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ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts

Wordspace presents the last Artspeak of 2016 with a rare blues set featuring Andy Don Emmons accompanied by Mark Martinek. Fairfield Texas native Andy Don channels the spirit of Blind Lemon Jefferson and gets low down and greasy while moaning the eternal universals of existence, Drinkin’, Sex, Money, Art and Death!  And if there ever was a year that inspired the blues you couldn’t pick a better one than 2016!
Mighty Fine Arts presents “Teasarama” featuring new work by Leah Hairston. This show opens on Saturday Dec. 17 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sun. Jan. 22.
Leah Hairston’s burlesque queens and pin-up divas romp seductively amongst cartoon personalities who are seemingly oblivious to the possibilities. Tossing sex bombs into innocuous animation fantasies seems a little corrupt but Leah steeps her images in high humor with slight digs into male posturing. These ladies are unrepentantly provocative but immune from transgression because maybe they’re intoxicating muses bent on inspiration and imagination. Leah masterfully describes fine lines of intent throughout her pictures, thoughtful demarcations that give pause and a bit of a bite. But she doesn’t allow any of that to detract from making her work big enough fun and still be legal. So come on out and get teased and tantalized and tempted cause we all know everybody likes it more naughty than nice!
Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff, 75208, and Gallery hours are 12-5 Sat. and Sun. or by appointment: 214-942-5241    mighty fine arts

Pegasus Reading Series: Bernhard, Briseño, Faye, & Lemon









Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo host Amy Bernhard, Andy Briseño, and Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench.

bernhardAMY BERNHARD’S essays appear in The Rumpus, VICE Magazine, Ninth Letter, Entropy Magazine, and The Colorado Review, among others. Her work has been awarded grants from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, and she currently teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Texas in Arlington.


andy-brisenoDr. J. ANDREW BRISEÑO is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he coordinates the Brainy Acts Poetry Society and the Cane River Reading Series. His work can be found recently in The Boiler, Waxwing, and Acentos Review.



author-1SANDERIA FAYE was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press). The novel is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction.

alex_lemonALEX LEMON’S most recent book is The Wish Book (a finalist for Best Poetry Collection by The Writer’s League of Texas). He is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner–(a finalist for Best Book of Non-fiction by The Writer’s League of Texas) and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. Feverland: Notes & Essays and Or Beauty, a fifth poetry collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review, Grist and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is an editor-at-large for Saturnalia Books, the poetry editor of descant, a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and sits on the editorial board of TCU Press and the advisory board of The Southern Review. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News, and teaches at TCU and Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program.


Christopher Carmona @ First Hearings


When: Thursday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th St., Dallas, TX 75208
Hosted by: Dee Mitchell

WordSpace celebrates the publication of Christopher Carmona’s new book of linked short stories, “The Road to Llorona Park”.

Christopher is an assistant professor of creative writing and Mexican-American studies at Teas A & M University in College Station. He is both a poet and fiction writer. In 2016 he edited The Beatest State in the Union: An Anthology of Texas Beat Writing.

This new book of stories explores life on the Texas/Mexico border, where political events to the South effect those living in the North.

After the reading, Karen Minzer, program director of WordSpace, we join Christopher in conversation with the audience.

Imani Cezanne @ Heroes

Imani Cezanne

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Imani Cezanne is a passionate
poet, workshop facilitator, community organizer and slam coach. She just recently returned home from taking 2nd place at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. In the past four years Imani Cezanne has been on four National Poetry Slam teams (San Diego (2), Oakland and Da Poetry Lounge), three of which placed in the top six at the National Poetry Slam. Last season, along with two of her team members, she was invited to perform on the TV One network’s Verses and Flow, a cable television show dedicated to showcasing performance poets from around the country, all while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. Imani has
continued to grow as an artist while working with some of the
country’s leading poets including Rudy Francisco, Ant Black, and
Natasha Miller and been coached by San Diego’s Chris Wilson (San Diego Slam Team) and Da Poetry Lounge’s Shihan Van Clief (Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team). Imani is also the founding President of S.P.E.A.K. (SpokenPoetry Expressed by All Kinds), San Francisco State University’s first poetry-centered organization. She organized and hosted S.P.E.A.K.’s bi-monthly open mics which has showcased nationally known artists such as Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Marshall Jones and more. She
facilitates their monthly writing workshops and coached SFSU’s first ever poetry slam team to 5th in the nation at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational this year.

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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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