Pegasus Reading Series: Belmore, Johnson, Moore, Smith

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Deep Vellum Books

Welcome to our spring season. Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series. This month we feature Lauren Belmore, Machele Johnson, Kat Moore, and Morgan Smith.

About us: Pegasus Reading Series was founded and curated by the poets Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo in 2014. When Torres left in 2015, Courtney Marie joined Sebastian to host & curate the series. In 2016, both poets joined forces to organize and curate Deep Ellum Lit Hop. In 2018, Ashley Mag Gabbertt joined to co-host.

The mission of Pegasus Reading Series is to bridge together literary communities and writers in Dallas and across the nation.

Lauren Belmore used to perform a lot, fell into a deep depression, and dedicated two years to reformatting their entire life and habits before they felt they could return to the realm of the arts. They are excited to be reading for this lovely event. They have had work displayed and performed at the Nasher, Dallas Contemporary Theatre, Deep Vellum Books and have opened for the likes of Amber Tamblyn, Derrick Brown, Kim Vodika, Ezchno Martin, and other amazing poets. They hold a B.A. in Playwriting from UNT. They owe all their success up until now to Courtney Marie, who deserves all of the gold in the world.

Machele Johnson is a Dallas based artist & poet. Her main mediums are color, chaos, & music. If you listen closely, you can hear her singing at midnight. If you listen widely, you can hear her crying for the world. If you wait patiently, you could catch a poem. She has 3 chapbooks available; I’m Sorry, But it’s Awfully Loud in Here, Savory Regurgitations of the Heart, & Wear Black, Bleed Purple. For more info and poem babies, visit

Kat Moore has essays in Hippocampus, Blunderbuss, Whiskey Island, Yemassee, Salt Hill, New South, Pithead Chapel, Split Lip, The Rumpus, and forthcoming from Brevity, Passages North, and Diagram. She also has work in the anthology Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine. She was the winner of the 2016 Nonfiction Prize at Profane Journal, and a Best of Net Finalist in 2017. She is finishing her first year in the PhD program at University of North Texas.

Morgan Smith is a Master’s student in Fiction at UNT, where he served as a Fiction Contest editor for the American Literary Review. He has an essay forthcoming in Pleiades.


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