The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

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This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

Project Bookshelf: Rosetta Berger

Rosetta Berger Project Bookshelf Picture

This is the first real bookshelf that I’ve had to call my own in life, one that’s not shared with family members or put together using bookends on a wide windowsill in a dorm room or a carrel at the library. All of those bookshelves have a special place in my heart, but this is the first one that I bought to put in my own space, to be used solely by me and become a little window into my heart and soul. My globe bookends, a gift from my sister, are half purple, faded by the sun from the time they spent on my dorm room windowsill.

My favorite CDs and movies serve as bookends on the top shelf, accompanied by concert mementos that are placed strategically in hopes that my cat won’t be able to knock them over. My favorite books on this particular shelf are probably The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, East by Edith Pattou, and a very well-loved copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (handed down from my parents). I haven’t been able to fill this bookshelf up as much as I’d like yet, but I know that soon it will be far too small and my “bookshelf” will once again encompass unconventional and improvised spaces, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Rosetta Berger HeadshotRosetta Berger is a recent graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where she double majored in English and Russian Studies and studied literary and linguistic analysis. She has also studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a research assistant in a linguistics lab at Yale University. Rosetta has published scholarly articles on the literary relationship between Icelandic sagas and on the historical development of the Russian language, a paper which was recognized with the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Memorial Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research at Harvard University.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

Lower Market


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

Dream in Which I Learn My Sister Is Dead


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s Before Isadore Released by Sundress Publications

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Sundress Publications is pleased to Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s full-length book of poetry, Before Isadore. The book is available to preorder at the Sundress store!

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“Shannon Hardwick’s Before Isadore gives insight into the softest spaces and the harshest regrets, creating a book ‘birth-sick’ with its own existence. These poems are a waking dream, a dream of lovers and rivers and piles of bones. Hardwick creates a mythos of life and love inseparable from death, asking her readers to ask where the border lies between hope and suffering, if it really exists at all. Hardwick’s invitation is also a prayer ‘about touching / the untouched again.'” -Amy King, author of The Missing Museum and I Want to Make You Safe

“Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick is a remarkable writer. Breathtakingly intimate, riotously magical, by turns harrowing and majestic, Before Isadore is a work of astonishing power. A true triumph.” -Musa Okwonga, poet, journalist, musician and author of A Cultured Left Foot and Eating Roses for Dinner

“Written inside a runnel of a life, these poems work both as offering and birthing, and spell out the coming-to-be of Isadore, along with the dissolution of a marriage—in the poet-mother’s lively inventive and surreal poems. There is a mix of god talk “sounds/only a god knows/exists” and ‘guilt, glitter and grace.’ In such an intelligent book, the poems beckon us to stop and read again “wonder’s first” words, so that we ‘stretch inside circles,’ and so that a newborn, ‘blue lipped/ in the last prayer’ is brought forth both in form and in fancy. The middle section a series of poems describing how parts of the body, marriage and child were made, as in ‘ear is made/into the absence,’ is evocative and inventive. The arc of the book’s poems work wonderfully, ending then with ‘the one who broke/into a person who prays.’” -Veronica Golos, Author of Rootwork

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Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press and an e-chapbook with Agape Editions. Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Before Isadore is her debut full-length collection.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

For My Mother, After Becoming a Mother


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

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This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

Best of the Net Now Open for Nominations!

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Nominations Open for 2017 Best of the Net Anthology

Nominations are now open for the annual Best of the Net anthology from Sundress Publications. This anthology promotes the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online and serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium.

Nominations must have originally appeared online, and must have been first published or appeared on the web between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Nominations must come from the editor of the publication (journal, chapbook, online press, etc), or, if the work is self-published, it must be sent by the author. For journals and presses, each entry may include up to six poems, two stories, and two works of creative nonfiction for consideration. For individuals sending self-published work, please send no more than two pieces regardless of genre.

Please include both the URL of the poem, story, or essay as well as a full text version in a Word or RTF document. Nominations must also include the author’s name and email address as well as the name, contact info, and URL of the journal.

Submissions must be sent via email to bestofthenet@sundresspublications.com between July 1st and September 30th, 2017.

See the full submission guidelines here.

July Reading Series This Sunday!


The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to host the July installment of the Sundress Reading Series next Sunday July 16th from 2-4PM at Bar Marley in Knoxville’s Happy Holler. The event will be free and open to the public and will feature Brynn Martin, Daniel Crocker, and James Brubaker.  

James Brubaker is the author of Liner Notes (Subito), Pilot Season (sunnyoutside), and Black Magic Death Sphere: (Science) Fictions (Forthcoming from Urban Farmhouse). His stories have appeared in venues including Zoetrope: All Story, The Normal School, Hobart, Michigan Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Booth, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Monkeybicycle, among others. He is the director of Southeast Missouri State University Press and the editor of Big Muddy.

Daniel Crocker is the author of a novel, a collection of short stories and several collections of poetry—including Like a Fish from Sundress Publications. His new poetry collection, Shit House Rat, will be published by Spartan Press in September 2017. His work has appeared in places like The Los Angeles Review, The Chiron Review, and The Mas Tequila Review.  He teaches at Southeast Missouri State University.

Brynn Martin is a Kansas native living in Knoxville, where she recently received her MFA in poetry from the University of Tennessee. She’s excited to soon take over as the Reading Series Coordinator for Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Public Pool and Contrary Magazine. She loves ee cummings and cats almost equally.

Bar Marley is a Caribbean beach bar and grill featuring fusion cuisine, reggae, and latin dance located at 760 Stone St NW Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

 

 

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in East Tennessee.

 

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Email: safta@sundresspublications.com                  Twitter: SundressPub

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Anne with an E” by April Michelle Bratten

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This selection comes from the chapbook Anne with an E, available from Dancing Girl Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

April Michelle Bratten‘s work has appeared in Gargoyle, Southeast Review, Zone 3, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Boiler Journal, and others. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Up the Staircase Quarterly, a Contributing Editor at Words Dance Publishing, and the Vice President of the Tandem Reader Awards. She was recently accepted into the MFA program at UBC Vancouver. Find out more at aprilmichellebratten.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

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