Literary Festival

The Bishop Dunne Literary Festival was a natural progression from the GeoTech Conference and Lecture Series and is a celebration of exploration where inspirational authors visit the school to encourage students, teachers, and the community to celebrate language in its artfully written, spoken, and poetic forms. Literary writing offers unique insight into the articulation of human experience and tackles contemporary issues. The festival showcases and provides access to professional writers who can offer guidance or inspiration with respect to their craft and support students in an exciting discovery of the modern literary world. 

The Bishop Dunne Literary Festival hosts workshops between students and accomplished novelists, journalists, poets, songwriters, and playwrights. A writing contest and publication of the next student Rugged magazine will be featured at a special awards breakfast where outstanding student work in literature will be exhibited. Successful alumni writers will also be showcased.

The keynote speaker, Jason Reynolds, will give a community lecture on Monday, April 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Monsignor Milam J. Joseph Auditorium and will be available to sign books.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Jason Reynolds is crazy about stories. The New York Times bestselling author is a National Book Award Finalist, a Kirkus Prize winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

His critically acclaimed debut novel When I Was the Greatest, was followed by The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, and the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina. His recent work includes Long Way Down and Miles Morales: Spider Man.

Jason is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.



Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street).

In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. Mr. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Program Details

Monday, April 15

7:00 p.m. Keynote address with Jason Reynolds.

Tuesday, April 16

A full schedule will be available in early 2019.

Wednesday, April 17

Sponsors

Literary Festival Committee

 

Ann Fields Dallas Institute of Humanity
Mary Gracheck Assistant Director of Advancement
Melanie Gibson Librarian
Channing Milfeld English Department
Brinkley Schneider English Department Chair
Lydia Torrez Director of Advancement
Christine Voigt Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology
Shannon Cerise Bishop Dunne Board Member and Parent of Alumni
Kim Davis Bishop Dunne Parent
Jennifer Ngorka Bishop Dunne Parent