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FIRST HEARINGS WITH COLIN WINNETTE

Who: Colin Winnette
What: First Hearings

Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W 8th St, Dallas 75208

When: March 7, 7:30 pm

 

WordSpace welcomes back Colin Winnette.

Colin last read as part of the First Hearings series with the 2015 release of Haint’s Stay. That novel was the author’s take on the American Western, described by the Los Angeles times as more Homer than Lois L’Amour.

With The Job of the Wasp, Winnette enters Southern Gothic territory.

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess.

And that’s when the corpses start turning up.

The Kirkus review has announced that once Winnette’s tale “clicks, giggles, and slithers into your mind, it’s nearly impossible to dislodge.” And if that sounds a bit pulpy for your tastes, Publishers Weekly compares The Job of the Wasp to Robert Walser and Witold Gombrowicz.

Colin Winette is finding his way to the to of the ranks of reader-pleasing and critical attention grabbers among the crowd of new genre-bending authors. The Job of the Wasp appears on several lists of “most anticipated” books of 2018, and as reviews start to come in, it is proving a special favorite of booksellers nationwide. The University Bookstore in Seattle recommends reading it “ late at night during a storm with Pink Floyd’s The Wall playing in the background.” Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, describes it as “Lord of the Flies meets A Separate Peace.” And Kelly Link, our finest practitioner of literary horror, advises “You should absolutely read this.”

Following the reading at The Wild Detectives, WordSpace board president Charles Dee Mitchell will lead a discussion with the author and the audience.

 

 


Women of the World Poetry Slam Competition

When: March 14-17
Where: Latino Cultural Center, Majestic Theatre, Drugstore Cowboy, The Deep Ellum Art Company and More!
Whaaat?! For the second year in a row, Candy Zantea, SlamMaster of the Dallas Poetry Slam has scored a big one for the City of Dallas. Presented by the national organization, Poetry Slam, additional sponsorship with WordSpace, Dallas Public Library and others make it possible to bring women writers from across the country to compete for the big prize.


Christopher Michael @ Dallas Poetry Slam

When: May 18th 2018
Where: Heroes Lounge, 7402 Greenville Ave., 75231
Hosted by: Candy (DPS ED and SlamMaster)
WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to present a monthly feature reading.
Christopher Michael is the President of Poetry Slam Inc., Slam Master of Austin Neosoul ATX. In 1999, he ntered first poetry slam and won. In 2013, he tried to take a break from poetry. Failed!
In 2016 Iwps Finalist, and Southern Fried Slam Finalists.

Ashe @ Dallas Poetry Slam

When: Friday, April 20, 8 pm
Where: Heroes
Hosted by: Candy and Dallas Poetry Slam

 

Ashe Vernon is a playwright and poet based in Austin, Texas. A 23 year old professional daydreamer, Ashe has always been restless. They’ve published four collections of poetry, one of which was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Currently the Senior Editor of Poetry with the literary magazine, Persephone’s Daughters, Ashe has a talent for over-committing and narrowly making deadlines. They’ve toured the country, crying into microphones at strangers all over the southwest. At 5’2”, Ashe is a very small person with very tiny hands and a whole lot to say about it.


Tony McPherson @ Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: TONY McPHERSON  
When: Friday, January 19, 8 pm
Where: Heroes
Hosted by Candy and Dallas Poetry Slam

Anthony McPherson writes biracial poetry, intertwining various art forms such as breakdance, stop-motion animation, and a myriad of character impressions. Ranked 2nd in the world (Individual World Poetry Slam 2017), you can see him perform in “Love Beats Rhymes” (Lionsgate 2017), or watch him break down bigoted arguments in his online videos.

The Stoners @ MFA Gallery

Mighty Fine Arts presents a “Loose Women” Holiday Party with a Wordspace Artspeak performance by The StonersSaturday December 16th 6-9pm
 
The Stoners are Oak Cliff’s premiere Rolling Stones tribute band and they will be doing a special unplugged acoustic gallery set in conjunction with the “Loose Women” exhibit. If you haven’t seen the show be sure to come by and check out some incredible work by Sara Cardona, Courtney Googe, Leah Hairston, Cynthia Ann Miro and Jenifer Smith! So come on out and indulge in some seasonal revelry and take in some great art and hot jams with some “Loose Women” and The Stoners!  
 
Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208  mighty fine arts

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Walter Mosley @ The Kessler

What: The Great Walter Mosley
When: Sunday, April 29, 8 pm
Where: The Kessler Theatre
Special Guest Host: Patrick M. Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers

DISD Visit with South Dallas Cultural Center: April 30.

