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Other People’s Poetry: Adrienne Rich

What: Other People’s Poetry (OPP) Presents Adrienne Rich
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Curated by: Joe Milazzo

Other People’s Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Adrienne Rich. We will be reading the poems Rich wrote between 1974 (when she won the National Book award for her Diving into the Wreck) and 1977 and collected in The Dream of a Common Language.

Readers: Margaret Allyson / Bear the Poet / Fran Carris / V.P. Crowe / Logen Cure / Brenda Gaba / Megan Giesecke / A. Kendra Greene / Jean Lamberty / Andrea Luttrell / Joe Milazzo / Amanda Mitchell / Roberto Munguia / Gayle Reaves-King / Desmene Statum / Connor Stratman / Leah Teiger / Robin Turner / Bess Whitby

Copies of Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to our co-sponsor and co-host Deep Vellum Books

RSVP via Facebook

Learn more at: http://www.oppoetry.com/

 


Paul Quigg @ ArtSpeak

When: Saturday, March 18
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St., 75208
What: ArtSpeak: In conjunction with his exhibition opening, WordSpace presents a rare musical perfotmance by Paul Quigg. Paul’s guitar wizardry is as formidable and enchanting as his photography. Be sure not to miss this chance to catch him play in the intimate gallery setting!

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Flotsam and Jetsam” featuring new work by Paul Quigg.

This show opens Saturday March 18 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday April 30. Paul Quigg is a multi-talented savant with such a variety of skill sets he so casually harbors it seems almost unfair to those of us less gifted. He’s maybe most known for his musical ability and his sojourn in such legendary musical ensembles as The Nervebreakers, Vibrolux and Decadent Dub Team. For several years past he has commanded the sound board at the Kessler Theater where he has forged the audioscape that is the hallmark feature of the listening room there. And meanwhile between projects he has managed to master the art of photography and create an impressive body of work that he has finally managed to put together for exhibition. This is the first time out for Paul to show his work in a formal setting and the pictures he’s put together are lush and visually stunning. There’s a transcendent quality that resonates in his images that reflect a love of classicism and pure beauty. And perhaps that is part of his intent, to enhance the wonderous and defy the brutal. 


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.


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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