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Roger Reeves @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues, Season 5
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, 75210
Books Available: Interabang Books – Thank You!

Photo: Beowolf Sheehan

Duriel Harris photo: Gina Sandrzyk

Roger Reeves was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College, an M.A. in English from Texas A & M University, an MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry, and the Indiana Review, among other publications, and he was included in Best New Poets 2009. Reeves has been awarded a 2015 Whiting Award, a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, two Cave Canem Fellowships and a Hodder Fellow of Princeton University. Reeves is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


When: Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues, Season 5
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, 75210
Books Available: Interabang Books – Thank You!

Duriel Harris photo: Gina Sandrzyk

Poet, sound artist, and scholar, Duriel E. Harris is author of three print poetry collections including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (2017), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. Current undertakings include the solo performance project Thingification, which has been featured at the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Wild Project (NYC), and Babylon Cinema (Berlin). Recent writing is featured with Harriet Blog (The Poetry Foundation), the Academy of American Poets, and Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING (Kore Press 2018). The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Visit her website at

About This Series: WordSpace is honored to partner with South Dallas Cultural Center for the creation of African Diaspora-New Dialogues Series.  The African Diaspora–New Dialogues series has included Chris Abani, Vievee Francis, Mitchell Jackson, Tim Seibles, Tyehimba Jess, Douglas Kearney, Lonnie Holley, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Douglas Kearney, and Tina McElroy Anza.

About South Dallas Cultural Center: The South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) is a City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs owned community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts.  SDCC has presented some of the most dynamic visual and performing arts in Dallas. Retired manager,Vicki Meek’s decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly influenced the cultural life of Dallas and the development of a whole new generation of African American artists.  She is the co-developer of The Institute for Creative Investigation in Puerta Viejo, Costa Rica; Board Chair of Friends of the South Dallas Cultural Center; serves on the Advisory Board of WordSpace and co-founder of African Diaspora–New Dialogues with  Karen Minzer and Dee Mitchell of WordSpace. Marilyn Clark, SDCC’s Education Director arranges special DISD school visits for the visiting writers of this series. John Spriggins is the manager of SDCC. Daniel Hanchett, SDCC Theater Director, produces the technical presentation.

About WordSpace: WordSpace (WS) is a nonprofit literary arts organization made up of artists that support artists. Our board and team are comprised of volunteer working writers, educators and artists. WS presents world-renowned performers, supports artistic development in Dallas and prioritize programs for cultural equity. Since 1994, WS has presented and paid honoraria to over 2,000 artists. Many award winning writers had their start reading for WordSpace. TransNational Impressions is partnered with Latino Cultural Center. Artists have included Natalia Toleda Paz, Natalie Diaz, Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, and upcoming: Tim Z Hernandez and Rosemary Catacalos. WS also hosts an annual literary festival; other writers participating in WS programs include Nikki Giovanni, Andrei Codrescu, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Anne Waldman, Dan Savage, Walter Mosley and Laurie Anderson. The 2019 Dallas Lit Hop will include Anne Waldman and many many more.

Partial funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and Moody Fund for the Arts.

Oral Fixation @ Moody Performance Hall

Whether you’re a longtime fan of true stories told onstage or a total newbie, get ready to be taken on a wild emotional ride. The Show will be held at 8:00pm on Tuesday 5/21 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2501 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Show runs 75 minutes with no intermission. $5 self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza or park free at a meter on Ross. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or at the door.

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Rosemary Catacalos @ Latino Cultural Center

What: TransNational Impressions, Season Finale
When: Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center,  2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204
Hosted by: Tammy Melody Gomez

WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center to present the TransNational Impressions reading series.

Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.


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WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center to present TransNational Impression reading series.

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning poet, novelist, and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on the receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction. Both books are with the University of Arizona Press. His latest book, “All They Will Call You,” was released on January 28, 2017, also with the University of Arizona Press. A genre bending work labeled a Documentary Novel, it is based on the song by Woody Guthrie, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).”

Most recently, Hernandez was one of four finalists for the inaugural Freedom Plow Award from the Split This RockFoundation for his work on locating the victims of the plane wreck at Los Gatos. As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. From 2010-14 he was the state-wide coordinator for Colorado Writers-in-the-Schools with focus on rural, under-served communities. He is a frequent guest artist at Universities, cultural institutions, and literary centers across the United States and internationally.

Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.


Join us to celebrate the launch of Joaquin Zihuatanejo’s award winning new book, and national tour. 

Arsonist is the winner of the 2018 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry.

Photo: Jess Ewald

Joaquín is a poet, spoken word artist, and an award-winning teacher. In 2005, Joaquín was featured on season five of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry for HBO. For seven years, Joaquín was a highly esteemed public high school English teacher for ninth and eleventh grade students, inspiring a new collection of poems from the classroom entitled Stand Up and Be Heard. For the last three years,
Joaquín has taken a break from his teaching position to tour North America and Europe, teaching workshops and performing his one man spoken word show at hundreds of colleges, universities, conferences, and poetry slams. In his extensive journey as a professional performance poet, Joaquín has shared the stage with Billy
Collins, Saul Williams, E. Lynn Harris, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou among others.

As the current Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín recently represented the United States at The World Cup of Poetry Slam Championship in Paris, France and won that title as well.

Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife, Aída, and poetry, always in that order.

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