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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

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