Pen to Podium: The SAFTA Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series that was held for a time at Lawson McGhee Library. Writers from all over the country are invited to visit and read from their work. Past performers have included Ada Limón, James Arthur, Emilia Phillips, Karen Skolfield, Amy Wright, Michael Robins, Jan LaPerle, Marilyn Kallet, T.A. Noonan, Darren C. Demaree, Joseph Bathanti, Kevin Brown, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and Leigh Anne Hornfeldt.
Sundress Academy for the Arts is a nonprofit artists' retreat located at Firefly Farms, a 45-acre farm in Knoxville.