For one night only, to celebrate the launch of the 2022/2023 Poets in Pajamas lineup, FOUR incredible Sundress Publication authors are reading together, via Zoom. It’s the Poets in Pajamas Spring Fling! Join us from 7-8PM EST on February 27th for a reading with Jason B. Crawford, Stacey Balkun, Barbara Fant, and Mackenzie Berry!
And, because we’re THAT excited about Poets in Pajamas, three VERY lucky audience members will be picked to win a Sundress title of their choice—just come along, and we’ll choose three of you at random!
Reminder: It is of course free to come along, but be sure to register using this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvf-CpqDsuEt0-lLJ8DyAuadXfNvJJw7TD
jason b. Crawford (They/Them) is a writer born in Washington DC, raised in Lansing, MI. Their debut chapbook collection, Summertime Fine, is out through Variant Lit. Their second chapbook, Twerkable Moments, is out from Paper Nautilus Press. Their third chapbook, Good Boi, is forthcoming from Neon Hemlock Press in fall 2021. Their debut full-length, Year of the Unicorn Kidz, will be out in 2022 from Sundress Publications. crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University and is the co-founder of The Knight’s Library Magazine. crawford is the winner of the Courtney Valentine Prize for Outstanding Work by a Millennial Artist, the Vella Chapbook Contest, and the Variant Lit Chapbook Contest. They are the 2021 OutWrite Chapbook Contest winner in poetry. Their work can be found in Split Lip Magazine, Glass Poetry, Four Way Review, Voicemail Poems, FreezeRay Poetry, and HAD, among others. They are a current poetry MFA candidate at The New School.
Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her debut poetry collection, Slack Tongue City, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in April 2022. Her poetry has been published in Vinyl, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Hobart, and Blood Orange Review, among others. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the First Wave Program and Goldsmiths, University of London, she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Cornell University.
Barbara Fant has been writing and performing for 15 years. She has represented Columbus, OH in 9 National Poetry Slam competitions. She is a 2008 Rustbelt Champion, 2x Rustbelt Indy Finalist, 7x Grand Slam Champion, and placed 8th out of 96 poets in the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is a TEDx speaker, a Columbus Makes Art Campaign artist, and was named a 2017 Columbus Alive People to Watch. Her first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out, was published by Penmanship Books (NYC) in 2010, when she was awarded the Cora Craig Award for Young Authors. She is the author of several chapbooks, the co-author of two stage productions, and has been commissioned by over ten national organizations. Her work has been featured by Button Poetry and Def Poetry Jam, and published in The Academy of American Poets, Electric Literature, Harness Magazine, The McNeese Review, and The Ohio State University Press. Installations of her work can be found in the Columbus Museum of Art, The Columbus Foundation, and Crimson Cup (Easton Town Center). She has received residencies from Idyllwild Arts in Idyllwild, California and Connect Arts in Havana, Cuba. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Master of Theology from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Stacey Balkun is the author of Sweetbitter and co-editor of Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry. Winner of the 2019 New South Writing Contest as well as Terrain.org’s 10th Annual Contest, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, and several other anthologies and journals. Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches creative writing online at The Poetry Barn and The Loft.
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