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City. WordSpace is honored to present Mr. Mosley for a rare Dallas appearance, in performative social commentary, storytelling and selected readings of his work. Tickets will be available on Prekindle.com in February 2018. Advance VIP Meet/Greet packages will be available as early as December 2017.

New Walter Mosley novel coming in 2018

Walter MosleyBest-selling novelist Walter Mosley will publish a new novel with Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, EW can announce exclusively.

Titled Down the River Unto the Sea, the novel centers on a former New York City police detective, now working as a Brooklyn PI, who is investigating the case of a Black civil rights activist convicted of murdering two city policemen. At the same time, he’s still trying to piece together the conspiracy that caused his own downfall at the hands of the police.

This novel will mark Mosley’s return to Little, Brown, where he’ll be edited and published by Mulholland Books’ Josh Kendall. Down the River Unto the Sea is slated for a Feb. 20, 2018 publication.

 

 

Special Guest Host, Patrick Oliver is a program manager and literary consultant dedicated to promoting reading and writing as tools of empowerment. Through a variety of innovative projects Oliver engages children, youth and adults in activities such as writing workshops, author talks, book discussions, professional development sessions and community forums.

Creator, executive producer and host of Literary Nation Talk Radio a live weekly broadcast on JoyNet Radio with past guest such as Marian Wright Edelman, Common, Hill Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Taylor and numerous others.

He is publisher and editor of the Essence Magazine best-selling anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth (April 2006). Contributing participant Roundtable Discussion “Featuring Leaders of Poetry Organizations for Kids from Around the United States” in the publication Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s April 2013).  His forthcoming books – On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People (June 2015) and Notes from a Literary Activist (October  2015).

Mr. Oliver was Director of Sales and Marketing at Third World Press (Chicago, IL); Program Director for the Open Book Program a citywide after-school reading program (Chicago, IL) and spent over 10 years as a material analyst and senior contract administrator in the defense industry (Los Angeles, CA). He has organized and facilitated panels and workshops for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, American Library Association, College Language Association, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Harlem Book Fair and numerous other conferences and events.

Oliver has made two appearances on CSPAN BookTV, Black America Web feature Faces of Hope: Patrick Oliver Teaches Kids to Be Successful Readers and Writers, special guest author at the National Book Club Conference (2014) and Literary Excellence Award Recipient (2014). Recently named advisory board member Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University.

Literary and business development consultant for educational intuitions, non-profits organizations, publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors.

Additionally, developed in-school, after-school and summer enrichment programs for the Little Rock School District, William Penn School District (Lansdowne, PA), Open Book Program (Chicago, IL), Pulaski Technical College (North Little Rock, AR), City of Little Rock Community Programs Office, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Diversity Affairs (Little Rock, AR) and Wallace Community College (Eufaula, AL).

 


ArtSpeak: Annie Benjamin @ Mighty Fine Arts

What: WordSpace ArtSpeak
Who: Annie Benjamin
When: Saturday, November 4, 8:00 pm; Gallery showing 6-9 pm.
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler Street in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208

Wordspace Artspeak presents a performance by Annie Benjamin as part of Mighty Fine Arts’ Almost Closing Party for the Sharon Neel-Bagley show “Microscopic Cross Sections”, from 6-9 pm.

The multi-talented Annie Benjamin is a remarkable singer songwriter, who recently won the B.W.Stevenson Songwriting Award from Poor David’s Pub. She is also a gifted actress, plays guitar and flute and is radiant and charming. Annie is an accomplished performer and has graced numerous venues in Texas. Check out Annie’s website here.

Be sure to come out and see her in this rare informal gallery setting and enjoy her incredible tunes and ability. And the Sharon Neel Bagley show is a perfect visual compliment to Annie’s music! Come out for a rewarding evening with these two amazing ladies!

Mighty Fine Arts Gallery hours are 12-5 Sat and Sun or by appointment: 214-942-5241. mighty fine arts

“75228/Logscape”
photography 30×30 2017
Sharon Neel-Bagley  

 

 


Tina McElroy Ansa @ South Dallas Cultural Center

  

AFRICAN DIASPORA–NEW DIALOGUES
SEASON 4: 2017-18
Lonnie Hollie November 9, Tina McElroy Ansa, March 29, Walter Mosley April 29

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 7:30 PM
TINA McELROY ANSA

South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Reception for the Artist 7 pm
FREE!
Special Guest Host: Patrick Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers

In 2005, Ms. Ansa was awarded the 2005 Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body and work and for contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. In November of 2006, she will be honored as one of two living Authors of Note at the Georgia Literary Festival. Her first novel BABY OF THE FAMILY was selected for the 2002 list 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. In 2005, her second novel UGLY WAYS was included in that year’s list of 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. The lists are compiled and issued by the Georgia Center for the Book. In 2002, Ms Ansa was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University.

