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Pandora's Box: Dancing Tongues
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

Pandora's Box: Dancing Tongues

Pandora's Box is breaking all the rules of physics, poetry, decorum, and the space/time-continuum by presenting the newly reassembled Dallas Lit-Art-Performance Legend DANCING TONGUES !!!! 

Dancing Tongues is a poetry/performance ensemble which takes the spoken word, scrambles it with music, visual art, movement and video to demonstrate that literature is, indeed, a lively art. Joining highbrow sensibilities with low cost aesthetics, the troupe has performed in galleries, bars, theaters, festivals and universities around Dallas since 1990. The current edition of Dancing Tongue features Tim Cloward, Kim Corbet, Lisa Huffaker, Fran Carris, and Richard Allen.

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Other People's Poetry: Frank O'Hara
May
21
4:00 PM16:00

Other People's Poetry: Frank O'Hara

Other People's Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Frank O'Hara. We will be reading the complete contents of the great New York School poet's LUNCH POEMS, plus a selection drawn from his posthumously issued collected works. 

Readers: Dan Collins / Imana Cordova / Sean Enfield / Tom Farris / Alan Gann / Serena Howe / Lauren Felice Ayres Jarocki / Courtney Marie / Gabe Mamola / Misty Amber Moore / Craig Nydick / Johnny Olsen / Joel Page / Patrick Peterson-Carroll / Caitlin Pryor / Mike Soto / David Eric Tomlinson

Copies of O'Hara's LUNCH POEMS will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to our sponsor and host Deep Vellum Books.

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White Rock Zine Machine -- Flight #4: MakeShift PhotoRama -- Significance Imposed
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

White Rock Zine Machine -- Flight #4: MakeShift PhotoRama -- Significance Imposed

White Rock Zine Machine -- Flight #4: MakeShift PhotoRama -- Significance Imposed

Join us for a reading, as we launch our new series featuring an exciting collision of writing and photography.  Thirteen writers have collaborated with twelve photographers, deepening visual experience with the written word.  Our new series of twelve zines presents highlights from a larger exhibition at Kettle Art Gallery, open from May 11 - June 3.  For a mere 25 cents, you can turn the knob of our transformed vending machine, and walk away with a tiny book you'll want to keep forever.

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Bruce Bond and Cyrus Cassells: Reading and Conversation
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Bruce Bond and Cyrus Cassells: Reading and Conversation

Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with poets Bruce Bond and Cyrus Cassells. Both authors will read from their most recent collections and sign books. Bruce Bond's most recent collections are Gold Bee, (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016) and Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017). Cyrus Cassells' most recent collection is The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon, 2012). His sixth book, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in 2018. Hosted and moderated by Sebastian H. Paramo. 


About the Authors

Bruce Bond is the author of eighteen books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), For the Lost Cathedral(LSU, 2015), The Other Sky (Etruscan, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), and Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017).   Four of his books are forthcoming:  Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse Press), and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions).  Presently he is Regents Professor at University of North Texas.    

Cyrus Cassells is the author of five acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through ShoutingBeautiful SignorMore Than Peace and Cypresses, and The Crossed-Out Swastika. His sixth book, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo, is forthcoming in the spring of 2018 from Southern Illinois University Press. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a Professor of English at Texas State University.
 

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Author Visit: Naomi Jaffe - What are the Blind Men Dreaming
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Author Visit: Naomi Jaffe - What are the Blind Men Dreaming

Noemi Jaffe is an award-winning Brazilian writer whose literary career has exploded in the last five years, gaining critical acclaim and momentum worldwide, with her works being translated into nearly a dozen languages. After working as a teacher of Brazilian Literature for more than 20 years and concluding her academic career with a PhD on the poetry of Antonio Cicero, in 2005 Jaffe published a poetry volume—her first publication—at the age of 43. At that time, she was already working as a literary reviewer for the cultural supplement of daily Folha de S.Paulo and had published several works on literary theory. From then on, she started dedicating herself more and more to literature, working across several genres, including novels, poetry, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction. Presently, Noemi Jaffe also contributes with a monthly column for the newspaper Valor Econômico and for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. She teaches a regular course on Creative Writing at Casa do Saber, and her work is now published by the prestigious Companhia das Letras, Brazil’s largest publishing house. She lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A groundbreaking use of storytelling as means to bear witness features three generations of women's individual voices—mother, Liwia, in the diary she wrote after liberation from Bergen-Belsen; daughter, Noemi, considering themes of her mother’s memory and survival; and granddaughter, Leda, reflecting on what it means to be the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor—combine in an never-before-accomplished use of literary storytelling as means to remember, reflect, and bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Book Release: Manual by Nadia Wolinsty

Hello, friends!

