WordSpace Student Readings: SMU Literary Festival

What: WordSpace Student Readings @ SMU Literary Festival
Who: Hockaday, Yavneh Academy, Greenhill School, Texans CAN, Academy, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam
When: Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm
Where: McCord Auditorium

Friday, March 22, 6 pm at DeGloyer: Reception honoring WordSpace, followed by readings by Tatjana Soli and Vievee Francis.

2013 SMU Lit Fest Presenters: Deborah Spark, Alix Ohlin, Natalie Serber, Tatjana Soli, Matt Olzmann, Vievee Francis, Allan Michael Parker, Camille T. Dungy MCs: David Haynes, Paul Otremba, and Gabriel Calvocoresi

WordSpace’s is honored to participate in the  2013 SMU Literary Festival by presenting talented area students. These young writers bring with them the enrichment and inspiration of their educators who are also recognized as accomplished writers: Scott Davison of Booker T. Washing School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Farid Matuk of Greenhill School, Tim Cloward of Yavneh Academy, Kyle Vaughn of Hockaday School, Sanderia Smith and Dorris Coleman of Texans CAN Academy, and the new WS/Dallas Poetry Slam’s Youth Series project, mentored by Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo. Google any of these amazing writers to get a clue of their accomplishments. Imagine being in high school and having the opportunity to be mentored by these poets, playwrights and songwriting musicians.

SMU Literary Festival creates an atmosphere of support, dignity, and recognition, as well as an opportunity to interact with the Festival’s featured performers. This year, special prizes will be awarded by the SMU’s Tale of One City Project.

WordSpace has incorporated area student readings into programming since its inception. The annual readings have been renamed from “Do You Hear Me?” to “ConSpiracy” (the breathe together definition) to “Gerald Burns Student Readings” (after the late poet), to its present association with SMU Lit Fest. Past annual readings have taken place at Paperbacks Plus, Dallas Center for Humanities and Cultural and The Kessler Theater. We’d like to thank all those folks and our writer/educator friends for their years of support to WordSpace and young Dallas writers.

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