St. Mark's Welcomes Literary Guests

On Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10, former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins visited campus as the Robert E. Dennard Visiting Scholar. Mr. Collins is the editor of several anthologies and the author of eight volumes of poetry, three of which broke sales records in the genre.

On Thursday, January 10, Mr. Collins joined Curtis Sittenfeld, Marion Winik, and St. Mark's own Sid Balman ’76 for the 2013 Literary Festival. The four writers discussed their experiences and careers with the Upper School assembly, led classroom discussions and activities, and judged the annual writing competition.

The winners of the contest were:

1. Kobi Naseck ’14 – "HaKotel"
2. Jonathan Ng ’14 – "The Turtle Catcher"
3. Dylan Clark ’14 – "Homeless"

1. Henry Woram ’13 – "Alvin Row"
2. Will Budner ’13 – "Fistfights with the Wall"
3. Henry Woram ’13 – "Shamble"

1. Henry Woram ’13 – "Time's Indexes"
2. Michael Gilliland ’13 – "Neon Morning"
3. Luke Williams ’14 – "Oz"
    • Dennard Visiting Scholar Billy Collins reads one of his poems at the Literary Festival panel discussion.

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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.