Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Sundress Academy for the Arts: May Reading Series

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is pleased to announce the guests for the May installment of our virtual reading series. This event will take place on May 25, 2022 from 7-8 PM, on Zoom. Participants can access the event at with password “safta”.

Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her poetry has been published in Vinyl, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Hobart, and Blood Orange Review, among others. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the First Wave Program and Goldsmiths, University of London, she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Cornell University, where she teaches. Her debut poetry collection is Slack Tongue City, published in April with Sundress Publications. Berry’s poetry collection can be purchased a:

Riham Adly is a flash fiction writer from Giza, Egypt. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. In 2013 Riham won the Makan award and In 2020 her flash made it into the Best of the Net anthology. In 2022 she won second prize in the Strands International Flash Fiction Competition. Her fiction has appeared in over 50 online journals. Riham's collection "Love is Make-Believe" was released in Nov 2021 by Clarendon House Publications. She is the first African, Arab woman to have a flash fiction collection published in English. Purchase Adly’s work here:

Cavar is a PhD student, writer, and critically Mad transgender-about-town, and serves as managing editor at Stone of Madness Press and founding editor of swallow::tale press. Cavar's work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Disability Studies Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Offing, and elsewhere. Their third chapbook, OUT OF MIND & INTO BODY (2022) is available now from Ethel Press. Cavar lives online at and tweets @cavarsarah. Find Cavar’s most recent collection at this link:

Margot Douaihy, PhD, is the author of Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr (Clemson University Press, 2022) and the forthcoming crime novel Scorched Grace (Gillian Flynn Books, 2023), which is set to be adapted as a premium television series by Stone Village TV.
While this is a free event, donations can be made to the Sundress Academy for the Arts here:

Our community partner for May is Bridge Refugee Services, which is a nonprofit agency operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ inspiring journies. You can find more information and links to donate at

Facebook: SundressAcademyfortheArts
Twitter: @SundressPub

The Bird and the Book: Songs and Stories with Afton Wolfe

  • May 25, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Music

Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book continues its ongoing series of concerts and conversations with another free show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 with special guest Alton Wolfe. As always, this event offers an opportunity not only to share an intimate listening experience with the artists performing their songs in stripped down settings, but also to learn about the craft and creativity that goes into their music and performance.

The Bird & the Book is located at 1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN, below Southland Books and Cafe.

Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians.

Afton Wolfe is the essence of Mississippi. Born in McComb, and growing up in Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Greenville, Mississippi, the roots of American music are in his DNA. Mississippi is the birthplace of at least three American art forms: country music, blues music, and rock and roll. Meridian is the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, while the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, and the first rock n’ roll notes ever played according to intelligent music historians, came from Hattiesburg. Additionally, he spent his musically formative years in and around New Orleans, where the humidity of the Mississippi combined with the Cajun seasonings, the jazz, zydeco, creole, and gospel music and his Mississippi roots coalesce to add resonance and depth to his blues/country/rock influences. Check out one of Afton’s video

The Bird and the Book is one of Maryville’s newest venues for all kinds of entertainment. With a bar and food service, it’s the ideal place to gather with family and friends to enjoy an evening of informal entertainment.
Phone (865) 984-4847 or go to their website:

Lee Zimmerman is the host for Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book, which will take place the first Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, become a sponsor or to take part as an artist, please contact Lee Zimmerman by calling 786-863-3160 or via email at

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: Made for Knoxville LIVE

  • May 25, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Lecture, discussion, panel

Wed May 25, 6-7:30 PM: Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: Made for Knoxville LIVE

We're bringing our #MadeforKnoxville project live and in-person! Join us at River & Rail Theatre Co. for an evening of conversation with a few of Knoxville's finest entrepreneurs, who will speak about their biggest “big pivot moments” that led them to start their own thing – or led them to make a big change as an entrepreneur, artist, and founder. Think a high-energy mix of TED, MOTH, and PechaKucha all rolled into one, with colorful conversations and audience questions throughout the evening. Speakers: Matthew Cummings | Founder of Pretentious Beer + Glass Co.; Eugenia Almeida | Founder of A New Hue; Dr. Angelique Adams | Author, Career Mentor, and Coach; Kandis Troutman | Chief Consulting Officer at The Creative Architect, LLC. Free, registration requested. At River & Rail Theatre Company, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.