Literary Festival


Bishop Dunne Catholic School will present its third annual Literary Festival April 6 - 7, 2020. The Festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word intended to encourage a love of language and literature among students, teachers and the community at large. The event brings nationally renowned authors to our Oak Cliff campus to share their insights about the craft of writing and literature’s ability to explore contemporary issues in creative ways. Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, NAACP Image Award and Kirkus Prize winner Jason Reynolds, and Newbery medalist Matt de la Peña appeared at previous festivals. 

The 2020 Literary Festival will feature writer and commentator Heidi W. Durrow, author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. The book, based on a true incident, won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Durrow will lead a daytime student workshop and give a public talk about her work on the evening of April 6. Alumnae and children's book author Cyndi M. Robertson '09 will present a reading of Mae and Louise: The Heritage Festival to community members and middle school students. Playwright Jonathan Norton, a Dallas native with a growing national reputation, will offer a workshop for juniors and seniors on April 7. 

As part of the 2020 BDCS Literary Festival, the school also will sponsor a creative writing contest with winners recognized at a special awards breakfast and outstanding entries published in Rugged, the school’s magazine of creative writing. 

Program Details

Additional details about Heidi W. Durrow’s public lecture will be available on this page in early 2020.

Literary Festival Committee

Ann Fields Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
Mary Gracheck Assistant Director of Advancement
Melanie Gibson Librarian
Devin Nguyen Donor Relations Manager
Brinkley Schneider Literary Festival Chair
Lydia Torrez Director of Advancement
Christine Voigt Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology
Shannon Cerise Bishop Dunne Board Chair and Parent of Alumni
Kim Davis Bishop Dunne Parent
Jennifer Nagorka Bishop Dunne Parent