Sundress Publications Staff to Present at The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forest

Sundress Publications’ own Megan Cass, Samantha Edmonds, and Saba Syed Razvi will present Surprise, Strangeness, and Story on October 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm EST during The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forrest, a virtual fiction writing conference. 

Meagan Cass is Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications and Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Springfield. She won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for her story, “AcitvAmerica.” Some of her other stories were published in Joyland, DIAGRAM, andMississippi Review, among others. Cass holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Samantha Edmonds, a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Missouri, is Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications. She is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think Soand The Space Poet. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York TimesGay MagazineNinth LetterMichigan Quarterly Review, and The Rumpus.

Saba Syed Razvi is Associate Fiction Editor at Sundress Publications and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She holds aPhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Razvi is the author of In the Crocodile Gardens and heliophobia and several chapbooks, including Limerence & Lux, and Beyond the Harem’s Veil

The Plot Summit is centered around staying confident while writing your first draft, building mystery, developing characters, structuring your tale around revelations, and earning your ending. The final day will include sessions on how to build your audience and market your book. 

Register by Wednesday for a chance to win a FREE all-access pass!

Free registration includes full workshop attendance and replay access for 24 hours. Registrants can purchase a Plot Pass for unlimited replay access. 

Project Bookshelf: Mari Hailu

Mari's Bookshelf

What’s On Mari Hailu’s Bookshelf?

  • Greek Mythology: This is a large category, I know. Right now, I am working on Ovid’s Metomorphoses, and The Aeneid is next on my list.
  • Poetry Collections: I like to really get in the head of a poet, so I prefer small collections rather than anthologies. My favorites right now include I hope it’s not over and good-by by Everette Maddox, Seam by Tarfia Faizullah, and Wolf Face by Matt Hart. A few poets who have influenced me greatly and are not on that list are Rumi (especially “Music Master”), W.H. Auden (especially “As I Walked Out One Evening”) and Frank O’Hara (especially “Why I Am Not A Painter”). Auden’s poem is one that I read in high school, and is largely responsible for my decision to study poetry in college. I will never get over the line, “The glacier knocked in the cupboard.”
  • For my story fix, right now I am reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. It is not on my bookshelf because I keep it in my car to try and read snippets during my breaks at work. I am also reading a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri entitled Unaccustomed Earth.
  • This list could go on forever, to which I am sure you can relate, but I will stop there!
  • *The picture is of my favorite bookshelf. I made it the summer I moved into this apartment.

Mari Hailu is a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Creative Writing. She enjoys writing of all kinds, but poetry is her true love. She lives and works in Dallas, and plans to pursue her MFA in poetry in the near future. Her hobbies include running, and playing upright bass with various groups of musicians in the Dallas area.