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.

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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.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: VANTABLACK by Ciona Rouse


This selection comes from the collection VANTABLACK, available from Third Man Books. Order your copy here. Our curator is Leslie LaChance.

Ciona Rouse lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of the chapbook VANTABLACK (Third Man Books, 2017) and curates many poetry experiences around Nashville.

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.

Weekly Writing Round-Up: October 6, 2017

Before any discussion of what literature & the arts can and cannot do takes place, the direct, material needs of the oppressed must be addressed. Please take a moment to check out the following list of reputable Puerto Rican organizations and volunteer opportunities and do what you can to contribute or share.

You can also listen to Raquel Salas Rivera on colonialism, Puerto Rico and Maria on Radio Dispatch here.

This week I’m reading:

Testimony by Hafizah Geter
“I thought, my body is your body, // is a temple on fire, is a blinded mask, / is a jail cell, is light as a paper bag”

Poetry by Cynthia Dewi Oka
“My homeland lives like a witch in my house, turning the rice / yellow and filling my mouth with marbles // when my mother calls.”

don’t forget to send me courage by Emily Corwin
“the doctor said I / could meet you at the moment there in / the orchard where we stood sexual as / cherries”

Women Are Doomed to Be the Angels of Love by Nikki Wallschlaeger
“My heart is stone sore. My heart wants to / close forever // to protect me from market combat.”

A special feature of Erin Elizabeth Smith’s work in Yes, Poetry
“In her new apartment, / there is no heat—just a six-pack / and the mildew smell of sweaters / from the all-night laundromat”

Mysticism as a practice of contemporary femme artists, an essay by Marcia Elizabeth

We Are The Fire: On the death of Hugh Hefner, by A.V. Flox


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.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: VANTABLACK by Ciona Rouse


This selection comes from the collection VANTABLACK, available from Third Man Books. Order your copy here. Our curator is Leslie LaChance.

Ciona Rouse lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of the chapbook VANTABLACK (Third Man Books, 2017) and curates many poetry experiences around Nashville.

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.

Sundress offers new fellowship donation opportunity


Sundress Academy for the Arts
(SAFTA) is excited to offer a new opportunity for donors and artists to collaborate through our new Fund-a-Fellow program. SAFTA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an artists’ retreat on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee that offers residencies to writers, visual artists, filmmakers, composers, academics, and more. With two residency rooms and a dry cabin on site, we offer a rotating space for nationally recognized and emerging artists in multiple disciplines.

Through this new fellowship program, donors will have the opportunity to allocate their donations toward a specific artist, genre, or vision.

For example, a donor may choose to fund a residency for an artist who is part of a specific marginalized group or an artist who is producing a specific genre of work.

Your tax-deductible donation may be offered to any particular group of artists or writers you wish. Previously funded awards have offered fellowships for people of color, LGBTQIA writers, mothers, Appalachian writers, Tennessee artists, graduate students, women over 40, and more. Upon donation, we will advertise that a new fellowship has been made available and begin accepting applications from artists whose work aligns with your vision. Our staff of editors and qualified outside readers will judge applications.

Donations may come in the following amounts:

A $125 donation covers:

  • 50% of a week-long residency, including lodging, at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, TN.

A $250 donation covers:

  • 100% of a week-long residency, including lodging, at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, TN.

A $500 donation covers:

  • 100% of a week-long residency, including lodging, at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, TN.
  • $250 stipend for travel

A $1,000 donation covers:

  • 100% of a two-week-long residency, including lodging, at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, TN.
  • $500 stipend

As a nonprofit, we rely on the money we draw in from our residency, events, and books to fund our daily operations, but due to the current state of arts funding, the only way for organizations like ours to truly grow and thrive is through the generosity of the public. Donations, community support, and philanthropic patronage help us connect with and support artists and writers. Our efforts have already attracted attention from individuals and organizations in the Knoxville community and beyond, and we hope that you would join them with your financial support.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin@sundresspublications.com.

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