Anne & I are having a poetry party! Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective was kind enough to publish yr girl's first chapbook! It's call "Manual". 

The book sold out on its first printing within the first week. It contains the line "This party is ending moistly," so you know it's quality. 

I will be reading it straight through. Watch me awkwardly read poems about being so awkward I was tested.

Beer & wine & coffee for sale.

Books for sale! For five whole dollars. I will sign and write you a lovely note about how lovely you are.

Edit: Court has agreed to play us a few songs for the opening. Court is beautiful and great. We met because he was going to be moving back to Austin, so I figured why not pour my heart out to a stranger? Then he said, just kidding, I'm staying, I'm in love with your roommate (now his wife). His songs are soulful, thoughtful, and have a quiet power.

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Culture in Translation: A Literary Panel Discussion
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Culture in Translation: A Literary Panel Discussion

Mark Haber, author of Melville's Beard and owner of Houston's Brazos Bookstore, joins Scott Esposito, author of The Latin American Mixtape, for a conversation about the role of translation in current affairs, cultural understanding, and collaborative competition between the US and Mexico.

About the Books

Melville's Beard is a collection of nine absurd stories varying in structure and tone. Each examines the human condition and the dilemmas we face in the tempest of our own self-induced problems. These are obscure, weird and, in many cases, disturbing stories. Mark's stories are ageless because they speak to us, demanding we question our own natures, regardless of time and space.  

The Latin American Mixtape, a self-described work of “b-sides” is not just a collection of literary essays on Latin American writers, it's also about the insight that comes from a magnificent reader from abroad reading the great writers of a foreign continent. It includes three never-before-published pieces, exclusive interviews and a sharp point of view on literature.

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Author Visit: Corey Dolgan
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Author Visit: Corey Dolgan

Corey Dolgan, author of Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumphs over Democracy, will be at Deep Vellum Books Thursday, April 13th from 7-9pm to read & discuss his work.

About the Book

For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages—even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.

Tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions, Corey Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept reform policies that destroy the public sector (seemingly in the public interest) and a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”—a willingness to agree to arguments that feel right “in the gut” regardless of fancy science or messy facts. In a narrative that stretches from the post‒Vietnam War era to the present parade of political reality TV and debates over Black Lives Matter, Dolgon dismantles US common-sense cultural discourse. His original, alternative account reveals that this ongoing crisis in US policy will not cease until a critical mass of American citizens recognize what has been lost, and in whose interest.

About Corey Dolgan

(bio coming soon!)

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Nonfiction Authors Association of Dallas-Fort Worth
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Nonfiction Authors Association of Dallas-Fort Worth

Join the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA) for their monthly DFW meetup, right here at Deep Vellum Books.

For tickets to this event, register at the DFW NFAA Meetup.

What is the NFAA?

The Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA) is a vibrant educational community for aspiring and experienced writers to connect, exchange ideas, and learn about writing, publishing, promoting and profiting from nonfiction books. With more than 14,000+ members across the US, join today to cover your monthly meeting costs - and enjoy a vibrant network of writers, experts, and more to help you promote your work.

