Meet Our New Editorial Intern, Chelsea Faulkner!


Hello, all! My name is Chelsea Faulkner and I am honored and ecstatic to be working as an editorial intern with Sundress this summer under the wings of some of the greatest creative minds Knoxville has to offer. At the end of this summer, August 16th to be exact, I will turn twenty-five years old—that’s a quarter of a century in case you were wondering. While many twenty-five year olds are starting their careers or even families, I will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in English Literature from The University of Tennessee and slowly dipping my toes into the terrifying pool of adulthood.

I am a non-traditional student. I have attended three different colleges and switched majors multiple times, yet I would not change one moment of my journey. Looking back now, it is fascinating to see how every failure and every altered course played a role in shaping the person and student I am now. In December, when I finally walk across the stage to receive my diploma, I imagine I will feel like I’m standing at the edge of a spectacular precipice, filled with the joy and sense of accomplishment that accompanies a long, difficult hike.

I love trying new things and meeting people and, therefore, I possess a long list of hobbies. I like to sing and play my guitar and can often be found stretching my vocal chords at Toot’s Karaoke on the weekends after a few drinks. My parents always hoped I would become famous, but I am unfortunately plagued by terrible stage fright. I also marched in The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band Colorguard for four wonderful years and made some incredible memories—and went to a lot of football games. Additionally, I love to craft, decorate, and garden and I am constantly working on one new project or another. Needless to say, I stay busy!

But, above all, I love to read. Any book lover can relate when I say that every time I buy a new book, it feels like Christmas morning. A love of literature is one that never fades and I hope to find a career that allows me to hone and share my literary enthusiasm. Therefore, I am anxious to start my new adventure at Sundress and surround myself with individuals who also maintain a passion for the artistry of the English language.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”


Chelsea Faulkner is an undergraduate senior at The University of Tennessee majoring in English Literature. One of her greatest college experiences has been marching with The Pride of the Southland Band Colorguard from 2009-2012, in which she served as both squad leader and captain. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, she possesses passions for reading, crafting, and bluegrass music. Chelsea hopes to one day find a job that will incorporate all three of those things. Until then, she spends her time collecting books, singing, arranging flowers, and decorating her tiny apartment.