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Looped at The Wild Detectives

WordSpace presents “Looped”, featuring poems or prose by Jennifer Whalen, Darryl Ratcliff, Courtney Marie, Christopher Hughes, Fatima Hirsi, and Edyka Chilomé.

Created and Hosted by Leah Tieger. 


Looped offers an escape from stages and folding chairs arranged in rows. Poems are simultaneously broadcast, encountered inside headphones, and translated as visual installation: Poetry grows on trees.

For one night, The Wild Detectives becomes an exhibition space that challenges the traditional literary medium, opening the written word to an experience outside of the book’s confines.

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, Fugue, & elsewhere. She currently teaches college English.

Darryl Ratcliff is an artist and poet based in Dallas, TX and is the founder of the North Texas poetry label Pink Drum. As an artist his work focuses on the topic of cultural equity, and his projects include Ash Studios, Creating Our Future, and Michelada Think Tank. Ratcliff is currently featured in Art in America, and is a recent recipient of artist awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.

courtney marie is a writer and artist currently living in denton, texas. she enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. her work has appeared in Crab Fat Magazine, Spooky Girlfriend Press, Literary Orphans, Black Sun Lit, The Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners and art galleries; in cities all over the country. she is the co-founder and primary organizer of spiderweb salon, an art collective based out of denton, co-host of Pegasus Reading Series in dallas, and the host of spiderweb salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah Art. she writes a lot of letters.

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a platform of expression for North Texas women blending visual art, music, and poetry. She teaches poetry workshops in schools, shelters, and libraries as an educator for the Writer’s Garret. Her work has been featured in a few journals and in many venues across the state, and usually addresses aspects of womanhood or pieces of the previous night’s dreams. She likes to write typewriter poems for strangers on sidewalks and to drink whiskey in her morning tea. See her work at

Edyka Chilomé, is a queer woman of color writer, artist, social justice educator, and spiritual activist. She currently serves as a faculty member for Free Minds Dallas and is often found sharing her poetry and stories that touch on identity, colonization, indigeneity, womyn, spirit, art, and diaspora.

Christopher Hughes is the author of Selected Tweets, a spoken word project and ongoing collection of prose poems based around the idea of giving context to his otherwise vague Twitter feed. He is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for The Calmative, and he produces other artists as well, out of his studio, Miscellaneous Sound. He holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School, and lives in Dallas, Texas.

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