Area Events & Open Mics
Below is a list of ongoing Dallas area literary event/scenes which are not part of the WordSpace programs.
(If you would like to have your event added please email us.)
UPCOMING AREA EVENTS:
Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: SMU Symposium with Isabel Wilkerson & Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the Pavilion of the Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, 3101 University Boulevard on the SMU campus. The symposium, “Literature for Real: Journalism, the American Canon, and the Evolving American South,” will include keynote speaker Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor of English/Comparative Literature/African American Studies, Columbia University, and author of Who Set You Flowin’? and Harlem Nocturne. While writing for The New York Times, Isabel Wilkerson became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism and the first African-American, male or female, to win the Pulitzer for individual reporting. Her award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, is a definitive history of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to urban centers in the North and West.
ONGOING AREA EVENTS & OPEN MICS:
Mad Swirl Open Mic: 1st Wednesdays, Absinthe Lounge (in South Side on Lamar), 1409 South Lamar Street • Dallas, TX 75215. Hosted by Johnny Olson and Michael Clay.
Dallas Poets Community: 1st Fridays Open Mic 7-9 pm; 2nd &4th Wednesdays: Workshops, 7-9 p.m. All @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy.,Dallas, TX 75231. Hosted by Melanie Pruitt and Alan Gann.
Art & Coffee, 1st Fridays at Buzzbrews Kitchen, 2801 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226. 7pm. Hosted by Art Love Magic.
Verse and Rhythm, 4th Saturdays at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7pm. Hosted by Priscilla Rice, B. Randall, and Rafael Tamayo.
Natty Roots & Rhyme, 1st and 4th Wednesdays at Jamaica Gates, 1020 W Arkansas Ln., Arlington, TX 76015. 9pm. $5. Hosted by Natasha Carrizosa
Inkwell Poetry Slam: Last Sundays at Music Factory, 3008 E Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76010. Slam Master: Chris Key
Dallas Poetry Slam: WS sponsors a monthly feature on third Fridays at DPS from September to May. They have weekly (on Friday) events as well at @ Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. 8pm. $5. Click on their website for more info. Slam Master: Alexandra Marie.
Pandora’s Box: Eclectic! Third Mondays in The Margo Jones at Fair Park. 8 pm. Christopher Soden and Paul Konieki are among the directors of this scene. Not an open mic. Click on the FB page to see the latest.
L’ T.O.M.B. (Last Thursday Open Mic at Bill’s), 1317 South Lamar, Dallas, TX. 972-207-3299. Hosted by Alex Pogosov and Bad Beatnik Poetry.
Works in Progress Salon: 4th Fridays at the Gideon Center, 3110 Main St., Frisco, TX. 7 -11 pm. For more information contact ManeLock Communications, or call 214-803-3920.
Fort Worth Poetry Slam: Tuesdays at Tribeca Lounge, 907 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX. 8pm. $3. Slam Master: Mike Guinn
Check out calendars at The Writer’s Garret, Lucky Dog Books, Half Price Books, South Dallas Cultural Center, for more area literary happenings and classes. University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas also have excellent reading series and other presentations. The SMU Lit Fest is usually every March.
Please check the official site or links for updated times and programs. You might also check Facebook for the hosts or names associated with these events for more info.