Board of Directors
WordSpace’s Board of Directors is comprised of working writers, critics, musicians, artists and educators.
Roderick Goudy, (Rock Baby), Co-President
Charles Dee Mitchell, Co-President
Alexandra Marie Thurston, Secretary
Jerry Kelley, Treasurer
Jean Lamberty, Chair, Resources
Young Eui Choi, Board Member
Steve Cruz, Board Member
Karen X Minzer, Executive Director/Program Director
Darius Safavi, New York University (2013)
Jessical Tolbert, Oberlin College (2012)
John Fountain, University of Texas at Dallas (2011)
Anna Avery, Naropa University (2010)
Executive Director/Program Director
Karen X Minzer (Karen X) is a writer/poet/gypsy, published by the Austin Sun in the 70s, Paris Records in the 80s and Wowapi, 90s to present. In 1976 she discovered WordSpace founder, Robert Trammell, reading his poetry at Old City Park across the street from her home at the historic (grundgy) Ambassador Hotel. She is a former student and special friend to Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, studied in poetics apprenticeship with Allen Ginsberg and assisted him with transcribing his diary notebooks to manuscript. She has also studied with Robert Creeley, Ed Sanders, Galway Kinnell, Anne Waldman, Jack Myers, and Larry Fagin. With alot of help from alot of friends, she has curated thousands of writers for over 30 years–including Literary Festivals for SMU and Eastfield College, readings for Paperbacks Plus, Writers Garret, WordSpace, Dial A Poet Television in Dallas and Boulder, Starck Club, Caravan of Dreams, and Morrison Street for Paris Records. Ms. X is a veteran performer/warm up shouter for songwriter-poets such as Frank Black, John Cale, Bad Brains, et al, Dharma Broad and yoga student of Angela Farmer and Michelle Andrie with a Yoga Alliance 500 hour E-RYT. She has taught both yoga and creative writing at Brookhaven College, the Writers Garret’s Writer-in-the-Schools program, as well in Dallas and Santa Fe yoga studios since 2001. She has served WordSpace for 13 years as program curator, coordinator, board member, board programming chair, program director and executive director, and currently teaches world history and creative writing at Prometheus Academy.
Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Dallas. Locally he has been a contributor to The Dallas Observer and The Dallas Morning News, and he is a frequent contributor to Art in America. He has written essays for exhibitions at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and many other commercial and non-profit exhibition spaces. In 2008 he retired from Half Price Books, Records, and Magazines, where he was Executive Vice President of New Media Purchases and Proprietary Publishing. He is also active on the Dallas Video Festival board. Read Dee’s Blog at www.potatoweather.blogspot.com. Dee also serves as Programs co-chair with Karen X Minzer.
Roderick Goudy, aka Rock Baby, is a graduate of University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Science with an emphasis in education. He began his career as an educator with P.A.C.E. Head Start in Mississippi. In 1999, Roderick began his career as a poet where he has become a nationally known performance poet performing across North America including television appearances. From 1999-2002, he held the position of PTA President of DISD. Roderick began organizing poetry competitions as the City of Dallas Slam Master for Dallas Poetry Slam in 2003. As a Slam Master, he has combined his love for art and education to organize and implement area writing and performance workshops, mentor young artists, guest lecture for community colleges and universities throughout the DFW Metroplex and nationally. Roderick has served as an art instructor with Junior Players Guild for over 3 years providing instruction in dance, writing, and theatre while addressing issues of bullying, self-esteem, and healthy conflict resolution. He is a frequent guest speaker for area schools addressing life skills critical to student success. Since 1988, he has held positions in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist, a pre-school, after-school and substitute teacher, committee member with WordSpace, a literary non-profit, board member with Family Care Connections, a social service non-profit with emphasis on healthy families and fatherhood initiatives, and Slam Master of Dallas Poetry Slam.
Alexandra Marie Thurston hosted her own open mic venue, “Connected Through Art,” from 2006 to 2007, and assisted the 2006 Los Angeles Slam Team at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. She has published two chapbooks: Love in Bits and Pieces in June of 2007, and You Are Between the Vowels and Consonants in My Every Sentence in November of 2007. Alexandra Marie Thurston is Slam Master/Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam.
Treasurer and Chair, New Media
Jerry Kelley is a charter signing original member of WordSpace Board of Directors, published writer, Harvard in the 60s, Canadian Bush in the 70s. He lives in Dallas with his wife, poet Patty Turner.His work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Southwest Review.
Jean Lamberty has been an educator in a variety of roles for the past 17 years. Her publications include An Extreme Risk, Illya’s Honey, Sentence,and the Houston Poetry Festival. She currently also works with the nonprofit Room to Read.
Young Eui Choi is an award winning professor at Richland College where she has taught Composition, Literature, and ESOL. She served on the Richland Literary Festival Committee and participated in various poetry workshops with Billy Collins, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Fox, and Robert McDowell. Some of her poems and articles have appeared in Write around the Corner, Korean Journal¬¬, and Dallas Literary Society of Korean Americans. She is also the invited reviewer of the Korean translation of Poetic Medicine by John Fox. In 2011, during her sabbatical in her native country, Korea, ¬¬¬she facilitated poetry therapy workshops with the Korean Institute for Poetry Therapy, led poetry classes with a renowned poet, Tae-Joo Na, and won the grand prize from the Green Kongju Essay Contest. Currently she is working on translation of Tae-Joo Na’s poetry collections as well as polishing her own poetry manuscript. Her social engagements include leadership/facilitator trainings from National Institute for Leadership Development, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications, Leadership Richardson, and Center for Renewal and Wholeness in Higher Education. She was listed in Who’s Who in America 2010.
Steve Cruz is a Latino/Philipino artist, community activist, educator and owner of Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, with deep ties in multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary programming and exhibitions. He is the founder of many city festivals and events, partnered with Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, the Kessler Theater, universities, high schools and other civic as well as non profit organizations, and a former City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs panelist.