Meet Our New Editorial Intern: Bridget Sellers


Hey there!

My name is Bridget and I am a 5’6 freckled beanpole, born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I am currently studying to get my B.A. in English at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After I finish my undergraduate degree I hope to get my Ph.D. in literature, travel as much of the world as I can, and finally settle down in an off-the-grid tiny house with a field of wildflowers for a lawn.

My central interest is contemporary poetry— I have this theory that poetry is the best media format for giving people a voice in the world today. I’m also very interested the post-postmodernism debate and the interaction between contemporary poetry and translation studies. I write my own poetry but so far have been too much of a wimp to submit anywhere. My work can be found at my Poetry in Progress blog. My favorite poetry anthologies I own are The Poetry of Our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Haikus in English: The First Hundred Years, and I Love Roses When They’re Past Their Best. At present, my favorite novel is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

When not writing or reading, I love to absorb media in other formats, including cinema, animation, theatre, visual art, and video games. I also like to travel to new places, roll around in the outdoors, take deep and fulfilling naps, and pet every cat I see.

I am delighted to join Sundress as an editorial intern so I can not only give my best effort to an incredible organization but also grow and learn as part of this community.


Bridget Sellers is a faerie child and a junior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville majoring in English with concentrations in Literature, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing. She has also studied at the University of Urbino in Italy and The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. A burgeoning poet and literary scholar, she published her first paper on contemporary poetry last spring  in the UT journal,

Meet our new editorial intern, Bradi Musil


I’m Bradi, and I am one of the new Sundress Academy for the Arts‘ Editorial Interns this summer.

People who know me well will tell you I question everything, smirk far more than is necessary or appropriate and am way shorter than I look at first glance. Although I typically prefer reading works of contemporary fiction, I’ve found that I gravitate toward producing nonfiction pieces. Working primarily in journalism for the past three years, I have published over 130 articles for the University of Tennessee’s newspaper, The Daily Beacon. I focus my work on investigating and covering social justice issues, paying special attention to women’s health and empowerment and criminal justice reform.

Ultimately, my dream is so use my skills and passion for writing to promote social change. I believe that the written word is immeasurably powerful when used with intent, and that’s why I love Sundress Publications.

When I’m not writing, you can usually find me snuggling with my dog, Gregg Norman, drinking the wine he was named after, or re-reading Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves for the one-hundredth time.  I really love getting to share ideas with other creatives, and my favorite thing of all is getting to tell someone’s unique story.


Bradi Musil is a senior English and Criminology student at the University of Tennessee, but she spends most of her time boarded up in the student newspaper, The Daily Beacon’s, office, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. She has written over 130 pieces for publication and edited twice that many. Bradi also works as an interviewer for the Planned Parenthood “Tennessee Stories Project” that tells the stories of East Tennessee women who have been affected by abortion.  What Bradi loves more than writing is getting to work with other writers who share her passion for producing work that pushes people out of their comfort zone and forces them to consider the uncomfortable realities of an unequal, unjust society. 

Meet Our New Editorial Intern: Hunter Parsons


I come from a small city swallowed by larger suburbs. Clawson, Michigan is two square miles that is often mistaken for some other town located in the hub of the Metro Detroit area. Growing up, I spent my summers buying stale licorice ropes and Green Apple Jones Soda from the gas station around the corner, roller skating at the rink down the street, and sitting on my porch writing stories and poems in my journals.

When my location changed to Kalamazoo, Michigan to attend college, not much about my small town personality was altered. I still asked random people on the street if I could pet their dogs, I found quiet places in Kalamazoo to write, and became obsessed with fairy lights, baking, and caring for air plants.

I have been a writing consultant in my college’s writing center for three years, a teacher’s assistant for creative writing classes, co-taught a course on pedagogy, assisted in selecting works of fiction for my college’s literary magazine, The Cauldron, and have been published in zines such as This Heart is Homebound.10846333_10152906125364421_913962029239935187_n

This summer, I’ll be graduating from Kalamazoo College with a BA in English with a writing emphasis and will trek back to Metro Detroit with poetry books, a tiny plant army, and a collection of too many coffee cups. I hope that being home and without roller skates, I’ll be prompted to apply to graduate schools to pursue an MFA in poetry.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to work for Sundress Publications as Editorial Intern!

Hunter Parsons is a senior at Kalamazoo College pursuing a degree in English with a writing emphasis. She has been published in The Cauldron, Kalamazoo College’s literary magazine, and is being mentored by poet Diane Seuss. When she’s not writing, being a plant mom, or advocating for young women’s self esteem, Hunter is baking and organizing her ever-growing make-up collection. 

Meet Our New Editorial Intern: Kate Belew!

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When I’m not writing I love to dance, travel, go to concerts, hula hoop, and read tarot cards. My dog Rosie is possibly my best friend, and pizza is a staple in my diet.

I was raised in the small town of Marshall, Michigan. Marshall is so small that I can’t go anywhere without knowing someone, but outside of Marshall I would have to show others where I’m from using the palm of my hand held up to represent the mitten. It’s a Michigan thing…

As soon as I had a car I began spending time in Kalamazoo where I now attend college and study poetry with Diane Seuss at Kalamazoo College. I plan to graduate next summer with a degree in English and a minor in Psychology. I live in a big blue house at the bottom of campus with six girls that also attend Kalamazoo College. In my spare time, I intern at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for their reading series, and co-edit The Cauldron, which is the literary journal at my school.

I began to write in third grade and it has since taken me everywhere from interning in New York City at Poets House and the National Book Critics Circle to studying in abroad in Madrid, Spain with a woman named Dora who spoke zero English and didn’t believe in the internet. Two summers ago, I spent a few months in the woods as a writing fellow at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Kalamazoo. This summer I taught children poetry through the words of Pablo Neruda and Shel Silverstein in workshops held at the public library in my hometown of Marshall.

I believe that poetry is a vessel for communication and human expression. I am so grateful that poetry has now brought me to Sundress as an editorial intern.

In the nearby future (after I graduate), I hope to move somewhere new and hopefully continue my writing career teaching poetry workshops before someday pursuing my MFA in poetry.

Kate Belew is a student of Poetry at Kalamazoo College where she studies with poet Diane Seuss. She interns with the reading series at The Kalamazoo Book Center, and received the Nature in Words Fellowship at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute where wrote in the woods all summer. She has been published in journals such as The Minetta Review, Collision Literary Magazine, and Cliterature. When she’s not writing she’s dancing, hula hooping, or reading tarot cards. She is a firm believer in duende.

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.