The celebration features acclaimed author Walter Mosley, a kick-off party, Literary Pub Crawl, and more

(DALLAS, February 2018; source: CultureHype) – Dallas-based literary nonprofit WordSpace is thrilled to announce a month’s worth of programming for Dallas Lit Hop, a series of spring events spanning the month of April. Throughout the month there will be parties, performances, readings, film programs, kids’ workshops, and panels held in venues across Dallas, many of which are free to attend. Participating neighborhoods in this celebration of Dallas’ rich literary scene include Uptown, Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, Downtown, White Rock Lake, Exposition Park, North Dallas, and South Dallas. 

“For the past two years, WordSpace has produced the Deep Ellum Lit Hop, a daylong event of readings and performances in one of our favorite Dallas neighborhoods,” said WordSpace board president Charles Dee Mitchell. “For 2018, we decided it is time to go bigger. Events will feature old friends and new collaborators at familiar venues and exciting new spaces.” 

 WHAT: Founder’s Day, A Tribute to Robert Trammel    

WHERE: Uptown – The Dallas Institute of the Humanities and Culture (2719 Routh St.)    

WHEN: Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.                                                                

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

This April, WordSpace celebrates its founder, poet Robert Trammel (1939 – 2006) with a tribute celebration honoring his founding the organization in 1994. Join Dallas writers Ben Fountain, David Searcy, Frederick Turner, and others in a celebration of Robert’s poetry and his presence in the Dallas literary landscape. The event will be hosted by Dr. Larry Allums, Executive Director, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and Charles Dee Mitchell, WordSpace Board President. 

WHAT: Dallas Lit Hop Kick Off Party   

WHERE: Deep Ellum - Deep Ellum Art Co. (3200 Commerce St.)      

WHEN: Saturday, April 7 from 5 to 9 p.m.                        

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

Dallas Lit Hop kicks into gear with this multi-media event featuring musical performers The Faded Deejays, Southern Outcasts, and Julissa Martinez. Guests can also experience a new performance by experimental theater group Dead White Zombies, a dance performance by Jessica Thomas, spoken word by Dancing Tongue, and a special guest appearance by MC 900 Ft Jesus and Decadent Dub Team. The event is curated by Steve Cruz, Karen Minzer, and Priscilla Rice and co-hosted by WORD Writing Organizations ‘Round Dallas. There will be a cash bar and food trucks on site. 

WHAT: The Writer’s League of Texas presents One Page Salon       

WHERE: Bishop Arts - The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street      

WHEN: Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.         

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

Join novelist and screenwriter Owen Egerton as he engages a group of Texas writers who read from and discuss a single page of a work in progress. The Austin-American Statesman newspaper declared One Page Salon the Best Literary Series in Austin. The event will be sponsored by The Writer’s League of Texas. There will be free tacos and a cash bar on site.

WHAT: Writing and Bookmarking Workshop at The Young Makers’ Club                          

WHERE: Downtown - 5 TH Floor, J. Erik Johnsson Central Public Library (1515 Young St.) 

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m.                                                                                   

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

Patrick Oliver, educator and leader of the Speak Loudly program, will lead participants aged five to eighteen in writing and bookmaking projects. This special program, hosted by Max and Monica Bell and co-hosted by The Friends of the Dallas Public Library, is part of the ongoing Dallas Young Makers’ Club.

WHAT: Literary Pub Crawl         

WHERE: Exposition Park - Chi Gallery, Craft and Growler, Eight Bells, Expo, Los Almos Rotas, and Sandaga     

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.   

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

Held at various venues around Exposition Park, the event will feature readings and performances by ArtSpeak, Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Poets, Lucha Dallas, Poets on X+, Verse and Rhythm, The WordSpacians. Curators Monika Bell, Manuel Pecina, Priscilla Rice, and Opalina Salas will present the event with event co-host The Writers’ Garret.

WHAT: Filmmaker Showcase with Paul Bryan, presented by Richard Bailey      

WHERE: White Rock Lake - Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Dr.)        

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. (reception), 8:00 p.m. (film)      

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public 

Paul Bryan makes haunting and often hilarious short films that explore the spiritual life. Host Richard Bailey calls Bryan’s new film, Cordyceps and Convictions, “…a far-reaching, metaphysical trip.” The event will be cohosted by The Dallas VideoFest. 

WHAT: The Dallas Poetry Slam             

WHERE: North Dallas - Heroes Lounge (7402 Greenville Ave.)        

WHEN: Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.           

TICKETS: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door

WordSpace presents special guest performer Ashe with Dallas Poetry Slam, an Austin-based playwright, poet, and professional daydreamer.

WHAT: The Poets’ Prom       

WHERE: Deep Ellum – Common Desk (2919 Commerce St.)       

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. (red carpet), 8 p.m. (event)  

TICKETS: Free with RSVP on Eventbrite (link coming soon)

Come dressed to impress at the first-ever Poet’s Prom, a semiformal affair co-hosted by Theater Jones. Mix and mingle with poets, writers, and friends of Dallas’ literary scene over spiked punch (non-alcoholic punch available), and fun activities.   

WHAT: Hidden Scribes, the podcast LIVE     

WHERE: Bishop Arts - The Wild Detectives (314 West 8th St.)     

WHEN: Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.        

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public

Dallas author and actor Mark Millien produces Hidden Scribes, a podcast where actors and musicians bring short stories to life. This live recording session, hosted by Charles Dee Mitchell, features work by Ben Fountain, Jesus Galvan, and Aubrey Moraif. The event will be co-hosted by Writing Workshops, Dallas and will feature a cash bar on site.

WHAT: Walter Mosley presented by WordSpace Dallas and The South Dallas Cultural Center

WHERE: The Kessler Theater (1230 West Davis St.)  

WHEN: Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show)   

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased here on Prekindle; Meet & Greet tickets are available in limited quantities and will include a copy of his new novel and a pre-show reception

Bestselling, prize-winning novelist and world-class raconteur, Walter Mosley, will read from his new novel Down the River and Unto the Sea and have much to say about the world we find ourselves in now. This event, curated by Karen Minzer and Patrick Oliver, is a part of WordSpace Dallas’ Headliner Series and will act as a grand finale for a celebratory month of the Dallas literary scene. Hosted by Patrick Oliver of Say It Loud! Readers and Writers, partial funding for this program is made possible by The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The South Dallas Cultural Center

“We are honored and excited to host Walter Mosley,” said Mitchell. “Mr. Mosley’s crime novels featuring detective Easy Rawlins have been a staple of American hard-boiled fiction since 1990. His reading and talk epitomizes WordSpace’s commitment to celebrating the diversity of American voices that contribute to both traditional and experimental writing.”

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. For more information, visit www.wordspacedallas.com


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