This year, SMU began its three-day Literary Festival with a WordSpace collaboration and reading featuring high school students from Dallas Can Academy, Greenhill, Hockaday, Booker T. Washington Arts Academy, and Yavneh Academy. Author Amina Gautier visited the students of Dallas Can Academy on Friday.
Student Kenny Sparks expressed his gratitude:
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to be in the presence of other talented writers…. I appreciated your kind words of motivation and gratitude and I look forward to my future in writing. This has been a great experience for me and has truly changed my perspective on the power of my words.” The strength and quality of the student work set a high bar for the remainder of the week’s events.