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Other People’s Poetry: Bob Kaufman

What: Other People’s Poetry (OPP) Presents Bob Kaufman
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Curated by: Joe Milazzo

WordSpace is pleased to announce the addition of OPP to its growing roster of sponsored programs. This repertory poetry reading series, created and hosted by WordSpace’s Program Director Joe Milazzo, is currently in its inaugural (2016 – 2017) season. Every other month, OPP presents one poet, and one book of great poetry, from cover to cover.

For its first program of 2017, Other People’s Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Bob Kaufman, one of the original Beat poets of the late 1950’s San Francisco scene. We will be reading his City Lights Pocket Poets volume, the long out-of-print Golden Sardine, alongside a few other poems from his New Directions collections Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness and The Ancient Rain.


  • Randy E. Aguebor
  • Brett Ardoin
  • Gayle Bell
  • Greg Brownderville
  • MH Clay
  • Jolee Davis
  • Jim Dolan
  • Sean Enfield
  • Daniel Evans
  • Paul Koniecki
  • Herb Levy
  • Sebastian Mejia
  • Joe Milazzo
  • Misty Amber Moore
  • Robin Myrick
  • Mark David Noble
  • Darryl Ratcliff
  • Carlos Salas
  • Opalina Salas
  • Victory
  • Gnadia Wolnisty

Copies of Kaufman’s Cranial Guitar (Coffee House Press), which contains Golden Sardine in its entirety, will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to OPP’s host and co-sponsor Deep Vellum Books.

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Book Club: Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun at Deep Vellum Books

What: Book Club Discussion, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Facilitated by: Sanderia Faye

Join WordSpace for a discussion of Nicole Dennis-Benn‘s newest book, Here Comes The Sun. We’re teaming up with Deep Vellum Books in January to highlight one of the New York Times‘ Best Books of 2016 and will discuss the text with award-winning debut author Sanderia Faye.

Praise for Here Comes the Sun:

“… [it] stuns at every turn, especially when you think you have it figured out. It’s about women pushed to the edge, Jamaica in all its beauty and fury, and, more than anything else, a story that was just waiting to be told.” (Marlon James)

“…a brilliant, gut-punch of a debut novel. Set on the white sand beaches, resorts and shacks of Jamaica, Nicole Dennis-Benn tells the story of four Jamaican women as they struggle to find their independence amidst the sprawling resorts that both provide and threaten their livelihood.” (Amazon)

Sun makes for an emotionally devastating read, but Dennis-Benn nurtures her rocky terrain with generous amounts of love and compassion.” (Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News)



A Wordspace Salon with Greg Brownderville

When: January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: Salons are held in private homes, please RSVP to
Hosted by: Sanderia Faye

brownderville_grWordSpace celebrates the release of Greg Brownderville’s third poetry collection, A Horse with Holes in It.

Greg is an associate professor in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as editor of The Southwest Review. He is a great friend of WordSpace and in the past has participated in both our Pegasus Poetry Series and First Hearings at The Wild Detectives. We are delighted to give him this evening to himself.

Join us on January 19 for an evening of poetry, conversation, drinks, and food. Because WordSpace Salons are held in private homes, we ask that you rsvp to to receive the address.


A Horse with Holes in It, published by LSU Press in the Southern Messenger Poets series, employs downloadinventive phrasing and vivid imagery to construct a particular life marked by religion, confused by desire, dulled by alcohol, and darkened by death. But Brownderville also skillfully uses humor to soften the disquieting images that haunt these stanzas. Strange stories wind through these poems: Two method actors live as lovers in a war torn city and take the stage in an empty playhouse. A poet confesses to killing thousands of Arkansas blackbirds via folk magic. A preteen boy, deeply involved in an underground religion, is pressured into marrying a dangerous demon. Brownderville’s poems examine a soulscape wrecked almost beyond recognition and dig deeply through the ruins.


Lady B Smoove @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Dallas Poetry Slam Feature
When: Friday, January 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave., 75231
Hosted by: SlamMaster, Candy
Admission: $5, WordSpace Members Free, but please RSVP

fb_img_1481578440505Lady B Smoove’s musical and inspired journey began in 2006 while hosting and performing at The Kaffe Coffee House in Dallas, Texas, alongside several phenomenal artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. Since then, her poems and lyrics have been published in Voices of Poetry, Volume 4 and 5 by Regent Publishing. Her works have also been nominated for a Legacy of Success Foundation Award for Best Literary Works and a UBE Ally Award.

Since her start in this creative arts world Laby Bsmoove have shared the stage with the likes of Malcom Jamal Warner, Audacious IAM, Michael Guinn, Kevin Dupree, and many more; while featuring on stages from The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (Dallas, Texas), Dallas LGBT Pride Monthly Kick Off at City Hall and Dallas Pride Celebration (Dallas, Texas – 2012, 2013), Muse Theater (Dallas, Texas), Fahari Arts Institute (Dallas, Texas), The HeArt Series (Houston, TX), The Boys and Girls Club of Memphis (Memphis, TN) and many more. In 2010 Lady Bsmoove joinedforces with poet and spoken word artist Audacious IAM and went on tour, sharing her work throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia on The Southern Made Tour.


Jonathan Woods @ First Hearings

When: January12, 2017. 7:30 PM
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Davis St, Dallas 75208
Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

81-sy56hmll-_ux250_Join WordSpace for an evening of “pulpy, pervy fun.” (We didn’t say it, Booklist did.)

Jonathan Woods lived here in Dallas when he published his first story collection, Bad Juju and Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem(2011). Since then he has lived briefly in Key West and is now settled in San Marcos. WordSpace has lured him back to Dallas to celebrate his latest novel, Kiss the Devil Goodnight.

You can see that Woods has a way with titles. He is also good at sociopathic behavior, messy crime scenes, dangerous women, and suckered men transformed into implacable vengeance seekers. His tales are hilarious and appalling. But don’t take my word for it.

“It’s fun, fast, furious, frantic and oh so fantastically written. A rare treat.” KEN BRUEN, two-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards and London Boulevard

“A street-smart, fast-paced and deliciously cynical tale that races like an 18-wheeler with blown brakes from Florida’s badlands to the dark heart of Mexico.” STEPHEN AMIDON, author of Human Capital

“A hell of a ride! Buy yourself a ticket now.” MADISON SMARTT BELL, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and author of Doctor Sleep, All Souls Rising and The Color of Night

“A frenzied and sprawling masterpiece that blasts through the boundaries of southern-gothic.” JON BASSOFF, author of The kiss-the-devil-good-nightIncurables

After the reading, WordSpace board president Charles Dee Mitchell will join Jonathan Woods for a conversation with the audience.


Dallas Poetry Slam @ Heroes 1.20

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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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