The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WEEKLY WRITING ROUND-UP: OCTOBER 13, 2017

The news of Harvey Weinstein’s actions and those who supported him are both triggering and unsurprising. Like many women and femmes, I turn to expression as a safe space– not to be misunderstood as escapism, but of confronting violence and oppression on my own terms. Taking care of ourselves is important. So is supporting those who are fighting against sexual assault. If you have the resources, please take a moment to learn more about INCITE!, a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities, and donate here.

Here’s some of what I’ve been reading this week:

 

 Poetry

UNDER THE BED IS ANOTHER COUNTRY: gringo death coloring book by Raquel Salas Rivera (print version coming in 2018): “color this in without color: / this is what we do. / we, the monster that you kill in your sleep. / may we survive another night, in the shadows.”

Still Life with Hemorrhage by Leila Chatti in The Massachusetts Review: “Her arms cast out // as if preparing to fly / or as if pinned, savior // or specimen.”

Dress Like Pocahontas, Then Let’s Make Love by Kenzie Allen in DIALOGIST: “You are trying to say your own name, / but can’t pronounce it; you are afraid your skin is turning /
translucent. Wear bronzer. Go on and braid your hair.”

 

Hablemos entonces de cuán solos/ Let’s talk about solitude then by Kenneth Cumba García (Traducidos por/Translated by Raquel Salas Rivera y/and Kenneth Cumba): “Paradise is also / without dramatic effects / without any urgent looking fruit”

One Poem by Layli Long Soldier in Mud City Journal: “Everything is in the language we use. / For example, a treaty is, essentially, a contract between two sovereign nations.”

Poetry by Scherezade Siobhan in Fog City: “next to me three middle-aged mexican students memorize the newest / echelons of the periodic table. ask me to pronounce / radioactive. i whisper : stepfather.”

WE ARE TURNING GOLD / WE ARE DYING by Kailey Tedesco in Occulum: “i asked / if it was the cistern // or the girl that / was not human & you // looked quiet.”

Essays

Zora Neale Hurston, Diaspora, and the Memory of Hurricanes, by Janell Hobson: “In other words, whether we look to the literary role of Hurston-as-Oya or the political symbol of black womanhood and their precarity, what would it mean to locate a “Black Atlantic” or “Diaspora” not on solid ground or even the expansive Atlantic, but within the stormy winds?”

 

Unapologetically Stepping In: Lynn Melnick’s Landscape with Sex and Violence, by Rosebud Ben-Oni, addressing both the book itself and the backlash it has received for its unapologetic confrontations of gender-based violence


Stephanie Kaylor in based in upstate New York and is currently a MA student in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School. She holds a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany and is Managing Editor for Five:2:One Magazine and Reviews Editor for Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis


This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces Lambda Literary Residency Fellowship Winners

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Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces
Lambda Literary Residency Fellowship Winners

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is delighted to announce that Meg Day and Erin Jin Mei O’Malley have won the Lambda Literary fellowships for our spring residency period. The Lambda Literary Foundation, an organization striving to preserve the LGBTQ culture by celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer literature, partnered with SAFTA to sponsor two LGBTQ-identified writers for a week-long residency during the spring of 2018.

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 2.50.13 PMMeg Day is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street 2014), winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. Day is Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Lancaster, PA. www.megday.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 2.50.20 PMErin Jin Mei O’Malley is the Co-Editor of Sooth Swarm Journal, and her work appears or is forthcoming in The Ellis Review, DIALOGIST, Rust + Moth, and others. You can find her at www.explorationsoferin.com.

 

 

Finalists for this year’s prize included LB Johnson, Sarah Sala, and Ashley Inguanta.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, 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.

Applications are now open for the Summer 2018 residency period.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis


This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sundress Reading Series Presents Natalie Giarratano, Daje Morris, and Sara Moore Wagner

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Sundress Reading Series Presents
Natalie Giarratano, Daje Morris, and Sara Moore Wagner

Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to welcome Natalie Giarratano, Daje Morris, and Sara Moore Wagner for the October installment of our reading series. The reading will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at Hexagon Brewing Co., located at 1002 Dutch Valley Dr STE 101, Knoxville, TN 37918. The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public.

Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her Ph.D. in SchaefferNGPhoto copy (1)creative writing from Western Michigan University. She is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and TYPO, among others. She edits and lives near the foothills of Northern Colorado.

 

IMG_4839P_Jasmine Newton (1)Daje Morris is a poet and songwriter who is often found toeing the lines between introversion, extroversion, and shamelessness. She is deeply devoted to exposing beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms. As a spoken-word poet, she has performed with 5th Woman, a collective of performance poets who write, teach, and speak on the souls of women and their diverse expressions in culture. She is now working alongside the 5th Woman as a creative director, writer, contributor, and mentor to other performance poets in the Greater Knoxville area. She released her first collection of poems, On Becoming Gold, in June of 2017. Her poetic influences include Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire, Donte Collins, and Sarah Kay.

 

Sara Moore Wagner is the author of the chapbook Hooked Through (Five Oaks Press,Sara Moore Wagner (1) 2017). Her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Stirring, Gigantic Sequins, Alyss, Reservoir, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Arsenic Lobster, among others, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her poetry has also been supported by a SAFTA residency and a merit scholarship from the Juniper Institute. She lives in Cincinnati with her filmmaker husband Jon and their children, Daisy, Vivienne, and Cohen, where she teaches at Xavier and Northern Kentucky University.

 

 

 

 

The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series that is held monthly at 2 p.m.
at Hexagon Brewing Co. just outside of downtown Knoxville.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis


This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis



This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis


This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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