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Pegasus Reading Series: Clay, Hughes, Soden, and B. Randall

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: March 29, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

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 feature MH Clay, Detrick Hughes, Christopher Stephen Soden, and B. Randall.

MH Clay is a poet, playwright, musician, actor and raconteur residing in Dallas, TX. He is the poetry editor at www.MadSwirl.com, where he also has a poetry page on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum. He published his chapbook, Perhaps This Rain and other precipitations, in 2007 (2nd edition in 2009). His poetry collection, sonoffred, was published in 2015 by Rebel Poetry, County Cork, Ireland. His collection, ANGST, was published by Mad Swirl Press in the Spring of 2016. He has read at the Blackwater International Poetry Festival in County Cork in 2013, 2014, 2016, and was a panelist at Poetry International, Rotterdam in 2015. Others of his poems have been published in Death List Five and online at The Misty Mountain Review. Three of his plays have been adapted to film by Red Beanie Films in Dallas; Three-Two-One, Friendly (both released in 2016) and Nighthawks (to be released in 2017). He is the co-host, with Mad Swirl founder/editor-in-chief Johnny Olson, at Mad Swirl’s monthly Open Mic, held every first Wednesday of the month in Dallas. He can be seen at other open mic venues and theater stages throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the world, as chance and good fortune allow.

 

Detrick Hughes is the author of four collections of poetry.  His latest collection, Goats Do Roman Villages, was released in April of 2016.  He has two spoken word CD’s, and he has been included in few anthologies.  Detrick is an entrepreneur and serves adjunct professor at the Houston Community College.

 

 

 

Christopher Stephen Soden is a native Texan and the author of Closer (Rebel Satori Press, 2014). He received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received a fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices and his performance piece “Queer Anarchy” received The Dallas Voice’s People’s Voice Award for Best Stage Performance. He teaches and lectures on craft, theory, genre, literature and publication. He currently writes theatre critique for The Examiner, Pegasus News and A + C DFW.   Other honors include: Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President and President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. His work has appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review, Assaracus, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, The James White Review, Poetry Super Highway, Gertrude, Best Texas Writing 2, and elsewhere. 


Brenda Randall is a poet and organizational leader for the longest running showcase of women’s poetry in Dallas at South Dallas Cultural Center. She is co-host of “Verse and Rhythm” at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, “In the Words of a Sista” at Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous other readings. She studied at Texas Women’s University.


2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Opens

WordSpace and Latino Cultural Center
joins Dallas and Candy to present
THE LAST CHANCE SLAM
Wednesday, March 15
7 pm Latino Cultural Center
Tickets: $10 

Friday, March 16 @ Kettle Art
Sign up begins at 6:30

Women of the World FestivalMarch 15-18
Hosted by: Candy and Dallas Poetry Slam

More Info coming soon!

WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center and the national organization, Poetry Slam Inc. to sponsor The Last Chance Slam supporting the kick off for the three day Women of the World Slam, coordinated and hosted by Candy for Dallas.  Special Thanks to Candy (also Slam Master of Dallas Poetry Slam) for bringing this prestigious festival to the City of Dallas. Additional volunteer coordinators include GNO and Princess McDowell. Events associated with this festival will be held throughout the day and night. Daily competitions at venues in Deep Ellum, lead up to the final competition held at The Majestic Theater on Saturday, March 18. Festival passes and entry submissions for the festival will be available soon. Additional volunteer coordinators include GNO and Princess McDowell.

WordSpace is also honored to partner with the Women of the World Poetry Workshops at the Dallas Public Library.

Still have questions? Check it: Poetry Slam Inc. WOWPS FAQ

Poetry SlamAbout Poetry Slam Inc.: The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.

Poetry Slam, Inc. is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international coalition of poetry slams. Though slams are maintained in a growing number of cities by local volunteer organizers, the vast majority of slam series follow the rules established by the governing body, and are certified by the governing body as slams that adhere to the vision slam’s founders established for the art form over a decade ago. Because of slam’s exponential growth as an art form, PSI has emerged not only as an administrative body to maintain the rules which govern slam, but as an organization that seeks to grow slam’s audience and protect slam’s interests. The Executive Council, headed by a seven-member Executive Council comprised of poets and slam organizers, and voted on by representatives of local slams, maintains a vigilant watch of poetry slam series worldwide, insuring that slam maintains itself as an art form open to all competitors. Through the certification process and its annual organizational meetings, PSI has created the backbone for a community of poets who are in frequent communication with one another, in order to pool ideas and share creative resources to insure the future growth and recognition of slam. Poets from the community frequently embark on poetry tours in other slam cities, relying on each other to set up the venues and housing necessary for such tours.

