VIDA Residency Fellowships Winners Announced

VIDA Residency Fellowships Winners Announced

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is pleased to announce the winners of the VIDA fellowships for the fall residency period, Raena Shirali and Nicole Connolly. SAFTA paired with VIDA, a research-driven organization aiming to increase issues in contemporary literary culture, to offer these fellowships for two women writers in any genre. This year’s winners were chosen by guest judge Elissa Washuta.

View More: http://giniaworrellphotography.pass.us/rshiraliRaena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Shirali’s honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, and poetry prizes from Boston Review , Gulf Coast, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, the Indian American poet earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is a coorganizer for We (Too) Are Philly, a summer poetry festival highlighting voices of color. Shirali also serves as Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine and is on the editorial team for Vinyl.

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Nicole Connolly lives and works in Orange County, CA, which she promises is mostly unlike what you see on TV. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in such journals as ANMLY, Fugue, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Applications for spring residencies at SAFTA are now open and can be found at sundressacademyforthearts.com.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Acadiana by Nancy Reddy



This selection comes from the collection Acadiana, available from Black Lawrence Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Acadiana by Nancy Reddy




This selection comes from the collection Acadiana, available from Black Lawrence Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Meet Our New Editorial Intern: Emme G. Marshall

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As a poet, you desire to remember your first, most base interaction with poetry – because remembering the thing that grounded you into a love is one of the most touching reflections you can have regardless if it’s poetry or astronomy or cooking. My attachment to poetry has spread and grown throughout my life. It wasn’t just one concrete moment in which I realized “This is it!” Instead, it was a snowball. In terms of reading poetry, because reading it and writing it for me came at different times, Shel Silverstein acts as the force who drew me into the world of conciseness. The ability to pack the emotion that mirrored the other longer books I was reading was exciting, new. I try to think back to what I must’ve thought looking at these pages that seemed to be devoid of words but were rich in so much else. I read all of his work I could find at my elementary school’s library, and continually read them over and over, because they were the only poetry books we had at our school besides Dr. Seuss. Tragic yet still had the power to foster something within my world.

As for writing poetry, I’ve always been well-suited at putting words together, writing essays or stories for class. In grade school it was aided by my voracious reading and the encouragement of my teachers to pursue that particular kind of creative nature. The poetry didn’t come until early high school when angst was bubbling at its finest and I took to poetry as an outpour. I believe I still have the same Tumblr that I posted poems onto daily (God bless you if you find it). I will forever thank those years of terrible writing for what they’ve given me now – that same confessional style I continually dote on and have nurtured into something more apt for my current stage of life. Translating my inner life into an outer form in this way has been the most enriching thing I’ve ever done for myself, for my creativity.

As a new intern at Sundress Publications, I hope to expand as a poet in as many ways as possible. Most of my current poetry knowledge was cultivated in the classroom by the hand of a professor, so I’m excited to have the chance to expand my knowledge of other artists and of other work outside of that realm. The publishing world still remains, for the most part, a mystery to me – so I’m also excited to witness as much of the inner workings of this side to poetry as I can. Sundress acts as a body that fosters a welcoming glow to the world of poetry, whether it be in its publishing, readings, people, and I am ready to contribute to that beauty as much as I can.

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Emme G. Marshall is a graduate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry. Her work has been published in Public Pool, and she worked as a poetry editor for the university’s literary arts magazine The Phoenix. Some of her most favorite things are cicadas, vintage clothing, and fizzy drinks. Also, Fiona Apple.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Acadiana by Nancy Reddy



This selection comes from the collection Acadiana, available from Black Lawrence Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Mexicamericana by Eloisa Amezcua




This selection comes from the collection Mexicamericana, available from Porkbelly Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Mexicamericana by Eloisa Amezcua





This selection comes from the collection Mexicamericana, available from Porkbelly Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Mexicamericana by Eloisa Amezcua




This selection comes from the collection Mexicamericana, available from Porkbelly Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces Writing Retreat for Survival and Healing

 

safta logoSundress Academy for the Arts Announces
Writing Retreat for Survival and Healing

Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce its second annual generative writing retreat celebrating survival and healing on July 21st and 22nd, 2018. This two-day retreat for sexual assault survivors will be held in Oak Ridge, TN and will be a safe space for creativity, generative writing exercises, discussions on ways to write trauma, advice on publishing, and more. Come join us in mutual support for a weekend of writing time for healing, safety, and comfort.

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75.

The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published fiction writers and poets from around the country, including Karen Craigo, Krista Cox, Jennie Frost, and Macy French.

Karen Craigo is the author of two Sundress titles, No More Milk (2016) and Passing Through Humansville (coming in 2018). She is also the author of Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Blend In (forthcoming 2018), and three chapbooks. She is the editor of a weekly newspaper, The Marshfield (Missouri) Mail, and she maintains Better View of the Moon, a blog on writing and creativity. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.

For money, Krista Cox is a paralegal. For joy, she’s an associate poetry editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection and Executive Director of Lit Literary Collective, a nonprofit serving her local literary community. Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Rappahannock Review, The Humanist, and elsewhere.

Jennie Frost is a poet from Maryville, TN.  They are an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi and former Literary Arts Director at Sundress Academy for the Arts where they ran the Sundress Reading Series. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Border Crossing, The Fourth River, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and more. They are a dedicated member of the LGBTQ+ community and a human rights activist focusing on sexual assault prevention. 

Macy French is a poet, advocate, and recent graduate of Tusculum College where she studied creative writing. Her work has been featured in Connotation PressLady Blue Literary Journal, GRAVEL Magazine, and others. She completed an honors thesis project where she studied attitudes about sexual assault on college campuses, analyzed data, and co-founded Students for the Prevention of Sexual Assault at Tusculum.

Space at this workshop is limited to 12 writers, so reserve your place today at:
https://squareup.com/store/sundress-publications/item/writing-retreat-for-survival-and-healing

For scholarship information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin@sundresspublications.com.

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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.

 

EMAIL: safta@sundresspublications.com   
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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Mexicamericana by Eloisa Amezcua






This selection comes from the collection Mexicamericana, available from Porkbelly Press. Our curator for June is Colleen Abel.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others.

Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press’ 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

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