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19maythuFeaturedSix Foot Love Series presents: Backyard DAMN7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

19maythuFeaturedVelada Vinyl7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Event Type :Get-Together

20mayfriFeaturedClimate Change Series: Open Mic!7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Open Mic

20mayfriFeaturedBookstore Disco W/ BOOM BOOM PUM9:00 pm - 11:59 pm Event Type :Bookstore Disco

21maysatFeaturedKids In The Cliff: Surprise, Surprise!10:30 am - 11:30 pm Event Type :Kids Storytelling

22maysunFeatured2P's in a Pod2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Event Type :Live Podcast

22maysunFeaturedOak Cliff Chess Club - Evening Edition6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Chess Club

24maytueFeaturedFrom Gang Leader to Worldwide Activist: A Night with Antong Lucky6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

25maywedFeaturedTokoloshe - A South African ghost story8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (26) Event Type :Play

27mayfriFeaturedRoger Reeves - Best Barbarian7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

27mayfriFeatured¡Hijo!8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

28maysatFeaturedKids In The Cliff: Celebrating Illustrator JooHee Yoon10:30 am - 11:30 pm Event Type :Kids Storytelling

28maysatFeaturedTalking Dirty After Dark9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Storytelling

june

03junfriFeaturedEstereomance7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Show

08junwedFeaturedInner Moonlight: Ayesa Ashad7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Poetry Reading

30junthuFeaturedNoir At The Bar - Hap & Leonard Edition7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Reading Panel

Literature

Book Review: Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature by Matthew Baker

Book Review: Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature by Matthew Baker

Matthew W. Baker’s debut chapbook Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature (Finishing Line Press, 2019) is a visceral and incisive exploration of what it means to have a body. Baker’s poems delve into mortality, illness, surgical interventions both elective and necessary, and radical changes both voluntary and beyond the speaker’s control. The speaker in these poems grapples with isolation and relationships, offering an unflinching portrayal of the mother/son dynamic.

Literature

Book Review: Better Ways to See by Alan Gann

Book Review: Better Ways to See by Alan Gann

In Better Ways to See, Alan Gann offers us a fresh pair of eyes to catch the details we are likely to miss in the natural world. Every poem seems to ask, “why not sing or bloom or fly?” (“spiral orb”). Part I of this collection, “Wanderings with birds,” literally gave me the sensation of having wings, of believing “We each sing our morning notes/ to remind the world/ I’m still here and no matter/ what happens before night descends/ all contribute/ to the golden-holy-resplendent song divergent” (“Chorus”)

Literature

Interview with Kendra Greene

Interview with Kendra Greene

An exploration of Iceland’s most idiosyncratic museums and collections, The Museum of Whales You Will Never See takes readers across a country shaped by geological forces as powerful as the stories told and collected there. The following is a conversation between author Kendra Greene and WD contributor Katy Dycus.

Literature

Poetry Review: From The Cow’s Eye and Other Poems by Loretta Diane Walker

Poetry Review: From The Cow’s Eye and Other Poems by Loretta Diane Walker

Loretta Diane Walker is treasure in the Texas poetry community. She is the author of many books, including a full-length collection, Day Begins When Darkness Is in Full Bloom (Blue Light Press, 2021) and the topic of this review, her most recent chapbook, From the Cow’s Eye & Other Poems, which won the 2021 William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Prize from The Fort Worth Poetry Society. The poems in the collection show off Walker’s poetic range; the speaker weaves stunning Texas landscapes and offers deft observations about love, grief, music, dreams, superheroes, and much more.

Literature

Poetry Review: Fingerspell by Lindsay Illich

Poetry Review: Fingerspell by Lindsay Illich

Published by Black Lawrence Press in November 2020, Lindsay Illich’s poetry collection, Fingerspell, begins by presenting the images for spelling out the letters of the alphabet. After the birth of Illich’s daughter, who has Down syndrome, she “felt every emotion as if through a vivid filter, supersaturated”.

Literature

Poetry Review: The Rented Altar by Lauren Berry

Poetry Review: The Rented Altar by Lauren Berry

I was excited when I found out Lauren Berry’s second poetry collection, The Rented Altar (2020), would be published by C&R Press. Her debut collection, National Poetry Series winner The Lifting Dress (Penguin, 2010), is a book I’ve returned to many times over the years since I first picked it up. I was fascinated by the lush, dark, terrifying world of Berry’s young speaker in the first book, and I expected her second book to be just as compelling.

Literature

The Best Prey

The Best Prey

The Best Prey (Pleiades Press, 2021), Paige Quiñones’s debut poetry collection and winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, contain poems that pulse to a provocative beat. It’s a rhythm that edges on the powerful intersection of  danger and desire.

Literature

I Am This State Of Emergency

I Am This State Of Emergency

Robin Myrick describes her debut poetry collection, I AM THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY (Surveyor Books, 2020), as “about us.” The result of an eight-year listening project, Myrick’s poems examine the ways political discourse permeates our lives, our relationships, and our imaginations.

Literature

The Other Half of Happy

The Other Half of Happy

Rebecca Balcárcel’s debut middle-grade novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY (Chronicle Books, 2019) stars Quijana, a bicultural girl who grappling with the tumult of being 12 years old. Why is your friendly neighborhood poet reviewing a novel written for children ages 8 to 12?

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Literature

Meditation On Home

Meditation On Home

During the 2-month lockdown in Madrid, a picture book arrived for me in the mail: Carson Ellis’s Home. And while we are no longer in strict lockdown, I still spend much more time at home than I ever have before. I think about home much more than I ever have before.

Interviews

On Lighthouses

On Lighthouses

Jazmina Barrera’s first book to be translated into English by Christina MacSweeney, On Lighthouses, is an exploration of many things—writing, collecting, travel, literary history—centered around various lighthouses and the stories they contain. The following is a conversation between author Jazmina Barrera, translator Christina MacSweeney, and WD contributor Katy Dycus.

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100% Vetted Books

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Every single book in our space has been co-curated between us and our trusted circle of book lovers: the Dallas literary community and our friends around the globe –writers, readers, publishers or booksellers.

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