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Culture in Translation: A Literary Panel Discussion
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: Joel Berg, 'America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation'
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.


“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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Online News Association - DFW Meetup
9:00 AM09:00

Online News Association - DFW Meetup

Happy New Year, ONA friends! 

Let's kick off 2017 right with a breakfast/brunch meet up at Deep Vellum Books in Deep Ellum. We'll be talking about how as journalists we can stay focused and practice self care in the new year. 

There will be breakfast snacks provided and mimosas and coffee for sale! 


Meet up with other local writers, editors, innovators, photographers, producers, academics, entrepreneurs and technologists who produce news for and support digital news delivery systems.

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. For more information, check out

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Poetry March
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry March

The weight of recent events in our country and communities is weighing heavy on our hearts. Many of us are facing threats against our very existence, the existence of people we love, the existence of people we don't even know, but who we believe deserve the right to equal opportunity, justice, and freedom. It is easy to feel alone or terrified right now. We are justifiably fearful or angry, and we need each other more than ever.

It is because of this urgency to unite and discuss and heal and work and serve as conductors for change that writers and poets from across the metroplex are coming together to give our community a place to stand up and speak out against hate, intolerance, and fear. We will not be silent.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at Deep Vellum Books. Around 3:30, we will begin introductions and take to the streets. There will be a march through Deep Ellum accompanied by frequent stops in designated locations for the poetry readings. Attendees are encouraged to prepare accordingly for being outdoors and to bring signs with literary messages of solidarity and love.

This is a public event. You are not alone, and you are welcome here.

We invite and encourage the participation of the entire literary community. To signup to read poetry, volunteer, and/or distribute zines, books, or other materials at the event, please fill out the following form before midnight on November 30:

Readers will be contacted the first week of December and invited to select the work they will read from a curated list of poems that address solidarity, injustice, survival, protest, resistance, and activism.

The following is an ongoing list of DFW literary/arts organizations & collectives dedicated to uniting together against injustice:

Spiderweb Salon (Denton)
Deep Vellum Books (Dallas)
Pegasus Reading Series (Dallas)
Dark Moon Poetry and Arts (Dallas)
OPP (Dallas)
Pandora's Box (Dallas)
Art & Words (Ft. Worth)

We love you and are here for you.

Add your organization to this list by sending an email to or filling out the signup form above. 


"So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive" -Audre Lorde

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." -Dylan Thomas

"Now that we have come out of hiding,
Why would we live again in the tombs we’d made out of our souls?" -Khaled Mattawa

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Book Release Party: Blood of the Dawn
7:00 PM19:00

Book Release Party: Blood of the Dawn

On Saturday, November 12th, Deep Vellum Books is hosting a RELEASE PARTY for 'Blood of the Dawn', authored by Claudia Salazar Jimenez, published by Deep Vellum Publishing. Join us for an evening with the author, as well as a reading, discussion, and book signing!

In addition to celebrating the release of 'Blood of the Dawn, we're hosting Señorita, a nonprofit that sells jewelry to raise funds for the education of girls in orphanages in Peru. Señorita will be featured at the event, selling jewelry.

This event is graciously supported by Shelf Media Group.

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Author Visit: Robin Myrick, Election Poems
7:00 PM19:00

Author Visit: Robin Myrick, Election Poems

Election Poems is a listening project. It documents and responds to the politicized non-dialogue that seems to have invaded all forms of conversation these days, and the gas balloon of portent that’s escaping the seams. Robin Myrick has spent the last eight years and each attendant election cycle poking and prodding this dialectical short circuit to try and get a bead on why we just can't connect, or even talk to each other anymore. Listening carefully to the conversations, proclamations, and general speechifying of all manner of folk with a political opinion has allowed Myrick to produce a series of poems that captures our collective greatness and/or deficiencies, as well as our exceptional/unexceptional ways of being. Further details will be revealed in due time, but only to those who attend the Election Poems poetry reading and patriotic dream spectacular on November 1 in beautiful Deep Ellum, just one week before it's time to cast that really big vote. Do not tarry friends, this event is going to be HUGE.  

Phillip McEachern will open with a live musical performance of broadside election ballads at 7pm. Myrick will read at 7:30, with special guests Joe Milazzo, Lyle Brooks, and the Town Hall Town Criers. This event is sponsored by Entropy magazine, where you can learn more about the Election Poems project and read the entire series to date.

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Out from Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion
7:00 PM19:00

Out from Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion

  • Dallas City Performance Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A two-city event produced by storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession With True Life Tales) prior to the 2016 national elections featuring Texans whose lives have been affected by abortion reading aloud their true, personal stories. 


The mission of this project is to reduce stigma around abortion so more people feel safe to talk openly about abortion in hopes that lawmakers can no longer deny the freedom of women to make choices over their own reproduction.


Accepting story submissions from the general public until 8/14 for Dallas. Participants will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) a compelling, emotionally vulnerable story well told, 2) willingness to go through an intensive editing process bringing forth the truthiest, juiciest parts of the story, and 3) willingness to read the story aloud onstage and have his/her likeness shared on social media in association with his/her abortion story. For more info & to submit your true 1500 word story, please visit:

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Meaning from Conflict:  War Poetry in the 21st Century
7:00 PM19:00

Meaning from Conflict: War Poetry in the 21st Century

Meaning from Conflict:  War Poetry in the 21st Century - A Panel Discussion

Join us for a distinguished panel of poets, translators, and editors as we discuss the role of poetry in cultures and geographies in the midst of conflict.  Our panelists include: 

JAMES ADAMS studied at the University of Texas (Austin), U.C.L.A., Oxford University and the Université Paris IV (la Sorbonne). His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and reviews, including The David Jones Journal (Wales), The Pebblelake Review and Five Inprint Poets. Adams’ first poetry collection, Noble Savage (St. Lukes Presse) was nominated for a 2007 Pulitzer Prize. He edited the critically acclaimed international war poetry anthologies Against Agamemnon: War Poetry 2009, and No, Achilles: War Poems

PETER ANDERSON hails from South Africa, but currently resides in North Texas where he is an associate professor of English at Austin College. He is the author of a previous collection of poems, Vanishing Ground.  His work in fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and has been anthologized in both America and South Africa. The Unspeakable, his first novel, won the Alex la Guma Award for International Fiction. 

SHEILA E. MELO is an English/Spanish poetry translator. She earned her B.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences from Rice University. She currently serves as associate editor for the forthcoming translation anthology Enjambment: Poetry in Translation. She specializes in translating conflict poetry.

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