Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents: September Poetry Xfit

Knoxville, TN — The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present our September Poetry Xfit, hosted by Erin Elizabeth Smith. This generative workshop event will take place on Sunday, September 19th, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm EST via Zoom. Join us at the link with password “safta”.

Poetry Xfit isn’t about throwing tires or heavy ropes, but the idea of challenging our muscles is the same. This generative workshop series will give you prompts, rules, obstructions, and more to write three poems in two hours. Writers will write together for thirty minutes, be invited to share new work, and then be given a new set of prompts. The idea isn’t that we are writing perfect final drafts, but instead creating clay that can then be edited and turned into art later. Prose writers are also welcome to attend!

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Executive Director for Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently DOWN (SFASU 2020), and her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard, and Mid-American, among others. Smith is a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

While this is a free workshop, donations can be made to the Sundress Academy for the Arts here.

Each month, half of our Xfit donations are shared with a community partner. Our community partner for September is Southerners on New Ground (SONG). SONG has been a home for LGBTQ liberation since 1993 and reaches across racial, class, and cultural lines in the South to transform the region through strategic planning, organizing, and fellowship. SONG works towards building through alliances and coalitions with other organizations that challenge systemic oppression. For more info or to donate to support LGBTQ and Trans liberation, find them at here.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is a writers residency and arts collective that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers in all genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, academic writing, playwriting, and more. 


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