by Butthole Surfers Cover Band “Sweatloaf” offering up an unholy miasma of punk lyrics, art rock, avant garde and psychedelic upheavels. More fun than legally recommended! Performance starts around 8:30ish.

“Texican Spaghetti Wrestling” featuring new work by Clay Stinnett. This show opens Sat April 30 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sun June 12. Clay Stinnett has an ecumenical appreciation of all things white, brown and black trash. The detritus of culture washes through his brain pan and emerges in lumps of inspiration and horrid insight. The Id monster lies abruptly under the mainstream consciousness and only a mere scratch effort reveals the awfulness that informs us amerikans.(Note the current Republican struggle of dumb assery) But Mr.Clay doesn’t revel in anti-intellectuosity, he is a grand social observer and satirist, a progeny of Rabelais, an upholder of the noble tradition of stripping the pants off “authority”. So dont miss the opportunity to witness and absorb the full frontal and unfettered Clay Mind in all it’s turbulent excess and glory and get marked as having been exposed to some real “Art” for a change! 

artspeak april

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

ICON @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
Friday, April 15, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy and Rockbaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

ICONSHA’CONDRIA “iCON” SIBLEY is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning, viral sensation poet/spoken word artist/performer whose individual titles include 2009 LIPS (Louisiana Individual Poetry Slam) Champion, 2014 Bayou City Slam Co-Champion, 2015 Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Indie Runner-Up; and she recently became the first woman to ever win the largest poetry competition in Texas, the 2015 Texas Grand Slam as well as the winner of the first ever 2015 Rouge Roulette regional poetry slam. She is a founding member of two-time National Poetry Slam Champion team, Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), and she also featured on the third season of the NAACP Award-nominated, national hit TV show, Verses and Flow (TV One). Her work has been acknowledged and featured on various viral sites such as Upworthy, For Harriet, Fusion, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. In addition to her many accolades, iCon is a teaching artist and founder of The Little Girls Big Names Project.

Dallas Poetry Slam at Heroes

WordSpace Features on 3rd Fridays, Details TBA

Hosted by acclaimed mega award winning SlamMasters

RockBaby and GNO


Everyman’s Poet: Martha Heimberg on Ted Kooser

When: Thursday, April 14, 7 pm
Salon: Private Residence, RSVP
ted-kooserWhat: Everyman’s Poet: Ted Kooser’s Down-to-Earth Poems, Essays and Surprising Musical Verse
Bonus: Lisa Huffaker performs
Refreshments made possible by Ben E. Keith



Martha HeimbergCritic and everyday painter Martha Heimberg and poet, mezzo soprano, guitarist  and joyful artist Lisa Huffaker lead an evening of reading and exploring the work of poet and essayist Ted Kooser, Nebraska-born Pulitzer Prize Winner (Shadows and Delights) and 2004 US Poet Laureate.

Lisa Huffaker

Kooser’s diction, drawn from everyday speech, never makes an allusion that a smart, unbookish reader won’t grasp. Many of his short poems are about perception itself, the signs of human habitation, and the uncertainty of human knowledge.

An insurance executive at Lincoln Benefit Life Company for 30 years, Kooser lives on acreage outside Lincoln, and now teaches classes in “Poetry Repair” at the University of Nebraska.  He wakes at 4:30 a.m. and begins to write.  When he’s not writing and teaching, he paints. At 76, he has won every American prize in poetry and non-fiction. The poems are short, sweet and wow!

Kooser received a Grammy as a librettist in 2015. Nine poems from his book Winter Morning Walks were set to music by Maria Schneider and sung by Dawn Upshaw. The CD swept the awards in contemporary classical music.

7:00 p.m.  Wine and bread

7:30-7:50 p.m.  Martha talks about Ted’s Winter Morning Walks 

7:50-8:15 p.m. Lisa  plays guitar and sings some melodies she made up to match Ted’s poems from Shadows and Delights

8:15 p.m.  More singing in the wilderness of old East Dallas until 9:00 p.m.

Dawn Lundy Martin

When: Thursday April 21, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 939-2787
Refreshments provided by Buttons Jazz Restaurant and Ben E. Keith–Thank You!



Photo by Max Freeman

Dawn Lundy Martin is author of three books of poetry, and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection,  Life in a Box is a Pretty Life  (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a Blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is also a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, a tiny bit of which appears as the essay, “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in the December 2014  New Yorker  magazine.

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.


Karen Finley @ The Kessler Theater

Karen Finley: The Jackie Look

Tickets Now Available


Friday, April 1 @ The Kessler Theater

Karen Finley is an American performance artist who for three decades has enacted the traumas and psychological complexities of our times before worldwide audiences. In her Reality Shows she takes on the personas of such diverse cultural figures as Liza Minnelli, Terry Schiavo, and Laura Bush. In Dallas she will perform The Jackie Look at the Kessler Theater.


Karen Finley

Oral Fixation @ Dallas City Performance Hall

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