By Tim Cloward
A creative cultural history of Dallas through the lens of its defining 20th century event: JFK's assassination.
Publication Date: March 28, 2023
The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 shocked America. Instantly, the city was blamed for the killing, labeled “the City of Hate.” In the half century since the President’s murder, this city’s artists and writers have produced important, if often overlooked, work that speaks to the difficult burden of our civic shaming.
Here are the works of poetry, theater, journalism, art, the actions of our citizens and political leaders, all the fragments of our cultural life that address this often-tortured local history. This fitful discourse is a window into Dallas itself, a city reluctant to grapple with its past.
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. A prominent arts organizer, he spent a decade as a contributor/programmer for the North Texas Literary organization, WordSpace. He currently teaches a Theory of Knowledge class at Uplift Atlas Academy, where he is helping establish an International Baccalaureate program for underserved urban students. He is married to singer/artist/poet Lisa Huffaker.