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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.

Photo by Lucia Palmarini

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.

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

When: Friday, February 8, 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

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


Oak Cliff Bike Crawl @ Dallas Lit Hop

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WHAT: OAK CLIFF BIKE CRAWL
WHEN: April 20 from 1pm to 7pm
1:00 – 2:00 MERCADO 369, 369 W. Jefferson Blvd
Hilda Mendoza
Megan Martinez
Tammy Melody Gomez
2:00 – 4:00 OAK CLIFF CULTURAL CENTER, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd
Dallas Poetry Slam
Verse and Rhythm
4:00 – 5:00 LUCKY DOG BOOKS, 911 W. Jefferson Blvd
Griselda Castillo
Tim Cloward
5:00 – 6:00 CHUCK AND GEORGE, 516 S. Marlborough Ave.
Lily Taylor
Chris Merlick
6:00 – 7:00 MIGHTY FINE ARTS, 409A N. Tyler St.
Karen X Minzer
Chuck Taylor
Admission: FREE to all!

Non-cyclists also welcome, though some distances may require short drives.


Dallas Young Makers Club WordSpace edition and the Dallas Lit Hop 2019 Performance Showcase!

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Dallas Young Makers Club Art Track WORDSPACE edition
WHERE: 5th floor J Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young St. Dallas 75201
WHEN: April 13, 2019, 10:30am to 2:30pm
WHO: ages 8-18
ADMISSION: FREE

Also happening: Writers Garret walk through Deep Ellum, with Kendra Green. Click here for more information to register!

Dallas Lit Hop 2019 Performance Showcase!
WHERE: Deep Ellum Art Company, 3200 Commerce St. Dallas TX 75226
WHEN: APRIL 13, 2019 from 4-8 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Rafael Tamayo
4:45 p.m. Laney Yarber
5:15 p.m. Monika Bell
6:15 p.m. Marco Villalobos
7:00 p.m. the Amazing Hancock Brothers
ADMISSION: FREE


One Page Salon @ Lit Hop

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What: Coming in from Austin TX, A monthly gathering of writers and creators sharing ONE PAGE of a work-in-progress. The rest of the time will be a chance to chat and enjoy! Quick readings, slow drinking – a hell of a good night!
Where: THE WILD DETECTIVES back patio, 314 W. 8th St., 75208
When: Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 P.M.
Who: Owen Egerton, Heather Harper Ellett, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and filmmaker. He is the writer/director of the horror/comedy BLOOD FEST and the psychological horror FOLLOW.  He’s the author of several books including The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, Everyone Says That at the End of the World, the short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying, and Hollow which NPR listed as one of the best books of 2017. He also wrote and starred in the Zach Scott produced play The Other Side of Sleep. As a screenwriter he has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney and many others. Egerton is also the host of public radio’s The Write Up and the reading series One Page Salon. Egerton and his wife, poet Jodi Egerton, wrote the writing craft book This Word Now. Egerton has been honored as one of Austin’s top comics performing with The Sinus Show and Master Pancake Theater.

Heather Harper Ellett: Born and raised in in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a therapist in private practice and an instructor for The Writer’s Path at SMU. Her debut novel, Ain’t Nobody Nobody, will be published in Fall 2019 by Polis Books.
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam: Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as The ToastClarkesworldLightspeedThe Masters ReviewHobart, and Everyman Library’s Monster Verse. She and her partner collaborated on the recently-released audio fiction-jazz collaborative album Strange Monsters. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas.


Oral Fixation @ Moody Performance Hall

Nicole Schlesinger’s Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) is back with the Best of Season 6. Story Themes will include “Jump off a Cliff,” “Close to Home,” “Stick Together,” “Out from Under the Rug, True Life Tales of Abortion,” “Broken Record,” and “All Over the Map.” The Oral Fixation mission is to bring together the community through sharing true, personal stories. This collection of the best is not one to miss!

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Oral Fixation @ Moody Performance Hall

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. The Show will be held at 8:00pm on Tuesday 5/21 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.

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Lit Hop Kick Off with Oral Fixation @ Moody Performance Hall

SEASON VII

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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.


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