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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Orchard City by Leah Browning


This selection comes from the collection Orchard City, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and five chapbooks.  Her most recent chapbook is Orchard City, a collection of short fiction published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.  Browning’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Santa Ana River Review, The Homestead Review, Newfound, Coldnoon, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, The Literary Review, The Stillwater Review, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Waypoints, The Saint Ann’s Review, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere.  Her work has also appeared on materials from Broadsided Press and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse, in The Wardrobe, and in anthologies including Myth+Magic from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press, The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

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Project Book Shelf: Hannah Kitterman

My book shelf went through a massive downsizing after I graduated. I moved back to Clarksville to live with my parents for the summer, and most of the books that I had collected throughout my literature-based classes are still in boxes in their basement. When I got my service position with AmeriCorps, I went through those boxes in an attempt to only bring the books I could not live without which also had to fit in my car. After a good deal of soul searching, the books that made the journey with me are ones that are related to moments in my life. These are books, or plays, that I like to revisit often.

I know most of Much Ado About Nothing by heart, but I can never part with my copy because my dog tried to eat it when he was a puppy. I have my used copies of Dubliners and Ulysses, both books that I read in my last semester at UTK which held my hand as I prepared to graduate. I have a copy of Mindy Kaling’s newest book, Why Not Me,which is hysterical and something I should not read in quiet places. I have my collections of poetry by Rupi Kaur and Mary Oliver, both of which I can rely on to lead me on an emotional roller coaster.

My cookbooks were a necessity and I am a very big supporter of using baking to relieve stress, much to the pleasure of my friends and roommates. On top of my book shelf are odds and ends that I have kept up with, all which either hold some small memory like the bottle cork from my graduation party or, like my swimming goggles, are just something I use regularly. I still feel a little sad to not have my full collection of books in Knoxville with me, but I am also looking forward to the greatest luxury not having my immense catalogue of literature has forced me to get: a library card.


Hannah Kitterman is a native Tennessean currently living in Knoxville. She graduated from the University of Tennessee last May where she studied English Literature and French. During her time at UTK Hannah was a member of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band where she played the trombone and gained experience with heartbreaking losses and feverous fandom. Hannah is currently serving as a member of AmeriCorps with I Bike KNX, a nonprofit that advocates for safe bicycling habits. You can find her at various intersections in Knoxville counting the number of pedestrians and people riding bicycles or reading with a cup of coffee while on the lookout for dogs to pet. She has never met a burrito or a dog that she did not love.

 

 

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Orchard City by Leah Browning


This selection comes from the collection Orchard City, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and five chapbooks.  Her most recent chapbook is Orchard City, a collection of short fiction published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.  Browning’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Santa Ana River Review, The Homestead Review, Newfound, Coldnoon, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, The Literary Review, The Stillwater Review, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Waypoints, The Saint Ann’s Review, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere.  Her work has also appeared on materials from Broadsided Press and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse, in The Wardrobe, and in anthologies including Myth+Magic from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press, The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Orchard City by Leah Browning


This selection comes from the collection Orchard City, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and five chapbooks.  Her most recent chapbook is Orchard City, a collection of short fiction published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.  Browning’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Santa Ana River Review, The Homestead Review, Newfound, Coldnoon, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, The Literary Review, The Stillwater Review, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Waypoints, The Saint Ann’s Review, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere.  Her work has also appeared on materials from Broadsided Press and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse, in The Wardrobe, and in anthologies including Myth+Magic from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press, The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

Poets in Pajamas Presents Samantha Edmonds

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Poets in Pajamas, a Live-Stream Reading Series by Sundress Publications
Presents Episode 43: Samantha Edmonds

Ever wished you could attend a poetry reading in your PJ’s? Wished there were one closer to home? Missed a reading because you just couldn’t muster up the energy to go? Bailed because you didn’t want to go alone?

Well fret no more! Poets in Pajamas (PiP) is a live-feed online reading series presented by Sundress Publications. We bring live poetry, complete with Q&A and poet interaction, to you. We don’t ask you to dig out a scarf, no, we welcome you as you are and bring the poetry. Won’t you join us? We often draw a diverse audience from around the world and we’d love it if you, too, were there.

Samantha EdmondsOur next episode will air on Sunday, November 18, at 7pm EST, featuring Samantha Edmonds. On behalf of Sundress Publications, Anna Black will host.

Samantha Edmonds’ work appears in Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Indiana Review, Day One, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. She currently lives in Knoxville, where she’s an MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee and serves as the Fiction Editor for Grist. Follow these links to find out more about Samantha:

“On Obsession” on Black Warrior Review

Author Spotlight on Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly

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Anna Black has served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Hayden’s Ferry Review and is a twice awarded Virginia G. Piper global teaching and research fellow. She received her MFA at Arizona State University. More about Anna and her work can be found at @bylineblack and bylineblack.com.

The readings occur on PiP’s Facebook page every other Sunday at 7PM EST/4PM PST. The selected poet will read for about 15 minutes,  and will then open the floor for an additional 10-15 minutes to receive questions from the audience.

