Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey

Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey
When: Wednesday September 21st, 2011
Where: McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Avenue

Charles Dee Mitchell, Ben Fountain, David Searcy read work by Doug MacWithey

WordSpace Board President Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Dallas. Locally he has been a contributor to The Dallas Observer and The Dallas Morning News, and he is a frequent contributor to Art in America. He has written essays for exhibitions at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and many other commercial and non-profit exhibition spaces. In 2008 he retired from Half Price Books, Records, and Magazines, where he was Executive Vice President of New Media Purchases and Proprietary Publishing. Read Dee’s Blog at

David Searcy is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Fiction and one of WordSpace founder Robert Trammell’s original circle of collaborators. He holds a BFA in painting from SMU and is the author of “Last Things” and “Ordinary Horror” (Viking Press).

Ben Fountain is a past WordSpace Board President. He is the author of the short story collection “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara” (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2006), which received the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2006 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Paris Review, among other magazines, and has received an O.Henry Award, two Pushcart Prizes, two short story awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the McGinnis Ritchie Prize for Fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and New Letters. From 2004-2006 he served as fiction editor of the Southwest Review. Fountain’s novel, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be published next year by Ecco/HarperCollins.”

Doug MacWithey worked in a variety of media, including collage, sculpture and drawing. Often his pieces were accompanied by performance pieces that he wrote. His work has been shown in local galleries and at the Dallas Museum of Art. Many North Texas collectors owned his work.

Immediately following the reading at The MAC, there will be a Reception from 7 to 9 pm at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue. “how it is the dead man suffers the loss of his loved ones”, MacWithey’s three panel, text based drawing from which the reading is taken, will be on view. It will be exhibited through September 30. The Reading Room is a project space dedicated to the intersection of the visual
and literary arts.

Please come early and visit both the exhibit of Doug MacWithy‘s work, as well as the WordSpace exhibit: Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones and the Internet, both projects curated by Video Association of Dallas board member, WordSpace Board President, and writer, Charles Dee Mitchell. The exhibition consists of wall-mounted QR codes that, when read by smart phones, take the viewer to videos or websites featuring North Texas authors.

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