Rail Writers

Keeping the City on Track!

The Writer’s Garret launched Rail Writers in Spring 2016 to help at-risk urban youth find themselves through reading, writing, and exploring communities while riding the rails to notable landmarks in Dallas. In 2017, we partnered with Dallas Poetry Slam to expand our outreach to whole families, adult writers, veterans, and LGBTQ+ youth.

Riding the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) around the city, participants expand their minds and hearts through reading, writing, and exploring communities. After writing original poems and stories tied into their experiences, students give “flash mob readings” to impromptu audiences on locations along their light rail journey.  Many of our participants 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. This program is supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Communities Foundation of Texas because they believe in the power of what Rail Writers can achieve.

Recent 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

If you would like your business or organization to partner with Rail Writers as a destination or reading venue, email Michael Clay at michael@writersgarret.org.

Rail Writers 2016 and 2017:

Learn more about Rail Writers through “The Superpower of Language”

Thank you to our sponsors!