This student-planned and student-led festival happens the first week in January when everyone is back from Christmas Break. The students arrange for approximately five authors to spend the day at St. Mark’s attending English classes, discussing their careers as an author. The visiting author judge a writing contest and award prizes at the Upper School assembly following a panel discussion.

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Archive

Past Guests

2017–2018
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


2016–2017
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

Eliza Griswold
Poet and award-winning investigative journalist

Dianna Hutts Aston
Award-winning children’s author and illustrator

2015–2016

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


2014–2015
Blake Bailey
Biographer

Ed Mabrey
Poet

Ann Napolitano
Novelist

Annu Subramanian
Human-rights Advocate and Novelist 

Robert Zorn ’75
Non-Fiction Author


2013–2014

Evan Daugherty ’00
Screenwriter

Lev Grossman
Novelist & Columnist

Jim Holt
Contributer to The New Yorker

Ron Koertge
Novelist & Poet

Jill Sobule
Singer-Songwriter


2012–2013
Billy Collins
U.S. Poet Laureate 2001–2003

Sid Balman ’76
International Journalist

Curtis Sittenfeld
Novelist

Marion Winik
Essayist


2011–2012
Dean King
Non-Fiction Writer

Margo Rabb
Novelist

Kathryne McGarr
Non-Fiction Writer

Skip Hollandsworth
Texas Monthy staff writer

Robert Wilder
Humorist

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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.