Archive for August, 2012

Matthew Posey & Northwood University Lit Fest

What: Matthew Posey and the Northwood University Literary Festival
Where: Northwood University Literary Festival
When: Tuesday, October 16, 11 am
Admission: Free


Matthew Posey is Chief, bottle washer, cook. Mr. Posey has written, directed and produced numerous critically acclaimed original theatre producitons in the last 25 years in theaters that he has built from the ground up. The Deep Ellum Theatre Garage was his first space and now the Ochre House.

Also appearing at the Festival: 7:30 pm Matt Bondurant, 8pm Ben Fountain, , 8:30 Rock Baby and the Dallas Poetry Slam Team.

Wordspace proudly sponsors an author every year for this dynamic gathering of poets and fiction writers that takes place on the campus of Northwood University every fall. The event is held in Lambert Commons on Northwood’s 400 acre campus, located 25 minutes from downtown Dallas, just off Highway 67 south — the Joe Pool Lake exit.

Festival Chair is Martha Heimberg, Professor of English at Northwood and long time WordSpace board member.

Matt Bondurant and Kayley Romick of Yavneh Academy

What: Matt Bondurant and Kayley Romick of Yavneh Academy
When: Thursday, November 15, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP for location: or 214-838-3554
Admission: Members FREE, Non Members,$10
RSVP Appreciated: 214-838-3554

Matt Bondurant is an American contemporary writer and author of the books TheThird TranslationThe Wettest County in the World and The Night Swimmer.

Bondurant was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. His family’s ancestral home in Franklin County, VA is the setting of his prohibition-era historical novel The Wettest County in the World, which tells the tale of his grandfather and granduncles as they run a massive moonshining operation in the mountains of southwest Virginia.

Bondurant was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and a Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. He graduated from James Madison University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Bondurant is currently a literature and creative writing professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 2010, director John Hillcoat planned to make a film, The Wettest County in the World, based on Bondurant’s novel and starring Shia LaBeouf  but the project was shut down as a result of financing problems. An indie studio revived the project. Filming began in late February 2011, with Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain added to the cast. In March 2012, the title was changed to Lawless.

Kayley Romick is a young writer attending Yavneh Academy. Special thanks to poet/educator, Tim Cloward for contributing his talented protegee to our  project of includin area students as “warm up” readers in Salons.



Edward Garcia

What: Edward Garcia
When: Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm
Where: For Location, RSVP, 214-838-3554 or
Admission: Members FREE, Non Members $10

Ed Garcia is retired from teaching composition, literature, and creative writing in the Dallas County Community College District.  He has an undergraduate degree and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s from the Ohio State University. He has published many reviews and articles in The Dallas Morning News and other publications, including The Texas ObserverThe Texas HumanistPawn ReviewTexas Books in ReviewTex!County Line Magazine, and Southwest Historical Quarterly.  He is represented in Texas in Poetry 2Texas Short Stories 2Literary Dallas,and in two anthologies of writing by DCCCD faculty and staff, Out of Dallas and Voices from Within. He lives on the upper east side of Texas with his wife Rica.

Awaji features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Awaji features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: December 21, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Avenue

Born on December 26, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, Awaji has always endeavored in the arts. His passion began with comic books illustration and then fiction novels. The first publicized book he read was “The Hobbit” at age 4. He loved drawing the “Peanuts” characters at that time and also had a great fascination for dragons. His art background progressed drawing still life nature. He has practiced virtually every media from sculpture to spoken word. In grade school he was awarded 1st place in the Mississippi National TSA (graphic design) competition 3 years consecutive from 1992 – 1995. He’s always had a love for creative writing but just recently began performing and reciting his work only 2 years ago. The challenge to be different is his only inspiration. Being cliché is his only peeve. He values originality as the most important thing any creator should be concerned with.

Awaji, November 2011

Ben Abercrombie features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Ben ABercrombie features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, November 2, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave

“I’m 21, and I’ve got a dream or two.”  Ben Abercrombie

VERB features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Divine Reflections features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, October 19, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX


VERB formerly known as Divine Reflection was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  She had been performing and entertaining since the age of 6.  She is a motivational speaker, host, event planner, promoter, poet, dancer, actor and CEO of Verb Kulture Entertainment.  She has competed and won numerous poetry slams and has obtained the title of Inkwell Poetry Slam Champion, For colored girls poetry slam champ, Lioness on the rise slam champ, and placed in the top 3 of multiple slams.  She enjoys community outreach in which she has donated much of her time to make a difference in the lives of others.  She currently heads Verb Kulture and is continuously hosting events to encourage networking, artist creativity, and outreach.  She enjoys speaking to children and encouraging them to dream big and think big.  She is currently working on her 1st cd project entitled “Rhythm, Rhymes and Revolution” hoping that upon completion it will touch the spirits and lives of many.  She has performed for and inspired thousands of people and is committed to making a difference in her surrounding community.

Deonte Osayande features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Deonte Osayande features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, September 21, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Avenue

Deonte Osayande is a young supernova of poetry and potential coming out of Detroit, Mi. Born in Huntsville, Al, he has called Detroit home since the age of three months. He comes from a family of teachers and his parents were both poets and activists during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. At twenty years old he was exposed to creative writing for the first time at an entry level class at the University of Detroit Mercy. Just month’s later he attended his first poetry open mic at the university. Professors would say, though raw at the time, his work showed an ability that was unbelievable for someone who had never really written for most of his life. Now only three years later he has been a successful youth activist, teacher, host, and member of the Detroit National Poetry Slam Team. Within Detroit’s poetry and arts scene he is viewed as a growing beacon of light. Being respected both in the literary world and within the slam/open mic circuit. Deonte has been invited to perform across the Midwest, and within multiple area universities.

Pull My Daisy and Conversations In Vermont: VideoFest

What: Robert Frank’s Pull My Daisy and Conversations in Vermont
When: September 29, 12 pm,
Where: DALLAS VIDEO FESTIVAL: Horchow Theater, Dallas Museum of Art
Admission: $6 Individual tickets, Special prices for festival passes, day passes, and other discounted tickets can be found at SCHEDULE : 9/27-9/30

In conjunction and partnership with the 25th Annual Dallas Video Festival, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Curator of Film and Video, Marian Luntz, Wordspace is greatly honored to sponsor screenings of Robert Frank‘s films Pull My Daisy, and Conversations in Vermont.

Pull My Daisy is a classic look at the soul of the beat generation, made with writers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso Peter Orlovsky and painters Alfred Leslie, Larry Rivers, and Alice Neel. It was written and narrated by Kerouac, based on his unproduced play The Beat Generation. It tells the story of a bishop (Richard Bellamy) and his mother (Alice Neel) who pay a visit to Milo, a railroad worker. At the same time his poet friends, Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Gregory Corso, hang around quizzing the bishop about the meaning of life and its everyday relationship to art and poetry. Pull My Daisy is recognized as one of the most important works of avant-garde cinema.

Conversations in Vermont is about Robert Frank’s relationship with his children Pablo and Andrea. Photographed by Ralph Gibson, it is his first overtly autobiographical film. He follows his children to school in Vermont and interviews them about their feelings, their upbringing and what it was like to grow up in a bohemian world with artists as parents. In searching for answers about his children’s lives, Frank is questioning his own world.




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