NFAA meetings will always contain one or more of these aspects: 

  • An expert speaker
  • A panel discussion
  • A member spotlight
  • A fifteen-minute mastermind session, where three members can receive group feedback on a particular issue or topic
  • A tip exchange, where members share their best writing, publishing, or marketing tips
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Celebrating Texas Independents: A Panel Discussion
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating Texas Independents: A Panel Discussion

Celebrating Texas Independents: Our Great Literary State's Independent Presses, Journals, Bookstores & More

Texas has a thriving literary scene – are you taking full advantage of the opportunities in your own state, especially in your own backyard? Whether you’re a Texas writer looking for publication, or a book lover who wants to support Texas-owned and operated businesses, this month the Writers’ League of Texas is partnering with some of the state’s greatest Independents -- in conjunction with Texas Independence Day -- to host a series of free and open events throughout the month of March in cities across the state. These panel discussions (including time for questions and networking) will focus on the great opportunities that Texas has to offer, from independent presses, to journals, to bookstores, and beyond, while also answering writers' burning questions about the publishing process, submitting to agents, catching the eye of an editor, and more. We hope you’ll join us this March to Celebrate Texas Independents.

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WOWPS 2017: Preliminary Competition
Mar
16
to Mar 17

WOWPS 2017: Preliminary Competition

The 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) will take place in Downtown Dallas, March 15-18. Chosen for its vibrant poetry and art scenes, diverse population, and local resources, Dallas offers the hundreds of participants and attendees a host of amenities. Deep Vellum Books will host the Preliminary Rounds, with the Finals held at The Majestic Theater, and a variety of workshops held at venues across the Downtown and Deep Ellum neighborhoods.

WOWPS will bring women poets from around the country, and Canada, their friends, family, and fans to Dallas for a multi-day, multi-venue, multi-sensory experience. (WOWPS) is an all-woman event created by Women For Women. WOWPS is a four day poetry festival, in which 72 of the best female poets in the world compete against each other over two nights of preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) at Deep Vellum Books. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals at the Majestic Theatre, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, daytime events feature writing workshops on topics like gender and race, as well as panel discussions on publishing and activism, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties.

WOWPS kicks off Wednesday, March 15th with the Last Chance Slam at Quixotic World and culminates with the Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals Saturday March 18th at the historic Majestic Theater.

Festival Passes and Finals tickets can be purchased at www.WOWPS2017.com

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Vellum Ouroboros
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Vellum Ouroboros

Every second Tuesday of the month Deep Vellum presents Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon that warmly invites YOU to "be yourself and someone else too". Poets, please bring 4 poems to read/perform and all we ask is that at least one poem you present be someone else's work that's touched you deeply and hope will touch us too.

(A sister show of the smash hit Other People's Poetry at Deep Vellum - as always, come for the books, stay for the love)

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Deep Vellum Write-In
Feb
21
8:00 AM08:00

Deep Vellum Write-In

Designed for writers (both book and email variety) who need ninety minutes of quiet time to think, write, and knock out what needs to get to a page (both paper and electronic).

We'll turn off the wi-fi, lock the doors, lower the music and lights, and let you work for an two uninterrupted sessions of ninety minutes each.  Coffee (hot and cold), tea, water, La Croix, and Topo Chico is available at the store for purchase.

Space is limited to 8 writers; first come, first serve.

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Author Visit: Joel Berg, 'America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation'
Feb
19
4:30 PM16:30

Author Visit: Joel Berg, 'America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation'

Joel Berg will be at Deep Vellum Books for February 19th to speak about his newest book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation.  

Joel is the head of the national organization Hunger Free America, which is based in NYC, and he is a frequent talking head in the media on that subject. He is a former Clinton advisor having spent 8 years at the USDA, and wrote a previous book on hunger called All You Can Eat

In the new book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, Joel makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation's political and economic dysfunction, the book dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.

PRAISE FOR AMERICA, WE NEED TO TALK by Joel Berg:

“It is both important and entertaining. We need both—I've never seen the political world so sad, so foolish. So dangerous. This book will certainly help.“ —Toni Morrison

“Joel Berg has done it again with another book to challenge policy makers and Americans to think boldly and creatively about how to solve some of the biggest issues facing our nation. Joel won’t rest until we end hunger and poverty once and for all. And, quite frankly, we need more people like him.” —Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)

“In AMERCA WE NEED TO TALK: A SELF HELP BOOK FOR THE NATION, Joel Berg combines wit, dogged research, and insight based on decades of on-the-ground experience to drill down deeply on issues vital to all Americans.  His call for more civility in our modern public discourse, as well as his proposalsfor wholesale social change based on centristpolicies and mainstream values, deserve particular attention.  While we may not concur on all his critiques and solutions, we surely should agree that the issues he raises demand wide-spread consideration and debate.” —Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Congressman

