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Duriel E. Harris @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues, Season 5
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, 75210
Books Available: Interabang Books – Thank You!

Duriel Harris photo: Gina Sandrzyk

Poet, sound artist, and scholar, Duriel E. Harris is author of three print poetry collections including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (2017), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. Current undertakings include the solo performance project Thingification, which has been featured at the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Wild Project (NYC), and Babylon Cinema (Berlin). Recent writing is featured with Harriet Blog (The Poetry Foundation), the Academy of American Poets, and Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING (Kore Press 2018). The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Visit her website at

About This Series: WordSpace is honored to partner with South Dallas Cultural Center for the creation of African Diaspora-New Dialogues Series.  The African Diaspora–New Dialogues series has included Chris Abani, Vievee Francis, Mitchell Jackson, Tim Seibles, Tyehimba Jess, Douglas Kearney, Lonnie Holley, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Douglas Kearney, and Tina McElroy Anza.

About South Dallas Cultural Center: The South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) is a City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs owned community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts.  SDCC has presented some of the most dynamic visual and performing arts in Dallas. Retired manager,Vicki Meek’s decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly influenced the cultural life of Dallas and the development of a whole new generation of African American artists.  She is the co-developer of The Institute for Creative Investigation in Puerta Viejo, Costa Rica; Board Chair of Friends of the South Dallas Cultural Center; serves on the Advisory Board of WordSpace and co-founder of African Diaspora–New Dialogues with  Karen Minzer and Dee Mitchell of WordSpace.

About WordSpace: WordSpace (WS) is a nonprofit literary arts organization made up of artists that support artists. Our board and team are comprised of volunteer working writers, educators and artists. WS presents world-renowned performers, supports artistic development in Dallas and prioritize programs for cultural equity. Since 1994, WS has presented and paid honoraria to over 2,000 artists. Many award winning writers had their start reading for WordSpace. TransNational Impressions is partnered with Latino Cultural Center. Artists have included Natalia Toleda Paz, Natalie Diaz, Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, and upcoming: Tim Z Hernandez and Rosemary Catacalos. WS also hosts an annual literary festival; other writers participating in WS programs include Nikki Giovanni, Andrei Codrescu, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Anne Waldman, Dan Savage, Walter Mosley and Laurie Anderson. The 2019 Dallas Lit Hop will include Anne Waldman and many many more.

Partial funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and Moody Fund for the Arts.

Poets On X+ at MFA

Who: Tejana Còsmica
When: Friday, November 9, 8 PM
What: Poets on X+ Feature and Open Mic
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N. Tyler St. 75208
Hosted by: Opalina and Carlos Salas

A beginning of an experimental performance with Latina poets from the Dallas area, interweaving our stories in poetic form to learn more about ourselves, each other and the ground on which we stand. In doing so we hope to present a more rich and realized version of the varied Tejana experience.

Tamitha Curiel is a writer, actor and educator. Her work has appeared in the White Rock Zine Machine, Inverse/Looped, Mad Swirl, Decolonize Dallas and she is currently co-hosting Pleasant Groove, a poetry open mic with Priscilla Rice and her husband, Chris Curiel. She is in post-production for two short, experimental films, Weren’t We and Dreamgirl and is in the pre-production stage for a short documentary about the neighborhood where she grew up, Pleasant Grove, Dallas.

Opalina Salas is a poet, a former Oak Cliff bookstore owner, an editor of the 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 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.

Amy Zapien explores the relationships of time travel, catharsis, magic, and personal narrative to healing. She experiments with visual and performing arts, rituals, soundscapes, installations, lighting, and illustration to excavate the ways in which stories are shared. Her alias Cocoatlicue artistic process is inspired by her B.A in Anthropology from UNT, rooting her poetry and performance in ethnographic documentation. She is currently collaborating with the Espinas Collective, and in the past has displayed work at The Houston Lawndale Art Center, The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, and Casa De Locos.

Priscilla Rice is a Dallas-based poet, storyteller and actor. Some of the shows she has performed in include: “Crystal City 1969,” “The House on Mango Street”, “Milagritos”, “The Dreamers Part 1: A Bloodline,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “Zoot Suit,” “Where Earth Meets the Sky”” and “Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet”. She co-founded “Verse & Rhythm” with B. Randall and Rafael Tamayo, and is currently involved in several projects in her Pleasant Grove neighborhood, including “Voices of Pleasant Grove,” a free Summer Program for teens, and “Pleasant Groove,” an open mic founded by Tamitha Curiel.

Photo By Rosie Lindsey Photography

WordSpace is honored to sponsor Poets on X+ Reading Series, created by Opalina and Carlos Salas, an ongoing series since 2007.

Poets On X+ at MFA

Who: Griselda Jane Castillo
When: Friday, December 14, 8 PM
What: Poets on X+ Feature and Open Mic
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N. Tyler St. 75208
Hosted by: Opalina and Carlos Salas

Griselda J Castillo is a bilingual poet and creative nonfiction writer from Laredo, Texas. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation American and explores her bi cultural identity through poems and stories. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Ocotillo Review, Sparkle + Blink, and Chachalaca Review. She also performs her poetry as part of Five Voices One Brush, a improvisational art and jazz collective. Griselda lives and works in Austin.
 Griselda Castillo at spiderweb salon's third annual winter formal | photo by Leah Jones | 2016

WordSpace is honored to sponsor Poets on X+ Reading Series, created by Opalina and Carlos Salas, an ongoing series since 2007.

