The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the October installment of our reading series. This event will take place on October 30th, 2022 from 1-3PM at Pretentious Beer Co.
Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet and writer, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective and was formerly a writing instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book of poems, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, (Kent State University Press, 2022) won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize selected by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems and lyric essays have recently appeared in Poem-a-Day (Poets.org), Pedestal Magazine, Jung Journal, Catamaran Literary Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Grist Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly and several anthologies, including Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora and Halal If You Hear Me.
Sara Mae is a high fem writer and style witch raised on the Chesapeake Bay. They are a 2022 Open Mouth Attendee, a 2022 Tinhouse Summer Workshops Alum, and a 2021 Sewanee Writers Conference Scholar. Their work appears in or is forthcoming from American Literary Review, Grimoire, Pigeon Pages, Hobart and elsewhere. They are a 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam, 2018 National Poetry Slam, and 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Competitor. Their first chapbook, Priestess of Tankinis, is out via Game Over Books. They write shimmery rock music as The Noisy. They are currently an MFA Candidate at UT Knoxville and an Associate Poetry Editor for Grist Literary Journal.
Based out of Knoxville, Brandi Augustus is a radical truth teller who believes that being honest about our collective relationships experiences is what’s gonna get us free. She’s been doing comedy outta Knoxville since 2018 and now hosts the new comic mic at the corner lounge in Knoxville. She’ll also be performing at Second Bell music festival in Knoxville on October 2nd.
Each month, Sundress partners with a local nonprofit to help raise money and awareness for their cause. This month, our nonprofit is First Aid Collective Knox, an autonomous first-aid/wound care collective crew based in Knoxville, TN. In coordination with other mutual aid groups in Knoxville, they distribute food, water, clothing, baby supplies, emergency contraception, and other vital resources throughout the community. One of their current efforts is rebuilding Mutual Aid Space Knoxville, the community space that was home to First Aid Collective Knox, East Tennessee Harm Reduction, and Knoxville Radical Library which was destroyed in the storms and flooding of July 2022 that wreaked havoc throughout Appalachia.
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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