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, including Jerry Kelley, Roxy Gordon, David Searcy and Jeff Davis. WordSpace has presented programs with thousands of poets, prose writers, songwriters, playwrights, storytellers, performance artists and scholars across the broadest possible spectrum, including Robert Creeley, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jeffrey Liles, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Dagoberto Gilb, Terry Allen, 2013 National Book Critics Circle winner Ben Fountain, Ed Sanders, Andrei Codrescu, Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, Sandra Bernhard, John Waters, Laurie Anderson, 2015 National Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Anne Waldman, Vievee Francis, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Abani, Caravan of Dreams co-founder, Johnny Dolphin and hundreds of interdiscipinary events and public webcam readings with writers from around the globe, including Philippines PEN award recipient, Edwin Cordevilla, Persian exiles-in-London poets, Abol Froushan and Ali Abdolrezaei, Korean Presidential Award recipient Tae Joo Jah, and exhibitions such as Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones, Texas Unbound literary festivals at Undermain Theater and The Latino Arts Festival at Bishop Arts.
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 perspectives of aggressively creating programs that reflect contemporary thought, human rights values and sustainable environment through all genre-representation. Racial equity in writers and audience, explorations in imaginative language, and interdisciplinary cross pollination continue to characterize WordSpace programming.