Dallas-based literary nonprofit WordSpace to host events at The Latino Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center and Kessler Theater this May with a special Deep Ellum Lit Hop event this June

(DALLAS, April 2017; source: CultureHype) – Dallas-based literary nonprofit is proud to announce a series of May events to wrap up its 2017 season. Showcasing local and international talent this month, this month’s events include a special event at The Latino Cultural Center with Mexican poet Natalia Toledo Paz; writer, TV personality and activist best known for his political and social commentary, Dan Savage at The Kessler Theater, a special installment of African Diaspora: New Dialogues with Douglas Kearney and a packed lineup of Lit Hop showcases at four venues in Deep Ellum, curated by some of the best literary arts groups, reading series and collectives in town. For a full list of WordSpace’s May events and more information, visit www.wordspacedallas.com.

“May is always a big month for WordSpace. It’s the end of our season, and we like to go out with a bang,” said Charles Dee Mitchell, president of the WordSpace board. “We have nationally and internationally acclaimed writers along with the best of homegrown talent. And what better way to end the year than  with a party?”

What: WordSpace presents the distinguished Mexican poet Natalia Toledo Paz Where: The Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, Texas 75204 Where: Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public

Poet Natalia Toledo Paz lives in Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico, and publishes in both Spanish and Zapotec, the native language indigenous to the area.  The poet has won many fellowships and awards including the Nezahualcóyotl Award, the only national award in Mexico to honor work in indigenous languages. The event at The Latino Cultural Center will be a tri-lingual evening, with both live Spanish translations and English translations provided via projected titles. Toledo Paz will also perform music from the Oaxaca region.

The evening will be hosted by Dallas artist Sara Cardona, who said, “Natalia Toledo Paz’s imagery is at once modern, sensual and deeply rooted in the sonorous sounds of her native Zapotec language, one of the oldest on the continent. Her poems are an intersection of feminism, ecology and humor.” 

What: WordSpace presents Dan Savage

Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 W Davis St., Dallas, Texas 75208 When: Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $35 - $55 individual tickets, $300 (table for four) or $400 VIP meet and greet tickets (table for four)

Dallas-based nonprofit literary organization WordSpace is honored to present Dan Savage at The Kessler Theater this May. Savage, who first came to public attention with his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” has become an important voice on such topics as LGBTQ rights, bullying, and all areas of social justice. He is the author of six books on topics ranging from the seven deadly sins to parenting. As a frequent guest on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Savage has gone head-to-head with Ann Coulter and other prominent conservative pundits. When WordSpace featured Savage as their first Headliner series guest in March 2011, he rocked The Kessler Theater with 90 minutes of no holds barred straight talk about sex and politics. Audiences can expect this return engagement to be another “must see” event.

“This is the perfect moment to bring Dan back to Dallas,” said Mitchell. “Given the current atmosphere, there might be a bit more politics this time out; but, audience members have a chance to submit questions on whatever topics concern them. My advice: Don’t be shy.”

What: WordSpace presents African Diaspora – New Dialogues with Douglas Kearney Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, Texas 75210 When: Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public 

Hosted and facilitated by Sanderia Faye, 2016 winner for Wright/Hurston Award for Debut Fiction, the event will feature a special evening with poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney, the author of “Fear,” “The

Black Automaton,” “Patter” and “Buck Studies.” He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation and others. Kearney will present recent as well as new poems and discuss his unique approach to poetic form and expression. 

“Douglas Kearney dissects several of the quiet and not so quiet terrors that stoke the worries furnace of our lives,” fellow poet Tim Seibles wrote. “Once under the spell of the sonic-semantic wizardry that pervades Kearney’s work, you not only know more but what you’ve known before, you know differently.”

What: WordSpace presents Deep Ellum Lit Hop

Where: Venues vary

When: Saturday, June 3, times vary

Tickets: This event is free and open to the public

This year's Deep Ellum Lit Hop will feature include a packed lineup of individual hour-long showcases: over a dozen events at four venues in Deep Ellum for an evening of literary happenings curated by some of the best literary arts groups, reading series and collectives in Dallas-Fort Worth, including Dallas Poetry Slam, Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, Verse & Rhythm, Mad Swirl, Poets on X+, DaVerse Lounge, Spiderweb Salon, Pegasus Reading Series and more.

With #literarydallas picking up steam in town, WordSpace plans to showcase all the wealth of talent that is available to everyone and where to find it. The showcase will be curated by Pegasus Reading Series cohosts Courtney Marie, who is also the founder of Spiderweb Salon, and Sebastian Paramo.

“We want to honor the groups who have been doing this for years, the up-and-coming, the underground collectives, the writers and performers who are making it happen,” said Marie.  

Serving as an exciting opportunity to showcase, celebrate and encourage a supportive, inclusive and dynamic literary scene, the Deep Ellum Lit Hop gives local literary talent a chance to make the spring event their own, to share and represent a cross section of what they do against the backdrop of a city that is coming alive with poetry, slam, fiction and other forms of literary storytelling.

About WordSpace:

WordSpace is a nonprofit literary organization that supports, education, and writers, connecting Dallas with the best of world literature and spoken word. Founded in 1994, the organization hosts authors, readings, student workshops, concerts and salons to promote established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in traditional and experimental forms. Through diverse, multicultural programs, WordSpace enhances the development of language artists of all ages, facilitates communication throughout the literary community, and contributes to expanding the Dallas literary scene to the widest possible audience.


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