SMU presents Dallas Literary Festival

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Ben Fountain
Ben Fountain Photo by Liliana Castillo

SMU will present the Dallas Literary Festival, with a theme appropriate for the times - turbulence. The event begins with Alice Johnson, author of After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom, in a keynote conversation with Mitchell Jackson, author of Survival Math

Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to panels, readings and author interviews featuring the following headliners:

  • Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist, author of The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto
  • Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, author of the memoir Crazy Brave
  • Tyehimba Jess, winner of Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, author of Leadbelly and Olio
  • Yiyun Li, author of Where Reasons End and Must I Go
  • Ben Moser, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Sontag: Her Life and Work

Other guests include Trevor Pryce, former NFL player and author of An Army of Frogs, a middle-grade book series, and producer of Kulipari, the animated Netflix series based on the books. He will join 80 nonfiction and fiction writers, poets, editors, agents, cookbook authors and illustrators who will serve on panels and read from their works.

Dallas literary icons Ben Fountain, National Book Award finalist, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Emma Rodgers, founder of Black Images Book Bazaar and the Dallas Civil Rights Museum, will receive the inaugural Literary Leaders award at the festival.

Event Details



This is a virtual event.

Ticket Info

Admission is free.