Pegasus Reading Series: Abushanab, McLemore, Rocha.

Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series.

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 Maries joined Sebastian to host & curate the series. In 2016, both poets joined forces to organize and curate Deep Ellum Lit Hop.

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

ILIANA ROCHA earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, RHINO, Blackbird, and West Branch. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo.

CHAD ABUSHANAB’S poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2017, Birmingham Poetry Review, Ecotone, Southern Poetry Review, Measure: A Journal of Formal Poetry, Shenandoah, The Hopkins Review, Unsplendid, and 32 Poems, among others. He currently lives in Lubbock, Texas where he is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at Texas Tech University, as well as an associate editor at Iron Horse Literary Review and the poetry editor at Arcadia. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee.

T.J. MCLEMORE lives and teaches in Fort Worth, Texas. His poems and interviews have appeared in Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

WHEN: April 25th at 7 PM.
WHERE: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce St.

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Pegasus Reading Series: Edwards and Yanowski

Update: Jennifer Givhan could not make it this time and will join us for a future date.

Join us for this month’s edition of Pegasus Reading Series.

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 Maries joined Sebastian to host & curate the series. In 2016, both poets joined forces to organize and curate Deep Ellum Lit Hop.

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

STEVIE EDWARDS is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012), received the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly, was released in 2015 by Small Doggies Press. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University and is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at University of North Texas. Her poetry is published and forthcoming in Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, TriQuarterly, Redivider, 32 Poems, The Journal, Rattle, Verse Daily, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

JENNIFER GIVHAN is a Mexican American poet from the southwestern desert. She is author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize) and Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, and The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications including Ploughshares, POETRY, Boston Review, Blackbird, and the Kenyon Review. She is Editor-in-Chief at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and she lives with her family in New Mexico.

AMANDA YANOWSKI is a native of Minnesota, Amanda Yanowski currently lives in Denton, Texas, where she teaches writing, literature, and theatre. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly and South Dakota Review.

 

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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: 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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