While PSI’s main focus in past years has been the maintenance and growth of the National Poetry Slam, the organization is embarking on a series of programs and actions that seek to increase the public awareness of slams. These projects include the maintenance of an official website, an agreement with television producers seeking to stage slams for a major cable television network, and the formation of regional competitions, which would place officially-sanctioned team competitions in a number of host cities each year and concentrate the high level of talent present at the annual Nationals.

Poetry Slam, Inc. was first officially proposed in August of 1996, at the Slam Family meeting in Portland, Oregon, though it had been talked about at the annual spring meeting for at least two years prior to that.

A corporate Charter and official bylaws worked their way into existence through several steps over the course of the next year. But, by official and unanimous acclimation, Poetry Slam, Inc. was brought to reality on August 9, 1997.

About Women of the World Poetry Slam:

Women of the World Poetry Slam is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where poets will perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts. Taking place March 15th – 18th, the top poets will go on to finals to compete for the title of, The 2017 Women of the World Champion!
What are the rules?
Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.
Preliminary Bouts: Thursday & Friday – The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet. Competing poets should be familiar with the Preliminary Bout format.
THURSDAY: 4 & 1 minute poems
First Round: poets read a four minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a one minute poem.
FRIDAY: 2 & 3 minute poems
First Round: poets read a two minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a three minute poem.
The top twelve poets of all bouts advance to the finals.
SATURDAY: Final Stage
The thirteenth ranked poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three minute poems and no poems may be repeats from earlier in the tournament.
First Round: Twelve poets read, top seven move to the second round.
Second Round: Seven poets read, top ranked four of to final round.
Final Round: Four poets read and the poet with the highest score is crowned the Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion.  If there is a tie between the top two poets, they read one more poem in a sudden death match. Judges indicate which poet they prefer and the champion is crowned.


Kiese Laymon @ South Dallas Cultural Center

Who: KIESE LAYMON
Special Guests: DonJuan Hutchinson and Javon Rustin of Dallas Poetry Slam
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues 2017

When: Thursday, March 2, 7:30 pm
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center,
 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Hosted by Author Sanderia Faye

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Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi.  Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division  and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, PEN JournalOxford American, The Best American Series, and Guernica. He is a currently a columnist at The Guardian.

Long Division was named one of the Best of 2013 by Buzzfeed, The Believer, Salon, Guernica, Contemporary Literature, Mosaic Magazine, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune and the Crunk Feminist Collective. It was also short-listed for the Believer Book Award, the Ernest Gaines Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books. Long Division won the 2014 Saroyan International Writing Award on November 10th. Three essays in “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” have been included in the Best American series, the Best of Net award, and the Atlantic‘s Best Essays of 2013. He was selected a member of The Root 100 in 2013 and 2014 and Ebony Magazine Power 100 in 2015. Kiese Laymon has two books forthcoming, including a memoir called Heavy which will be released in 2016 and the novel called And So On which can be expected in the Spring of 2017, both from Scribner.

author-1Sanderia Faye is an award winning writer, born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. Faye is also a PhD student in English at North Texas University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).

 

DonJuan Hutchinson is A Master Wordsmith, Performance Poet, Coach, Teaching Artist and Mentor. His passion for the development of one’s artistic Development led him to start his own Poetry Troupe: TEAMGRINDERS, where he coaches Professional Poets and was Nominated for a National Poetry Award for Best Troupe/Group. Don Juan is A Champion among Champions. A few accolades include 2x Fort Worth Slam Champ. Dallas Slam Champ. 2x SuperBowl of Poetry Champion. MLK $1000 Slam Champion. North Texas Poetry Awards Slam Champion. 3x National Semifinalist. PSI South West Regional Champ and was 2015 National Poetry Awards Slam Artist of the Year. He prides himself on being a voice for the voiceless. But of all his accomplishments he most proud of being an ever-present and devoted father of 5 wonderful children.

