Dallas Is Lit! Illuminates The City May 10-14, 2023

The Writer’s Garret is thrilled to announce the first ever Dallas Is Lit! literary festival, happening May 10-14th, 2023. Featuring readings, performances, workshops and a book fair, the Dallas Is Lit! lineup shines light on all the ways we’re a literary city, from rom-com lit fans to collage poets, from book binding to drag queen storytime. Anchored in the heart of the city — in Dallas' beautiful Oak Cliff neighborhood — the festival takes an expansive view of what is literary and who creates and participates in those experiences, offering activities for a variety of ages and interests, connecting writers, readers, makers and audiences through the power of language and the literary arts.

Program highlights include:

  • ghost story telling
  • book dissection and creation workshop
  • immersive, family-friendly Rail Writers field trip
  • the Common Language Project reading
  • drag queen and Spanish language story times
  • rom-com literary brunch
  • all-ages book fair
  • multilingual poetry performance
  • Inner Moonlight poetry series 5th anniversary
  • erotic poetry salon
  • Lit Talk panel conversation

Dallas Is Lit! Event Lineup

Wednesday, May 10th

IG Basic

Inner Moonlight 5th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, May 10th | 7:30pm
The Wild Detectives

Thursday, May 11th


Lit Talk: A DFW Author's Panel Series

Thursday, May 11th | 7:00pm
Whose Books Neighborhood Bookstore

Friday, May 12th


Hear Me, See Me: Poetry Performance

Friday, May 12th | 7:00pm
Texas Theatre | $10

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2)

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark: Ghost Stories

Friday, May 12th | 10:00pm
Texas Theatre | $25

Saturday, May 13th


Rail Writers Family Ride

Saturday, May 13th | 10:00am
Tyler Station | RSVP required


Anatomy Of A Book: Workshop

Saturday, May 13th | 3:00pm
Oil & Cotton | $30

Book Fair

Dallas Is Lit! Book Fair

Saturday, May 13th | noon-4pm
Turner House


28th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 13th | 5:00pm
Turner House


The Common Language Project: Networks Reading

Saturday, May 13th | 7:30pm
Turner House | RSVP required


Touch U With My Mind: Erotic Poetry Salon

Mature Content | 21+ only
Saturday, May 13th | 10:00pm

Turner House Upstairs | $25

Sunday, May 14th


A Temporary Madness: Eat, Drink & Be Literary (Like, Literally)

Sunday, May 14th | 11:00am
Tacos y Vino

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