Turn A Phrase

Turn A Phrase
The Writers Garret is proud to announce a new, regular feature for our site. Each new post will present a selected writer with connections to the North Texas area and the Writers Garret.
Here, at Turn A Phrase, we post on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Each post will highlight the work of a author in the North Texas Area, including special interviews.
We are grateful to live and work in a region full of energy, talent, and artistic collaboration, and proud to be a part of that community.

Prose and Poetry

There’s never a shortage on Prose and Poetry writers. Check out all of our authors here. We will post new segments every 2nd Friday of the month.


Check out our exclusive interviews with artist from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. We will post a new segment every 4th Friday.

About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) Literary Arts Center based in Dallas offering local, regional, and national programs.

Contact Us

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Phone: 214-828-1715

Address: 1250 Majesty Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75247

Darius Frasure

Professor Darius Frasure is a highly sought after poet and creative life coach. He holds degrees from Paul Quinn College, Luther Rice Seminary, and National University. His work revolves around partnerships with literary arts and education organizations, which impact the state of Texas and the U.S. His poetry appears in many literary journals and select readings are on youtube. He has one spoken word album, Spoken Pieces (2010), and two collections of poetry: stained glass medusa (2015), and of stone and rope (2019).

Contact and booking: www.dariusfrasure.com

Sallie Crotty

Since Sallie moved to Seattle, I interviewed her by email.  I sent her a few questions and she returned with answers. I first met Sallie when she participated in a Mayborn Prep class that Bill Marvel and I taught.  Sallie is lovely and bright and deep and insightful. Qualities I treasure in a writer.

Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. Her essays and poems have been published in 32 Poems, Stirring, The Rumpus, Thrush, Anomaly, Phoebe, Birmingham Poetry Review, and many other journals. Mag teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and for Writing Workshops Dallas; she serves as an associate editor for Underblong Journal. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com.

Drema Hall Berkheimer

This is a shout out to any of you who write, maybe a little, scribbling in a notebook or you tap out some thoughts on your screen. You have a secret hope of producing a book or publishing short stories. Maybe you think you are too old, spent too much time on the rest of life, oh, you know, raising a family, working, volunteering, studying: living.

Well, you’re not too old and it’s not too late.

Drema Hall Berkheimer would be 80 years old this month.

I first met Drema on paper. I was on the committee to read the applications for CAMP, that is, Community and Mentorship Program, a Writer’s Garret program that ran for many years.

Logen Cure

Logen Cure is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Still, Letters to Petrarch, and In Keeping. She’s an editor for Voicemail Poems. She curates Inner Moonlight, a monthly reading series at The Wild Detectives in Dallas. She serves as an English faculty member at Tarrant County College and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in DFW with her wife and daughter. Learn more at www.logencure.com. 

Robin Underdahl

If Robin were to appear in an Empire waisted gown, carrying sheafs of paper and engaged in a lively conversation with a fellow bibliophile on the merits of Lord Byron’s poetry, she would not be out of place. There is something of a Jane Austen heroine about Robin. She can appear delicate as a china cup, drawn to beauty like a butterfly seeking nectar, possessing a keen ear to the melody of words and music.  Words like erudite, scholarly, intellectual and literary come to mind when seeking to describe her. Robin was the perfect choice to co-write the life story of Anshel Brusilow, famed conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at both UNT and SMU. 

Margaret Allyson

Margaret Allyson enjoyed a long career in publishing and is now happy to sleep late, work in the garden, faff around with textiles, play with food, and generally have a fine old time. She’s written books (nonfiction), songs (some pretty good), poems, and countless magazine articles. Margaret is basically a decent human being, and she’s glad to be here.

Bill Marvel

Bill Marvel is a lifelong journalist and writer, starting at the Rocky Mountain News in 1961; The National Observer, where he was art critic and senior arts editor from 1969 to 1977; and The Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News, where he was senior feature writer, until 2008.  His freelance work has appeared in Smithsonian, American Way, American Heritage History & Technology, D magazine and other pubications.  In addition to his work for newspapers and magazines, he has written several books, among them Islands of the Damned, a Marine’s account of the Pacific War co-authored with R.V. Burgin, NAL; and The Rock Island Line, published by Indiana University Press; and Burning Ludlow, a narrative account of the great 1913-14 Colorado coal strike, the bloodiest labor conflict in U.S. History.

Ann Graham

Originally from Kansas, Ann Graham has lived in Texas for nearly forty years. Her MFA in painting and drawing continues to inform her writing practice. She attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers workshop and has been published by Grey Sparrow Journal, Digging Through the Fat, The Oddville Press, and the Panther City Review. Her writing prompt book, Ready, Set, Go Write, is available online, and she contributed research to Fort Worth’s Giants of Jazz. She maintains a blog at www.ann-graham.com and can be found on Twitter @AnnGraham7.

Kathleen Rodgers

Kathleen Rodgers has four published novels, with a fifth one in the works. The Final Salute put her on the radar for military novels. Her second novel Johnnie Come Lately won the 2015 Gold Medal from Military Writers Society of America (MSWA). She is a 2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year Finalist.