Rosalyn Story, Will Clarke, Roderick “RockBaby” Goudy, William Virgil Davis

Rosalyn Story, Will Clarke, Roderick “RockBaby” Goudy, William Virgil Davis
When: October 19th, 2010
Where: Northwood University

WordSpace is proud to present William Virgil Davis in the Northwood University Literary Festival. Mr. Davis will be reading at 11 am in the Chapel. Other offerings of the Literary festival will be at 7 pm.

Rosalyn Story is a Dallas resident who has published both fiction and nonfiction, including “And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert” (Warner), which was adapted for the PBS program “Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: A History of Blacks in Opera.” Story is also a long-time violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Her first novel, “More Than You Know” (Agate Publishing), earned critical acclaim, and her new novel, “Wading Home” (Agate Publishing) is set in post-Katrina Louisiana.

Rock Baby has appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and has won several local, regional and national performance poetry competitions. He is viewed as a natural performer who also does comedy and theater. He organizes the Dallas Poetry Slam that host local performance poetry competition and coaches a team that competes nationally. He teaches creative writing for after school programs in DISD, RISD and Desoto ISD. He also is an active member on the African American Impact Committee (AAIC).” and curates the WordSpace/Dallas Slam Featured Reader Series.

Will Clarke is an American novelist who is the author of Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles: A Spy Novel (sort of) and The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana,  Clarke originally self-published both books via the Internet and independent books stores like Book Soup in Los Angeles, BookPeople in Austin, and Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. Clarke’s books eventually became underground hits in the early part of the 2000s. He later republished the books in hardback with Simon & Schuster and sold the movie rights to Hollywood. Both books have been selected as The New York Times Editors’ Choice while Clarke was named the “Hot Pop Prophet” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2006. He is also the author of the controversial essay,  ”How to Kill A Boy That Nobody Likes” which was published in the Free Press Anthology, When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School.

Will Clarke is known for using the supernatural (a psychic dot-com millionaire and the ghost of a dead frat boy) to trick the cynical eye into seeing the madness of the mundane.

William Virgil Davis has published poems in many magazines. His books of poetry are: One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets award; The Dark Hours, which won the Calliope Press Chapbook Prize; and Winter Light. He has also published short stories and several books of literary criticism. He is an English Professor at Baylor University. His latest collection recently won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Poetry Collection.

Curated and Hosted by Dr. Martha Heimberg


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