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Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending the WordSpace presentation of Karen Finley’s The Jackie Look. We hope you enjoyed the evening. If this was your first time to attend a WordSpace event, please visit out website to learn more about who we are and what we do. We produce over fifty events a season, ranging from poetry readings and book launch parties to poetry slams and performance art. Our events take place in venues all over Dallas, and most of what we do is free. Take a look at our calendar, grab a friend, and check out the lively local literary scene.

And please consider becoming a WordSpace member. Everyone who reads or performs for WordSpace receives an honorarium. That means that in addition to the nationally recognized authors and performers we present, dozens of local writers and artists get paid for what they do. This is a basic tenet of what we have done since our founding in 1994. Memberships help make this happen. Memberships also come with discounted tickets and other benefits described on the membership page of our website.

Sign up for our newsletter and like us on Facebook to see announcements of both local events and the visiting performers we have scheduled in the upcoming season.

Thanks again for attending The Jackie Look. Team WordSpace: Steve Cruz, Dee Mitchell, Laney Yarber, Jerry Kelley, Brenda Randall, Karen Minzer, Richard Bailey, Sara Cardona and Rock Baby.

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Clancy Manuel, Laney Yarber, Chaitra Lineham at MFA Gallery

What: ArtSpeak
When: December 12, around 9 ish
Who: Clancy Manuel and Laney Yarber perform in conjunction with Chaitra Lineham’s opening
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler Street, 75208

Clancy ManuelWordspace presents the last Artspeak of 2015 with Mighty Fine Arts in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208.

“Blurred Vision Meets Ambient Noise” with performance and music by Clancy Manuel and “Psych Lights” by Laney Yarber! Starts around 9ish! 







menagerieMighty Fine Arts presents “Menagerie” featuring new work by Chaitra Linehan. This show opens Dec 12 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Jan.17. Chaitra Linehan’s animal pictures aren’t meant as empirical portrayals but are subjects engaged in her own interpretive narrative. Though she is considerably knowledgable about the birds and beasts she renders her intentions aren’t steeped in accuracy but are more inclined toward poetic homage. The collage plummage of her bird portraits imbues them with immediacy and personality as well as aesthetic virtuosity. Her paintings of wild beasts and critters are steeped in darker implications and dilemnas. The “Menagerie” that Ms. Linehan conjures is meant to inveigle delight and wonder but with decided undertones of menace. Also on Opening Night, “Psyche Lights”, featuring spoken word and music by Clancy Manuel and light show created by Laney Yarber.

Tim Seibles @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center

Tim Seibles


Tim Seibles is an Old Dominion University professor, and nationally acclaimed poet.  He’s also an 80s Dallas Poetry Scene OG! We’re delighted to welcome Tim back home.

His most recent collection of poems, “Fast Animal,” was a 2012 National Book Critics Award finalist.

Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hurdy-Gurdy,” “Hammerlock” and “Buffalo Head Solos.” An associate professor of English and creative writing at ODU, he has been on the university faculty for the past 17 years. Seibles is also a visiting faculty member for the Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Seibles has also been a writing fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including: “Rainbow Darkness,” “The Manthology,” “Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry,” “Black Nature,” “Evensong,” “Villanelles” and “Sunken Garden Poetry.” His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in “The Best American Poetry 2010.”

Seibles is a native of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Misericordia University.

About South Dallas Cultural Center and Vicki Meek: The South Dallas Cultural Center is a community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts. Vickie Meek is the award winning director of SDCC. She is a curator, artist and activist. Her decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly impacted the cultural life of Dallas and development of a whole new generation of African American artists. In 2016, Ms. Meek will retire from her office at SDCC to co-develop The Institute for Creative Research in Puerta Viejo, Costa Rica.

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Wordspace supports and celebrates the creative use of language, we sponsor over 50 events a year including: Author Readings, Book Signings, Poetry Slams, Performance Art and Songwriting.

Since 1994, WordSpace has presented programs with thousands of writers across a broad interdisciplinary spectrum. We are proud to support emerging writers and the Texas arts communities.

