WHO WE ARE
We're a collective of volunteers, writers, artists, and professionals; People living in Dallas with diverse identities, interests, and skills. We share common purpose in supporting the richness and diversity of Dallas culture. We create opportunity and space for Dallas' international community to find voice and expression.
We're called Refugee Writers not because we're all refugees or asylees, but because we share the experience of moving across national, linguistic, and cultural boundaries. Often we've done this for reasons beyond our control. Sometimes our migration has been thousands of miles and sometimes our migration has been across town.
We've worked on a range of different projects from film to creative writing to community based art. We're always looking for new initiatives, opportunities and partnerships. Contact us for more information about what's happening now or, even better, if you have an idea to pitch.
Justin Banta is the founder and current leader of Refugee Writers. He received his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010 with an emphasis on Religion and Society. He currently works as the Director of Strategic Development for a Dallas-based workforce development agency. Among his many accomplishments he's conducted research with the Center for Public Justice, served as the lead consultant on a regional orphanage policy project in Kampala, Uganda, and served as the Script Supervisor and consultant for the international film Faisal Goes West. He frequently speaks on human migration, culture, and art.