Pegasus Reading Series: Arlett, Paniccia, Zihuatanejo

Hosted by Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo, Pegasus Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo. Now independently run by working artists, our aim is to bring together writers from the Southwest and beyond.

M. J. Arlett was born in the UK, spent several years in Spain, and now lives in Texas where she is pursuing her PhD. She is a founding editor at the Plath Poetry Project and former nonfiction editor for Gulf Stream Magazine.

Clare Paniccia was born and raised in upstate New York and is currently a PhD student in poetry at Oklahoma State University. Her work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Superstition Review, Radar Poetry, Puerto del Sol, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere.

Joaquín Zihuatanejo was awarded the 2017 Anhinga Press-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry. His new collection, Arsonist, will be published by Anhinga Press in September of 2018. His work has been featured in Prairie Schooner, Sonora Review, Huizache, and Southwestern American Literature among other journals and anthologies. Joaquín received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife Aída and poetry, always in that order.

Pegasus Reading Series: Bernard, Faz-Garza, Johnson, Macheret

Hosted by Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo, Pegasus Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo. Now independently run by working artists, our aim is to bring together writers from the Southwest and beyond.

Join us for an evening of words with Rebeccas Bernard, Ofelia Faz-Garza, Machele Johnson, and Minadora Macheret.

REBECCA BERNARD received her MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University where she served as fiction and music editor for the Nashville Review. Her work can be found in journals such as Epiphany, The Journal, and Bat City Review.

OFELIA “MexMama” FAZ-GARZA is an {art}ivist from Oak Cliff. She’s inspired by the subtleties of life and uses her writing as a way to celebrate the rituals that root us. Her work crosses genres and has been included in Women in Nature: An Anthology, Outrage: a Protest Anthology for Injustice in a Post 9/11 World, and BASTA! 100+ Latinas Speak Out Against Violence Against Women. She’s performed with Dark Moon Poetry and Arts, The Lost Poets Society, Poets on X+, and Voces del Norte de Tejas.

MACHELE JOHNSON is a Dallas based artist proficient in music, color, and words. She has been showing her various works throughout the metroplex for about 2 years. Currently Machele’s main focus is fine tuning her wordsmith skills. Her words focus on the dreamy complexities of sounds, music, and romantic sorrow laced with hope. You can find her words in “Kill Line”, an Anklebiters’ Publication due to be released in October and “I’m Sorry, But it’s Awfully Loud in Here” a handmade chapbook.

MINADORA MACHERET is a first-year Ph.D. student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. She is the Poetry Editor for Devilfish Review and Co-Coordinator of Poets in Pajamas. Her work has appeared in Red Paint Hill, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Love Me, Anyway, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press (2018). She also runs bilingual poetry workshops for Kansan youth and enjoys hiking with her beagle, Aki.

Pegasus Reading Series: Enfield, Pitt, Ryckman, Stufflebeam

Hosted by Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo, Pegasus Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Robert Torres and Sebastian Paramo. Now independently run by working artists, our aim is to bring together writers from the Southwest and beyond.

Join us for an evening of words with Sean Enfield (Denton, TX), Matthew Pitt (Fort Worth, TX), Tatiana Ryckman (Austin, TX), and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Denton, TX).

SEAN ENFIELD is a writer and educator based out of the Denton. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in English-Literature. He has had work featured on NPR’s All Things Considered as a part of their Three Minute Fiction Contest and published in Vine Leaves, F®iction Online, and Poetry Quarterly. His piece, “Paper Shackles,” is forthcoming through Lunch Ticket.

A native of St. Louis, MATTHEW PITT currently teaches Creative Writing in Fort Worth, where he is an Assistant Professor at TCU. This August, Engine Books published his second book, These Are Our Demands. His earlier collection of fiction, Attention Please Now, won the Autumn House Prize, and was later a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. Individual stories appear in Cincinnati Review, Epoch, Oxford American, Conjunctions, Southern Humanities Review, and The Southern Review, are anthologized in collections by The Saturday Evening Post and Best New American Voices, are cited in several “Best Of” volumes, and have won awards from the New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mississippi Arts Commission, Bronx Council on the Arts, and Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Taos Writers’ Conferences.

TATIANA RYCKMAN was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do), and two chapbooks of prose, Twenty-Something and VHS and Why it’s Hard to Live. Tatiana has been an artist is residency at Yaddo, Arthub, and 100W. She is the Editor of Awst Press and Assistant Editor at sunnyoutside press. More at

BONNIE JO STUFFLEBEAM is a writer, gardener, and craftsperson from Denton. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines both literary and speculative such as Hobart, Masters Review, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Everyman’s Library’s Monster Verse. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and Selected Shorts’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Prize. With her partner Peter Brewer, she released her audio fiction-jazz collaborative album Strange Monsters in April 2016. You can find her online at or on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle.