In addition to emerging writers, WordSpace have also presented such luminaries as Robert Creeley, Townes Van ZandtRay Wylie Hubbard, Jeffrey LilesJames KelmanDagoberto Gilb, Terry Allen, Ben Fountain, Ed Sanders, Andrei Codrescu, Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Laurie Anderson, Johnny Dolphin, Anne Waldman, Philippines PEN award recipient, Edwin Cordevilla, Persian exiles-in-London poets, Abol Froushan and Ali Abdolrezaei, Korea’s Presidential Award recipient Tae Joo Jah,  Our Summer Internship Program hosts young writers from universities around the country and we create programs to give voice and venue to area youth.


WordSpace Season Launch Party with Special Guests Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown

When: Thursday, September 17, Party starts at 7:00pm. Performance starts at 8:00pm.
Where: The Wild Detectives (Oak Cliff)
Hosted by WordSpace: Charles Dee Mitchell, RockBaby, Sara Cardona, Jean Lamberty, Steve Cruz, Jerry Kelley, Laney Yarber, Richard Bailey, and Karen X Minzer. 

Last year the WordSpace Season Launch Party gathered around 50 friends and supporters for a night of drinks, conversation, and presentations. This year we are making the party bigger in every way. Poets Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown have been causing a scene wherever they go with their Lazers of Sexcellence Tour. On September 17, they will be performing free on the outdoor stage at The Wild Detectives.

Here’s the thing about Amber Tamblyn: How many poets have a resume that includes a story arc on Two and Half Men and a stint as guest blogger for The Poetry Foundation?  I’m pretty sure that puts Amber in a field of one. Amber Tamblyn is an actress and a poet. If you are a woman in, say, your late twenties or early thirties, you probably remember her as the eponymous  Joan of Arcadia. Since then she has continued to act and  to publish four well-received books of poetry. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who knows about these things, said of her first collection, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language.” Roxanne Gay described her latest book, Dark Sparkler, as “astonishing.”

Derrick Brown is a poet, performer and publisher based in Austin, Texas. As a slam poet, he has performed in over 1800 venues ranging derrick_brownfrom the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, to The Glastonbury Festival in the UK and The Sorbonne in Paris. (The one in France.) His 2012 collection Strange Light won Texas Poetry Book of the Year. In 2004, he founded Write Bloody Publishing which to date has out close to 100 books. And, like Amber, Derrick is not without acting credits. In 2014 he provided the voice of Mappy in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

This duo has been touring the country with The Lazers of Sexcellence, described as a “ruckus…of poetry, comedy and music.” Come out to enjoy the show, hear what else WordSpace has planned for the year, grab a $1.00 taco (while they last) and select one of the happy hour specials at The Wild Detectives Bar.


northtexasgivingday-1426083418.2532-square-logo2015-(mobile)September 17 is North Texas Giving Day, the day when a portion of every dollar you give to one of the participating non-profit organizations earns matching funds from The Dallas Communities Foundation.

WordSpace is a non-profit, and we are participating. As the day approaches, your in box will no doubt fill with reminders from every school, museum, theater, dance company, and wildlife rescue organization you have ever crossed paths with. Please be generous and think of WordSpace. Donations must be made on the internet through the NTGD portal, but WordSpace will have volunteers standing by to make the process as quick and painless as possible. (Or you can give at home during the day.)

THE WORDSPACE PLEDGE TO YOU: Our fundraising will not slow down the fun on September 17.

Kelly Luce

What: First Hearings
Who: Kelly Luce
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West Eighth Street, Dallas, TX 75208
When: March 12, 2015. 7 PM

Hosted by: Charles Dee Mitchell

Charles Dee Mitchell curates and hosts the series First Hearings. Meet authors. Hear them read. Buy their books. Get their autographs. (And the bar will be open for business.)


Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago TribuneSalonElectric LiteratureCrazyhorseKenyon ReviewAmerican Short FictionThe Southern Review, and other magazines. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Austin, Texas, where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and editor-in-chief of Bat City ReviewThree Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is her first book.




 WordSpace Everywhere: DECEMBER

 10734113_885337118173583_2659406018127626278_n Who: Brian Allen Carr
When: Thursday, December 4, 7 pm

Where: The Wild Detectives, 8th and Bishop
Admission: Free

Brian Allen Carr (born 1979) is a prize winning American writer based in Texas. He is the author of the short story collection Short Bus (2011) and Vampire Conditions. His new book is entitled The Last Horror Novel In the History of the WorldVisit his website here. Read More.
 catshow What: ArtSpeak: Holiday Jamnation
Friday, December 13, 9 pm.
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St.
Admission: Free.
In conjunction with the artists reception for the Cat Show, Wordspace closes out this year’s Artspeak Series with a Holiday Jamnation featuring Randall Garrett and Inferno Texino with Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Jason Cohen and Mark Martinek. Expect the big throwdown around 9 with unexpected guests and spontaneous combustions!


