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 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.
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, 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.