Honoring the dark moon involves
Honoring the dark moon involves exploring parts of the self often kept locked away. It means acknowledging each beautiful atom that causes discomfort and transforming that energy into something we can call beautiful. This is the most powerful time to effect change and make art. Dark Moon Poetry & Arts exists to honor the creative feminine powers of North Texas. We showcase poetry, music, visual art, and projects that can’t be defined by a single noun. We upset still air.
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
It’s Women’s History Month. It’s International Women’s Day. It’s the dark moon.
Let’s celebrate and misbehave.
Rose Ann Meredith
Art & Music:
Liz Jones is a lover of words and quote collector, hoarder of books and poetry dabbler. She has recently returned from the Peace Corps and currently works with Reading Partners, a job that lets her read children’s books all day with awesome kids. Liz thinks the smell of books is magical, finds comfort in any room that has overflowing shelves, and likes searching for inscriptions inside used books. She also enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, and food. Any food. All the food.
Currently based in Texas, Tammy Gomez is a poet, multimedia performer, and playwright/director. As award-winning poet (Best Poet of Austin, Austin Chronicle, 1997), she has performed throughout the U.S., and in Mexico and Nepal. Her poems and essays are featured in numerous collections, including Yellow Medicine Review (2009) and Women in Nature: An Anthology (Louise Grace Publishing, 2014). Tammy is profiled in “Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History” (UT Press, 2003), and is featured in “Voices from Texas”, a PBS documentary film about Latino poets in Texas. Tammy has been publisher, radio producer and talk show host, events organizer, and activista. Her provocative performance art work addresses social realities such as domestic violence, environmental racism, and the impact of mass incarceration on families of color. Sound Culture, founded by Tammy Gomez and based in north Texas, is an intermedia production lab that emphasizes the spirit of community and collaboration among artists of various disciplines to enhance individual creative expression and social justice literacy through stage performance, interactive design, spoken word innovation, print publications, online and live event production, and neighborhood cultivation programs. Tammy has lived in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado, completed an introductory Permaculture Design course, and trekked up to see Mt. Everest in Nepal in 1999–all of which have shown her ways of living conscientiously on the earth. She is an urban gardener who has not owned a car in eight years, and bicycles everywhere. She blogs at xxcommunicator.blogspot.com and is a Macondista, as well as a 2015-2018 Black Earth Institute Fellow. For more information: http://www.hatchfund.org/user/tammygomez
“Edyka Chilome is a brown fire spitting dream making poet reina. She is always caught in between worlds, gathering spirits, and falling in love for the revolution. She holds a nurturing gaze over many art projects and loved ones, she is often talking. When taking breaks between lengthy conversations she muses over the underlining connections of our vast universe.” – Amy Zapien
Rose Ann Meredith is the mother of four sons, the grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter. A graduate of W. E. Boswell High School, in Saginaw and Tarrant County Junior College, she graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Rose Ann is an 18 year veteran of Fort Worth’s poetry open mics and was score/timekeeper and coach for the Fort Worth Slam Team for 5 years. She has also performed her work at the Rose Marine Theater, Casa Manana, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and the Amphibian Theater. Rose Ann is a lifetime member of Fort Worth’s Zawadi Writers. Rose Ann’s poem “Your Shoes” will be published in the Dallas Poetry Community’s upcoming anthology featuring North Texas poets. The anthology will be published in late spring to early summer.
Machele is a musician and poet from Dallas, Tx. She plays ambient, abstract loops of recorded flute layered with poetic words and live sounds. Classically trained for 6 years, Machele took a break from playing the flute to focus on painting and writing. After some years developing other artistic muscles, she had returned to her roots with the intention of bending traditional ideas of what the flute can do. Machele has performed her poems and sounds at a few venues in the DFW area. She is currently collaborating with various artists to layer original sounds on top of electronic noise. Playing music has taught Machele how to listen and the need to express beyond words alone. She wants to inspire self exploration and expression with subtle sound manipulation.
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 am
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas