Robert Trammell WordSpace Founder

WordSpace is a group of artists supporting artists.

When poet Robert Trammell founded WordSpace in 1994, his goal was to provide public exposure for North Texas writers and to see that they got paid for their participation. From inception, WordSpace has produced programming celebrating the diversity of the local literary community, championing those voices that explore creative language in both traditional and experimental forms. Since Robert Trammell’s passing in 2006, WordSpace has continued to honor his vision by expanding support for local writers and their interactive opportunities with national figures. Through partnerships with Dallas Cultural Centers, arts groups, local galleries, bookstores, and theaters, we place literary programs in diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. WordSpace has presented nationally prominent writers such as Andrei Codrescu, Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman, Nikki Giovanni, Saul Williams and Booker Prize winner James Kelman. Early programs included Robert Creeley, Ed Sanders, a forum of sports writers, panels and readings with internationally-based women writers, and musical events featuring Townes Van Zandt and Scottish writer Duncan McLean’s Lone Star Swing. Presently, Dallas enjoys an explosion of public literary events. We are delighted to support the emergence of fresh voices in the literary scene. We hope our ongoing 25 years of fusion between visiting and local writers will place literary arts on a par with the nationally recognized visual and performing arts in Dallas. WordSpace is honored to be recognized by the Dallas Observer as a recipient of the 2015 MasterMind Awards.

WordSpace has provided venue and honoraria to over 3000 artists since 1994. 

ARTSPEAK presents performance art and songwriters in conjunction with exhibitions at Mighty Fine Arts.

AFRICAN DIASPORA: NEW DIALOGUES focuses on work of nationally recognized writers presented at and partnered with the South Dallas Cultural Center. The authors pay school visits and offer writing workshops. The series has presented Chris Abani, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Vievee Francis, Tyehimba Jess, Lonnie Hollie, Dawn Lundi Martin and many more.

DALLAS LIT HOP is a month long festival featuring local and state writers in readings, podcast recordings, performance art extravaganzas, parties, bar crawls and Headliner events.

DALLAS POETRY SLAM and WordSpace produce Regional Events together, such as special programs for Dallas Lit Hop, Women of the World Poetry Slam Festival and more.

HEADLINERS brings celebrity artists in ticketed events to The Kessler Theater and Moody Performance Hall. The series has presented Anne Waldman, Laurie Anderson, John Waters, Amy Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, Andrei Codrescu, Sandra Bernhard, Saul Williams and Dan Savage. Historic presentations include Robert Creeley, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ed Sanders, Terry Allen, Johnny Dolphin.

ORAL FIXATION: Nicole Schlesinger brings true-life storytelling to theater audiences in ticketed events at Moody Performance Hall

POETS ON X+ READING SERIES AND OPEN MIC: Opalina and Carlos Salas host a spirited neighborhood showcase for poets near and far. Every 2nd Friday at MFA Gallery.

SALONS present entertaining topics and language work installations from Dallas artist, educators and intellectuals in private homes.

TRANSNATIONAL IMPRESSIONS: Award winning visiting Latinx and indigenous writers are presented at and partnered with the Latino Cultural Center. The series has featured Natalia Toledo Paz, Natalie Diaz, Yuri Gutierrez-Herrera and more.