OUTSpoken is a second-year program from the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) that will take place in Summer 2015. Our goal is to create a platform for the LGBTQ+ community of Knoxville, Tennessee, and its surrounding areas to record and perform the experiences of sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South.
Registration for the OUTSpoken workshop series is now open. On-site participants will be a part of three workshops over the course of three months in order to create, edit, and produce a piece of art to be performed during SAFTA’s OUTSpoken events in Summer 2015. Workshop attendees will work with professionals in performance, prose, and poetry to compose and tell their own stories.
Workshops will be held on January 17th, February 21st, and March 28th, 2015 and run from 1PM to 3PM at the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Cost for the workshop is $25 for one, $45 for two, or $60 for all three. (Participants who attend at least two on-site workshops will be eligible to perform their piece at the OUTSpoken events later in the year.) Scholarship applications are also available on our website.
As LGBTQ issues gain greater visibility, it is crucial that we explore the complexities of sex and gender diversity respectfully. That said, we realize that unity cannot and must not be silent, and that in order to create a meaningful dialogue, we must acknowledge and listen to the stories, experiences, grievances, arguments, and counterarguments of all sex- and gender-diverse persons.
Danny M. Hoey, Jr.’s first novel, The Butterfly Lady, published by Flaming Giblet Press, is Foreword Review’s 2013 Bronze Winner in the Gay & Lesbian category.
The IndieFab Awards are hosted each year by Foreword Reviews, a prestigious review magazine dedicated to discovering the latest indie books. Over 100 librarians and booksellers make up the panel of judges who select the best of the best from the contestant pool, and within each of the 62 genre categories, only 3 awards are given: gold, silver, and bronze. Prizes for the winners include cash, a celebratory conference given by American Library Association, and national recognition.
For fifteen years, Foreword Review’s IndieFab Book of the Year Awards have been calling attention to the literary achievements of the nation’s independent publishers, with the goal of recognizing the best indie works. Any indie author with a newly released, independently published novel may enter the contest—even eBooks are eligible—so obtaining an award truly signifies literary excellence. Besides simply excellence, the judges also look for how a book adds value to its genre and if the publication is of quality, which gives credit not only to the author but to the independent publisher as well.
Flaming Giblet Press and Sundress Publications would like to congratulate Danny M. Hoey, Jr. on receiving this fabulous honor. Hoey is an Ohio native currently residing in Florida and has had stories published in Women in Redzine, Mandala Journal, African Voices Magazine, Warpland, and SNReview.com. The Butterfly Lady is his first novel.
An imprint of Sundress Publications, a women-friendly publication group founded in 2000, Flaming Giblet Press specializes in prose, cross-genre, experimental, and otherwise unclassifiable texts.
Knoxville, TN — OUTSpoken is a new program from the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA). The goal of this program is to create a platform for the LGBTQ community in Knoxville and surrounding areas to record and perform the experiences of sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South.
OUTSpoken will begin with a series of writing workshops, where community members will develop their experiences into poems, monologues, narratives, or other literary forms. These pieces will then be revised and eventually performed in a staged reading. Artists from all over can also submit poetry or prose submissions, as well as video submissions of a monologue or film, online.
The workshops, which will run monthly from February through April, will be held at the organization’s headquarters, Firefly Farms, in Knoxville. These workshops will culminate in a staged reading in June 2014, showcasing the works of a wide range of individuals, including those whose experiences demonstrate intersectional issues. Participants will have the option of working with actors to bring their writing to life or performing their writing themselves.
As LGBTQ issues gain greater visibility, it is crucial that we explore the complexities of sex and gender diversity respectfully. In order to create a meaningful dialogue, we must acknowledge and listen to the stories, experiences, grievances, arguments, and counterarguments of all sex- and gender-diverse persons. It is our sincerest hope that this project will illuminate the struggles of Southern LGBTQ persons and celebrate sex and gender diversity in East Tennessee and beyond.