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Deep Vellum’s Dallas Poet Chapbook Launch w/ Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, Mike Soto

Deep Vellum is proud to present an evening celebrating the release of three poetry chapbooks by Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, and Mike Soto: the first books we will publish by Dallas writers!

Friday, August 30, 2019
Deep Vellum Bookstore
7pm | Free
3000 Commerce Street | Dallas, TX 75226

The evening will feature the presentation of these brand-new poetic works made available for the first time by three of the most talented, important, and innovative writers in the Dallas literary community, celebrated and showcased via a collaborative reading and discussion. Quantities of the chapbooks will be limited, come early and stay late, and celebrate #LiteraryDallas!

The three local writers to be featured are all residents of the city of Dallas, and are representative of a broadly diverse swathe of Dallas’s population—writing in three differing, yet all amazing, poetic traditions—that make our city such an inspiring place to live, read, and write:

  • Edyka Chilomé is a literary arts activist, performer, and cultural worker currently based in Dallas. She is a queer child of Salvadorean and Mexican migrant activists, and was raised in social justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. Edyka holds a BA in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago, and an MA in Multicultural Women’s Studies from Texas Women’s University where her research focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [art]ivism. In 2017 Edyka was named top 25 most influential artists in DFW by Artist Uprising Magazine. Her play “Where Earth Meets the Sky,” produced by Cara Mia Theatre Company, was praised as 2018’s top Latinx Theatre Production in the DFW by Theater Jones Review. In the summer of 2018 Edyka was apart of Sandra Cisnero’s Macondo Writers Workshop and is currently a 2018-2019 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow.
  • Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series spotlighting the creative feminine and non-binary POC energies of North Texas. She can often be found on sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers or in classrooms unlocking the imaginations of children. She has been published in The Texas Observer, Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. Her first chapbook, Moon Woman, was published by Thoughtcrime Press in June 2018.
  • Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican-American writer raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoacán, who received his MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His debut chapbook, Beyond the Shadow’s Ink was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2010. His debut book-length work of poetry, A Grave is Given Supper, will be published by Deep Vellum in summer 2020.

This chapbook publication and reading presentation is brought to you by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs through a Cultural Vitality Project grant. The project was pitched to the OCA as the “Central Track Writers Project,” which takes its name and inspiration from the rich cultural history of Dallas: in the late 1800s, the Central Track rail lines separated Deep Ellum from the rest of Dallas (around where I-345 is today). At that time, uncommon diversity among business owners in Deep Ellum created a unique social climate where cultural interaction took place in the fields of music, visual art, theater, and literature. Deep Vellum has tried to carry on the legacy of our neighborhood’s vibrant cultural history since our inception (even incorporating a pun on the neighborhood into our own name!), and seeks to do the same with the Central Track Writers Project, by creating opportunities for writers within our own city limits, harnessing the creative power of Deep Ellum’s present cultural capital and status as an urban core arts destination, while as a platform for individual literary artists and ideas to share their vision with the world, displaying to the city of Dallas and the world that literature is art, and that Dallas literature is an art to be celebrated, read, and shared.

The Central Track Writers Project is produced with the support of a Cultural Vitality Program grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

 

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Ófeigur Sigurðsson w/ David Searcy & Alex Dupree at Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)

Ófeigur Sigurðsson, author of Öræfi: The Wasteland, will be at Deep Vellum Books on October 18, in conversation with David Searcy! Featuring music by Alex Dupree

Sponsored by the Icelandic Literature Center, with support from Iceland Naturally and Visit Dallas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He is a graduate of the University of Iceland with a degree in philosophy. He made his poetry debut in 2001 with Skál fyrir skammdeginu (Cheers to the Winter Darkness), and published his first novel, Áferð (Texture), in 2005. Since then, he has published six books of poetry and three novels, in addition to his work as an accomplished translator. Sigurðsson was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 for his novel, Jón, making him the first Icelander to receive the prize. His novel Öræfi: The Wasteland was published in Iceland in 2014 to great critical and commercial acclaim, and received the Book Merchant’s Prize in 2014 and the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2015. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

David Searcy – back and forth between Dallas and Corsicana with his wife, the artist Nancy Rebal – is a writer whose recent essays (2013-15) have appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Essays 2013, Granta, and Esquire.  An essay collection, Shame and Wonder, was published with Random House January 2016.

Alex Dupree is a musician and writer living in Los Angeles. In 2005, he made his first record with The Trapdoor Band on a cassette 4-track in Austin, TX. His latest full-length You Winsome, You Lonesome was released by Keeled Scales in June 2017. His poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, FIELD, and the Madison Review.

About the Book

After a grueling solo expedition on the Vatnajökull Glacier, Austrian toponymist Bernhardt Fingerberg returns to civilization, barely alive, and into the care of Dr. Lassi. The doctor, suspicious of his story, attempts to discover his real motives for venturing into the treacherous wastelands of Iceland — but the secrets she unravels may be more dangerous than they’re worth.
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Carmen Boullosa w/ Yolette Garcia at the Latino Cultural Center (Dallas, TX)

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SMU, Staff, Simmons School of Education, Garcia, Yolette

In partnership with Deep Vellum Publishing, the Latino Cultural Center will present a conversation with Mexican author Carmen Boullosa and Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016: reception at 6 pm and lecture and conversation at 7 pm.

