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Walter Mosley @ The Kessler

What: The Great Walter Mosley
When: Sunday, April 29, 8 pm
Where: The Kessler Theatre
DISD Visit with South Dallas Cultural Center: April 30.

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City. WordSpace is honored to present Mr. Mosley for a rare Dallas appearance, in performative social commentary, storytelling and selected readings of his work. Tickets will be available on in February 2018. Advance VIP Meet/Greet packages will be available as early as December 2017.

New Walter Mosley novel coming in 2018

Walter MosleyBest-selling novelist Walter Mosley will publish a new novel with Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, EW can announce exclusively.

Titled Down the River Unto the Sea, the novel centers on a former New York City police detective, now working as a Brooklyn PI, who is investigating the case of a Black civil rights activist convicted of murdering two city policemen. At the same time, he’s still trying to piece together the conspiracy that caused his own downfall at the hands of the police.

This novel will mark Mosley’s return to Little, Brown, where he’ll be edited and published by Mulholland Books’ Josh Kendall. Down the River Unto the Sea is slated for a Feb. 20, 2018 publication.


ArtSpeak: Annie Benjamin @ Mighty Fine Arts

What: WordSpace ArtSpeak
Who: Annie Benjamin
When: Saturday, November 4, 8:00 pm; Gallery showing 6-9 pm.
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler Street in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208

Wordspace Artspeak presents a performance by Annie Benjamin as part of Mighty Fine Arts’ Almost Closing Party for the Sharon Neel-Bagley show “Microscopic Cross Sections”, from 6-9 pm.

The multi-talented Annie Benjamin is a remarkable singer songwriter, who recently won the B.W.Stevenson Songwriting Award from Poor David’s Pub. She is also a gifted actress, plays guitar and flute and is radiant and charming. Annie is an accomplished performer and has graced numerous venues in Texas. Check out Annie’s website here.

Be sure to come out and see her in this rare informal gallery setting and enjoy her incredible tunes and ability. And the Sharon Neel Bagley show is a perfect visual compliment to Annie’s music! Come out for a rewarding evening with these two amazing ladies!

Mighty Fine Arts Gallery hours are 12-5 Sat and Sun or by appointment: 214-942-5241. mighty fine arts

photography 30×30 2017
Sharon Neel-Bagley  



Tina McElroy Ansa @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues
Hosted by: Patrick Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

Tina McElroy Ansa

In 2005, Ms. Ansa was awarded the 2005 Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body and work and for contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. In November of 2006, she will be honored as one of two living Authors of Note at the Georgia Literary Festival. Her first novel BABY OF THE FAMILY was selected for the 2002 list 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. In 2005, her second novel UGLY WAYS was included in that year’s list of 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. The lists are compiled and issued by the Georgia Center for the Book. In 2002, Ms Ansa was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University.

In the fall of 2004, Ms. Ansa established the Sea Island Writers Retreats on Sapelo  Island, Georgia. The annual retreats seek to assist emerging and established writers in honing their work and skills in fiction, non-fiction, memoir and editing in sessions with professional writers and editors.

In 2006, she extended the writers retreats throughout the country with the Sea Island Writers Retreats…On the Road. These traveling literary retreats are held annually in Atlanta, Georgia on the Spelman College campus at the Women’s Research and Resource Center in April with best-selling authors, screenwriters and editors leading the workshop and lectures.

At the beginning of 2007, Tina McElroy Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with a focus on African-American literature, fiction and nonfiction. DownSouth Press is the home to thoughtful stories and work – by established and new authors — that is often under-marketed or excluded from the current publishing landscape’s focus on “niche”, “urban” or “street” fiction.

DownSouth Press’ first list was released in the summer of 2008 and the lead title was Ansa’s new novel, TAKING AFTER MUDEAR, a sequel to the author’s ground- breaking UGLY WAYS, winner of  the  Blackboard Best-Seller Top Fiction Award.

The publishing company’s second list will include one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction. Both books will be published in the fall of 2010.


Oral Fixation at Moody Performance Hall


Ex Libris @ Dallas Video Festival

WordSpace is honored to co-sponsor with the Dallas Video Fest a screening of Ex Libris, a film directed by Frederick Wiseman.

During his distinguished fifty-year career as a documentary filmmaker, Wiseman has produced in-depth and award-winning films on subjects ranging from the incarceration of the mentally ill (Titicut Follies, 1967), the Paris Opera Ballet (La Danse, 2009), and the his 2011 behind-the-scenes look at the most chic nude review in Paris at The Crazy Horse Saloon.

