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Gates | Workshops

In conjunction with Francesco Clemente’s Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates at Dallas Contemporary

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 1-5:30
WHERE: Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St, Dallas, TX 75207

1pm-3pm: Thomas Riccio. Post Disciplinary Dreaming

A writing and performance workshop using myth, ritual, writing exercise to inspire and generate creative work. Bring a cushion or blanket for floorwork. RSVP HERE

Bio: Thomas Riccio is a performance and media artist, writer and director, is Professor of Performance and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas and has taught internationally at numerous universities. Riccio works extensively in the area of indigenous performance, ritual and shamanism. He has developed performances through field work in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Russia, Alaska, Korea, India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, and the Republic of Sakha (Siberia), which declared him a “Cultural Hero.”  He is the recipient of the International Distinction Prize in Playwriting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation. Riccio is the Artistic Director of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based, post-disciplinary performance group, creating/writing/directing performance immersions. He was Watermill Artist in Residence and is collaborating on a three year performance project at the Whitney Museum.

3:30pm-5:30pm: Karen Minzer. Body Text. (with special guest Michelle Andrie)
A writing workshop incorporating body stories through yoga, close reading of literary texts and experimental exercises generate work for participants. This is also your chance to work with a member of the International Association Of Yoga Therapists , Michelle Andrie. Bring a cushion or blanket for floor work. RSVP HERE

Bio: Karen Minzer: 50s/60s: Texas country towns; 70s: University of Texas, Austin Sun, Armadillo World Headquarters; 80/90s Allen Ginsberg, et al, Naropa Institute; Caravan of Dreams; The Panics; Paris Records; Art for Arts Sake; Starck Club; Bearsville Records; Dial A Poet Television, Wowapi Press; 2000-present: RYT 500 hour, Priya Yoga; Angela Farmer, Lesvos; Dharma Broads 1,2,3; WordSpace Executive Director; University of Texas at Dallas; Naropa University MFA; Entropy, other literary journals; Lamar University Press; Things That Are Delightful / Things That Are Not (Allen Ginsberg Library, Naropa University)
Bio: Michelle Andrie: International Association Of Yoga Therapists member, Michelle Andrie has been guiding students and clients to whole body healing for three decades. She’s successfully owned three yoga therapy studios, a yoga therapy retreat center, and a yoga therapy teacher training school. She is the author of four yoga therapy books and manuals; currently writes and teaches in Hawaii. She hosts an online blog, practice and training school at

The Poet Experience at the Dallas Festival of Books & Ideas

WordSpace Presents at Dallas Festival of Books & Ideas
 Saturday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.
The Poet Experience, presented by WordSpace
Listen to local poets B Randall and Opalina Salas read from their work, talk about how they got started, what inspires their poetry, the experience of hosting poetry events, and more. Moderated by Monika Bell.
 J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 
1515 Young St. 75201

B Randall,  is an Author, Director, Host, Poet, Producer, and Visionary.  B Randall is the host of Poetry Smash at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, and Verse & Rhythm at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. B. Randall is host/producer of “In The Words Of A Sistah” now in its 11th season it is the longest running all female cast poetry show of its kind. In 2012, Randall launched her first touring show, “Poetry Is My Praise,” an inspirational, motivational, and spiritual poetry show. Randall was commissioned by the Multicultural Alumni Association of Texas A&M –Commerce to pen a poem commemorating the 50th Anniversary desegregation. Randall’s recorded work has been featured at 500X Gallery. She currently serves on the board of directors for WordSpace. Randall is the writer, producer, director of A Poets Tribute to Nina. In May 2017, B Randall was invited to present at the National Day of Prayer Luncheon Celebrating 40th year anniversary of Thanks-Giving Square. Randall continues to create works and encourage writers of all genres to produce work that touch moves and inspires.

Opalina Salas is a poet, a former Oak Cliff bookstore owner, an editor of femme lit zine, Let It Bleed, and creator and host of Poets on X+ reading series held in her beloved home of Oak Cliff TX. She serves as Vice President on the board of WordSpace Dallas. She is a regular contributor to The Mad Swirl, and was a featured performer at The Texas Beat Poetry Festival 2012, Forest Fest in Lamesa TX in 2011, and a participant in the first annual New Orleans Poetry Fest of 2016. Her Poem was featured in CITY OF ____________: DISPATCHES FROM 16 DALLAS POETS, she has been a performer for OPP: Other People’s Poetry, and has featured at Pandora’s Box and Arte y Pan Dulce a PoC Art Show. She is a host and co- conspirator for ATTACK OF THE POETS, an annual multi day festival hosting poets from around the US, bridging the gaps between various literary communities far and wide. She has been writing and performing in and around the DFW area for 20 years with her comrade, partner and fellow poet, Carlos Salas, and got her start at the legendary Club Clearview Dallas Poetry Slam. Her collection of work, Black Sparrow Dress from Mad Swirl Press was released this April. Photo Credit Dan Rodriguez

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