Tammy Gomez: One Block Poem @ Deep Ellum Market

Tammy Gomez: One Block Poem @ Deep Ellum Market
When: December 18th, 2010
Where: Malcom X and Elm

5 years in the making, commissioned by the Fort Worth Arts Council, Tammy Gomez has created a poem made of 125 blocks, one word per block and engages the community to assemble it the whole block long.

As a Mexican-American Texas-born writer, performance artist, and media producer, Tammy Gomez has over 20 years of experience in producing, directing, and hosting literary performance events for the stage and live audiences, and has worked with over 300 artist/writers in collaborative contexts. She curated the Poetry Tent readings for the Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol for six years.

Tammy has studied poetics with renowned award-winning writers Arthur Sze, Ann Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and Lorna Dee Cervantes. During the 1990s, her spoken word band “La Palabra” enjoyed wide acclaim, as they took poetry to pubs, art galleries, and South by Southwest. Tammy has also been a performing member of such collectives as the Red Salmon Poets, the Blue Plate Poets, Dharma Broads, WOW (Women of Words), and Yoniverse (the latter which she founded and published).

Her audiences and sites of production have ranged from social justice and women’s advocacy organizations (Texas Association against Sexual Assault and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center) to media production centers (WATER House, KO.OP Radio, and Austin Free-Net). For KO.OP Radio, Tammy produced the weekly women’s magazine “Notes from a Broad” for five years. Her work often touches on themes of ecofeminism, spiritual strength in the face of adversity, and cross-cultural hybridity.

WordSpace is proud to partner with Deep Ellum Open Market and the Better Block Project in sponsoring literary events. Deep Ellum Open Market, Directed by Brandon Castillo, is the 2010 winner of a Dallas Observer’s Best of Dallas award. Located on the corner of Elm St. and Malcom X Blvd, with over 40 vendors and live music, beginning at 8am in the morning.

For more information about and a visual mock up of the Better Block Project of Deep Ellum, visitwww.deepellummarket.com

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