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Deep Ellum Lit Hop II



What: Literary Festival in Deep Ellum
Curated by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Admission: Free


4:00 – 5:00 pm DaVerse Lounge
5:30 – 6:30 pm Mad Swirl
4:30 – 5:30 pm White Rock Zine Machine (MakeShift)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dancing Tongues
7:30 – 8:30 pm Fiction Showcase (hosted by Sanderia Faye)
9:00 – 10:00 pm Pegasus Reading Series
 5:00 – 6:00 pm Lucha Dallas
6:30 – 7:30 pm Spiderweb Salon
8:00 – 9:00 pm Dark Moon Poetry & Arts
9:30 – 10:30 pm Pandora’s Box
 4:30 – 5:30 pm Dallas Poetry Slam
6:00 – 7:00 pm Poetry Showcase (hosted by Caitlin Pryor)
7:30 – 8:30 pm Poets on X+
9:00 – 10:00 pm Verse & Rhythm

The Legendary Out House Moans

5.20: Inferno Texino Tribute to The Legendary
Out House Moans
What: ArtSpeak
When: 6 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 A North Tyler St.
Hosted by: Steve Cruz

In conjunction with Andy Don Emmons  Exhibition Opening
and Oak Cliff Visual Speedbump Tour

Douglas Kearney @ the South Dallas Cultural Center

Who: Douglas Kearney
: African Diaspora: New Dialogues with Douglas Kearney
Where: The South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
When: May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

Hosted and Facilitated by Author Sanderia Faye, Winner, 2016 Wright / Hurston Award for Debut Fiction

Poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney is the author of Fear, Some (2006), The Black Automaton (2009), which was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series, Patter (2014), and Buck Studies (2016). Someone Took They Tongues (2016) collects several of his libretti. Mess and Mess and (2015) presents his writings on poetics and performativity. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, Pleiades, Iowa Review, and Boston Review; and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Best American Experimental Writing (for which he has also served as a guest editor), Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, The Breakbeat Poets, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Poets in America. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Douglas Kearney will present recent as well as new poems and discuss his unique approach to poetic form and expression.

Please join us for what promises to be an exceptional evening.

author-1Sanderia Faye is an award winning writer, born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015).




SDCC logoAbout African Diaspora: New Dialogues:
Three years ago, WordSpace met with Vicki Meek, the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center. SDCC had recently helped us promote Nikki Giovanni’s appearance at The Kessler and we realized a deeper partnership and think tank might just be the thing to do. Dee Mitchell and Vicki came up with the title: African Diaspora: New Dialogues. From there, we partnered in thought with folks like Sanderia Faye and are honored to have brought some of the best of new writing by the brightest stars of African Diaspora artists. Highlights have included Chris Abani, Mitchell Jackson, and Vievee Francis. These are important writers we want you to know about!
As Vicki Meek retired from 20 years of service from her position as Manager of South Dallas Cultural Center, we are now delighted to enjoy the same level of excitement in working with new SDCC manager, Harold Steward, to collaborate and bring this profound series. Since its inception, thanks to local writer/educators, these writers have appeared Dallas schools offering meaningful visits and readings.

Sponsored by WordSpace and South Dallas Cultural Center
Special Thanks, Harold Steward and Vicki Meek

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Pegasus Reading Series: Andrews, Brazeal, Shaheen, and Wolnisty

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: April 26, 2017 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

John Andrews’ first book, Colin Is Changing His Name, was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2017. His work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Redivider, The Boiler, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. He holds an MFA from Texas State University where he served as managing editor for Front Porch Journal. Currently, he is PhD student at Oklahoma State University and an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.





Lauren Brazeal teaches in Dallas, where she practices her terrible Spanish and often wears cowboy boots. She is the author of two chapbooks, Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters  (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), and Exuviae (Horse Less Press, 2016). Her first full-length collection, Gutter, will be published by Yes Yes Books in 2018. In her past, she’s been a homeless gutter-punk, a resident of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle, a maid, a surfer chick, and a custom aquarium designer. A graduate of Bennington College’s MFA program in writing, her work has appeared in journals like Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Verse Daily.