Who: Pages
What: WordSpace 3rd Fridays @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, December 19, 9 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville

Hosted by: SlamMasters Alexandra Marie Thurston and RockBabyPages Matam is a multidimensional creative writing and performance artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, educator, playwright, host, event organizer, Award Winning slam poet (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion). Read More.


 overview2 Who: Jerry Kelley presents a Tribute to Alan Lomax
When: Thursday, November 13, 7 pm

Where: RSVP for location:
Admission: Free to WS Members
Refreshments by Spiral Diner and Ben E. Keith!Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-makerRead More.


 b3final_5745-198x300 Who: Bonnie Friedman
Tuesday, November 25, 7 pm.
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th
New Book signing: Surrendering to Oz.  Read More
 books_feature1-1 Who: Peter Anderson and Alex Lemon
When: Thursday, November 13, 7 pm

Where: RSVP for location:
Admission: Free to WS Members
Salons: Held in private residences, these intimate readings provide a special opportunity for audience to interact with the writers. .Refreshments by Spiral Diner and Ben E. Keith! 
 10271158_10100642666218567_2383233380045949121_o Who: John Darnielle
Sunday,  October 5, 2014 at 7PM.
Where:The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street in Dallas.
John Darnielle will be reading from his novel, Wolf in White Van. Long Listed for National Book Award! Read More.
 darinbradleyevent Who: Darin Bradley
When: Wednesday, October 8th at 7PM.
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street in Dallas. Read More.
WordSpace Off World Sci Fi Readers Club Presents: Darin Bradley’s book CHIMPANZEE. This event will be a reading & signing with Q&A to follow.



Who: Rave
: October 17, 2014 at 8 pm

Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free
WordSpace @ Dallas Poetry Slam Series. Read More


Who: William Bryan Massey III
: October 18, 2014 at 8 pm

Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 509 N. Tyler Street
Hosted by: Steve Cruz

ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts Series. Read More

images-3 WordSpace is honored to present Laurie Anderson:
“The Language of The Future”
Thursday, October 23, 8 pm
The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis



WordSpace Season Kickoff Party @ The Wild Detectives!

WHAT: Kickoff party where we announce our fall schedule of events. WHEN: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7PM. WHERE: The Wild Detectives, 314 W Eighth St, Dallas, TX 75208

Free Appetizers & Free Giveaways! Read More.


Javon @ Dallas Poetry Slam

WHAT: Dallas Poetry Slam & Open Mic every Friday; $100 Slam 1st and 3rd Fridays; Javon Rustin, known as Floetic in his home state of North Carolina, is a self-proclaimed philosopher (described as goofy amongst friends and possibly a few strangers). He believes a poet is just a philosopher who hides behind a microphone or a notebook or both. WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm. WHERE: Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231

Sign up at 7:30pm, $5 Admission 
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Merritt Tierce @ The Wild Detectives

WHAT: Merritt Tierce will be reading and signing her new novel Love Me Back. WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7PM. WHERE: The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street in DallasRead More.

Arte De Las Americas Fest! 

WHAT: Sponsored by LULAC and friends, Arte de las Americas Fest will host an interactive audience community of 10,000 celebrating both traditional and contemporary Latino arts and its cross-cultural fusions. WHEN: Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m.-7 pm WHERE: Klyde Warren Park



August 2014

 1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n NEXT GENERATION: Writing and Performance Workshops
When: Every 1st/3rd Saturday
July 5: Half Price Books
July 19: Oak Cliff Cultural Center

Admission: Free.
WordSpace provides writing and performance mentorship for area students as part of the Next Generation Project.  Read More.

Poets on X Series
A Summer Series created by Opalina Salas –And she reads in this one!
When: August 16, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. Oak Cliff
Who: kYmberly mieshia dionne Keeton & Opalina Salas Read More.

