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, 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.
In 2010 WordSpace consolidated its ongoing urban youth outreach into the Next Generation Project, sponsoring innovative educational free writing and performance workshops with Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series; annual Student Readings at SMU Lit Fest and the Kessler Theater; Students in Salons alongside experienced, award winning writers; Slam in the Schools with visits by programming partner Dallas Poetry Slam. 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.
In response to the demand for our services, we founded an office in Oak Cliff’s Tyler-Davis/Bishop Arts District which serves as a meeting space as well as a venue and open door to writers, artists, educators, community leaders and urban youth.
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 diversity, explorations in imaginative language, and interdisciplinary cross pollination continues to characterize WordSpace programming.