The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “how to get over” by t’ai freedom ford

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This selection comes from the debut collection how to get over, available from Red Hen Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for May is Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken BoatTupelo Quarterly, Winter Tangerine, ApogeeThe African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting Residency Applications New Writers Coop

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The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writers residencies during the summer residency period for our new Writers Coop during the weeks of June 5th to August 20th, 2017. These residencies are designed to give artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.

SAFTA is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.

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The SAFTA Writers Coop is a 10×10′ dry cabin approximately a fourth of a mile from the SAFTA farmhouse. This tiny house is furnished with a single bed, a desk, a wood-burning stove, a deck that looks over the pasture and pond, as well as a personal detached outhouse. While the cabin has neither electricity nor running water, residents will have full access to the amenities at farmhouse as well as solitude from other residents to write in the rolling hills of East Tennessee.

Each residency costs $150/week and includes your own private dry cabin as well as 24-hour access to the farmhouse amenities.

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The application deadline for the summer residency period is rolling. Note our application fees have been waived for the summer application period.

Find out more on our website or Facebook. 

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “how to get over” by t’ai freedom ford

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This selection comes from the debut collection how to get over, available from Red Hen Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for May is Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken BoatTupelo Quarterly, Winter Tangerine, ApogeeThe African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “how to get over” by t’ai freedom ford

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This selection comes from the debut collection how to get over, available from Red Hen Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for May is Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken BoatTupelo Quarterly, Winter Tangerine, ApogeeThe African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

Call for Submissions; Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities from Sundress Publications


This anthology, edited by Nicole Oquendo, aims to feature the strange and wonderful intersection between work by writers and artists of hybrid identities and the hybrid work they produce. We are especially interested in work from writers and artists of color, trans, queer, neurodivergent, or disabled writers and artists, writers and artists with invisible illnesses, and anyone else who feels their identity is itself an intersection. In short, if you believe your identity is a hybrid form that influences your craft, we want to hear from you. Because this anthology will be available exclusively online for free, contributors to this anthology cannot be paid at this time. However, submissions to this anthology are free.

Submissions are due to anthology@sundresspublications.com by 11:59 EST on May 15th, 2017.

Submission guidelines

This anthology seeks hybrid or otherwise experimental prose, poetry, and other forms from writers that identify as having a hybrid identity. Shorter work is preferred unless the hybrid nature of a piece demands a higher word or page count. Submit up to one submission batch per genre. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. While disclosure is not required, we’d also love to know more about your hybrid identity in your cover letter, including how you feel your hybrid identity influences your craft.

Fiction: Send one (1) story of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash stories, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read FICTION – Your Full Name – Title of Work.

Nonfiction: Send one (1) essay of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash essays, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read NONFICTION – Your Full Name – Title of Work.

Poetry: Send up to five (<5) poems attached in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read “POETRY – Your Full Name – Title of Work.”

Multimodal/Hybrid: If your submission is multimodal/hybrid (possibilities include images along with text, including but not limited to comics and photo essays, work with sound components, or blends of multiple genres), send one (1) piece of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash pieces, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read HYBRID – Your Full Name – Title of Work.
If your attachment may be too large to be handled via e-mail, contact us and let us know.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “how to get over” by t’ai freedom ford

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This selection comes from the debut collection how to get over, available from Red Hen Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for May is Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken BoatTupelo Quarterly, Winter Tangerine, ApogeeThe African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Fear of Dogs & Other Animals” by Shauna M. Morgan

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This selection comes from the chapbook Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, available from Central Square Press. Order your copy here.

The author of Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, Shauna M. Morgan is a poet and scholar who springs from a rural district in Clarendon, Jamaica and holds an enduring love for the Diaspora about which she writes. She teaches creative writing and literature of the African Diaspora at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her current research focuses on representations of womanhood and Neo-anticolonialism in 21st-century literature. Her poems were shortlisted for the 2011 Small Axe literary prize, and received honorable mention for the 2016 Salem College International Literary Awards Rita Dove Prize; she recently won Interviewing the Caribbean’s Catherine L. James prize. She has published poetry in ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Pierian, Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume VI, Interviewing the Caribbean, Illuminations, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and South Atlantic Review. Shauna lives in Virginia with her precocious 11 year old twin daughters.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Fear of Dogs & Other Animals” by Shauna M. Morgan

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This selection comes from the chapbook Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, available from Central Square Press. Order your copy here.

The author of Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, Shauna M. Morgan is a poet and scholar who springs from a rural district in Clarendon, Jamaica and holds an enduring love for the Diaspora about which she writes. She teaches creative writing and literature of the African Diaspora at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her current research focuses on representations of womanhood and Neo-anticolonialism in 21st-century literature. Her poems were shortlisted for the 2011 Small Axe literary prize, and received honorable mention for the 2016 Salem College International Literary Awards Rita Dove Prize; she recently won Interviewing the Caribbean’s Catherine L. James prize. She has published poetry in ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Pierian, Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume VI, Interviewing the Caribbean, Illuminations, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and South Atlantic Review. Shauna lives in Virginia with her precocious 11 year old twin daughters.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

Sundress Reading Series Presents Kathy Fagan, Danielle Hanson, and Jennifer Jackson Berry

The Sundress Reading Series is excited to welcome Kathy Fagan, Danielle Hanson, and Jennifer Jackson Berry for the May installment of our reading series! The event will take place Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 4 PM at Bar Marley.

FaganKathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Her first collection, The Raft, won the National Poetry Series; her second, MOVING & ST RAGE, the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Ohio Arts Council. Very recent work appears in The New Republic and Blackbird. Director of the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State, Fagan serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. Her website is http://www.kathyfagan.net

Danielle HansonDanielle Hanson received her MFA from Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She is the author of Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017).  Her work has appeared in over 50 journals and anthologies, including Hubbub, Iodine, Rosebud, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review, and Blackbird.  She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books.  She has edited Loose Change Magazine and Hayden’s Ferry Review, worked for The Meacham Writers’ Conference, and been a resident at The Hambidge Center.  Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.  Daniellejhanson.com.

Jennifer Jackson BerryJennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYesBooks, 2016) and the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Poet Lore, Harpur Palate, and Booth, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public!

For more information, see our website, Facebook, Twitter, or send an email to safta@sundresspublications.com

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Fear of Dogs & Other Animals” by Shauna M. Morgan

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This selection comes from the chapbook Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, available from Central Square Press. Order your copy here.

The author of Fear of Dogs & Other Animals, Shauna M. Morgan is a poet and scholar who springs from a rural district in Clarendon, Jamaica and holds an enduring love for the Diaspora about which she writes. She teaches creative writing and literature of the African Diaspora at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her current research focuses on representations of womanhood and Neo-anticolonialism in 21st-century literature. Her poems were shortlisted for the 2011 Small Axe literary prize, and received honorable mention for the 2016 Salem College International Literary Awards Rita Dove Prize; she recently won Interviewing the Caribbean’s Catherine L. James prize. She has published poetry in ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Pierian, Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume VI, Interviewing the Caribbean, Illuminations, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and South Atlantic Review. Shauna lives in Virginia with her precocious 11 year old twin daughters.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found here.

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