Carmen Boullosa is a leading Mexican novelist, poet, and playwright. Her discussion will cover the growth of feminism in a Latin American context in the late 20th Century and will continue to broaden the center’s focus on Latin American female authors.

Yolette Garcia joined SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2008 as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She’s responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion. Additionally, she teaches media as an adjunct in the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU. Garcia comes to her position as a veteran public broadcasting journalist and manager for KERA television and radio. She served the public broadcasting organization in various capacities for 25 years, and won a 1994 national Emmy Award, a 2006 Lone Star Emmy, and in 2002 she was honored by the Press Club of Dallas with the Buck Marryat Award, given for career excellence in journalism.

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OLIVIA BLOCK + Derek Rogers (presented by mental-drift & ex mus) (DV Books)

Olivia Block (Chicago, Illinois)
performing a multi-channel, in the dark, surround version of her composition Aberration of Light
+ Derek Rogers (Dallas, Texas)

Her range of materials and techniques encompasses found sounds, field recordings, notation for acoustic instruments, manipulated extensions of amplified instruments and purely electronic textures. Her willingness to employ this wide range belies the fact that Olivia Block is an artist with a tight focus and clear voice. Whether working in installation, performance or composition for performers, she is not limited to exclusive designations of “sound artist”, “composer” or “performer”. In a sense, Block is a truly contemporary sonic artist for whom these designations are not identities, but roles inhabited in order to create work.Block’s compositions are clear and unhurried – often constructed from layers, dynamics and densities, where the music dwells at the edges of perception. They may range from lush-filled spaces to the edges of audibility, where found sounds or instrumental sonorities are only just clear enough to be identifiable. Furthermore, along with these “found” sounds, the microphone emerges as an instrument itself, present in the music. But this music doesn’t merely live within these margins. Its narrative is a journey taking you through these spaces.

Block’s music is experimental in the sense that the processes and results often frame environmental ambience. However, this is not a music that is of purely experimental concerns, where process takes precedence and results are merely the outcomes. The music is thoughtful and composed. It goes places. Its passage is one of framing perceptions and sensations, while making narrative from that framing. There is expression, quiet but deep emotion, and beauty in its sensations.

Block will be performing a live version of Aberration of Light. Originally conceived as an expanded cinema collaboration including filmless 35-millimeter projectors, Block will present a version of this piece in the darkened venue with 4 speakers surrounding the audience with sound. It is music that both envelops the listener with its motion and physicality and draws them in to its subtle textures and detail.

“as rigorously assembled, finely detailed and dramatically taut as any modern composition you might care to name, … evoking a dreamlike story without words.”– The New York Times

“Finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of raw sonic power are blended with an elegant instrumental architecture… Compositional ordering and digital processing enter into an absorbing dialogue with the natural world.”– The Wire (UK)

Dallas based, Derek Rogers spent the first years of the decade in Los Angeles releasing music under his own name in labels like Hausu Mountain, Signal Dreams, and Obsolete Units, among others. He and Lee Noble work in tandem under the moniker: Circuit Rider UK (905 Tapes / Jehu & Chinaman). Visual Echoes is an album that moves within a subtle ambience, with a relaxed, contemplative style reminiscent at times of Gavin Bryars’s work. However there are some dramatic shadows and flares that lead to epic moments, revealing the influence of Steve Roach; both influences are present in tracks like Post-Earthquake Silverlake. As well as being an intensely personal statement, each carefully-sequenced side of Visual Echoesseems to be a study of the unexplored and unexplained facets of ambient music. You Do not Think In Terms Of Trainsexpresses the same initiatives but propelled by distortions and broken steps of rhythm. Other tracks (like Ovoid, which juxtaposes dynamism with stillness) work as segues, interludes and epilogues, giving Visual Echoes the flow of a cogent narrative.

Links:
Derek Rogers: https://derekrogers.bandcamp.com/
NPR: Composer Olivia Block In Her Own Words 
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Vice Palace Presents Francine Thirteen, Lord Byron, & Tidals

Vice Palace presents its debut collaboration with Deep Vellum Books featuring the diverse & mindblowing musical styles of Francine ThirteenLord Byron,  and Tidals
                     Francine Thirteen                                                 Lord Byron                                                            Tidals
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Space is limited, only 100 wristbands available at the door!!

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A Week in #LiteraryDallas

In the new #LiteraryDallas (check the hashtag, The Wild Detectives & us are spreading the love, get into it!), life is packed with literary events. Tonight, the Austin-based Writers’ League of Texas is  presenting a panel discussion on the topic: “Being a Good Literary Citizen” with authors Sanderia Faye, Karen Blumenthal, Jeramey Kraatz, and our very […]

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Deep Vellum Bookstore Launch

Dec 9 Party Invite

It’s official! We will be hosting a housewarming/bookstore launch party on the anniversary of our first book being published in our new space at 3000 Commerce Street in Deep Ellum on December 9 from 6-8pm.

Join Deep Vellum’s team for drinks, music, and an opportunity to hear about how we’re doing and what we have in the works for Deep Ellum’s first independent bookstore and cultural center when we officially open our doors and launch programming in early 2016.

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