Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces 2022 Trans/Nonbinary Writing Retreat

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is thrilled to announce its Trans/Nonbinary Writers Retreat, which runs from Friday, June 10th through Saturday, June 11, 2022. This event will be entirely virtual via Zoom.  All SAFTA retreats focus on generative writing, and this year’s retreat will also include the following Craft Talk Sessions: “Magic and Joy in Ideation” and “My voice were a knife: Persona poem, the queer and trans body, and writing rage.”

The event will be open to trans and nonbinary writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published poets from around the country, including workshop leaders Zefyr Lisowski and Nicole Oquendo and keynote speaker, féi hernandez.

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féi hernandez (b.1993 Chihuahua, Mexico) is an Inglewood-raised, trans formerly undocumented immigrant artist, writer, healer. féi is descendant of the Pi’ma and Raramuri peoples. They are a Define American Fellow for 2021 and are currently the Board President of Gender Justice Los Angeles. féi is the author of the full-length poetry collection Hood Criatura (Sundress Publications 2020) which was on NPR’s Best Books of 2020. féi collects Pokémon plushies.

Zefyr Lisowski is a disabled trans Southerner living in New York City. She’s a poetry co-editor at Apogee Journal and the author of the Lizzie Borden queer murder chapbook Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press 2019). Her work has appeared in CatapultThe OffingThe Rumpus, and many other places. She lives at zeflisowski.com and elsewhere.

Tate N. Oquendo is a writer and visual artist that combines these elements to craft multimodal nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, as well as translations of these forms. Their work can be found in numerous literary journals, a poetry collection, a hybrid memoir, and six chapbooks, including their other most recent works: The Antichrist and I and we, animals. They are also an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, and their most recently curated anthology, Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, is available for free on the Sundress Publications website.

The total cost of attendance is $75. To apply for a scholarship, send a packet of no more than (10) pages of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction along with a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop to Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin@sundresspublications.com no later than April 15th, 2022. Winners will be contacted late April.

Space at this workshop may be limited, so please reserve your place today at: https://squareup.com/store/sundress-publications/item/poetry-retreat

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