SAFTA & Friends Present: A First Friday Variety Show

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present a First Friday Variety Show on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 7-9PM at The Casual Pint, Downtown. This free event, hosted by JoAnna Brooker, will feature musicians Redd Daugherty and Ryan Dunaway, poets Brynn Martin and Summer Awad, and comedians Ana Tantaris, Clinton Ricks, and Emaleigh Kierstin.

There will be raffle drawings to win a six-pack provided by the Pint, koozies, and Sundress Publications titles, and there will be a donation jar by the bar in support of Sundress. A portion of the sales of Miller Lite drafts during the event will be donated to Sundress Academy for the Arts.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is a writer’s residency that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers in all genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, academic writing, playwriting, and more. All are guided by experienced instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the literary arts in East Tennessee.

So come by and check it out on February 7, 2020 from 7-9PM at The Casual Pint, Downtown

SAFTA to Host National Poetry Month Festival

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Sundress Academy for the Arts and Friends Present
2015 National Poetry Month Festival

Join the Sundress Academy for the Arts and other local poetry organizations for a day-long festival that will feature readings, writing workshops, a children’s story hour, open mic, and more, all to celebrate National Poetry Month! The event will be held at the Knoxville Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 8029 Kingston Pike from 10:00AM to 6:00PM on April 25, 2015.

Writers and performers from the Knoxville Poetry Slam, Poets and Po Boys, the 5th Woman Poetry Slam, and the University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program will join SAFTA for the poetry readings, which are scheduled throughout the day. Come join the best of Knoxville’s passionate poets and writers to celebrate and support the arts in East Tennessee with Sundress Publications!

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The schedule is as follows:
10-11: Meet & Greet with SAFTA Staff
11-12: Children’s Story Hour (Stuck by Oliver Jeffers)
12-1: Teen Workshop
1-2: UT Creative Writing Program Reading
2-3: Knoxville Poetry Slam Event
3-4: Open Poetry Workshop
4-5: Poets and Po Boys & 5th Women Poetry Slam Reading
5-6: Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading & Open Mic

A percentage of Barnes and Noble sales for the day will be donated to Sundress Publications, a local 501(c)3 literary publisher and the parent organization for the Sundress Academy for the Arts.