July 2014

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Christopher Carmona, Isaac Chivarria, Paul Koniecki
What: Poets on X Series
When: July 19th
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St., 75208
Hosted by: Opalina Salas
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis.Christopher Carmona is a Chican@ Beat poet. He was a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros de Miral Foundation Award for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2013. Isaac Chivarria is on tour with Christopher: Los Dos Vatos Tour. Isaac is a pocho with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-Pan American. Paul Konieki is the co-founder and co-host of The Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase and on the staff of Mad Swirl.  Read More


  OffWorld Sci Fi Readers Club:
The Book:  
Definitely Maybe  by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Translated by Antonina W. Bouis
When: July 24, 7 pm
Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th St. (Oak Cliff)

Will Evans presents a new translation from Russian sci-fi masters Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.  You can already pick up Definitely MaybeRead More.

June 2014

 1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n NEXT GENERATION: Writing and Performance WorkshopsWhen: Every 1st/3rd Saturday
June 7: Half Price Books,
June 21: Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Admission: Free.
WordSpace provides writing and performance mentorship for area students as part of the Next Generation Project.  Read More.           Atma Bhakti Yoga Center hosts weekly yoga class and open floor readings benefiting Next Generation. Suggested Donation: $5-15. Mondays, 6:30, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223 in East Dallas near Lindsley Park. Read More.
BR_TAM_0160 Samira R. Noorali & Tamitha Curiel
What: Poets on X Series
When: June 14th
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St., 75208
Hosted by: Opalina Salas
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis.  Tamitha Curiel is an educator, poet, singer, songwriter, and actress. She works in educational outreach at Writers Garret and along with her husband, Chris Curiel-and Gerald Bendicks, is a member of the spoken word music group Swirve.  Samira R. NooraliSamira Noorali is a poet and playwright whose works explore trauma survival, relationships and identity.   Noorali is currently teaching a poetry course at University of Texas, which focuses onmythical writing concepts as a tool for personal growth.Read More…
 Andrew_Ortiz_Negation Unconscious Collective
Aaron and Stefan Gonzales, and Gregg Prickett
ArtSpeak @ Mighty Fine Arts
Saturday, June 28, 9 pm
Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N. Tyler St.
In conjunction with the opening of “Para Normalities” a solo show of work by Andy Don Emmons, The Brothers Gonzalez, known as the symbiotic avant garde rhythm foundation of Yells at Eels, have created a daunting side project with uber-accomplished guitar master Gregg Prickett. Read More…


May 2014

 1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n YOUTH POETS WORKSHOPS
When: Every 1st/3rd Saturday
May 3: Half Price Books, May 7: Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Admission: Free.  WordSpace provides writing and performance mentorship for area students as part of the Next Generation Project.  Read More.
 IMG_161370600158999-300x200 MICHAEL HATCHER
When: May 16th
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave
Admission: $5, WS Members FREE.  Michael has made three slam teams, representing his hometown of Fort Worth in 2011, and Arlington (Inkwell) in 2012 and 2013 at the National Poetry Slam. Read More.
 1010328_10152070438100963_1036751023_n THOR JOHNSON (ArtSpeak Series)
When: Saturday, May 17, 7 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 North Tyler Street
Admission: Free.  In conjunction with 2014 Visual Speed Bump Artist Studio Tour, WordSpace presents spoken word art to add to the festivities at Mighty Fine Arts. Read More.
“This Filthy World”
Thursday, May 29
Tickets at PreKindle
WordSpace is honored to host iconic film maker, writer and artist, John Waters in a fundraiser at The Kessler Theater.
His new book Carsick will also be on sale that evening.



