Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents March Reading Series

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is pleased to announce the guests for the March installment of our virtual reading series. This event will take place on March 30, 2022 from 7-8 PM, on Zoom. Participants can access the event at with password “safta”.

jason b. crawford (They/Them) was born in Washington DC, raised in Lansing, MI. Their debut Full-Length Year of the Unicorn Kidz will be out in 2022 from Sundress Publications: Year of the Unicorn Kidz by jason b. crawford | Sundress Publications

Marlanda Dekine’s debut full-length poetry collection, Thresh & Hold, is the winner of Hub City Press’s 2021 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in March 2022. Dekine is a Watering Hole Fellow, Tin House Scholar, and Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellow. Thresh and Hold can be purchased at

Gustavo Barahona-López is a writer and educator from Richmond, California. In his writing, Barahona-López draws from his experience growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants. His chapbook, Loss and Other Rivers That Devour was published in February 2022 by Nomadic Press. He was a finalist for the 2021 Quarterly West poetry prize. A member of the Writer’s Grotto and a VONA alum, Barahona-López’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Diode, Quarterly West, Iron Horse Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, The Acentos Review, Apogee Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other publications. Loss and Other Rivers That Devour can be purchased at

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

Our community partner for March is SEEED (Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development) is a non-profit org located in East Knoxville that is focused on providing pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, environmental education, and community engagement.To learn more about SEEED, please visit their website at


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