Pegasus Reading Series: Richard Bailey, R. Flowers Rivera, Bess Whitby, and Horace Bray

pegasussept2015-page001Richard Bailey‘s poems have appeared in several journals, including The Madison Review, Mudfish, Quiddity, and Whiskey Island Magazine. His films have shown in festivals across the U.S., including SXSW, Black Maria, Dallas Medianale, Anthology Film Archives, and have recently shown in Europe at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland and Proyector International Video Art Festival, Spain. Learn more about Richard at

R. Flowers Rivera, a Mississippi native who now lives in McKinney, Texas. Her second collection, Heathen (February 2015 by Lotus Press, distributed by Wayne State University) was selected as the winner of the 2015 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for publication by acclaimed poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. The award was established by Lotus Press to recognize an outstanding book-length manuscript by an African-American poet. Heathen presents revisionist mythology, specifically exploring myths through the lens of race, gender, and Southern culture. This fall she is teaching at the University of Texas—Dallas. Visit for more information.

Bess Whitby is a poet currently earning an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. She will defend her thesis this fall and graduate in December. She earned her BA in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature from North Texas in May of 2013. Bess is an active participant and reader for Spiderweb Salon, a Denton-based arts collective. She is also a regular contributor to the Spiderweb Salon Zine, a DIY-style publication which seeks to publish prose, poetry, short essays, and art.

Horace Bray is a guitarist, composer, and band leader currently residing in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. While living in St. Louis, Missouri, Horace studied privately with Corey Christiansen, Paul Bollenbeck, Rick Haydon, and Reggie Thomas. He was a member of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, the Missouri all-suburban and all-state Jazz bands, and was the guitarist for the Birch Creek Jazz ambassadors in 2006. Horace moved to Denton to study at the University of North Texas in 2010. While there he played with the Unt Jazz singers, the 4 o’clock lab band, the 2 o’clock lab band, and was the first undergrad guitarist in 15 years to hold the guitar chair in the prestigious One O’clock Lab Band.

Pegasus Reading Series is a reading series based in Dallas, TX and presented by WordSpace. Pegasus is held at Kettle Art gallery in Deep Ellum and hosted by Sebastian Paramo.  Pegasus is meant to showcase local and touring writers and foster community between the authors and the writers.

Past readers for Pegasus include: Nick McRae, Octavio Quintanilla, Edyka Chilomé, Chloe Honum, Courtney Marie, Blake Kimzey, Logen Cure, Fatima Hirsi, George David Clark, Greg Brownderville, Chelsea Wagenaar, Danielle Sellers, Merritt Tierce, Jenny Molberg, Nate Logan, and others.

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