Literary Festival

This student-planned and student-led festival happens in early January. Students arrange for a panel of writers, including authors, journalists, songwriters, and poets, to spend two days at St. Mark’s attending English classes, discussing their careers as writers. The visitors judge a writing contest and provide feedback to the winning students.

2021 Literary Festival

Writers' Forum (Jan 14)

This year's Literary Festival Writer's Forum will be livestreamed on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 7:30–9:00 p.m. Guests are welcome to tune in and can RSVP at

Past Guests (since 2013)

Sandra Cisneros
~ Novelist and poet (The House on Mango Street)
Frederick Turner
~ Poet
Dawn Davies ~ Memoirist 
Sharan Shetty ’09 ~
Associate Editor, The New Yorker

Karl Marlantes ~
Author (Matterhorn)
Kimberly Willis Holt ~
Author (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town)
Amanda Petrusich ~
Journalist and Author
Joaquin Zihuatanejo ~
Montgomery Sutton ’05 ~
Playwright and Stage Actor

Stacy Clark ~ Children’s author
Billy Crockett ~ Singer-songwriter
Evan Daugherty ’00 ~ Film screenwriter (Divergent, Snow White and the Hunstman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Tony Earley ~ Fiction writer, essayist, and Vanderbilt University professor
Dana Goodyear ~ Poet, University of Southern California professor, and staff writer for The New Yorker
Mike Wilson ~ Editor of The Dallas Morning News

Taylor Mali ~ Four-time National Poetry Slam champion
Tobias Wolff Bestselling author of This Boy’s Life and Old School
Jake McAuley ’08 ~ France-based reporter for The Washington Post and founder of the St. Mark’s Literary Festival
Eliza Griswold ~ Poet and award-winning investigative journalist
Dianna Hutts Aston ~ Award-winning children’s author and illustrator


Ana Castillo ~ Chicana Novelist, Poet, and Playwright
Kurt Eichenwald ’79 ~ Bestselling Investigative Journalist
Lisa Loeb ~ Grammy-nominated Singer-Songwriter 
Hampton Sides ~ Bestselling Narrative Nonfiction Author
Graeme Wood ’97 Journalist and The Atlantic Contributing Editor

Blake Bailey ~ Biographer
Ed Mabrey ~ Poet
Ann Napolitano ~ Novelist
Annu Subramanian ~ Human-rights Advocate and Novelist 
Robert Zorn ’75 ~ Non-Fiction Author

Ron Koertge ~ Young Adult Novelist and Poet
Jill Sobule ~ Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter
Jim Holt ~ Mathematician and Nonfiction Contributor to The New Yorker
Lev Grossman ~ Author of The Magicians and TIME Magazine writer
Evan Daugherty ’00 ~ Film screenwriter (Divergent, Snow White and the Hunstman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Billy Collins ~ Former U.S. Poet Laureate
Curtis Sittenfeld ~ Novelist
Marion Winik ~ Author and NPR commentaror
Sid Balman ’76 ~ Journalist and Author

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About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.