I became involved with WordSpace over three years ago, and I remember that multiple-award-winning poet Ronaldo Wilson was a name bruited about as a possible reader. So I guess you could say that his appearance at a WordSpace Salon on February 1, is an event three years in the making.
The “multiple-award-winning” description seems to fit most of the writers we bring in for these events. Wilson still stands out, however, in this category, winning a Cave Canem award in 2007, and both the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Congratulations, Mr. Wilson. He appears regularly in magazines and online venues, and this year he will add to his list of published books with Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, coming from Counterpoint Press.
On Friday, January 25, WordSpace presents three poets with Dallas roots and national reputations — Rauan Klassnik, Farid Matuk, and Russell Swensen. Read about these poets on the events page of the WordSpace website.
The reading begins at 8 PM at the Oak Cliff location of Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis Street. If you have just begun to explore Oak Cliff and know only the Bishop Arts District, this gives you a chance to drive a few blocks west for another version of the burgeoning Oak Cliff experience.
Lucky Dog Books is the new — or by now, the newish — incarnation of Paperbacks Plus. They have been a long time supporter of WordSpace while at their now closed Lakewood location. Spend some time shopping their selection of used books in their new digs before the reading.
While enjoying the same parking space you found for the bookstore, you can wander across Davis Street, looking both ways before crossing, for a snack or dinner at Bolsa Mercado, the casual offshoot — with food by the same chefs — from the restaurant a few blocks to the east. Bolsa Mercado serves as both a market and an excellent “to go” option for local cliff dwellers. But they have snack, wine, and dinner options you can enjoy on the spot .
Make it an Oak Cliff evening with food, wine, shopping, and poetry.