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The Sundress Academy for the Arts is thrilled to announce its Summer Poetry Writing Retreat, which runs from Friday, May 26th to Sunday, May 28th, 2017. The three-day, two-night camping retreat will be held at SAFTA's own Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's retreat will focus on generative poetry writing and include break-out sessions on writing the body, the art of telling, kicking writer's block, publishing, and more.
A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site amenities for $250. Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are available to rent for $25. Payment plans are available if you reserve by March 31, 2017.
The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published fiction writers from around the country, including Chen Chen and Emilia Phillips.
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, selected by Jericho Brown for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. Chen's work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. His work has been recognized by nine Pushcart Prize nominations and by fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.
Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She received StoryQuarterly's 2015 Nonfiction Prize, The Journal's 2012 Poetry Prize, as well as the 2013-2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship from Gettysburg College and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary University. With her third poetry collection Empty Clip now completed, Phillips is at work on new poems, a collection of lyric essays titled Wound Revisions and Offset: A Poetry Broadside Digitization Project.
This year, we have one full scholarship available for the retreat as well as limited 20% scholarships for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, send a packet of no more than (8) pages of poetry along with a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop to Erin Elizabeth Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in April.
Space at this workshop is limited to 15 writers, so reserve your place today at: