Board of Directors



Artists That Support Artists!


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.

Vice President; Communications Chair
Opalina Salas
(2017) is the former co-owner, with her husband Carlos Salas, of Cliff Notes bookstore and founder and host of the Poets on X+ Reading Series, now at Lucky Dog Books. She has published and performed her work at venues all over Texas and is indefatigable in her support of other writers.  Read More! 

Secretary, Programs Co-chair
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.

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

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

Programs Co-chair/Immediate Past Vice President
Steve Cruz (2012),

Steve Cruz 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. Steve serves as co-chair of programs committee. 

Co-Chair,Special Events/Immediate Past President (2010-18) 
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 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)

Co-Chair, Special Events/ ret. Executive Director (2005-2018);
Karen X Minzer
Karen  Minzer 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 is a current MFA candidate at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School, and former poetics apprentice 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 ERYT yoga instructor and one of Thomas Riccio’s  ZombiesJennifer Smart: Dallas Observer100 Dallas Creatives: Underground Culture Mainstay Karen X. Minzer.



Jerry Kelley(1997-2018), Founding Board Member and Treasurer:
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.



Sara Cardona  served as WS board secretary 2015-17  and hosts the WS/LCC series, TransNational Impressions at Latino Cultural Center. Sara Cardona is an educator, artist and humanities scholar with an extensive resume of leadership roles in arts education and international performing arts programs in Dallas, Mexico and India.  Her scholarship includes numerous translations and cultural conference leadership roles. Her work is included in numerous exhibitions. She is a Professor of Arts and Humanities and the Executive Director of Teatro Dallas.


Ben E. Fountain  served as WS board president 2007-2009Fountain is the recipient of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. His book “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” has been made into a film by Ang Lee. He is the author of the short story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2006), which received the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2006 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Paris Review, among other magazines, and has received an O.Henry Award, two Pushcart Prizes, two short story awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the McGinnis Ritchie Prize for Fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and New Letters. From 2004-2006 he served as fiction editor of the Southwest Review.


Past Board Members

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. 

Graphic Support: Paloma Salas
WordSpace Logo: Art Garcia, GraphicContent
Video: Tropic Pictures, with music by  Cygnus: Phillip Washington
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


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