Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents January Poetry Xfit

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present Poetry Xfit hosted by JoAnna Brooker. This generative writing event will take place on Sunday, January 22nd from 2 to 4 pm EST via Zoom. Join us at the link tiny.utk.edu/sundress with password “safta”.

Poetry Xfit isn’t about throwing tires or heavy ropes, but the idea of confusing our muscles is the same. This generative workshop series will give you prompts, rules, obstructions, and more to write three poems in two hours. Writers will write together for thirty minutes, be invited to share new work, and then given a new set of prompts. The idea isn’t that we are writing perfect final drafts, but instead creating clay that can then be edited and turned into art later. Prose writers are also welcome to attend!

JoAnna Brooker is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she studied Journalism & English. They were the 2021-2022 Sundress Academy for the Arts Writer in Residence, & their work has been featured in Lunch Ticket, Figure 1, Jet Fuel Review, & on stage as a standup comic. She can be found on all social media platforms @cupofjoanna.

While this is a free event, donations can be made to the Sundress Academy for the Arts here: https://sundress-publications.square.site/product/donate-to-sundress/107?cs=true

Each month we split any Xfit donations with our community partner. Our community partner for January is Indigenous Nations Poets (In-Na-Po)! In-Na-Po is a national Indigenous poetry community founded in 2020 committed to mentoring emerging writers, nurturing the growth of Indigenous poetic practices, and raising the visibility of all Native Writers past, present, and future. In-Na-Po recognizes the role of poetry in sustaining tribal sovereign nations and Native languages. In April 2022, they offered a week-long mentoring retreat for sixteen emerging poets at the Library of Congress in collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and they are currently fundraising for their second annual mentorship retreat this spring. https://www.indigenousnationspoets.org/

To donate directly to Indigenous Nations Poets, please check out https://www.indigenousnationspoets.org/donate

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