“A timely take-no-prisoners argument for sane and humane policies by the master truth-teller, Joel Berg.  Been wondering how we can really make America great again? Read this book.” —Tom Colicchio, chef, TV judge, activist

“Fearless and compulsively readable,   America, We Need to Talk will make you laugh, think and snort coffee through your nose. Joel Berg is that irascible uncle who speaks the unmentionable truth at family dinners. You may squirm, but secretly you’re glad he’s there.”  —Lori Silverbush filmmaker, activist

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Vellum Ouroboros
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Vellum Ouroboros

Every second Tuesday of the month Deep Vellum presents Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon that warmly invites YOU to "be yourself and someone else too". Poets, please bring 4 poems to read/perform and all we ask is that at least one poem you present be someone else's work that's touched you deeply and hope will touch us too.

(A sister show of the smash hit Other People's Poetry at Deep Vellum - as always, come for the books, stay for the love)

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Deep Vellum Write-In
Feb
14
8:00 AM08:00

Deep Vellum Write-In

Designed for writers (both book and email variety) who need ninety minutes of quiet time to think, write, and knock out what needs to get to a page (both paper and electronic).

We'll turn off the wi-fi, lock the doors, lower the music and lights, and let you work for an two uninterrupted sessions of ninety minutes each.  Coffee (hot and cold), tea, water, La Croix, and Topo Chico is available at the store for purchase.

Space is limited to 8 writers; first come, first serve.

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Writer’s Bloc: A Working Group for All Writers
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Writer’s Bloc: A Working Group for All Writers

Writer’s Bloc: A Working Group for All Writers

Writer’s Bloc is group where all writers can bring, share, and discuss works in progress, from freshly conceived ideas to nearly finished pieces. We begin each session by discussing individual’s writing processes, then spend time sharing original work, and giving and receiving constructive feedback. We firmly believe sharing with and learning from each other buttresses everyone’s creativity. Join us every other Wednesday from 6-8pm.

Writer's Bloc is led by Craig Nydick. Craig is a poet and prose writer who is endlessly fascinated by the creative process. His desire to bring people together and support creative efforts led him to start a writer’s group on moving to Dallas in June 2016. 

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Deep Vellum Write-In
Feb
7
8:00 AM08:00

Deep Vellum Write-In

Designed for writers (both book and email variety) who need ninety minutes of quiet time to think, write, and knock out what needs to get to a page (both paper and electronic).

We'll turn off the wi-fi, lock the doors, lower the music and lights, and let you work for an two uninterrupted sessions of ninety minutes each.  Coffee (hot and cold), tea, water, La Croix, and Topo Chico is available at the store for purchase.

Space is limited to 8 writers; first come, first serve.

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White Rock Zine Machine: Third Flight!
Feb
5
1:00 PM13:00

White Rock Zine Machine: Third Flight!

White Rock Zine Machine Launches Flight #3:  The Bonehouse Poets

White Rock Zine Machine is at it again, offering tiny handmade books by local writers and artists, sold through a whimsical vending machine.  Special guests, the Bonehouse Poets, will launch a new series of twelve zines with a reading, Sunday, February 5, at 6:00, at Deep Vellum Books.  Bring your quarters!

Contributors include Amos Hunt, Gnadia Wolnitsky, Serena Howe, Tom Farris, Reverie Powell, Aubrey Lively, Hugh Fisher, Therese Eby, Rhett Forman, Gabriel Mamola, Matthew Duffy, and Lisa Huffaker.

This series is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Dark Moon Poetry: One Year Anniversary!
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Moon Poetry: One Year Anniversary!

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. 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. We upset still air.

On January 28, 2016, the first Dark Moon show featured five artists in an Arlington living room. It was a potluck affair where a cat wandered through the house and a baby crawled through poets seated on hardwood. 

Over the course of its first year, Dark Moon has grown to be welcomed by the Dallas arts community and featured 43 performers. It was included in The Wild Detectives' Women Galore Festival, the Deep Ellum Lit Hop, and the 2016 Freefall Festival. Deep Vellum Books offered us a home where we could become a permanent part of #LiteraryDallas.

