Performance Opportunity in Knoxville TN

Sundress Reading Series Seeks Readers for Spring 2023

From February to May of 2023, the Sundress Reading Series will be back in person at their new venue, Pretentious Beer Co. in the Knoxville Old City. They now feature comedy and music alongside literary readings! 

The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series previously hosted on-ground in Knoxville, TN, just miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. An extension of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Sundress Reading Series features nationally recognized writers and performers from around the US while also supporting local and regional nonprofits. 

Their events will take place the last Sunday of every month from 1-3PM EST. The spring series will take place on February 26, March 26, April 30, and May 28. 

Performers will receive publicity across Sundress Publications’ social media channels in the lead up to their event, an opportunity to sell books and music, and a $100 honorarium. 

They are currently seeking readers and musicians for their series with an emphasis on marginalized voices; please note in your cover letter if you identify as a person of color, a trans and/or nonbinary writer, and/or a writer with a disability. 

To apply to perform, send 6-8 pages of poetry, 8-15 pages of prose or a 5-10 minute clip of your musical performance (either as a video or sound file). You will also need to include a 50-100 word bio, CV (optional), and a ranking of preferred reading dates to Please make sure the subject line reads “Reading Series Application – Your Name.” 

Applications to participate as a performer are open and the deadline to apply is December 1st, 2022. Those selected will be notified by early January. 

To find out more or to view some of their past performers and schedules, visit

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