Oak Cliff Bike Crawl @ Dallas Lit Hop

CA CONRAD

4 pm Verse and Rhythm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center;

5 pm Laney Yarber, Tammy Gomez and Chris Merlick @ Mercado;

6 pm Isabella Ides, Christopher Carmona, Karen Minzer @ Lucky Dog Books;

7 pm Chuck Taylor, Ofelia Garza-Faz, Gabo Montemayor at Top Ten Records;

8 pmCA Conrad @ Texas Theater

10 pm X+ Poets @ Mighty Fine Arts;

CA Conrad is the winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award and author of seven books, the latest is titled While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). Conrad and his boyfriend Earth travel the world conducting workshops and rituals to heal our lands.  Conrad is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and recipient of fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics.  In an interview with Luke Degnan for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBlog, Conrad discusses an approach to poetry, which focuses on process and on engaging the permeability of the border between self and other. “Ultimately, I want my (Soma)tic poetry and poetics to help us realize at least two things. That everything around us has a creative viability with the potential to spur new thinking and imaginative output and that the most necessary ingredient to bringing the sustainable, humane changes we need and want for our world requires creativity in all lives, every single day.”

Charles “Chuck” Taylor Jr. is an American author of books of poetry, essay, short story, and novels who was born in Minneapolis but has lived most of his life in Texas. He is a professor of literature, teaches creative writing at Texas A&M and operates the small press Slough Press publishing from 1973-today. His contribution to building the literature scene in Texas includes activities as both a writer and publisher. He has published leading poets, fiction and non-fiction writers whose books have received numerous awards and were later published by larger presses. His own titles, such as the poetry collection What do You Want, Blood? received an Austin Book Award and regional critical acclaim. He is one of the legendary figures of the Austin–San AntonioDallas triangle culture that nurtured the eccentric, free-spirited independence of Texan bohemia and cross-cultural innovative creativity, especially in the literary arts. Taylor’s novel, Drifter’s Story, and his poetry book, Ordinary Life, explore the lives of the working poor. He has taught in the NEA Poets-in-the-Schools Program and was CETA Poet-in-Residence for the City of Salt Lake.

Christopher Carmona is a professor of creative writing at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; co-editor of the Beatest State in the Union, featuring dozens of Dallas and Texas writers for their contemporary connection to Beat lineage writing. Carmona highlights the role of Beat lineage writers to Chicano writers in Texas.

Verse and Rhythm is an open mic and feature reading series, founded and hosted by Brenda Randall and Priscilla Rice.

Laney Yarber is a seminal figure in Dallas performance art, recipient of numerous awards and grants for work collaborated with Dallas Opera’s Phillip Lamb.

Poets on X+ is an open mic and feature reading series, founded and hosted by Opalina Salas.

 

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