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WhatBetter Block Festival
WhoDallas Youth Poets and Randall Garrett with Inferno Texino
When: Sunday, April 26, 6-10, Performances @ 7 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 A N. Tyler Street
In celebration of Better Block on Tyler Street and 7th, Mighty Fine Arts and
 WordSpace present: Inferno Texino: a spoken word/performance/street dance
featuring the exquisitely gifted and talented Dallas Youth Poets, a chance to celebrate burgeoning geniuses!
Also a rare performance by the notorious artist extraordinaire Randall Garrett. Read More.
1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n Youth Poets Workshops
When: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of Every Month
April 5: Half Price Books, NW Highway Flagship Store
April 19: Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Admission: Free.  Dallas Youth Poets founders and Team mentorsJoaquin Zihuatanejo and Alexandra Marie Thurston, conduct workshops for young writers and performers, with occasional special guest presentations.   Read More
 Seamus-Heaney-RIP Holdeman on Heaney
When: Thursday, April 10
Where: RSVP for location:
Admission: Free to WS Members
Salons: Held in private residences, these intimate readings provide a special opportunity for audience to interact with the writers.Celebrate National Poetry Month with Wine and Cheese and Dr. David Holdeman’s presentation of Seamus Heaney. More
 51qd0lefieL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Fernando Flores – Book Signing
When: Thursday, April 17, 7 pm
Where: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition
McAllen, Texas is the indie-rock capital of the world; or at least it would be, if all their bands didn’t have the pesky habit of disintegrating before ever having their first big success. Read More
 Screen-Shot-2013-12-16-at-10.36.51-PM-300x189 Sasha Banks at Dallas Poetry SlamWhen: April 18, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: 
Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members FreeSasha Banks is a poet and educator from Ohio, by way of Alaska, by way of Germany, by way of California. Read More


February and March 2014

Justen Ahren
When: Friday, February 20, 78 pm
Where: RSVP for location:
Admission: Free to WS Members
Salons: Held in private residences, these intimate readings provide a special opportunity for audience to interact with the writers.  West Tisbury, Massachusetts Poet Laureate Justen Ahren has published poems in numerous literary journals including, most recently, Fulcrum, BorderSenses, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, and Comstock Review.  More
 Corey Black 3 Corey Black, Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader
When: Friday, February 21, 8 pm
Where:Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5, Free to WS Members
Slam Master: Alexandra Marie.WordSpace partners with Dallas Poetry Slam to present a high energy presentation of the best of poetry slam. Every 3rd Friday.  Corey Black is a St. Louis born emcee, lyricist, poet, and spoken word artist. He is most known for his affiliation with St.Louis collective The Force and being the hypeman for recording artist Tef Poe. More
 1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n Youth Poets Workshops
When: 1st Saturdays of Every Month
Where:Half Price Books, NW Highway Flagship Store
Admission: Free.  Dallas Youth Poets founders and Team mentorsJoaquin Zihuatanejo and Alexandra Marie Thurston, conduct workshops for young writers and performers, with occasional special guest presentations.  Youth Poets Workshops is expanding to Oak Cliff Cultural CenterWhen: 3rd Saturdays, 4-6 pm (Beginning April 19).  Read More
  Who: Roberto Munguia (Might Fine Arts Series)
When: Saturday, March 15 8 pm
Where: From the Ends of the Earth
Admission: Free.  In conjunction with Frank Lopez’s exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, his friend, Roberto Munguia presents a spoken word intermission to the festivities.Robert Munguia-read more on the artist. Read Excerpts of Munguia’s writing here.  Photo: Dallas Arts Revue, J.R. Compton
Texans CAN Academy Yavneh-Academy-300x225 Next Generation at SMU Literary Festival
When: Wednesday, March 19, 7 pm
Reception: 6:30 pm
Where: McCord AuditoriumNothing gets these students going more than their annual presentation at SMU Lit Fest and fill the auditorium with their fans. A diverse range will be presented from Yavneh Academy, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Dallas Youth Poets, Prometheus Academy, Trinity Valley School and Parish Episcopal.Students bring the mentorship of some of the most talented writers working in education. These Students bring the mentorship of some of the most talented writers working in education- including Dr. Tim Cloward, Scott Davison, Kyle Vaughn, Luke Jacob, Kyle Vaughn, Alexandra Marie Thurston, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Isabella Russell-Ides and Karen X Minzer.SMU Literary Festival 2014: Click Here for complete schedule of events that will feature Erica Dawson, Jamaal May, Jennifer Key, Kyle McCord, Nan Cuba, Tim Parish, Rob Yardubiam, Tarfia Faizullah
  WhoBrando Chemtrails, Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Reader
When: Friday, March 21, 8 pm
Where:Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5, Free to WS Members
Slam Master: Alexandra Marie.WordSpace partners with Dallas Poetry Slam to present a high energy presentation of the best of poetry slam. Every 3rd Friday.  Brando Chemtrails is a poet from Denver ColoradoRead MoreHear Brandon Chemtrails


WordSpace @ Tyler Davis Festival

All Day! Multiple Artists! Mighty Fine Arts, To the Ends of the Earth, Oil and Cotton, Ant Colony, and More.