Ex Libris is a three-hour celebration of the New York Public Library that has won rave reviews at every showing. (It boasts that most elusive of honors, a 100% Ripe rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) New York Times critic Manhola Dargis writes, “He sweeps into atriums and down corridors, pauses in reading and meeting rooms, and lays bare this complex, glorious organism that is the democratic ideal incarnate.”

If you love books, if you love libraries, and if you love movies — do not miss this chance to see Wiseman’s masterpiece on the big screen.

Enjoy the preview here

When: October 7, 11 am
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 10110 Technology Drive, Dallas 75220

Frederick WisemanCredit: Erik Madigan Heck/Zipporah Films

Kelley Baker: The Angry Filmmaker

Who: Kelley Baker

What: First Hearings

When: October 23, 7:30 PM
Where: The Wild Detectives

Kelley Baker calls himself The Angry Filmmaker, although he seems like a nice enough guy.

Since 1982 he has produced thirteen short films and three features, using a DIY approach that he has promoted through countless seminars to aspiring filmmakers and two books:

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making the Extreme No Budget Film (2009 – 2nd Edition coming in 2017)

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two: Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People (2012)

For his WordSpace event Kelley reads and tells stories from his latest book Road Dog, a chronicle of seven years crisscrossing the U.S.A. with his chocolate lab in an endless quest to get his work shown and to spread the word that filmmaking can exist outside of not only Hollywood but just about any structure we usually associate with “the business.”

Come along for the ride.

This event is recommended for aspiring filmmakers (angry or not), fans of Labrador retrievers, and anyone who wants to hear more about teaching sound recording to the employees of a porn company, sharing rum shots at Hank Williams grave, or getting kicked out of the Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University.


Fable The Poet @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: Fable The Poet
What: Dallas Poetry Slam Features
When: December 1
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave, 75231


Marcel “Fable” Price is the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan

Author of “Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s”. He is a bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community activist, and motivational speaker.

Fable The Poet is highly noted for his work with the youth; spreading Mental Health Awareness using his own stories to consume the audience.

“At times, we all feel fragile. We are paper boats entertaining the waves of life.”

He is an official partner of Mental Health America and is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered.


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Wil Gibson @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: Wil Gibson
What: Dallas Poetry Slam Feature
When: October 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Avenue, 75231

WIL GIBSON is a writer that has lived in a lot of places or passed through them at some point but has only called a few places home. He currently lives in Humboldt County, California, where the trees are big. He has had 4 collections of poetry published by kind people, had self produced 3 cds and 6 chapbooks, and has been included in a number of anthologies and lit mags, He was a founding member in Portland Maine, has been featured on Button Poetry, and has bee on 7 national poetry teams from coast to coast.

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WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam
to produce Feature Readers on 3rd Fridays of every month.




Jennine DOC Wright @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: Jennine Doc Wright
What: Dallas Poetry Slam Features
Where: Heroes, Greenville Ave., 7402 Greenville, 75231
When: September 15, 8 pm
Admission: $5, Free to WS Members

JENNINE DOC WRIGHT is a mother, writer, artivist and educator in Austin, Texas. She has competed in the Women of the World competition, Southern Fried competition and has been on multiple National Poetry Slam teams to include Killeen Poetry Slam that placed 2nd overall in the nation in 2012 and Neo Soul Poetry Slam coming in 1st in the nation in the group piece finals in 2013, 2nd in 2014, and 3rd in 2015. Jennine was the 2015 season slam champ for Austin’s Neo Soul was recently the coach for the Austin Poetry Slam 2016 national team that made it to semi finals. She currently teaches English at Huston-Tillotson University while serving as Co- Executive Director of the Speak Piece Poetry Project, a youth writing and poetry slam mentorship program. Jennine has one chapbook titled A Long Time Coming and a CD titled Real Talk. Doc focuses her writing on diverse topics to include race, gender, and identity. She is now working on her MFA in poetry at Spalding University.

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WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam
to produce Feature Readers on 3rd Fridays of every month.

The Stoners, Inferno Texino and Dallas Poetry Slam

It’s that time again!

Join WordSpace (Got To!) for our annual Season Kick Off Party.

With Special Guests:  Inferno Texino, The Stoners, Melania Luisa, Wayne Henry, Javon Rustin, Candy, Vicki Meek, Oral Fixation, and More Inimitable WS Presenters

$1 Tacos will be provided by El Padrino to go with your favorite beverage.

7 pm      The Wild Detectives      8th and Bishop in the OC      75208




These guys…an awesome music project featuring Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinett, Jason Cohen and other distinguished artists (truth! They are distinguished!) All are regular contributors to WordSpace ArtSpeak series at Mighty Fine Arts.  PS: It’s both Andy Don and Sandy Emmons’ birthdays that night.
Promises to be epic.

As always, Special Thanks to our friends and programming partners at The Wild Detectives.

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