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.

Turn A Phrase is accepting submissions! To find out more, please click here.

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.

New Posts

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is a poet, essayist and visual artist. She is the author of several books including Virga (Empty Bowl), ENSŌ (Entre Ríos), Sightings: Selected Works (1913 Press), Aux Arcs (La Alameda), Adamantine (White Pine), and Equivalence (La Alameda). She served as the fourth poet laureate of the city of Redmond from 2015 to…
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Poetry: Tim Cloward

Tim Cloward is a writer/educator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. The founder of the poetry/performance troupe Dancing Tongue, he has also worked with Poetry Circus and Question Authority, both acclaimed multi-disciplinary performance ensembles. His work has been seen in a number of…
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Lisa Huffaker

Lisa Huffaker’s poems appear in 32 Poems, Spillway, The Boiler, Able Muse, and other journals. Her project White Rock Zine Machine offers art and writing through sculptural vending machines. She has been a visiting artist at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, and has an installation on view at Ro2 Art.…
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Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards is a native Texan. He toured with the Dallas Slam Team, placing second overall in the 1998 National Poetry Slam, and the Slam America national tour. In 2001, he formed Trigger Happy Jacks, a gay performance troupe featuring poetry, performance art, theatre and comedy. His newest book of poetry Let’s Run Away To…
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Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt grew up in St. Louis, lived in NYC, LA, the Mississippi Coast, and other various ports of entry, and is now Associate Professor of English at TCU, in Ft. Worth. He is author of two fiction collections: These Are Our Demands (Engine Books), a Midwest Book Award winner, and Attention Please Now (Autumn House Prize Winner). Individual stories…
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John Dorsey

John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory, (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being…
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Dinah Waranch

Dinah is a midwife. She writes mostly prose poetry that might come together eventually as memoir about a short Jewish woman growing up in a particular corner of London during a certain time, coming of age and giving birth in Jerusalem, mothering and midwifing and growing older in Dallas Texas. Visit her blog at https://www.dallasmidwife.com/dinahs-days-and-nights. Cove…
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Paul Koniecki

Paul Koniecki lives and writes in Dallas, Texas. He was once chosen for the John Ashbery Home School Residency. His poems feature in Richard Bailey’s movie “One of the Rough” distributed by AVIFF Cannes. His books are available from Kleft Jaw Press, NightBallet Press, Dark Particle Press, and Spartan Press. -for Beirut, Lebanonthe heart’s tide…
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Dan Collins

Dan Collins is an artist and poet grateful for the creative community of Dallas, Texas where he also works in the printing industry. His poetry has been published in Blue Mesa Review, Naugatuck River Review, The Boiler, Entropy, [Out of Nothing], Redivider, The New Guard volume VII, Thimble Lit Mag, White Rock Zine Machine, The…
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Nadia Arioli (Wolnisty)

Nadia Arioli (nee Wolnisty) is the founder and editor in chief of Thimble Literary Magazine. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spry, SWWIM, Apogee, Penn Review, McNeese Review, Kissing Dynamite, Bateau, SOFTBLOW, and others. They have chapbooks from Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective, Dancing Girl Press, and a full-length from Spartan. On “Unicorns Came Down…
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