Glenn Shaheen is the author of the poetry collections Predatory, winner of the 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and runner up for the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award, and Energy Corridor, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery, published by Ricochet Editions. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere.





Nadia Wolnisty is a poet, memoirist, flash-fiction author, and creative non-fiction writer. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Mad Swirl, Do Not Go Gentle, University Scholar, Apogee, La Alarma, Essay Daily, Haggard and Halloo, and My Favorite Bullet. Her poetry and artwork was featured in a zine machine (, an Art Uprising print anthology Desolate Country, and is runner-up for the 2017 Emily Stauffer Prize. Her debut chapbook, Manual is available from Cringe Worthy Poetry Collective. Her illustrations for James Barrett Rodehaver’s chapbook time travel for daydreamers is forthcoming, also from Cringe Worthy Poetry. She can be found performing around Dallas with Mad Swirl, Common Company, Pandora’s Box, Bonehouse, and Poets on X+.

Cottonmouth, Texas and the History of Popular Music in Dallas: Echoes and Reverberations

Who: Cottonmouth, Texas and the History of Popular Music in Dallas
Special Guests: Cameron Ray and Bayleigh Cheek.
What: Echoes and Reverberations: An Evening of Storytelling and Songwriters
Where: The Kessler Theater, 8 pm
When: Friday, April 7
Tickets: $15 Prekindle

Writer and spoken word artist Jeffrey Liles (aka Cottonmouth, Texas) has been a part of the Dallas music community for over thirty years, as a musician, DJ, critic, promoter, and currently the artistic director at The Kessler Theater. On this particular evening he will attempt to tell the story of how popular music has defined the culture of the city, from the early days of historic venues like the Sportatorium, Longhorn Ballroom and Bronco Bowl, to the emergence of the punk rock scene at the Hot Klub and DJ’s, to the reclamation of the Deep Ellum neighborhood, and finally to where we are now. It promises to be as much a historical revelation as it is a storytelling adventure. Two younger emerging Texas songwriters will perform short sets beforehand–Special Guests: Cameron Ray and Bayleigh Cheek.

Other People’s Poetry: Adrienne Rich

What: Other People’s Poetry (OPP) Presents Adrienne Rich
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Curated by: Joe Milazzo

Other People’s Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Adrienne Rich. We will be reading the poems Rich wrote between 1974 (when she won the National Book award for her Diving into the Wreck) and 1977 and collected in The Dream of a Common Language.

Readers: Margaret Allyson / Bear the Poet / Fran Carris / V.P. Crowe / Logen Cure / Brenda Gaba / Megan Giesecke / A. Kendra Greene / Jean Lamberty / Andrea Luttrell / Joe Milazzo / Amanda Mitchell / Roberto Munguia / Gayle Reaves-King / Desmene Statum / Connor Stratman / Leah Teiger / Robin Turner / Bess Whitby

Copies of Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to our co-sponsor and co-host Deep Vellum Books

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Paul Quigg @ ArtSpeak

When: Saturday, March 18
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St., 75208
What: ArtSpeak: In conjunction with his exhibition opening, WordSpace presents a rare musical perfotmance by Paul Quigg. Paul’s guitar wizardry is as formidable and enchanting as his photography. Be sure not to miss this chance to catch him play in the intimate gallery setting!

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Flotsam and Jetsam” featuring new work by Paul Quigg.

This show opens Saturday March 18 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday April 30. Paul Quigg is a multi-talented savant with such a variety of skill sets he so casually harbors it seems almost unfair to those of us less gifted. He’s maybe most known for his musical ability and his sojourn in such legendary musical ensembles as The Nervebreakers, Vibrolux and Decadent Dub Team. For several years past he has commanded the sound board at the Kessler Theater where he has forged the audioscape that is the hallmark feature of the listening room there. And meanwhile between projects he has managed to master the art of photography and create an impressive body of work that he has finally managed to put together for exhibition. This is the first time out for Paul to show his work in a formal setting and the pictures he’s put together are lush and visually stunning. There’s a transcendent quality that resonates in his images that reflect a love of classicism and pure beauty. And perhaps that is part of his intent, to enhance the wonderous and defy the brutal. 

Pegasus Reading Series: Clay, Hughes, Soden, and B. Randall

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: March 29, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo feature MH Clay, Detrick Hughes, Christopher Stephen Soden, and B. Randall.

