Earth Day Book Swap, community workshop, and more

The Writer's Garret
We have some fun low- and no-cost events coming up! Find your next new-to-you read, learn some new poetry skills, or show off your poetry chops in our competition!
Come visit our three-booth-long library
at the Oak Cliff Earth Day Festival on April 15!
We’re thrilled to announce our first-ever Earth Day Book Swap! We will create a “library” of recycled books collected in the community for the Oak Cliff Earth Day Festival at Lake Cliff Park on Sunday, April 15 at 11am. Come see us at the event (next to the Mountain View College booth) and pick out your newest reads! In the meantime, visit our page, like, donor or sponsor, and tell a friend! 
We are currently seeking book donations! Drop off books in the drop box located outside DFW Mantiques (301 W Eighth St in Oak Cliff) during business hours. We also offer pickup by appointment only. Call or email coordinator Starla Patterson at (214) 641-2620 or
Want to lend a hand?  


Join us next Sunday at Deep Vellum Books
for Joe Milazzo’s community-wide poetry workshop!
March 25: 
How Not to Be Intimidated by Poetry
with Joe Milazzo
Demystify the ways in which poets create an aesthetic experience via language by “seeing poetry.” Literary Dallas favorite Joe Milazzo guides us through a diverse reading selection and writing exercises to stretch our poetic and artistic muscles.
$10 donation suggested (through Eventbrite or cash at the door). No one turned away for lack of funds! Come join us!
There’s still time to submit your poem to The Common Language Project!
Born of a desire to bring the many members of the North Texas poetry community into conversation with each other, The Common Language Project places participants in the same room and turns them loose to dream. United by a list of shared words and confined only by the space of a page, the poems of the project weave a tapestry of radically divergent experiences that sing, simmer and singe. Together, these poems give us a place to come together, somewhere from which we can start, from which we can thrive.
Submission is open to poets in the North Texas area. Thirty winners will be selected for publication in an online anthology. Ten winners from that group will be invited to give a public reading of their winning poems on April 27th at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. 


Read the full submission guidelines here:
While you’re at it, maybe take a gander at some of the other great programs we have coming up, including Logen Cure’s confessional poetry workshop Craft and Confession, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s genre-bending seminar Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction, and Candy Zantea’s comprehensive performance workshop From the Pen to the Stage:
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