Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents February Reading Series

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is pleased to announce the guests for the February installment of our virtual reading series. This event will take place on February 23, 2021 from 7-8PM, on Zoom. Participants can access the event at tiny.utk.edu/sundress (password: safta).

Quintin Collins (he/him) is a writer, editor, and Solstice MFA Program assistant director. His work appears in many publications, and his first full-length collection of poems is The Dandelion Speaks of Survival (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2021). His second collection of poems, Claim Tickets for Stolen People, selected by Marcus Jackson as winner of The Journal’s 2020 Charles B. Wheeler Prize, is forthcoming from The Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books in 2022. Quintin’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and the 2019 Atlantis Award from the Poet’s Billow, and his other accolades include Best of the Net nominations.

Rebecca Pelky holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, an MFA from Northern Michigan University, and is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Clarkson University. She is a member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin and a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Through a Red Place, her second poetry collection and winner of the 2021 Perugia Press Prize was released in 2021. Her first book, Horizon  of the Dog Woman, was published by Saint Julian Press in 2020.

Heikki Huotari attended a one-room school, spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower, is a disabled veteran and was for a while a nationally ranked master’s marathon runner. As a math professor he published research papers in math journals such as the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. Since retiring from academia he has published poems in numerous literary journals, including Pleiades, Spillway, the American Journal of Poetry, Willow Springs and The Journal. His published collections include: Fractal Idyll; The Knowable Emotions; The Dog’s Meow; Deja Vu Goes Both Ways and When Correlation Is Causation.

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