MH Clay is a poet, playwright, musician, actor and raconteur residing in Dallas, TX. He is the poetry editor at, where he also has a poetry page on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum. He published his chapbook, Perhaps This Rain and other precipitations, in 2007 (2nd edition in 2009). His poetry collection, sonoffred, was published in 2015 by Rebel Poetry, County Cork, Ireland. His collection, ANGST, was published by Mad Swirl Press in the Spring of 2016. He has read at the Blackwater International Poetry Festival in County Cork in 2013, 2014, 2016, and was a panelist at Poetry International, Rotterdam in 2015. Others of his poems have been published in Death List Five and online at The Misty Mountain Review. Three of his plays have been adapted to film by Red Beanie Films in Dallas; Three-Two-One, Friendly (both released in 2016) and Nighthawks (to be released in 2017). He is the co-host, with Mad Swirl founder/editor-in-chief Johnny Olson, at Mad Swirl’s monthly Open Mic, held every first Wednesday of the month in Dallas. He can be seen at other open mic venues and theater stages throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the world, as chance and good fortune allow.


Detrick Hughes is the author of four collections of poetry.  His latest collection, Goats Do Roman Villages, was released in April of 2016.  He has two spoken word CD’s, and he has been included in few anthologies.  Detrick is an entrepreneur and serves adjunct professor at the Houston Community College.




Christopher Stephen Soden is a native Texan and the author of Closer (Rebel Satori Press, 2014). He received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received a fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices and his performance piece “Queer Anarchy” received The Dallas Voice’s People’s Voice Award for Best Stage Performance. He teaches and lectures on craft, theory, genre, literature and publication. He currently writes theatre critique for The Examiner, Pegasus News and A + C DFW.   Other honors include: Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President and President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. His work has appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review, Assaracus, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, The James White Review, Poetry Super Highway, Gertrude, Best Texas Writing 2, and elsewhere. 

Brenda Randall is a poet and organizational leader for the longest running showcase of women’s poetry in Dallas at South Dallas Cultural Center. She is co-host of “Verse and Rhythm” at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, “In the Words of a Sista” at Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous other readings. She studied at Texas Women’s University.

Pegasus Reading Series: Chen, Edwards, Honum, and Lester

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: May 17, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo feature Chen Chen, Stevie Edwards, Chloe Honum, and Keegan Lester.

Chen Chen
is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog Mr. Rupert Giles.



Stevie Edwards’ first book, Good Grief (2012), was selected from an open manuscript competition at Write Bloody and received two post-publication awards: The Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly (Small Doggies, 2015), was a finalist for contests at Crab Orchard, Four Way, and Cleveland State prior to being solicited. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Muzzle Magazine and Senior Editor in Book Development at YesYes Books. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell, and is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas.





Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame (CSU, 2014), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the winner of Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Book of Poetry Award. Her chapbook, Then Winter, is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2017. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Honum currently teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.





Keegan Lester is an American poet splitting time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mary Ruefle selected his first collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all i had, so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. His work is published in or forthcoming from the Boston Review, The Atlas Review, Powder Keg, Boaat Journal, The Journal, Phantom Books, Tinderbox, CutBank, Reality Beach and Sixth Finch among others. He is the co-founder and poetry editor for the journal Souvenir Lit. He performs monthly with the New York City Poetry Brothel. He’s taught at the West Virginia Young Writers’ Holiday, Stonehill College, and multiple workshops in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was a mentor for the 2016 Adroit Journal Summer High School Mentorship Program. He was born in Huntington Beach, California. He earned his MFA from Columbia University.

Natalia Toleda Paz at Latino Cultural Center

Who: Natalia Toledo Paz
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas TX 75204

Natalia Toledo Paz has written four books of poetry and two of prose, all appearing in bilingual Isthmus Zapotec-Spanish editions. In 2004 she won the Nezahualcoyótl Prize, Mexico’s most prestigious prize for indigenous-language literature, for her book The Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems (Phoneme Media). She has read her poetry around the world. Her work as a jewelry and clothing designer and chef reiterates the lively imagery of her poetry. She lives in Mexico.


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