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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 at Latino Cultural Center

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

Natalia Toledo 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.


Other People’s Poetry: Bob Kaufman

What: Other People’s Poetry (OPP) Presents Bob Kaufman
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Curated by: Joe Milazzo

WordSpace is pleased to announce the addition of OPP to its growing roster of sponsored programs. This repertory poetry reading series, created and hosted by WordSpace’s Program Director Joe Milazzo, is currently in its inaugural (2016 – 2017) season. Every other month, OPP presents one poet, and one book of great poetry, from cover to cover.

For its first program of 2017, Other People’s Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Bob Kaufman, one of the original Beat poets of the late 1950’s San Francisco scene. We will be reading his City Lights Pocket Poets volume, the long out-of-print Golden Sardine, alongside a few other poems from his New Directions collections Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness and The Ancient Rain.


  • Randy E. Aguebor
  • Brett Ardoin
  • Gayle Bell
  • Greg Brownderville
  • MH Clay
  • Jolee Davis
  • Jim Dolan
  • Sean Enfield
  • Daniel Evans
  • Paul Koniecki
  • Herb Levy
  • Sebastian Mejia
  • Joe Milazzo
  • Misty Amber Moore
  • Robin Myrick
  • Mark David Noble
  • Darryl Ratcliff
  • Carlos Salas
  • Opalina Salas
  • Victory
  • Gnadia Wolnisty

Copies of Kaufman’s Cranial Guitar (Coffee House Press), which contains Golden Sardine in its entirety, will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to OPP’s host and co-sponsor Deep Vellum Books.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Sara Henning, Fowzia Karimi, Robin Turner, Colin Winnette

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: February 22, 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 Sara Henning, Fowzia Karimi, and Robin Turner. 

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (2013), her debut collection of poetry, as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Quarterly West, Witness, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is a visiting assistant professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as an associate editor of Sundress Publications. ​





Fowzia Karimi has a background in Visual Arts and Biology. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. In her work, she combines the written and visual arts to tell stories. She is a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards — 2011. She lives in Denton, Texas. 







Robin Turner brings poetry and zine-making to Dallas-area youth shelters, arts camps, and community centers, and serves as project director for The Writer’s Garret’s Write to Heal programs. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and public poetry projects. A member of Cloudwerks Poetry Workshop, she is an original contributor to the White Rock Zine Machine. Her 2016 chapbook, bindweed & crow poison (from Porkbelly Press), is available at Deep Vellum Books.



Colin Winnette is from Denton, home of Armadillo Aleworks and Dead Dog Lake. He’s the author of several books, including Coyote (Les Figues) and Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio). His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press around Halloween time this year. He’s online at, and he’ll be selling books at the show to help chip for gas on the ride back north.


Book Club: Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun at Deep Vellum Books

What: Book Club Discussion, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Facilitated by: Sanderia Faye

Join WordSpace for a discussion of Nicole Dennis-Benn‘s newest book, Here Comes The Sun. We’re teaming up with Deep Vellum Books in January to highlight one of the New York Times‘ Best Books of 2016 and will discuss the text with award-winning debut author Sanderia Faye.

Praise for Here Comes the Sun:

“… [it] stuns at every turn, especially when you think you have it figured out. It’s about women pushed to the edge, Jamaica in all its beauty and fury, and, more than anything else, a story that was just waiting to be told.” (Marlon James)

“…a brilliant, gut-punch of a debut novel. Set on the white sand beaches, resorts and shacks of Jamaica, Nicole Dennis-Benn tells the story of four Jamaican women as they struggle to find their independence amidst the sprawling resorts that both provide and threaten their livelihood.” (Amazon)

Sun makes for an emotionally devastating read, but Dennis-Benn nurtures her rocky terrain with generous amounts of love and compassion.” (Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News)



A Wordspace Salon with Greg Brownderville

When: January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: Salons are held in private homes, please RSVP to
Hosted by: Sanderia Faye

brownderville_grWordSpace celebrates the release of Greg Brownderville’s third poetry collection, A Horse with Holes in It.

Greg is an associate professor in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as editor of The Southwest Review. He is a great friend of WordSpace and in the past has participated in both our Pegasus Poetry Series and First Hearings at The Wild Detectives. We are delighted to give him this evening to himself.

Join us on January 19 for an evening of poetry, conversation, drinks, and food. Because WordSpace Salons are held in private homes, we ask that you rsvp to to receive the address.


