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.


2019 Speakers

Matt de la Peña

Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest (Chronicle), a Bank Street Best Book of the Year 2015, and Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle), an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her novel in haiku, Brains for Lunch, was highlighted on the Texas Library Association’s Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of the space western, Red Moon Rising, and Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award and the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Kari has recently contributed to the anthology, Dear Teen Me: authors write letters to their teen selves. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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

Literary Festival Committee


Kate DaileyPresident
Mary GracheckAssistant Director of Advancement
Melanie GibsonLibrarian
Channing MilfeldEnglish Department
Brinkley SchneiderEnglish Department Chair
Lydia TorrezDirector of Advancement
Christine VoigtDirector of Curriculum and Instructional Technology
Shannon CeriseBishop Dunne Board Member and Parent
Paula DayBishop Dunne Parent
Jennifer NgorkaBishop Dunne Parent