 

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2018 Open Reading Period Results

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 Sundress Publications Announces
2018 Open Reading Period Results

Sundress Publications is thrilled to announce the results of the 2018 Open Reading Period. The winning selections are: Albert Abonado’s JAW, Chera Hammons’ Map of Injury, and JM Miller’s Nightsong. Each is slated for publication in 2020.

abonadoAlbert Abonado’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, PleiadesThe Margins, Zone 3, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has received a fellowship for poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Every Thursday from 2-3PM, he hosts the poetry radio show Flour City Yawp on WAYO 104.3 FM-LP. He also curates the CityVerse column for City Newspaper. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo. He lives in Rochester with his wife.

Chera Hammons is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard hammonsCollege in Plainfield, VT. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other fine journals. Her chapbook Amaranthine Hour received the 2012 Jacar Press Chapbook Award. Books include Recycled Explosions (Ink Brush Press, 2016) and The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City (Purple Flag Press, 2017; winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award).

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JM Miller is a queer/trans writer based in Seattle. Their first poetry collection, Wilderness Lessons, was described as a love letter to the earth. JM teaches creative writing at the University of Washington Tacoma and has recently adopted a kitten named Cielo. Please visit  jm-poet.com for more.

 

 

 

Finalists include:

Kara Dorris, A Phobia of Dying if Motion Stops
Jonathan Duckworth, Night, Translated 
Amanda Galvan Huynh, Mexican Bingo
Stephanie Lane Sutton, Femme Pastiche
Billie Tadros, Was Body 
Billie Tadros, Graft Fixation

Semi-Finalists include:

Danielle Badra, Like Still We Speak 
Reese Conner, The Body He Left Behind
Megan Merchant, Paper Mother
Jed Meyers, Burning Man
Laura Passin, You are Not God’s Sparrow 
C. Pope, Forgotten Stages of Grief
Shannon Sankey, A Crooked Kind of Flowering
Marvin Shackleford, Monstrous
Sarah Wolfson, A Common Name for Everything

 

Sundress Publications is a 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000. It is an entirely volunteer-run, non-discriminatory publishing group focused on the creativity of all artists, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, education, etc.

To learn more about Sundress, visit our website at  sundresspublications.com

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Orchard City by Leah Browning


This selection comes from the collection Orchard City, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and five chapbooks.  Her most recent chapbook is Orchard City, a collection of short fiction published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.  Browning’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Santa Ana River Review, The Homestead Review, Newfound, Coldnoon, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, The Literary Review, The Stillwater Review, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Waypoints, The Saint Ann’s Review, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere.  Her work has also appeared on materials from Broadsided Press and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse, in The Wardrobe, and in anthologies including Myth+Magic from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press, The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Orchard City by Leah Browning


This selection comes from the collection Orchard City, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and five chapbooks.  Her most recent chapbook is Orchard City, a collection of short fiction published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.  Browning’s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Santa Ana River Review, The Homestead Review, Newfound, Coldnoon, Poetry South, Clementine Unbound, The Literary Review, The Stillwater Review, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Waypoints, The Saint Ann’s Review, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere.  Her work has also appeared on materials from Broadsided Press and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, with audio and video recordings in The Poetry Storehouse, in The Wardrobe, and in anthologies including Myth+Magic from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press, The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: House of McQueen by Valerie Wallace


This selection is from the collection House of McQueen, available from Four Way Books. Order your copy here. Our curator is Donna Vorreyer.

Valerie Wallace’s debut poetry collection House of McQueen (March 2018) was chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, as well as many grants to support her work, for which she is extremely grateful.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press).  Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.

Meet Our New Editorial Intern: Hannah Kitterman

My relationship with books and with reading has been constant for my entire life. Both of my parents are English professors, and I have been fortunate enough to be around an environment that put reading and talking about books in a place of high esteem from a young age. There was really no escaping this environment, actually, and I just ended up really lucky that I happened to love every facet of it.

I continued loving my books, sometimes to the extreme, in all situations. For family vacations I would have the heaviest bags because of all the books I wanted to bring. I was notorious for asking for a IMG_3999.jpgbook and then finishing it in a matter of hours, no matter how lengthy.

However, despite my devotion to reading and my willingness to take down any obstacle to be immersed in a book, when I registered for my first semester at UTK I had no intention of being an English major. I had decided to study French because it was a subject that had thrilled me as much as my English courses throughout High School, and I had an idealized notion that I would become an academic in French Literature and possibly move to France.

Within the first month of my Freshman year I had switched to a double major in French and English Lit. There was a physical pull that I felt whenever I was in my English classes and when looking at the catalogue of courses and I found myself pouring over all the offered English Literature ones. After I declared my double major, I lost my notion of how my life was going to end up. I felt so unsure and also so happy because in a way I had found my identity again.

I know I am happiest when I am working with any type of writing or writing based art, so I am really looking forward to this internship with the Sundress Academy for the Arts and a new chance to learn and grow with others in a field that brings me the utmost joy.


Hannah Kitterman is a native Tennessean currently living in Knoxville. She graduated from the University of Tennessee last May where she studied English Literature and French. During her time at UTK Hannah was a member of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band where she played the trombone and gained experience with heartbreaking losses and feverous fandom. Hannah is currently serving as a member of AmeriCorps with I Bike KNX, a nonprofit that advocates for safe bicycling habits. You can find her at various intersections in Knoxville counting the number of pedestrians and people riding bicycles or reading with a cup of coffee while on the lookout for dogs to pet. She has never met a burrito or a dog that she did not love.

 

 

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