Back to All Events

Dark Moon Poetry: Owl Magick

  • Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce Street Dallas, TX, 75226 United States (map)

Honoring the dark moon involves exploring parts of the self often kept locked away. It means acknowledging each atom that causes discomfort and transforming that energy into something beautiful. This is the most powerful time to effect change and make art. The owl is the perfect guide for November's dark moon, leading us into winter and all its dark mysteries as the nights continue to grow longer. Dark Moon Poetry & Arts exists to honor the creative feminine and non-binary powers of North Texas. We showcase poetry, music, visual art, and projects that can’t be defined by a single noun. Like the owl's wing across the sky, we upset still air.

Owl Magick~

Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review and received her MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been supported by the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Callaloo, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Sonora Review, and Southern Indiana Review among others. She is the author of Mesquite Manual (New Delta Review, 2015). See her work at

Creative Director for yamiToday Productions. You Are My Inspiration Today Productions. My mission statement: to create art for healing. I use original electronic music and spoken word with live percussion and fine art to inspire a space for introspective travel and movement of the feet. I have performed all over the U.S. in performance art shows and fine art shows. I have learned with my experience how important it is to communicate from your heart space, especially being a survivor of sexual abuse. My art is directed toward supporting that community and survivors of domestic violence. I use my art to reflect my truth and share my magic in these extreme times. The title "Love Warrior" was given to me and I try everyday to represent those words with every breath I take. I am performing artist Lei Lei…

Sarah Frances Moran is a queer latinx poet born and raised in Houston, Texas. Writing for her came out of a desire to help others and has evolved into full blown insistence on changing the world. Her aim is to poetically fight for love and harness the type of tender violence needed to push love forward. She strongly believes that words have immeasurable power. She is the founder/editor of Yellow Chair Review and Press. Her chapbook, Evergreen (Weasel Press), released in June 2016 and La Bella Muerte (Crisis Chronicles Press) is forthcoming. Her first full-length collection, Pocha is due out in 2017 from ELJ Publications. Her work was nominated in 2015 and 2016 for Best of the Net. She's been included in dozens of publications like Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, Acentos Review, Rust+Moth, Star 82 Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and many festival anthologies. In April of 2016 she was a state feature at the Austin International Poetry Festival. See her work at

Jenuine Poetess is the founder of Waco Poets Society and ITWOW International—a writing circle project for womyn with chapters globally. Her debut collection, BloodStories: a cycle of 28 poems, was published by Yellow Chair Press, May 2016. Jenuine holds space for creative expression because #courageiscontagious and there is #medicineinyourmetoo. She facilitates weekly therapeutic creative writing programs for youth at Klaras Center for Families in Waco, TX and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department correctional facility in Mart, TX. Jenuine lives rooted in the fierce conviction that fostering the creative health of individuals & communities is a matter of justice. Find her online at and @JenuineArtworks.