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Lonnie Holley @ South Dallas Cultural Center

Who: Lonnie Holley
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
When: November 9
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Event: Performance at 7:30,

 

LONNIE HOLLEY

Holley’s music and his outsider status he will bring a new dimension to the African Diaspora series.
Lonnie Holley began making art at the age of twenty-nine. By that time, Holley, who grew up the seventh of twenty-seven children in Jim Crow-era Alabama, had been a gravedigger, a dishwasher at Disney World, pronounced brain-dead after a car accident, and once, as a very young child, been traded to a neighbor by his adopted guardian for a pint of whiskey.

(Some of Holley’s stories might not hold up to very strict fact checking, but now, at the age of sixty-four and respected worldwide as an artist, he tells them well.)

Holley’s art is now in museum and private collections worldwide, and in the pst decade he has added music to his accomplishments, performing for often awestruck audiences at museums, universities and clubs throughout the United States and Europe.

Writing for The New York Times in 2014, Mark Binelli has said, “In terms of genre, Holley’s music is largely unclassifiable: haunting vocals accompanied by rudimentary keyboard effects, progressing without any traditional song structure — no choruses, chord changes or consistent melody whatsoever…Backstage, only a few minutes before showtime, I learned that each of his pieces is actually a one-time performance; his words and music, whether in the studio or on a stage, are entirely improvised.”

Lonnie Holley’s performance at The South Dallas Cultural Center is a rare opportunity for the Dallas audience to experience this remarkable, mesmerizing, and uniquely American artist. Asked recently after a performance at the De Young Museum in San Francisco whether he thought he was ready for Broadway, Holley answered, “I am Broadway.”


Natalie Diaz @ Latino Cultural Center

Who: Natalie Diaz
What: International Impressions
When: November 15, 7:30 pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, 75204
WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center to present International Impressions.

 

NATALIE DIAZ

Diaz’s debut book of poetry, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was a 2012 Lannan Literary Selection,[9] a 2013 PEN/Open Book Award shortlist, and “portrays experiences rooted in Native American life with personal and mythic power. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona where she used to work on language revitalization at Fort Mojave, her home reservation. She worked with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language.

Her work appeared has appeared in Narrative, Poetry magazineDrunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, and Crab Orchard Review and Poetry Foundation. She teaches at Arizona State University.

Other awards include: Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry and Tobias Wolff Fiction Prize

Natalie Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the border of CaliforniaArizona, and Nevada. She attended Old Dominion University where she played point guard on the women’s basketball team, reaching the NCAA Final Four as a freshman and the bracket of sixteen her other three years. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia, she returned to Old Dominion University, and completed an MFA in poetry and fiction in 2006.

PBS Interview: http://www.pbs.org/video/2233488990/

 


Brent Green @ Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday, November 17, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: Candy, SlamMaster, Dallas Poetry Slam

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

Brent C. Green is a free verse novelist and spoken word poet from Bryan, Texas, who advocates radical thoughts and honest questions expressed in unconventional styles. He began his poetry career while still attending high school in 2009 at Mic Check Poetry in Central Texas. Since then he has become a staple of his scene and a member of the 2011 Mic Check youth slam team along with the 2012, 2015, and 2016 regional teams and is the organization’s current acting writing director. In 2014 he graduated with a creative writing degree from Texas A&M and will pursue an MFA in poetry at Brown University next fall.

Brent is known for his earnestly hopeful view of love along with a pure notion of romance and marriage that is self-aware and never naïve. These topics are contrasted and melded with his defiant calls to action against nebulous and entrenched societal institutions told through stories stemming from his years of activist organizing and direct action.

Whether touring alone or with orchestral accompaniment, you will find Brent with both of his punk- rock-arms outstretched, his left a raised fist staring down injustice, and his right palm held as a warm offer  to anyone who desires a loving heart and voice to speak for them.

Brent has two published poetry chapbooks with a third forthcoming: Onus (2012), Protested Love  (2015), and Revolutionary Heart (spring 2017).

Video performance references: The Gullible Gospel of Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkkGQR049MQ&sns Grandfather: A World War II Poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5fyDLxl9E

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WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam
to produce Feature Readers on 3rd Fridays of every month.

 


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