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WordSpace presents Pegasus Reading Series: Aguilar, Craggett, Whalen, and Smooth Gravy


What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: May 25, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

 

Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review and received her MFA from Indiana University. She is the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Chapter Career Award, the David E. Albright Memorial Award, and the Washington Square Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Spillway, Sonora Review, and Southern Indiana Review among others. Her chapbook, Mesquite Manual, was published by New Delta Review in 2015. She is a Fine Arts Work Center fellow.

Courtney Craggett recently completed her doctorate in creative writing and Chicano/a literature at the University of North Texas, where she taught English and served as the American Literary Review’s Assistant Fiction Editor. Her own fiction appears in Mid-American Review, Washington Square Review, Juked, Word Riot, and Monkeybicycle, among others, and was featured on Ploughshares’ blog. Her reviews appear in American Microreviews and Interviews. Courtney lives, writes, and teaches in Denton, TX and is working toward finishing her novel and turning her dissertation, a collection of short stories, into a book.

Jennifer Whalen is Texas State University’s 2015-2016 writer-in-residence at the L.D. & LaVerne Harrell Clark House in Smithville, Texas. She served as the poetry editor for Front Porch Journal, and her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, New South, Day One, & elsewhere. She currently teaches college English & co-hosts the reading series Everything Is Bigger in Austin, Texas.

and Smooth Gravy!!


Art Speed Bump Tour 2016 with Sweatloaf

Here’s the Skinny:

Oak Cliff

13198450_10208629865999295_1464303529905912932_oThe artists of Oak Cliff welcome you into their homes and studios for the 2016 Visual SpeedBump Art Tour. Come out and see artists in their natural habitat and be amazed by all the creativity in “the Cliff”. The tour begins at noon on Saturday May 21st and runs until 6pm. This one-day event is Free and open to the public. Printed maps will be available at each stop.
ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts invites you out for a day of cultural over stimulation Oak Cliff style at the 2016 edition of the OC Visual Speedbump Tour. This is a real life art community sharing some face time and conviviality and complimentary beverages. Check out MFA Gallery for the gawd almighty awesome Clay Stinnett show “Texican Spaghetti Wrestling” and artist will be available for consultations. Also select work available from Leah Hairston, Matt Bagley, Andy Don Emmons and Steve Cruz. And join us at the Speedbump Tour Afterparty with another Wordspace presents Artspeak event featuring Sweatloaf! Yes the Sweatloaf has been reanimated and bio-degraded from their “medical” procedures and will pay tribute to the Butthole Surfers with their own unholy blend of punk, art rock, metal and psychedelic. Performance at 8:30ish! Free! Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff. For more info and a map of the Visual Speedbump Art Tour: www.chuckandgeorge.net/speedbump

FIRST HEARINGS: MELISSA GINSBURG

When: Mary 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where: The Wild Detectives, 312 West Davis, Dallas 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg

Before turning to crime. Melissa Ginsburg was a respectable poet who had attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and published two books of verse. This April, she publishes her first crime novel, Sunset City. The story is set in her hometown of Houston, Texas, and it involves murder, drugs, betrayal, secrets, and the miserable weather the city is known for. In other words — all the good stuff.

But Melissa has not rejected her poetic lineage. Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus has this to say:

“I am positively agog at this dizzying, addictive novel. A poetic meditation draped in the cloak of noir, an elegy with the heart-pounding pace of a murder mystery. Sunset City is raw, tough, and relentlessly exquisite.”

Please join for an evening of crime and poetry.


Three Literary Short Films by Richard Bailey

When: Thursday, May 19, 7:30 pm
Where: The Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.
Admission: This is a free event.

Richard Bailey 1ONE OF THE ROUGH (17 min.)  A poetic road movie that presents a driving dream of color, doubt, philosophy, and wonder. The title is from a line in Whitman’s Song of Myself (“…an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos”). Like the persona in Whitman’s poem, the driver marvels about America in a way that is dreamy and intense.
Richard Bailey 2AN ERRAND OF HIP AND CHIN (10 min.) Casey is a young man who enjoys hooping and playing drums. Then one day a mysterious phone call sends him on an errand to take a message to the people. Borrowing loosely from the Book of Amos, the film is an adventure story that batches the prophetic imagination and the popular enthusiasm of hooping.
Richard Bailey 3A SPIRAL WAY (17 min.) Meet Leon Gordon Agee, a small town storyteller and songwriter. He weaves macabre and philosophical tales. He is especially fond of “lady of the lake” and “goddess of the forest” stories. And his adventures reveal currents of magical realism flowing secretly across the landscape of the American south.
Richard Bailey portraitRichard Bailey makes films with mythic emphasis, poetic language, and sharp humor.  His  films have shown in festivals across the U.S., including SXSW, Black Maria, Dallas Video Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and have recently shown in Europe at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland, Here Be Dragons: The International New Genre Festival, England, and Proyector International Video Art Festival, Spain. He has work forthcoming in the Journal of Short Film, a peer reviewed journal in DVD form. Find out more at www.TropicPictures.com

Obbie West @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, May 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Avenue
Hosted by: GNO, Candy, and RockBaby for Dallas Poetry Slam

Obbie WestObbie West is a male poet originally from Los Angeles, CA, Been married to Poetry since 2011. Versatile Poet gifted in delivering verbal pictures thru metaphor and sensational word manipulation. Targets a wide range of subjects from relationships, love to social issues. Poetry has become his release valve, a means to inspire and broadcast for those who have a message but no outlet. If you need to know anything about him…..LISTEN.


Dallas Poetry Slam at Heroes

WordSpace Features on 3rd Fridays, Details TBA

Hosted by acclaimed mega award winning SlamMasters

RockBaby and GNO

DALLAS POETRY SLAM


Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall

 

Icing On The Cake Flyer

For its season finale, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, May 10th at 8pm, our seven storytellers will mix it up and deliver the goods. From reality show adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has every ingredient required to be amazing. Give your sweet tooth what it craves and follow this recipe: Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks.

MEET THE CAST
Former full-time trial attorney Bill Holston finds purpose in fighting for human rights. Through pink cake and pee, Megan Mayo’s well-organized plan for her husband’s birthday is dashed. On his birthday, Jacob Longoria is rejected, fired, and assaulted—can it get worse? Writer Penny Taylor’s life is layered thick with cakes, cupcakes, and creativity. On a crazy road trip with his sons, John Stanton gets more than he bargained for. Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum wins big on a network cooking reality show. And when Valerie Stokes’ twins become micro-preemies, everything hangs in the balance.

SHOW DETAILS
All Season 5 shows are staged at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Valet and self-parking are available at One Arts Plaza, or park free at a meter on Ross. $25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online at http://oralfixation.prekindle.com/. Group and student discounts are available.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SEASON 6 THEMES!
Season 6 themes will be announced over the summer. No writing or performing experience is necessary, but stories must be true and on theme. For details and deadlines, visit www.oralfixationshow.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Click the red BUY button on the upper right corner of this screen to purchase your ticket today! This show is made possible thanks to WORDSPACE.


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