 

 

 

A poet from North Carolina residing in Dallas, Javon Rustin has been a national semi-finalist in California after making the 2015 Dallas Slam Team and a Win-You-In Regional Champ in Austin with Fort Worth Slam 2014. He has had the honor of opening up for renowned poets such as Sunni Patterson and ranked 17th best performance poet in the country in 2016. He has been published in an erotic poetry book called Fingertip Foreplay and has a new CD entitled Bleeding Spirits. He has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. When he is not in a notebook or on a stage, Javon is a teaching artist and workshop coordinator.

 


Women of the World Poetry Slam


When:
March 15-18
Hosted by: Candy and Dallas, TX
Sponsored by: Poetry Slam Inc
Ticket passes /More Info coming soon!

WordSpace is honored to partner with the national organization, Poetry Slam Inc. to sponsor the workshops component of the three day Women of the World Slam, coordinated and hosted by Candy for Dallas.  Special Thanks to Candy (also Slam Master of Dallas Poetry Slam) for bringing this prestigious festival to the City of Dallas. Additional volunteer coordinators include GNO and Princess McDowell. Events associated with this festival will be held throughout the day and night. Daily competitions at venues in Deep Ellum, lead up to the final competition held at The Majestic Theater on Saturday, March 18. Festival passes and entry submissions for the festival will be available soon. Additional volunteer coordinators include GNO and Princess McDowell.

Still have questions? Check it: Poetry Slam Inc. WOWPS FAQ

Poetry SlamAbout Poetry Slam Inc.: The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.

Poetry Slam, Inc. is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international coalition of poetry slams. Though slams are maintained in a growing number of cities by local volunteer organizers, the vast majority of slam series follow the rules established by the governing body, and are certified by the governing body as slams that adhere to the vision slam’s founders established for the art form over a decade ago. Because of slam’s exponential growth as an art form, PSI has emerged not only as an administrative body to maintain the rules which govern slam, but as an organization that seeks to grow slam’s audience and protect slam’s interests. The Executive Council, headed by a seven-member Executive Council comprised of poets and slam organizers, and voted on by representatives of local slams, maintains a vigilant watch of poetry slam series worldwide, insuring that slam maintains itself as an art form open to all competitors. Through the certification process and its annual organizational meetings, PSI has created the backbone for a community of poets who are in frequent communication with one another, in order to pool ideas and share creative resources to insure the future growth and recognition of slam. Poets from the community frequently embark on poetry tours in other slam cities, relying on each other to set up the venues and housing necessary for such tours.

While PSI’s main focus in past years has been the maintenance and growth of the National Poetry Slam, the organization is embarking on a series of programs and actions that seek to increase the public awareness of slams. These projects include the maintenance of an official website, an agreement with television producers seeking to stage slams for a major cable television network, and the formation of regional competitions, which would place officially-sanctioned team competitions in a number of host cities each year and concentrate the high level of talent present at the annual Nationals.

Poetry Slam, Inc. was first officially proposed in August of 1996, at the Slam Family meeting in Portland, Oregon, though it had been talked about at the annual spring meeting for at least two years prior to that.

A corporate Charter and official bylaws worked their way into existence through several steps over the course of the next year. But, by official and unanimous acclimation, Poetry Slam, Inc. was brought to reality on August 9, 1997.

 

About Women of the World Poetry Slam:

Women of the World Poetry Slam is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where poets will perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts. Taking place March 15th – 18th, the top poets will go on to finals to compete for the title of, The 2017 Women of the World Champion!
What are the rules?
Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.
Preliminary Bouts: Thursday & Friday – The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet. Competing poets should be familiar with the Preliminary Bout format.
THURSDAY: 4 & 1 minute poems
First Round: poets read a four minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a one minute poem.
FRIDAY: 2 & 3 minute poems
First Round: poets read a two minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a three minute poem.
The top twelve poets of all bouts advance to the finals.
SATURDAY: Final Stage
The thirteenth ranked poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three minute poems and no poems may be repeats from earlier in the tournament.
First Round: Twelve poets read, top seven move to the second round.
Second Round: Seven poets read, top ranked four of to final round.
Final Round: Four poets read and the poet with the highest score is crowned the Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion.  If there is a tie between the top two poets, they read one more poem in a sudden death match. Judges indicate which poet they prefer and the champion is crowned.


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