Pegasus Reading Series: Edith, Marte, Olson, Rodehaver

Pegasus Reading Series is pleased to debut at The Wild Detectives for a monthly series showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM. This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo bring you James Barrett Rodehaver, author of Time Travel For Daydreamers (Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Press), which includes illustrations by Nadia Wolnisty; Susana Edith, founder of Lucha Dallas, a queer POC poetry collective; Melania Luisa Marte, Dallas Poetry Slam team member; and Johnny Olson, co-founder of MadSwirl, a Dallas-based literary magazine and open mike series.

Born in Mexico and raised in New York. SUSANA EDITH now finds herself exploring the scenes of Dallas, where she has worked collectively with other POC artists to create a space where their voices are truly heard. Much of her work explores the realities and conditions of her self exploration of what it means to be a brown mujer both in the POC community and outside it. She is a founder of Lucha Dallas.

MELANIA-LUISA MARTE is a first generation American. Her work explores many subjects including her afro-latina roots, culture and love/dating as a modern day feminist. She represented Dallas in the 2016 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition. She is also a member of the 2017 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She is a poet, writer and founder of GetFreeStayWoke, A movement centered on intersectional feminism, self-love and resistance. To learn more, follow her on Instagram at @feministmami.

was born in Chicago, Illinois. After surviving a brief, yet violent war (Desert Storm) as a United States Marine, he hung up his cammies and rifle to instead grab his pen and notepad where he found his passion for writing. In 1998 he found himself in Dallas, Texas, where what was supposed to be a brief stint in the South turned into a decade and a half…and counting.

In 1999, Johnny, with a couple of other mad cohorts, started Mad Swirl. He now serves at the chief editor, webmaster, and host at Mad Swirl’s monthly Open Mic night.

Johnny’s work first appeared in print in 1996 in the now defunct Lip Magazine. Since then, his words and images have found their way onto a few online and printed zines thru the years. To name a few: Mad Swirl: Issues I-VI, Haggard and Halloo, 10k Poets, PAO Productions: The Open Mic Project.

JAMES BARETT RODEHAVER, also known as “Bear,” to those who know him, is a happily married poet, author, and editor living with his husband in Dallas, Texas. He’s the author of a book of poetry called Strangely Wonderful, the co-creator and editor of Not Dead Yet, An Anthology of Survivor Poetry, and has recently published a two-volume chapbook set of poetry called Time Travel For Daydreamers, which includes illustrations by Nadia Wolnisty and is published by Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Press. He has also recently co-founded an intensive free poetry workshop retreat called Lizard Circus Family Workshop, which invites poets every three months to come listen to, teach, and work on different aspects of creative writing. For more information on Bear and his work, go


Pegasus Reading Series: Chen, Edwards, Honum, and Lester

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: May 17, 7 pm
Where: Kettle Arts Gallery, 2650 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Hosted by: Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie

Pegasus Reading Series is a monthly series presented by WordSpace showcasing writers in the North Texas area and beyond. Named Best Poetry Night by the Dallas Observer in 2015, Sebastian Paramo and Courtney Marie host.

Doors open at 7PM and show starts at 7:30PM.

This month, Courtney Marie and Sebastian Paramo feature Chen Chen, Stevie Edwards, Chloe Honum, and Keegan Lester.

CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog Mr. Rupert Giles.

STEVIE EDWARD’S first book, Good Grief (2012), was selected from an open manuscript competition at Write Bloody and received two post-publication awards: The Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly (Small Doggies, 2015), was a finalist for contests at Crab Orchard, Four Way, and Cleveland State prior to being solicited. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Muzzle Magazine and Senior Editor in Book Development at YesYes Books. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell, and is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas.

CHLOE HONUM is the author of The Tulip-Flame (CSU, 2014), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the winner of Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Book of Poetry Award. Her chapbook, Then Winter, is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2017. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Honum currently teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

KEEGAN LESTER is an American poet splitting time between New York City and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mary Ruefle selected his first collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it’s all i had, so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. His work is published in or forthcoming from the Boston Review, The Atlas Review, Powder Keg, Boaat Journal, The Journal, Phantom Books, Tinderbox, CutBank, Reality Beach and Sixth Finch among others. He is the co-founder and poetry editor for the journal Souvenir Lit. He performs monthly with the New York City Poetry Brothel. He’s taught at the West Virginia Young Writers’ Holiday, Stonehill College, and multiple workshops in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was a mentor for the 2016 Adroit Journal Summer High School Mentorship Program. He was born in Huntington Beach, California. He earned his MFA from Columbia University.