Board of Directors


Artists That Support Artists!

Steve Cruz (2012) is a Filipino/Latino 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 and non profit organizations. He is a former City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs panelist. Steve hosts ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts, a performance art series in conjunction with exhibition openings. 

Vice President
Andrea Tosten (2018) is an artist and writer working in Dallas with special interest in archives and calligraphy. She serves as Chair of Governance.

Scott Farrin (2019) 
is a professor of English at Collin College and a writer. His stories have been published in Puerto del Sol, The South Carolina Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Before moving to Dallas, he lived in New Orleans for 18 years where he taught at The University of New Orleans.

Manuel Pecina (2017) is a photographer, collector, gallery owner of Ant Colony and former professor of art at Tarrant County Community College.

Social Media Chair
Clancy Manuel (2017) 
is a musician, songwriter, and Happenings collaborator. She works in services and technical support for Fort Worth Modern Museum.

Brenda Randall (2015) 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. Brenda also serves co-chair of the programs committee.

Communications Chair
Monika Bell
(2017) is a visual artist, musician, writer and performance artist. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries, including The Dallas Public Library and Mighty Fine Arts. Along with her husband, software superman, Max Bell, she teaches monthly youth computer education programming to the Dallas Public Library as “The Dallas Young Makers Club”. Monika recently performed in Thomas Riccio’s “Holy Bone” iteration of Dead White Zombies project and is the former co-curator of special events at Incense and Peppermints.

Poets on X+ Feature Reading Series and Open Mic, Curator
Opalina Salas is the former co-owner, with her husband, Carlos Salas, of Cliff Notes Bookstore and founder/host of X+ Reading Series. She has published and performed her work at venues all over Texas. She is the author of Black Sparrow Dress (Mad Swirl Press, 2019.)


Charles Dee Mitchell, (Past President, 2010-18)
Special Events co-chair
Dee 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. Winner: 2015 Dallas Observer MasterMinds Award. Dee is curator and host of First Hearings @ The Wild Detectives.  How Dee Mitchell Helped Put WordSpace at the Heart of the Dallas Literary Renaissance by Lee Escobedo (D Magazine)

Karen X Minzer, ret. Executive Director (2005-2018):
Special Events co-chair
Karen  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 co-recipient of the 2015 Dallas Observer MasterMind Awards and has served WordSpace for 13 years as program curator, coordinator, board member, programs chair, program director and executive director since 2009. Karen holds an MFA from Naropa University Jack Kerouac School, and former poetics apprentice at Naropa Institute of Allen Ginsberg. She has curated thousands of writers for over 30 years in DFW, Boulder and Santa Fe.  Ms. X is a veteran punk band shouter, a Dharma Broad, 500 hour E-RYT yoga instructor and one of Thomas Riccio’s  Zombies. Jennifer Smart: Dallas Observer100 Dallas Creatives: Underground Culture Mainstay Karen X. Minzer

Jerry Kelley(1997-2018, Founding Board Member) : Jerry Kelley is the 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.


Vicki Meek is an internationally celebrated artist and retired Manager of South Dallas Cultural Center, 1996-2016. She is co-founder with Karen Minzer and Charles Dee Mitchell of the African Diaspora: New Dialogues series at SDCC.During her tenure as manager of the SDCC,  she initiated ground breaking education and artistic programs that created the internationally recognized cultural center that it is today. Ms. Meeks is a leader, a voice for the voiceless, an activist, a teacher and above all, an artist.

Adrienne Cox Trammell is a co-founder of WordSpace. She has worked in nonprofit administration for over 20 years in fund development, program coordination, management consulting services, database administration and office management. She has served as board president, immediate past president, programming committee and chair of governance.

WordSpace Logo: Art Garcia, GraphicContent
Graphics and Web content: Monika Bell
Video: Tropic Pictures
Website: Steve Paul

Intern Program:
(2016) Suza Kanon, University of Texas at Dallas
(2015) Paloma SalasMaryland Institute College of Art

(2014) Libby Hayhurst, Washington Lee University
(2013) Darius Safavi, New York University
(2012) Jessical Tolbert, Oberlin College
(2011) John Fountain, University of Texas at Dallas
(2010) Anna Avery, Naropa University

Past Board Members: Thank you for your service!
Check out the distinguished and wonderful writers, artists, indie business owners, and educators who have served on the WordSpace Board of Directors. We wouldn’t be here now without them:
Richard Bailey
Sharon Bailey
J.P. Barrentine
Nikhil Burman
Sara Cardona
Adrienne Cox Trammell, Co-founder
Tim Cloward
Jeffrey Davis
Young Eui Choi
Ben E. Fountain
John Fullinwider
Tammy Gomez, Auxiliary Member
Roderick Goudy (Rock Baby)
Michael Guinn
Martha Heimberg
Jerry Kelley, Establishing member
Blake Kimsey, Auxiliary Member
Jean Lamberty
Debra Leveranz
Farid Matuk
Joe Milazzo
Karen Minzer
Catherine Mitchell
Charles Dee Mitchell
Johnny Olson
Shin Yu Pai
Sebastian Paramo
David Parry
Steve Paul
Jennifer Polavieja
Venus Opal Reese
Priscilla Rice, Auxiliary Member
Sarah Riehm
Simone Roberts
Rod Russell-Ides
Carlos Salas
Opalina Salas
David Searcy
Willie Sims
Sanderia Faye Smith
Christopher Soden
Michael Stanford
Bill Swart
Stanley W. Thomas
Robert Trammell, Co-founder
Alexandra Marie Thurston
Alison Wisk
Laney Yarber
Ben Yip


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