Sundress Academy for the Arts Presents “Finding an Appetite: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Food Writing”

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is proud to present the next installment of their workshop series, “Finding an Appetite: Poetry Creative Nonfiction, and Food Writing.”  This workshop will be led by Katie Culligan and will be held in Room 252 in the Hodges Library from 6 to 7 pm on October 28th. This event is free and open to the public.

Mark Twain said, “Part of the secret of success is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” When we begin to consider this active role that food plays in our lives and bodies, we must think about the senses, the land we live on, our families, both nuclear and national, and the labor-system-latticework we all must somehow live in the cracks of. In this workshop, we will investigate together how these considerations, and how food writing in general, can enrich your personal essays and poetry. If you’ve ever grown a mint plant in your kitchen, or waited a table, or eaten a hot dog that your mother cut up to look like an octopus, then you have enough to write about for the foreseeable future. Writers we read together will include those who specialize in both journalism and lyric nonfiction. We will not be reading Mark Twain.

Katie Culligan is a nonfiction writer living in Knoxville, TN, where she is the Fall 2019 Writer in Residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2019 Eleanora Burke Award for Nonfiction and the Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. Recent work appears in Geometry, Noble/ Gas Qtrly, Columbia Journal, American Chordata, and others. She can be reached at

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in East Tennessee.

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.