Poets on X+at MFA

Who: Brian Cox
When: Friday, October 12, 8 PM
What: Poets on X+ Feature and Open Mic
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N. Tyler St. 75208
Hosted by: Opalina and Carlos Salas
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Brian Cox is a DFW poet/musician who has called the metroplex home since moving from Central Florida in 1995. However, he had been writing and playing for many years. Through two marriages, Brian is father to five children. Currently, he plays bass in two bands; The Max Hill Band and Outrider and lives on the west side of Ft Worth with his girlfriend Jennifer and their cat Aisha. He plans to have a book ready by October with selected pieces from 1988-2003.

WordSpace is honored to sponsor Poets on X+ Reading Series, created by Opalina and Carlos Salas, an ongoing series since 2007.


Sarah Ruth Alexander @ ArtSpeak

When: November 17, 8:30 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St., 75208
What: ArtSpeak performance in conjunction with exhibition opening
Artist: Sara Cardona

Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist – a multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer,harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques. She performs frequently both solo and with multiple bands and improvisational ensembles in the North Texas area. She is a University of North Texas graduate where she focused on vocal studies and electroacoustic composition. She has also studied with Meredith Monk and members of her vocal ensemble. She enjoys varied collaborations and has worked as a sound artist for art and photography installations and an accompanist for modern dance. She tours nationally and her recent albums have been released on Pour le Corps Music and Tofu Carnage Records.

Using the analog process of cut-and-paste collage, Sara Cardona’s works on paper are a nod to the tradition of assemblage and the pre-digital editing process of film. The forms created frequently suggest the presence of the human body and its absence as well. These forms represent the detritus of human movement across space and time, evolving and devolving into baroque and poetic forms.

Anne Waldman Writers Workshop @ Dallas Lit Hop

Writers Workshop with Anne Waldman

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Writers Workshop @ Dallas Lit Hop

CA Contrad: Writers Workshop

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Oak Cliff Bike Crawl @ Dallas Lit Hop


4 pm Verse and Rhythm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center;

5 pm Laney Yarber, Tammy Gomez and Chris Merlick @ Mercado;

6 pm Isabella Ides, Christopher Carmona, Karen Minzer @ Lucky Dog Books;

7 pm Chuck Taylor, Ofelia Garza-Faz, Gabo Montemayor at Top Ten Records;

8 pmCA Conrad @ Texas Theater

10 pm X+ Poets @ Mighty Fine Arts;

CA Conrad is the winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award and author of seven books, the latest is titled While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). Conrad and his boyfriend Earth travel the world conducting workshops and rituals to heal our lands.  Conrad is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and recipient of fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics.  In an interview with Luke Degnan for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBlog, Conrad discusses an approach to poetry, which focuses on process and on engaging the permeability of the border between self and other. “Ultimately, I want my (Soma)tic poetry and poetics to help us realize at least two things. That everything around us has a creative viability with the potential to spur new thinking and imaginative output and that the most necessary ingredient to bringing the sustainable, humane changes we need and want for our world requires creativity in all lives, every single day.”

Charles “Chuck” Taylor Jr. is an American author of books of poetry, essay, short story, and novels who was born in Minneapolis but has lived most of his life in Texas. He is a professor of literature, teaches creative writing at Texas A&M and operates the small press Slough Press publishing from 1973-today. His contribution to building the literature scene in Texas includes activities as both a writer and publisher. He has published leading poets, fiction and non-fiction writers whose books have received numerous awards and were later published by larger presses. His own titles, such as the poetry collection What do You Want, Blood? received an Austin Book Award and regional critical acclaim. He is one of the legendary figures of the Austin–San AntonioDallas triangle culture that nurtured the eccentric, free-spirited independence of Texan bohemia and cross-cultural innovative creativity, especially in the literary arts. Taylor’s novel, Drifter’s Story, and his poetry book, Ordinary Life, explore the lives of the working poor. He has taught in the NEA Poets-in-the-Schools Program and was CETA Poet-in-Residence for the City of Salt Lake.

Christopher Carmona is a professor of creative writing at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; co-editor of the Beatest State in the Union, featuring dozens of Dallas and Texas writers for their contemporary connection to Beat lineage writing. Carmona highlights the role of Beat lineage writers to Chicano writers in Texas.

Verse and Rhythm is an open mic and feature reading series, founded and hosted by Brenda Randall and Priscilla Rice.

Laney Yarber is a seminal figure in Dallas performance art, recipient of numerous awards and grants for work collaborated with Dallas Opera’s Phillip Lamb.

Poets on X+ is an open mic and feature reading series, founded and hosted by Opalina Salas.


Dallas Lit Hop @ Deep Ellum

4 pm: Deep Vellum Books: Rosalyn Story, Lisa Huffaker, Kendra Green, Joe Milazzo

5:30 pm-8:30 pm: Deep Ellum Art Company: Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Poets; Teatro Dallas; Dead White Zombies, Tejana Cosmica, Southern Outcasts, Pleasant Grove performance poetry group; San Antonio visual and spoken word artists, Amazing Hancock Brothers


History of Texas Alternative-Press @ Lit Hop

What: 25 years of WordSpace and History of Texas Alternative-Press
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 1152 N. Buckner Blvd., 75218
When: Saturday, April 6, 5 pm
Who: John Slate (City of Dallas Archivist), J. R. Compton (Iconoclast, Dallas Arts Revue), Karen Minzer (Austin Sun), Kirby Warnock (Buddy Magazine), Thorne Dyer (The Rag Blog), Resistencia.

A spirited panel of journalist and editors.

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