In the fall of 2004, Ms. Ansa established the Sea Island Writers Retreats on Sapelo  Island, Georgia. The annual retreats seek to assist emerging and established writers in honing their work and skills in fiction, non-fiction, memoir and editing in sessions with professional writers and editors.

In 2006, she extended the writers retreats throughout the country with the Sea Island Writers Retreats…On the Road. These traveling literary retreats are held annually in Atlanta, Georgia on the Spelman College campus at the Women’s Research and Resource Center in April with best-selling authors, screenwriters and editors leading the workshop and lectures.

At the beginning of 2007, Tina McElroy Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with a focus on African-American literature, fiction and nonfiction. DownSouth Press is the home to thoughtful stories and work – by established and new authors — that is often under-marketed or excluded from the current publishing landscape’s focus on “niche”, “urban” or “street” fiction.

DownSouth Press’ first list was released in the summer of 2008 and the lead title was Ansa’s new novel, TAKING AFTER MUDEAR, a sequel to the author’s ground- breaking UGLY WAYS, winner of  the  Blackboard Best-Seller Top Fiction Award.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 8 pm
WALTER MOSLEY
MORE THAN A LITTLE TO SAY ABOUT IT ALL

The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St., 75208
Tickets: $35 General Admission
VIP Meet/Greet Tickets are available that include a signed book and pre-show reception with the author
Special Guest Host: Patrick Oliver, Founder of Say It Loud! Readers and Writers

WordSpace and South Dallas Cultural Center welcome Walter Mosley for a rare Dallas appearance, in lively social commentary, storytelling and selected readings of his work. Mr. Mosley’s school appearance will visit with students in a discussion of his children’s books, and Martin Luther King month. Mr. Mosley’s appearance caps the 2018 Dallas Lit Hop as Headliner, in conjunction with City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Dallas Arts Month activities.

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes crime fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2016 Edgar Grand Master, two time winner of the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work, an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

Best-selling novelist Walter Mosley will publish a new novel. Down the River Unto the Sea, centers on a former New York City police detective, now working as a Brooklyn PI, who is investigating the case of a Black civil rights activist convicted of murdering two city policemen. At the same time, he’s still trying to piece together the conspiracy that caused his own downfall at the hands of the police.

About This Series: African Diaspora–New Dialogues is a showcase of writers in cultural exchange between  African Diaspora writers and audiences in Dallas. It is also provides enrichment to writers without borders who want to keep abreast of the latest advanced development of world literature. This is the 4th Season of this programming collaboration between South Dallas Cultural Center and WordSpace. Lonnie Holley kicked off the African Diaspora-New Dialogues in November 2017.

Past award winning writers include Chris Abani, Mitchell Jackson, Vievee Francis, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tim Seibles, Tyehimba Jess, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Douglas Kearney. Local award winning writers who have presented their work alongside these visiting writers include Sanderia Faye, Dallas Poetry Slam writer/performers Sherrie Zantea, Javon Rustin, Rage Almighty, Melania Luisa, and Wayne Henry.

WordSpace and SDCC launched the first series in 2014 after a discussion about the “dearth of book readings by African Diaspora authors,” Vicki Meek, Retired Manager of SDCC, says.

In outlining the series, WordSpace and South Dallas Cultural Center aimed to bring new literary voices to Dallas fans and showcase the diversity of cultural offerings at the SDCC. The current series also represents the program’s success in bringing to Dallas distinguished writers of all backgrounds. SDCC also arranges the authors to make Dallas school visits to enrich their educational experience.

“We are all excited to see how this program has grown,” says Charles Dee Mitchell, WordSpace Board President. “Alongside award-winning writers from across the United States, we have presented distinguished international figures from Nigeria and Jamaica. This is exactly the vision we shared when we first sat down to plan the series with Vicki Meek,”

ABOUT WORDSPACE: WordSpace is a 24 year old nonprofit group of artists that support artist. For more information on WordSpace: www.WordSpaceDallas.com. 

ABOUT SOUTH DALLAS CULTURAL CENTER: SDCC is a City of Dallas cultural facility operated by Office of Cultural Affairs. John Sprigging, Manager; Daniel Hanchett, Theater Director; Marilyn Clark, Education Director. For more information on SDCC: www.sdcc.dallasculture.org.

This series is made possible by the partial funding support of South Dallas Cultural Center, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs,  National Endowment for the Arts and Ben E. Keith.

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