This celebration will feature some of the Dark Moon artists from our first revolution around the sun~

Visual:
- Erica Guajardo

Musicians:
- Lauren Belmore (+poetry!)
- Black Doll's Darkroom
- Jess Garland Medlock
- Machele Johnson (+poety!)

Poets:
- Edyka Chilomé (+song!)
- Logen Cure
- Ofelia "Mexmama" Faz-Garza
- A. Kendra Greene
- Lisa Huffaker
- Morgan Lionheart
- Courtney Marie
- Princess McDowell
- Robin Myrick
- Allison Emmaline Piercy
- Jenuine Poetess
- Reverie Powell
- Gayle Reaves-King
- Sophia Terazawa
- Nadia Wolnisty

See the complete list of artists who blessed us with their talents in 2016 here: https://darkmoonpoetryandarts.com/lunar-artists/

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Book Club: Here Comes The Sun
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Here Comes The Sun

Author Nicole Dennis-Benn will visit Dallas on February 3rd

Author Nicole Dennis-Benn will visit Dallas on February 3rd

Join us to discuss Nicole Dennis-Benn's newest book, Here Comes The Sun. We're teaming up with Wordspace in January to highlight one of the New York Times' Best Books of 2016 and will discuss the text with award-winning debut author Sanderia Faye.

But wait - there's more!

WordSpace hosts Jamaican-born novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn on February 3 at the South Dallas Cultural Center, where you can meet the author and discuss the book after reading her book with the Deep Vellum Book Club!

When Amazon chose Dennis-Benn’s novel as one of the best books of July 2016, they described it as “…a brilliant, gut-punch of a debut novel. Set on the white sand beaches, resorts and shacks of Jamaica, Nicole Dennis-Benn tells the story of four Jamaican women as they struggle to find their independence amidst the sprawling resorts that both provide and threaten their livelihood.”

Join us for an enlightening, engaging discussion of Jamaican culture and society at Deep Vellum Books.

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Writer’s Bloc: A Working Group for All Writers

Writer’s Bloc: A Working Group for All Writers

Writer’s Bloc is group where all writers can bring, share, and discuss works in progress, from freshly conceived ideas to nearly finished pieces. We begin each session by discussing individual’s writing processes, then spend time sharing original work, and giving and receiving constructive feedback. We firmly believe sharing with and learning from each other buttresses everyone’s creativity. Join us every other Wednesday from 6-8pm.

Writer's Bloc is led by Craig Nydick. Craig is a poet and prose writer who is endlessly fascinated by the creative process. His desire to bring people together and support creative efforts led him to start a writer’s group on moving to Dallas in June 2016. 

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Deep Vellum Write-In
Jan
24
8:00 AM08:00

Deep Vellum Write-In

Designed for writers (both book and email variety) who need ninety minutes of quiet time to think, write, and knock out what needs to get to a page (both paper and electronic).

We'll turn off the wi-fi, lock the doors, lower the music and lights, and let you work for an two uninterrupted sessions of ninety minutes each.  Coffee (hot and cold), tea, water, La Croix, and Topo Chico is available at the store for purchase.

Space is limited to 8 writers; first come, first serve.

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Deep Vellum Write-In
Jan
17
8:00 AM08:00

Deep Vellum Write-In

Designed for writers (both book and email variety) who need ninety minutes of quiet time to think, write, and knock out what needs to get to a page (both paper and electronic).

We'll turn off the wi-fi, lock the doors, lower the music and lights, and let you work for an two uninterrupted sessions of ninety minutes each.  Coffee (hot and cold), tea, water, La Croix, and Topo Chico is available at the store for purchase.

Space is limited to 8 writers; first come, first serve.

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Vellum Ouroboros
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Vellum Ouroboros

Every second Tuesday of the month Deep Vellum presents Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon that warmly invites YOU to "be yourself and someone else too". Poets, please bring 4 poems to read/perform and all we ask is that at least one poem you present be someone else's work that's touched you deeply and hope will touch us too.

(A sister show of the smash hit Other People's Poetry at Deep Vellum - as always, come for the books, stay for the love)

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