A Horse with Holes in It, published by LSU Press in the Southern Messenger Poets series, employs downloadinventive phrasing and vivid imagery to construct a particular life marked by religion, confused by desire, dulled by alcohol, and darkened by death. But Brownderville also skillfully uses humor to soften the disquieting images that haunt these stanzas. Strange stories wind through these poems: Two method actors live as lovers in a war torn city and take the stage in an empty playhouse. A poet confesses to killing thousands of Arkansas blackbirds via folk magic. A preteen boy, deeply involved in an underground religion, is pressured into marrying a dangerous demon. Brownderville’s poems examine a soulscape wrecked almost beyond recognition and dig deeply through the ruins.


Lady B Smoove @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Dallas Poetry Slam Feature
When: Friday, January 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave., 75231
Hosted by: SlamMaster, Candy
Admission: $5, WordSpace Members Free, but please RSVP

fb_img_1481578440505Lady B Smoove’s musical and inspired journey began in 2006 while hosting and performing at The Kaffe Coffee House in Dallas, Texas, alongside several phenomenal artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. Since then, her poems and lyrics have been published in Voices of Poetry, Volume 4 and 5 by Regent Publishing. Her works have also been nominated for a Legacy of Success Foundation Award for Best Literary Works and a UBE Ally Award.

Since her start in this creative arts world Laby Bsmoove have shared the stage with the likes of Malcom Jamal Warner, Audacious IAM, Michael Guinn, Kevin Dupree, and many more; while featuring on stages from The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (Dallas, Texas), Dallas LGBT Pride Monthly Kick Off at City Hall and Dallas Pride Celebration (Dallas, Texas – 2012, 2013), Muse Theater (Dallas, Texas), Fahari Arts Institute (Dallas, Texas), The HeArt Series (Houston, TX), The Boys and Girls Club of Memphis (Memphis, TN) and many more. In 2010 Lady Bsmoove joinedforces with poet and spoken word artist Audacious IAM and went on tour, sharing her work throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia on The Southern Made Tour.


Lyn Lyric “A Poets Tribute To Nina Simone”

When: Saturday, February 18, 8 pm
Where: Margo Jones Theatre
Starring: Lyn Lyric
Directed by: B Randall
Admission: $15, WordSpace Members $10


Lyn Lyric Smith is a native of Dallas who has touched stages from Dallas to New York.
Lyn Lyric is a Singer, Songwriter, Poet, and Actress.  In March of 2015 Lyn Lyric released her long awaited poetry and music CD entitled “Of Verse & Song” at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. This versatile performer has landed rolls in productions such as Love Doesn’t Hurt, Behind The Cotton Curtain (a Tribute to Medgar Evers), The Black Nativity, The Book of Queens, and Just Call Him to name a few. Lyn Lyric is a crowd favorite at The Black Academy of Arts And Letters  Poet’s N Jazz, Poetry Smash and the longest running all female poetry show in Texas: In The Words Of A Sistah. In February of 2016 Lyn Lyric Smith graced an a sold out crowd with the One Woman Show “ A Poet’s Tribute To Nina Simone”. Lyn Lyric Smith’s style, grace, vocal and word symmetry has made her a staple on area stages and beyond.

ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts

Wordspace presents the last Artspeak of 2016 with a rare blues set featuring Andy Don Emmons accompanied by Mark Martinek. Fairfield Texas native Andy Don channels the spirit of Blind Lemon Jefferson and gets low down and greasy while moaning the eternal universals of existence, Drinkin’, Sex, Money, Art and Death!  And if there ever was a year that inspired the blues you couldn’t pick a better one than 2016!
Mighty Fine Arts presents “Teasarama” featuring new work by Leah Hairston. This show opens on Saturday Dec. 17 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sun. Jan. 22.
Leah Hairston’s burlesque queens and pin-up divas romp seductively amongst cartoon personalities who are seemingly oblivious to the possibilities. Tossing sex bombs into innocuous animation fantasies seems a little corrupt but Leah steeps her images in high humor with slight digs into male posturing. These ladies are unrepentantly provocative but immune from transgression because maybe they’re intoxicating muses bent on inspiration and imagination. Leah masterfully describes fine lines of intent throughout her pictures, thoughtful demarcations that give pause and a bit of a bite. But she doesn’t allow any of that to detract from making her work big enough fun and still be legal. So come on out and get teased and tantalized and tempted cause we all know everybody likes it more naughty than nice!
Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff, 75208, and Gallery hours are 12-5 Sat. and Sun. or by appointment: 214-942-5241    mighty fine arts

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