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Sundress Academy for the Arts To Host 2024 Virtual Poetry Retreat

Sundress Academy for the Arts To Host 2024 Virtual Poetry Retreat

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is thrilled to announce its 2024 Poetry Retreat, which runs from June 1-2, 2024. For the first time ever, this event will be entirely virtual held via Zoom.  All SAFTA retreats focus on generative writing, and this year’s retreat will also include the following craft talk sessions: “Let’s Talk About Prose Poems” and “Third Space Grief: The (Written) Performance of Intersectional Mourning.”  

The event will be open to poets of all backgrounds and experience levels and provide an opportunity to work with many talented authors and poets from around the country, including workshop leaders Jose Hernandez Diaz, Sarah A. Chavez, and keynote speaker Barbara Fant.

Jose Hernandez Diaz

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020) Bad Mexican, Bad American (Acre Books, 2024) The Parachutist (Sundress Publications, 2025) and Portrait of the Artist as a Brown Man (Red Hen Press, 2025). He has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The London Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Iowa Review, Huizache, Círculo de Poesía, Periódico de Poesía, The Missouri Review, Epoch Magazine, The Nation, Poetry, The Progressive,, The Southern Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He teaches at the University of California at Riverside and for Hugo House, Lighthouse Writers Workshops, and The Writer’s Center. Additionally, he serves as a Poetry Mentor in The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

Sarah A. Chavez, a California mestiza living in the PNW, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications), All Day, Talking (dancing girl press), like everything else we loved, (Porkbelly Press) and Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole (Ravenna Press’ Triple Series). Recent writing projects have received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award, as well as residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Macondo Writers Workshop, and The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow. Her new project, In the Face of Mourning was awarded a 2023 Scholarship & Research grant from the University of Washington Tacoma’s (UWT) School for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Chavez teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses and serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology.

Barbara Fant has been writing and performing for over 15 years. She competed in 9 National  Poetry Slam competitions, and she is a World Poetry Slam finalist. She is the author of two  poetry collections, Paint, Inside Out (2010) and Mouths of Garden (2022). Her work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets, Electric Literature, McNeese Review, The Ohio  State University Press, Button Poetry, and Def Poetry Jam, amongst others. She has received  residencies in Havana, Cuba and Senegal, West Africa. For over 12 years, she had led healing informed poetry workshops for both youth and adults who are incarcerated, those in community,  adults in recovery, and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She is certified as  a Healing Centered Engagement specialist and holds both an MFA in Poetry and a Master of  Theology. She is the founder of the Black Women Rise Poetry Collective and co-founder of The Senghor Project, West African International Artist Residency, and co-founder of We THRIVE Healing and Arts Collective.

The total cost of attendance is $75. Space at this workshop may be limited, so please reserve your place today at:

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