2014-15FallCardFront_aFounded in 1994, WordSpace presents over 50 annual programs with poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights, performance artists and scholars across the broadest possible spectrum.









board photo 2014WordSpace is made up of working writers, artists and educators dedicated to connecting Dallas literary scene with the widest possible audience. It was founded with the determination to encourage and develop emerging local writers and performers by offering a paid honorarium. Many of these writers have gone on to receive prestigious awards and author success.







Laurie!Their wide range of activities include celebrity-writer events. Performers have included Laurie Anderson, Nikki Giovanni, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Amy Sedaris and Dan Savage.





Ronaldo Wilson with studentsWordSpace sponsors an innovative Next Generation Project with annual student readings, monthly open mics, students reading in Salons alongside published writers, and free writing workshops. The WordSpace Summer Intern program host paid university students around the country.

Beat Poetry Festival Workshops with Chuck Taylor and Christopher Carmona

What: Dallas is the site of the 2014 Beat Poetry Festival. In conjunction with this free featival, WordSpace sponsors Chuck Taylor’s Memoir workshop and Christopher Carmona’s poetics workshop.
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St.
When: The festival begins on Thursday, November 6 and runs through Saturday night, November 8. The workshops are 10-12 for Memoir, and 12-2 for Poetry. Both workshops are free. 

Registration for the festival is open until October 16th and more information can be found here. More coming on venues and readers for this beatific festival coming soon.

2014 Beat Poetry Festival

The Beat Poetry Festival was founded by a group of Texas poets, inpsired by the movement made famous by writers like Jack KerouacAllen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, The 4th Annual Beat Poetry Festival will be held this year in Dallas, TX on Nov. 6-8. Organizers Christopher Carmona and Chuck Taylor will be offering workshops.

Christopher Carmona was a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros de Miral Foundation Award for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2013. He has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Trickster Literary Journal, Interstice, vandal., Bordersenses, the Sagebrush Review, and tecolote. His first collection of poetry called beat was published by Slough Press and his second book, I Have Always Been Here is published by Otras Voces Press. He is also editing a Beat Texas anthology called The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and is working on a book called Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics with Isaac Chavarria, Gabriel Sanchez, & Rossy Lima Padilla to be published by University of New Mexico Press in 2015. Currently he is the organizer of the Annual Beat Poetry and Arts Festival and the Artistic Director of the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists. Visit his website here.

Chuck Taylor is a Texas Yankee reared in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina, won the Austin Book Award for his collection, What Do You Want, Blood? He has worked in the Poets- in-the-Schools program, been a CETA poet in Salt Lake City, operated a used bookstore, worked in the laundry of a hospital, labored for the Terrill State Mental Hospital and the Texas School for the Deaf, owned a small press, and is the former Coordinator of Creative Writing at Texas A&M University. Conversations with the poet Lucien Stryk in 1967 stimulated his interest in Asian culture and he was able to work and study in Japan from 1991-94. Married three times, he has three children, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including most recently, Like Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon (Pecan Grove, 2008).

Yoga & Poetry benefiting Next Generation Youth projects

What: Monday night yoga and reading
When: Every Monday night, 6:30-8 pm
Where: Atma Bhakti Yoga Center, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223 in East Dallas, near Lindsley Park
Who: Karen X and You
Proceeds benefit WordSpace Next Generation programs.
Suggested Donation $5-15.

Atma Bhakti Yoga Center offers a weekly Monday night yoga class at 6:30 to benefit WordSpace Next Generation youth education projects.

1236710_664084110288152_2000634296_nTaught by an Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT  500 hour), this gentle yoga class culminates with a writing exercise and open floor reading by participants. Or bring your own rigorously self-investigative poems to share.



WordSpace Next Generation Project

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson 

1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_nYouth Poetry Workshops are a component of WordSpace Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents writing and performance workshops mentored by top Dallas poets and educators. The workshops are open to ages 13-19. Selected articipants also have the opportunity to appear in WordSpace Salons alongside experienced writers. Traveling writers visit workhops as special guests and young writers are given opportunities to submit their work to publications and performances. 

OCAlogoBWPrinciple Funding is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and TACA. This program is created in partnership with Oak Cliff Cultural Center. TACA_logo




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