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When: October 12, 7:30 PM
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th St, Dallas 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell


carolCarol J. Adams published The Sexual Politics of Meat in 1990. Her incisive and revolutionary investigation into the interplay between cultural misogyny and the meat industry raised hackles and changed lives. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary edition in 2015, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee wrote, “The connections traced between rampant masculinity, misogyny, carnivorism, and militarism operate as powerfully today as when Carol Adams first diagnosed them twenty years ago.”

To celebrate the publication of her new collection of essays, The Carol J. Adams Reader, WordSpace hosts the author as part of our First Hearings Series on October 12 at The Wild Detectives. Following the reading, she will be in conversation with Dallas artist Pamela Nelson.

This is an opportunity to engage one of the world’s most important thinkers on the topics of ecofeminism, veganism, and spirituality.


Carol J. Adams is the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, recently released in a readerBloomsbury Revelations/Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition. Her most recent book is The Carol J. Adams Reader: Essays and Conversations 1995-2015, available this fall from Bloomsbury. She is completing a book on A Caregiver Reads Jane Austen, a portion of which appeared in the New York Times last December as “Jane Austen’s Guide to Alzheimer’s.” Her essay “Toward a Philosophy of Care through Care”, drawing on more than ten years of journals kept during caregiving of three elderly people, will be published in Critical Inquiry next year. Two recent anthologies focus on the impact of Adams’ work on younger women, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat, edited by Kara Davis and Wendy Lee, is a collection of essays by women who credit Adams’ work with shaping their lives in new and positive ways. The Art of the Animal: Fourteen Women Artists Explore The Sexual Politics of Meat, edited by Kathryn Eddy, L.A. Watson and Janell O’Rourke, is a powerful expansion of Adams’ insights created by artists and reflected in various media.

Savage Impressions II Festival

October 23, 1-6 pm

Kessler Theater Backyard
1230 W. Davis St.

Mighty Fine Arts and WordSpace brazenly present “Savage Impressions 2”, featuring an inspired array of art pirates and outlaw printmakers who arn’t limited to white box gallery inhibitions but boldly take their art practice to the streets of North Oak Cliff and the back lawn at the Kessler Theatre! This is an anti-art festival fest with no corporate backing or art world sanctions but with a primary agenda of creating a disturbance in your mind.No crafts, no pottery, no cheesy jewelry, no plants, no candles, and no face painting! Do expect to be immersed in some crazed, undefinable and incredible art and creative fervor! Also to further your expectations an array of musical and spoken word performances will occur throughout the day offering unconventional aural episodes and lurid sonic dynamics! So come on out and spend a day with some invigorating art minds and cultivate the savage in your impressions!

Artists: Clay Stinnett, Kelley Cheek, Brett Ardoin, Monique Jannette, Andy Don Emmons, Leah Hairston, Amber Borowoski, Carlos Hernandez, Dwayne Carter, Ollie Gee, Matt Bagley, Sharon Neel-Bagley, Thor Johnson, Robert Hamilton, Jason Cohen, Manuel Pecina, Angela Faz, Hancock Brothers, Jack Russell, Molly McGuire, Ashley J.Hansen, Heather Horton, Junanne Peck, Steve Cruz.

Spoken Word & Performance Schedule: 

Opalina Salas
Carlos Salas
Vic Victory,

Professor R.Mutt and His Duchampaphones

2 pm
Hancock Brothers


3 pm They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy
Photo: Ginger Berry courtesy Dallas Observer

4 pm
Mercury Rocket

5 pm
Inferno Texino

6pm Sweatloaf


Dedicated to our friend Milton who was with us last year and whose spirit is welcome to party with us this year too!

Love, Betrayal, and the Fall of a Dynasty: The Poetry of the An Lushan Rebellion

What: Love, Betrayal, and the Fall of a Dynasty: The Poetry of the An Lushan Rebellion
Who: Dr. J. Michael Farmer, University of Texas at Dallas
When: Thursday, October 6, 7 pm
Where: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201


An elderly emperor bereaved of his beloved empress spies his beautiful daughter-in-law at the imperial bath house. His heart stirs, and he quickly arranges to have her brought into his harem. A foreign-born general becomes the court favorite, frolicking with the Precious Consort and other ladies of the Inner Palace. Snubbed for a promotion, the general turns his troops against his ruler and patron, plundering the capital, sending the emperor and his entourage in flight. The consort is blamed for the rebellion and killed by the imperial guards. The tragic love story of Emperor Xuanzong, his Precious Consort Yang, and the general An Lushan is also the turning point in the history of the Tang Dynasty and traditional China. Poets of the time and period immediately following wrote of these persons and events, creating some of the most powerful poetry of China’s “golden age of literature.” 

This lecture will set the historical background of the Tang Dynasty, the rebellion that brought it down, and the poetry that commemorated the event. Close readings of masterpieces of Tang poetry will be given, and translations of the poems will be provided in advance. 

Brief Bio:


Dr. J. Michael Farmer is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, specializing in  in the literature, history, thought, and culture of early and medieval China. He holds Masters Degrees in both Chinese history and Chinese literature, and a Ph.D. in Chinese literature, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Farmer has published articles on various aspects of medieval China, including didactic illustrations in an early Chinese academy, the local historiography of medieval Sichuan, and the use of poetry in historical narrative. His book, “The Talent of Shu”, published by the State University of New York Press (2007) is a socio-intellectual history of early Sichuan told through a critical biography of a noted classicist and historian, Qiao Zhou. Dr. Farmer teaches courses on Chinese literature, history, thought, culture, and art history. He translates literary, historical, and philosophical texts from China’s early medieval period, and is engaged in a long-term project to translate the fourth century local history Huayang guo zhi [Records of the States South of Mount Hua]. Dr. Farmer has served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the T’ang Studies Society and on the Board of Directors of the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the T’ang Studies Society and the editor of Early Medieval China.


Dr. Michael Farmer presents The Golden Age of Chinese Poetry

In partnership with the Dallas Institute of Arts and Culture.

More Details Coming on this Salon covering T’ang Dynasty poets by Dr. Farmer, scholar of Chinese History and Literature and Professor at University of Texas at Dallas.


Queen Sheba @ Heroes

Queen Sheba

Born in Detroit, MI, now living in Atlanta GA – Queen Sheba is an
Int’l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two time National Poetry Slam Champ,three time Regional Poetry Slam Champ and a WOWps Final-Stage-ist.Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow,brought to you by Lexus on TV One, and has been on Spoken, a featured poet on Lyric Café on BET, 106&Park, the Apollo and the feature length film Spit. Sheba has six albums, two of which were up for a Grammy under the Spoken Word category and she is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Her works have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines including Vibe Online and the focus of college student’s papers. Queen Sheba has two books: From Foster Care to Fame short stories and poems too long for three minutes and Run Ugly! A motivational book for runners. With a Masters in Poetry from Queens University Spoken Word artist, motivational speaker, comedian, and bathroom concert singer, Sheba tours internationally and has conducted performances and workshops at over 200 colleges and universities domestic and abroad.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to produce Feature Readers on 3rd Fridays of every month at Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231.

Admission: $5 or Buy a VIP Season Pass
WordSpace Members Free: RSVP

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