The local literary scene is picking up some momentum with a literary festival and now, a search for great but under-the-radar writers according to a Dallas Morning News article from March 16th. In it they say:
“Milazzo recalled that time when launching Surveyor Books, a press imprint focused on publishing debut books, last fall. In naming the effort, he thought about the connections between surveying and publishing.
‘We’re out there in the field, looking for authors or works that haven’t come to people’s attention before. So in our survey we bring them to people’s notice,’ he says. With the name, he also wanted to recognize his family history. His grandfather was still going to work every day when he died at 95.”
The comic scene isn’t trailing behind either. Three Dallas artists have been featured in a Black Panther Anthology according to a D Magazine article from March 19th. In it they say:
“Bobby Sessions, Kaash Paige, and Saint Bodhi are joining the Marvel Universe. The three Dallas musicians contributed short stories to The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda series, a 25-issue anthology written by the author, essayist, and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. The project is part of the label’s Def Jam Forward initiative, which provides social, economic and educational opportunities for the record label’s Black artists, colleagues, and staff.
The partnership between Def Jam and Marvel originated at the label’s highest levels. Jonathan Rheingold, a partnership consultant at Def Jam who previously worked with Marvel, approached Rich Isaacson, the label’s executive vice president, with the idea of having the label’s newest signees write the final three issues of the series.”
The creative scene in Dallas is booming.