Lisa Huffaker, Christopher Carmona, Scooter Smith, Ichat: Janaka Stucky

Lisa Huffaker, Christopher Carmona, Scooter Smith, Ichat: Janaka Stucky
When: September 8th, 2010
Where: Kessler X+ Art Gallery

The WordSpace Reading Series at the Kessler X+ Art Gallery is held in partnership with The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. Originally built by Gene Autry, then destroyed by tornado, The Kessler has been beautifully resurrected as an arts/music complex. The new ambience maximizes our exciting presentations of both emerging and experienced writers, and mixes it up with our innovative use of web-cam-technology to broadcast live readings via Ichat/Skype, inter-connecting with writers from around the world. The events are held 2nd Wednesdays, as part of The Kessler’s Residency Nights of music. Begin the evening with Community Happy Hour, join us upstairs for the readings and check out their website to see who will be performing those nights!

Special Thanks to our friends –Owner, Edwin Cabiniss and Artistic Director, Jeffrey Liles.

Lisa Huffaker has sung with the Dallas Opera for ten years, is a member of Dancing Tongue performance poetry ensemble, an award winning poet and has been published by Southwest Review among other others. She comes to poetic language through a background of classical singing. In studying the world’s great art songs and opera libretti, she has delved into the work of great poets in their original languages, ranging from Rilke and Verlaine to Walt Whitman. Lisa’s poetry has been featured by Wordspace, The Dallas Poets’ Community, and Dancing Tongue, where her talents as a singer and a performance artist also come into play. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boise State University and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. She resides in Dallas with her husband, poet Tim Cloward.

Below is an excerpt from Lisa’s reading at The Kessler.

Christopher Carmona hails from the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas.  He is beat poet following in the tradition of beat poets like Jack Kerouac, Bob Kaufman, and Raul Salinas.  Much of his work works to redefine what it means to be ‘beat’ as a poet and scholar.  He is currently pursuing his PhD at Texas A&M University.  He has had poems published in the Writers’ Block and Beatlick Art & News.  Currently he is working on his first book of poetry simply titled beat and is editing an anthology of Beat Texas writings for UT Press with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson. Below is an excerpt from Christopher’s reading at The Kessler.

Scooter Smith is the art director and webmaster of Moonlady News, web illustrator and animator, videographer including in many video festivals. He will be sharing his moving video honoring those who died senselessly during the events of 9-11–”Our Live Like Rain”.

Janaka Stucky is the founder and managing editor of Black Ocean, and publishes the magazine Handsome. Since receiving his BFA from Emerson and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College in 2003, he remains rooted in Boston—spending his life traveling, writing, and caring for the dead. Some of his poems appear or are forthcoming in: Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Redivider, and VOLT.

Janaka practices the perfection of effort while working on silent relationships with knives, pugilism, and a history of tentacles. He was recently voted “Boston’s Best Poet” for 2010 in the Boston Phoenix. He likes his whiskey neat and his music dirty.

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