Pegasus Reading Series: Edwards, Pryor, Shores-Argüello

Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series on January 25th.

This month, Sebastian and Courtney host the poets Trista Edwards, editor at Luna Luna and the Till the Tide, an anthology of mermaid poetry; Caitlin Pryor, winner of the Littoral Press Poetry Broadside contest and assistant poetry editor at Pleiades; and Jacob Shores-Arguello, his second collection of poems is called Paraíso and was the inaugural winner of the Cantomundo Prize.

TRISTA EDWARDS holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. She is also the curator and editor of the anthology, Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015). She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection but until then you can read her poems at The Journal, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Boiler Journal, Sou’wester, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and more. She writes about travel, ghosts, and poetry on her blog, Marvel + Moon. Trista is a contributing editor at Luna Luna Magazine.

CAITLIN PRYOR’S poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Public Pool, Boxcar Poetry Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Entropy, and elsewhere. She is currently seeking publication for her first full-length collection of poetry. She currently teaches English and cultivates everyday magic in Denton, TX.

JACOB SHORES-ARGUELLO is a Costa Rican American poet and fiction writer. He is the author of In The Absence of Clocks, which was awarded the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Competition, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. Jacob is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, the Dzanc Books ILP International Literature Award, The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Fellowship, and the Amy Clampitt residency in Lenox, MA. His second book Paraíso was selected for the inaugural CantoMundo Poetry Prize. He will be a 2018/019 Hodder fellow at Princeton university. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Guernica, and The Journal.

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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: 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: Andrews, Brazeal, Shaheen, and Wolnisty

What: Pegasus Reading Series
When: April 26, 2017 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.

JOHN ANDREWS’ first book, Colin Is Changing His Name, was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2017. His work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Redivider, The Boiler, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. He holds an MFA from Texas State University where he served as managing editor for Front Porch Journal. Currently, he is PhD student at Oklahoma State University and an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.

LAUREN BRAZEAL teaches in Dallas, where she practices her terrible Spanish and often wears cowboy boots. She is the author of two chapbooks, Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters  (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), and Exuviae (Horse Less Press, 2016). Her first full-length collection, Gutter, will be published by Yes Yes Books in 2018. In her past, she’s been a homeless gutter-punk, a resident of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle, a maid, a surfer chick, and a custom aquarium designer. A graduate of Bennington College’s MFA program in writing, her work has appeared in journals like Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Verse Daily.

GLEN SHAHEEN is the author of the poetry collections Predatory, winner of the 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and runner up for the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award, and Energy Corridor, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery, published by Ricochet Editions. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere.

NADIA WOLNISTY is a poet, memoirist, flash-fiction author, and creative non-fiction writer. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Mad Swirl, Do Not Go Gentle, University Scholar, Apogee, La Alarma, Essay Daily, Haggard and Halloo, and My Favorite Bullet. Her poetry and artwork was featured in a zine machine (www.WhiteRockZineMachine.com), an Art Uprising print anthology Desolate Country, and is runner-up for the 2017 Emily Stauffer Prize. Her debut chapbook, Manual is available from Cringe Worthy Poetry Collective. Her illustrations for James Barrett Rodehaver’s chapbook time travel for daydreamers is forthcoming, also from Cringe Worthy Poetry. She can be found performing around Dallas with Mad Swirl, Common Company, Pandora’s Box, Bonehouse, and Poets on X+.