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.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Clay, Hughes, Randall, Soden.

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: March 29, 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 MH Clay, Detrick Hughes, Christopher Stephen Soden, and B. Randall.

MH CLAY is a poet, playwright, musician, actor and raconteur residing in Dallas, TX. He is the poetry editor at www.MadSwirl.com, where he also has a poetry page on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum. He published his chapbook, Perhaps This Rain and other precipitations, in 2007 (2nd edition in 2009). His poetry collection, sonoffred, was published in 2015 by Rebel Poetry, County Cork, Ireland. His collection, ANGST, was published by Mad Swirl Press in the Spring of 2016. He has read at the Blackwater International Poetry Festival in County Cork in 2013, 2014, 2016, and was a panelist at Poetry International, Rotterdam in 2015. Others of his poems have been published in Death List Five and online at The Misty Mountain Review. Three of his plays have been adapted to film by Red Beanie Films in Dallas; Three-Two-One, Friendly (both released in 2016) and Nighthawks (to be released in 2017). He is the co-host, with Mad Swirl founder/editor-in-chief Johnny Olson, at Mad Swirl’s monthly Open Mic, held every first Wednesday of the month in Dallas. He can be seen at other open mic venues and theater stages throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the world, as chance and good fortune allow.

DETRICK HUGHES is the author of four collections of poetry.  His latest collection, Goats Do Roman Villages, was released in April of 2016.  He has two spoken word CD’s, and he has been included in few anthologies.  Detrick is an entrepreneur and serves adjunct professor at the Houston Community College.

B. RANDALL is a poet and organizational leader for the longest running showcase of women’s poetry in Dallas at South Dallas Cultural Center. She is co-host of “Verse and Rhythm” at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, “In the Words of a Sista” at Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous other readings. She studied at Texas Women’s University.

​CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN SODEN is a native Texan and the author of Closer (Rebel Satori Press, 2014). He received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received a fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices and his performance piece “Queer Anarchy” received The Dallas Voice’s People’s Voice Award for Best Stage Performance. He teaches and lectures on craft, theory, genre, literature and publication. He currently writes theatre critique for The Examiner, Pegasus News and A + C DFW.   Other honors include: Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President and President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. His work has appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review, Assaracus, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, The James White Review, Poetry Super Highway, Gertrude, Best Texas Writing 2, and elsewhere.

Pegasus Reading Series: Henning, Karimi, Turner, and Winnette

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: February 22, 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 host Sara Henning, Fowzia Karimi, and Robin Turner

SARA HENNING is the author of A Sweeter Water (2013), her debut collection of poetry, as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Quarterly West, Witness, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is a visiting assistant professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as an associate editor of Sundress Publications. ​

FOWZIA KARIMI has a background in Visual Arts and Biology. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. In her work, she combines the written and visual arts to tell stories. She is a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards — 2011. She lives in Denton, Texas. 

ROBIN TURNER brings poetry and zine-making to Dallas-area youth shelters, arts camps, and community centers, and serves as project director for The Writer’s Garret’s Write to Healprograms. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and public poetry projects. A member of Cloudwerks Poetry Workshop, she is an original contributor to the White Rock Zine Machine. Her 2016 chapbook, bindweed & crow poison (from Porkbelly Press), is available at Deep Vellum Books.

COLIN WINNETTE is from Denton, home of Armadillo Aleworks and Dead Dog Lake. He’s the author of several books, including Coyote (Les Figues) and Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio). His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press around Halloween time this year. He’s online at colinwinnette.net, and he’ll be selling books at the show to help chip for gas on the ride back north.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Bernhard, Briseno, Faye, and Lemon

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: December 12, 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 host Amy Bernhard, Andy Briseño, Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench, and Alex Lemon, author of The Wish Book

AMY BERNHARD’S essays appear in The Rumpus, VICE Magazine, Ninth Letter, Entropy Magazine, and The Colorado Review, among others. Her work has been awarded grants from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, and she currently teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Texas in Arlington.

J. ANDREW BRISEÑO is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he coordinates the Brainy Acts Poetry Society and the Cane River Reading Series. His work can be found recently in The Boiler, Waxwing, and Acentos Review.

SANDERIA FAYE was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press). The novel is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction.

ALEX LEMON’S most recent book is The Wish Book (a finalist for Best Poetry Collection by The Writer’s League of Texas). He is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner–(a finalist for Best Book of Non-fiction by The Writer’s League of Texas) and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. Feverland: Notes & Essays and Or Beauty, a fifth poetry collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review, Grist and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is an editor-at-large for Saturnalia Books, the poetry editor of descant, a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and sits on the editorial board of TCU Press and the advisory board of The Southern Review. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News, and teaches at TCU and Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Brownderville, Dubrow, Terazawa

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: November 7, 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 host Greg Alan Brownderville, author of A Horse With Holes In It (LSU Press, 2016); Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Arranged Marriage (U of New Mexico, 2015); and Sophia Terazawa, author of I Am Not A War (Essay Press, 2016).

GREG ALAN BROWNDERVILLE is the author of three books: A Horse with Holes in It (LSU, 2016), Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books, 2012), Gust (Triquartely, 2011). He is a professor of English at Southern Methodist University, teaches creative writing and edits the Southwest Review. He has received several awards, including fellowships and prizes from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Missouri Review, and Prairie Schooner.

JEHANNE DUBROW is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Dots & Dashes, her sixth book of poems, won the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2017. Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Southern Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, the Towson University Prize for Literature, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The daughter of American diplomats, Jehanne was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.

SOPHIA TERAZAWA is the author of I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press, 2016). Please read it at http://www.essaypress.org/ep-56/

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