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Torch Literary Arts Welcomes Dana Weekes to Board of Directors

Brittany Heckard

Apr 11, 2024

Dana Weekes was welcomed to the board in March, bringing her extensive background in law and policy, and commitment to creation as self-care.

AUSTIN, Tex., April 12, 2024 – Torch Literary Arts is pleased to welcome Dana Weekes to the Board of Directors. Her experience and knowledge as both a lawyer and policy professional, as well as an accomplished writer, will add to the diverse professional background of the board and guide the growth of the organization. 

Dana Tenille Weekes is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Architects, a public policy and professional development firm in Washington, DC. Before launching Thrive Architects, Dana worked for two AM Law 100 firms as a nationally recognized lawyer and policy strategist for nearly 15 years.


Since she was a child, Dana has been fascinated by voice – when it is used, when it is silent, and when it is silenced. Her fascination (and now understanding of the “whys”) have led her to co-create platforms with directly impacted communities so that they can center their voices and wield the necessary influence for overdue conversations and change, whether in the worlds of policy, politics, or poetry. 


In 2021, Dana began writing poetry, which helped guide her to a year of rest in 2022. Her works have been published in Torch Magazine, Obsidian, Rhino Poetry, Apogee, The Elevation Review, and elsewhere. 

You can see the full list of directors and advisory board members here



About Torch Literary Arts

Torch Literary Arts (TORCH) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established with love and intention in 2006 to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. Torch has featured work by Toi Derricotte, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.

Help Torch continue to publish and promote Black women writers by donating today.


Media Contact Information:

Brittany Heckard

Communications Associate 

(512) 641-9251

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