Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents April Reading Series

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the March installment of our reading series. This event will take place on Sunday, April 30th at Pretentious Beer Co. from 1:00-3:00PM.

Picture of Kimberly Ann Southwick

Kimberly Ann Southwick (she/her/hers) is the founder & editor in chief of the literary-arts journal Gigantic Sequins, which has been in print since 2009. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Orchid Alpha is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press this year. She is an Assistant Professor specializing in Poetry and Creative Writing at Jacksonville State University. Currently, she lives and writes in Saks, Alabama, with her daughter, Esmé, and their dog Nova.

Picture of Sam Herschel Wein

Sam Herschel Wein (he/they) is a lollygagging plum of a poet who specializes in perpetual frolicking. A 2022 Pushcart Prize winner, their third chapbook, Butt Stuff Flower Bush, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. He co-founded and edits Underblong and is poetry co-editor for Grist Journal. They have work forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Diode Editions, among others.

Picture of Miriam Kirk

Miriam Kirk is an up and coming stand-up comedian hailing from Nashville, TN. Her quick witted observational style and dynamic stage presence captivate young and old audiences alike. She was recently voted Third Coast Comedy Club’s Comedian of the Year. Home to regional and national talents such as Laura Peek, Brad Sative, Allison Summers, and SNL’s KC Shornima. When Miriam isn’t on stage you can find her losing out on Nike’s sneaker app, winning connect four or really any board-game against her nieces and nephew or taking a nap.

Picture of Jorden Albright

Jorden Albright is a Knoxville, TN-based singer and producer boasting a musical style affectionately described as “bisexual bedroom pop.” While her discography of dreamy synth melodies and ambient vocals largely falls under the electropop umbrella, it features a fusion of genres including house, hip-hop, and indie rock.

This month our community partner for April is the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF). ACF funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. We work to build a sustainable base of resources in order to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, disability, and the environment. As a community-controlled fund, ACF aims to expand and strengthen movements for social change—to change systems and institutions—by leveraging our collective power. Find out more about the work ACF does here!

This event is brought to you in part by a grant provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Find out about the important work they do here.

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