Join us for Poetry Night

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Join us this Sunday, May 24th at 7pm for A Night of Poetry.   This month we have three featured poets.

Sebastian Hasani Paramo will be a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas in the fall.  His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Toe Good Poetry, Huizache, and North American Review.  Currently, he wears many hats as editor of The Boiler, curator of the Pegasus Reading Series, and a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.

Robert Torres has been performing poetry since 2009.  He started the Words Reading Series in San Antonio in 2010.  In 2011, he moved to Denton, where he ran the Punk Poet Society until 2014.  He now runs Pegasus Reading Series with Sebastian Hasani Paramo.  He previously hosted the Free Word webcast with Erica GDLR ( Edyka Chilome.)  He studied Creative Writing and Theater Performance at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2013.  He self-published his book, The Year of the Slut, in 2013.

Michael Guinn is a spoken word poet and a founder of the Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team.  He has opened for Malcolm Jamal Warner and Russell Simmons, and has performed at the Akoben Word Festival, the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Toronto International Slam Championships, and the Arkansas Grand Slam, to name a few.

Admission is always free, but donations are appreciated in order to keep this event going.

Meet Peter Szok

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Join us for this month’s Author’s Night! We are honored to host a local Ryan Place author Peter Szok as he talks about his book Restuatantes, Rumbas y Mas: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth.

From the TCU Press: “Taking us well off the beaten path, Peter Szok guides readers on a cultural journey through Latino Fort Worth that will make your stomach—and heart—hunger for more. Szok sets the stage for Fort Worth as more than just cowboys and cattle. With mouthwatering descriptions, Szok highlights the best Latino restaurants with foods like barbacoa, birria, and elote. For the dancers, Szok highlights the best dance spots while offering insight into Latino clothing traditions like the pointy boots (botas picudas) in style throughout dance halls like Escapada 2001 and OK Corral, where they play norteño, banda, cumbia, and other Latino music. And for a taste of Latino history, Szok highlights churches, barber shops, botanicas,and more. With so much to explore, the Gringo’s Guide will make any reader fall in love with Fort Worth. PETER SZOK is a graduate of Tulane University, where he received a PhD in modern Latin American history and specialized in ethnicity, nationalism, and popular culture. Dr. Szok is an associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, where he teaches classes on Afro-Latin American history, indigenous movements, and Central America.”

For another look at Dr. Szok’s book, check out the write up in Fort Worth Weekly.

This book is available to purchase from the TCU Press and Amazon.

A Night of Poetry

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Designed by 9 year old Noli

Sunday, April 19th at 7 pm, we are pleased to feature Christopher Stephen Soden and Tim Richardson in this month’s Night of Poetry.

Christopher Stephen Soden is a native Texan. He received his MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January 2005. He is a teacher, lecturer, playwright, film and literary critic. Honors include: Yaddo Fellowship: 2013, Closer published : June 2011, Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President, President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. Selected Publishing Credits : Poetry Without Borders 2, Between, A Face to Meet the Faces, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, Off the Rocks, The James White Review, Best Texas Writing

Tim Richardson’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, North American Review, Western Humanities Review, and Archeopteryx, among others. He currently teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he directs the creative writing minor.