Rail Writers

Keeping the City on Track!

The Writer’s Garret launched Rail Writers in Spring 2016 to help mostly at-risk urban youth find themselves through reading, writing, and exploring communities while riding the rails. In 2017 we will also partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to work with whole families, writers, veterans, those impacted by cancer, and others, as well as kids to “Write and Ride.”

Riding the Trinity River Express (TRE) rails between Dallas and Fort Worth, students expand their minds and hearts through reading, writing, and exploring communities. After writing original poems and stories tied into their experiences, students hop on and off the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) giving “flash mob readings” to impromptu audiences.  Many of our students have never traveled beyond their immediate urban neighborhoods and many at the DART stops have never heard a literary reading. This presents an opportunity for them to learn about what other communities, cultures, and commerce our city has to offer. In fact, this program is being supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts, because they strongly believe in what we can all achieve together.

Current partners include:

  • Central Market
  • Dallas Love Field Airport
  • The Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dealey Plaza
  • Deep Vellum Books
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Fair Park
  • Klyde Warren Park
  • The Latino Cultural Center
  • The Nasher Sculpture Center
  • The Sixth Floor Museum
  • The South Dallas Cultural Center
  • The Texas Hall of State
  • The Wild Detectives

 

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