In conjunction with the curatorial project “Collective Presence,” on view at DW through April 14, Paraspace Books will host a screening and discussion of the short film, “Oil on My Mind.”

Director Erica Hua Fletcher will join the discussion via Skype, facilitated by S Rodriguez and Sara Balabanlilar, founders of Paraspace Books.

“Oil on My Mind” is a project of a collaborative, art-based inquiry on grassroots approaches to wellbeing, ecology, and loss in the Southwest. More info:


Erica Hua Fletcher, Ph.D. is native Texan. She received her training as a health humanities scholar at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and now serves as the Zorich Fellow in Mental Health Policy at the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston. She also teaches classes in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California in Irvine.

Sara Balabanlilar and S Rodriguez co-run Paraspace Books, a bookstore and workshop project devoted to queer speculative and science fiction and a 2017 Idea Fund grant recipient.

Balabanlilar is an arts organizer and administrator in Houston; she currently serves as the Marketing and Events Director at Brazos Bookstore and is a member of the DiverseWorks Artist Advisory Board. Her interests include creative programming in the arts and the intersection of technology, identity, and literature.

Rodriguez is a Houston-based interdisciplinary artist and organizer, the former Exhibitions Coordinator of Art League Houston, and a current member of the DiverseWorks Artist Advisory Board. Their work most often explores the intersections of technology, the internet, and the nature of bodies – physical, digital, and linguistic. As an artist, they have been exhibited in various galleries around Houston and will be exhibited this year at Box13 and Alabama Song.