BENEFITING: Imagine Dallas Literary Arts, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2015
Send us into schools to teach children to understand and appreciate poetry. Put thousands of free copies of Grub Street Grackle into the hands of the people of Dallas. Support the network of poets that is giving shape to the city in speech. Become a part of this ambitious project today by contributing to our operating expenses for 2016 and rallying your friends and neighbors to the cause!Who We Are
Imagine Dallas is a nonprofit corporation publishing literary writing and providing free educational poetry programs to students and the general public in Dallas County.
We distribute literary publications in centers of living local culture, and partner with libraries and schools to deliver educational programs. Imagine Dallas also supports a distributed network of poets inviting communities to engage the living lyric tradition.
A recent Census report indicates that less than half of Americans voluntarily read even one work of literature in a 12-month period. Less than 7% of Americans said that they had voluntarily read any poetry during that period, a significant decline from the 17% reported in 1992. Imagine Dallas is reversing this trend in the Dallas area.History
In 2005, Amos J. Hunt, founder and President of Imagine Dallas, began producing a literary magazine, Grub Street Grackle. It was distributed online and in local bookstores in Irving and Dallas. TheGrackle sponsored many literary events over the years, often featuring contributors to the magazine and engaging an enthusiastic local readership. The eighteenth issue was released in March 2015, with funds from the Grackle’s second successfulKickstarter campaign.
Imagine Dallas will provide a stable platform for the continued production of Grub Street Grackle and expansion of its readership, including the publication of books, single-author collections, and anthologies. In addition, it will sponsor programs and activities intended to cultivate interest in literary writing in schools and centers of living culture.Our Mission
Poetry should be part of the everyday life of all people. Imagine Dallas is incorporated to cultivate an appreciative, discerning, mainstream audience for literary writing, especially poetry, in the Dallas area. We imagine a future in which the name “Dallas” is synonymous with poetry.