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.

The 2019 Bishop Dunne Literary Festival is officially SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Jason Reynolds - 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

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

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.                Jason Reynolds' Keynote Address with 6th, 7th,                                                         8th, and 10th  grade students in the auditorium

11:30 a.m to Noon                          Book signing opportunity in the library

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.                    Community Talk with Jason Reynolds in the                                                             auditorium

Tuesday, April 16

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.                     Story Time Reading of Matt de la Pena's                                                                  children's books in the library with                                                                            The Wild Detectives

10:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.                Matt de la Pena's Keynote Address with 9th,                                                             11th, and 12th grade students in the auditorium

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.                    Matt de la Pena's Workshop in the library with                                                         select students

Wednesday, April 17

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.                  Sarah Hepola's Journalism Workshop                                                                       with AP students

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                  Eric Barclay's Children's Book and Illustration                                                         Workshop with 6th grade students and select                                                           art students 

Noon to 1:30 p.m.                           Jason Carney's Poetry Workshop with select                                                            high school students in the library

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                    Slam Poetry Assembly with high school                                                                   students in the gymnasium

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                    Literary Project Sessions hosted by the Dallas                                                         Public Library with middle school students in                                                           classrooms​


Literary Festival Committee


Ann Fields Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
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 Nagorka Bishop Dunne Parent