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CJ Critt @ Poets on X+

When: Friday, March 22, 8 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St.
Hosted by: Opalina and Carlos Salas
Open Mic to follow: Sign up at 7:30 pm

Join us for the thrilling CJ Critt! An award winning creative artist and producer, educator: writing, audio, performance and promotion projects. Her audio narration workshops are among the most popular in the metroplex. You can check out more about CJ here.

Poets on X+ is a reading series founded and hosted by Opaline and Carlos Salas.



Dallas Lit Hop Schedule


Martha Heimberg Salon: Robert Bly

Photo by Alan Smithers

What: Martha Heimberg Salon
Topic: Robert Bly
When: Thursday, May 23, 7 pm
Where: Private residence
RSVP: Wordspace@wordspace.us

Former long-time WordSpace Board Member Martha Heimberg facilitates an evening of analytical review and comparative investigations of works by Robert Bly. All with her inimitable warm hospitality and refreshments provided by WordSpace.

Martha Heimberg is assistant professor of English at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas, creative writing instructor at Richland College and arts critic for Turtle Creek News and Theater Jones.
. Five-time winner of Dallas Press Club’s Katie Award for arts criticism, community affairs and business writing, she has also won the Texas Historic Commission Griffin Award and the Sierra Club Award for writing. She has written over 200 features and reviews on live theater, visual and literary arts, and community affairs for Texas publications, including D Magazine, Texas Monthly, Lone Star Book Review and others. She originated DART’s Poetry in Motion program, a national project placing contemporary and classic poems on buses and trains, and is a founding member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum.

Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s; A Thousand Years of Joy charts Bly’s singular path from farmer’s son on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and “personas.” He was one of the first to translate Pablo Neruda, Rumi and other ecstatic Sufi poets, and his work with Joseph Campbell—exploring the metaphorical, psychological terrain of myth and ritual—led to the unexpected pop culture phenomenon of Iron John. A confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth.

Filmed over four years in five states and two countries, his film features Louise Erdrich, Jeff Gordinier, Donald Hall, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Garrison Keillor, James Lenfestey, Philip Levine, Michael Meade, Mark Rylance, Martin Shaw, Martin Sheen, Gary Snyder, Tracy K. Smith, Gioia Timpanelli, Lewis Hyde, Martin Prechtel, Roger Bonair-Agard, and other luminaries from the world of culture.

Poet Jane Hirshfield says, “Robert Bly, as few other poets have done, has changed the world for all who now share it.” Bly’s prolific output has nourished the American cultural landscape for over half a century and influenced countless generations of writers and thinkers.

Director Haydn Reiss has made a series of documentaries on poets that have aired on PBS, including William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship and the award-winning Rumi: Poet of the Heart. Reiss’ 2009 film, Every War Has Two Loserswas a 2011 winner at the Canadian International Film Festival and an official selection of the 2011 United National Film Festival.

“Robert is mercurial, no matter what you think you know about him, he will surprise you again and again,” says Reiss. “Bly’s metamorphosis from Midwestern farm boy to global troubadour, and all the troublemaking and gift-giving in between, is what keeps drawing me back to him as a subject.”


Silver Skull at Artspeak Series


Who: Silver Skull
When:Friday March 8. 2019
What:Wordspace Artspeak Series
Where:Mighty Fine Arts 409A N.Tyler 75208



Buddy Mohmed at ArtSpeak


Oral Fixation @ Moody Performance Hall

Oral Fixation’s last show of 2018 is around the corner! That’s right. On Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 @ 8pm, seven of the audience’s favorite stories from Season 6 flesh out a simply sensational evening. Whether you’re a longtime fan of true stories told onstage or a total newbie, get ready to be taken on a wild emotional ride. Make a night of it in the Arts District while catching up on the best stories from Season 6. $35 tickets are on sale now!“Best of Season 6” will be held at 8:00pm on Wednesday 10/24 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2501 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Show runs 75 minutes with no intermission. $5 self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza or park free at a meter on Ross. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or at the door.

more on Oral Fixation


Poets on X+ Reading Series presents Gayle Bell

WHAT: Gayle Bell and open mic to follow
WHEN: February 15, 2019
WHERE: Mighty Fine Arts Gallery 409A N. Tyler Street Dallas, TX 75208

Gayle Bell’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies, print and online publications. In 2018 she performed “Black Betty, That Thangs Gone Wild”, with Cara Mia’s Storytellers, Building Communities. In 2013-2014 Sse was a co-docent for “My Immovable Truth-A Dallas Lineage”. She facilitated her and other GLBTQY’s oral history and performance, sponsored by (MAP-Make Art With Purpose) and displayed at the African American Museum in Dallas TX.

Sign up at 7:30, Feature at 8. Open Mic follows. Light refreshments and wine will be provided, BYOB

Lily Taylor @ ArtSpeak

WHAT: ArtSpeak
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 8:00pm
WHERE: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St. 75208

WordSpace presents performance art in conjunction with Sara Cardona’s art exhibition at Mighty Fine Arts.

Lily Taylor is an accomplished avant-pop chanteuse who transports you into an ethereal world. Her masterful voice, poetic lyrical looping and soundscape magic captures the imagination, entrancing audiences across America. Her diverse musical education from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico contributes to her ability to captivate lovers of all musical experimentation. Learn more about Lily.


Roger Reeves @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues, Season 5
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, 75210
Special Guest: RonAmber Deloney
Hosted by: Brenda Randall
Books Available: Interabang Books – Thank You!

Photo: Beowolf Sheehan

Duriel Harris photo: Gina Sandrzyk

Roger Reeves was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College, an M.A. in English from Texas A & M University, an MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry, and the Indiana Review, among other publications, and he was included in Best New Poets 2009. Reeves has been awarded a 2015 Whiting Award, a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, two Cave Canem Fellowships and a Hodder Fellow of Princeton University. Reeves is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

 
 
 
 
 
ALSO IN THIS SERIES:

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 https://durielharris.com.

 
 
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. Marilyn Clark, SDCC’s Education Director arranges special DISD school visits for the visiting writers of this series. John Spriggins is the manager of SDCC. Daniel Hanchett, SDCC Theater Director, produces the technical presentation.

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, Ben E. Keith, National Endowment for the Arts and Moody Fund for the Arts.


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
Local Paired Reader: Nero
Books Available: Interabang Books – Thank You!

WordSpace is honored to partner with South Dallas Cultural Center to present this Series.  

                             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 https://durielharris.com.

 

 

 
The Local Paired Reader for this evening, Nero is a painter and poet from Dallas, TX. Their works have been featured in Let It Bleed Magazine and Not Dead Yet: An Anthology of Survivor Poetry. Ever the introverted extrovert, Nero can sometimes be caught committing poetry with Poets on X+ and Mad Swirl, delivering words that used to live in boxes under beds. A book of paints and poetry published by Free Tongue Press will surely be born by winter.
 
 
 
 
 
ALSO IN THIS SERIES:

When: Thursday, May 16, 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!

Photo: Beowolf Sheehan

 

Roger Reeves was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College, an M.A. in English from Texas A & M University, an MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry, and the Indiana Review, among other publications, and he was included in Best New Poets 2009. Reeves has been awarded a 2015 Whiting Award, a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, two Cave Canem Fellowships and a Hodder Fellow of Princeton University. Reeves is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

 
 
 
 
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. Marilyn Clark, SDCC’s Education Director arranges special DISD school visits for the visiting writers of this series. John Spriggins is the manager of SDCC. Daniel Hanchett, SDCC Theater Director, produces the technical presentation.

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.


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