Mission Statement and History
Mission Statement: WordSpace is a nonprofit literary organization that supports education and writers, connecting Dallas with the best of world literature and spoken word. Founded in 1994, the organization hosts authors, readings, student workshops, concerts and salons to promote established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in traditional and experimental forms. Through diverse, multi-cultural programs, WordSpace enhances the development of language artists of all ages, facilitates communication throughout the literary community, and contributes to expanding the Dallas literary scene to the widest possible audience
Founded in 1994 by poet Robert and Adrienne Trammell, with a group of prominent Dallas writers, WordSpace has presented programs with poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights, storytellers and performance artists across the broadest possible interdisciplinary spectrum. WordSpace was determined to offer unique programs with multi-cultural diversity and to encourage local artists by offering a paid honorarium. As WordSpace became a recognized literary leader, it expanded its scope to include ticketed celebrity-writer events, educational programs, and youth outreach. In addition, WordSpace was among the first literary organizations to produce webcam readings with writers from countries around the globe and the first literary organization in Texas to highlight the significance of songwriters and musicians, especially native Texas singer/songwriters, as an integral part of “imaginative language.” WordSpace has produced numerous literary festivals in Dallas and grown from an organization producing a dozen events a year to now producing over 50 and work with over a dozen partners in city-wide venues.
The Kids Are Alright! In 2010 WordSpace consolidated its youth outreach into the Next Generation Project, sponsoring free writing and performance workshops, annual Student Readings (since 2002); Students in Salons alongside award winning writers and open mics; WS board members also provide study skills development for students in the Oak Cliff community. In addition, our Summer Internship Program offers young writers from universities around the country an opportunity to develop programming and organizational skills related to cultural events administration.
Our Board of Directors are working writers and educators, with extensive national and international professional and artistic network ties. We remain devoted to Robert Trammell’s programming perspectives highlighting contemporary thought, human rights values and sustainable environment through all genre-representation. Multicultural equity, explorations in imaginative language, and interdisciplinary cross pollination continue to characterize WordSpace programming.