OCTOBER 31, 2020 POETRY IN THE BOO!

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Happy Halloween! Pull those skeletons out of your closets, dig up the bodies in the backyard, gather your ghosts, brandish those broomsticks and polish up your linguistic tricks, it’s Poetry in the Boo! Be it spooky or campy or solemn, supernatural or the mundane macabre, bring us your Ravens, Jabberwockies, and Nightmares come to life through poetic craft. You are also welcome to treat us to poetry that is decidedly not on theme. Costumes are optional and encouraged.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. Each poet has 4 minutes to share their words. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

If there is enough time after the first round, we will invoke a Snap Round. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 31.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054
Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo for running the zoom.

Here’s a video of the Oct. 24 open mic, with poets performing from Australia, Canada, the UK, and across the States.

OCTOBER 24, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. Each poet has 4 minutes to share their words. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

If there is enough time after the first round, we will invoke a Snap Round. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 24.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054?pwd=bHY1WWFGOVIvYUFLMGZOQmxDRjFSdz09
Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo for running the zoom.

OCTOBER 17, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. Each poet has 4 minutes to share their words. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

If there is enough time after the first round, we will invoke a Snap Round. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 17.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8590744728
Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo for running the zoom.

This past Saturday we welcomed 37 readers on the mic—morning, evening, and midnight poets alike. As our community grows, we embrace this opportunity to connect with new and returning visitors. We love to hear from everyone who wants a turn on the mic. While we may not have time for a Snap Round at the end of every night, we’re planning a special show on the 2nd Saturday of each month starting in November. Nov. 14, we’ll dedicate our open mic session to Snap Poetry, in addition to inviting two poets to perform feature sets.

OCTOBER 10, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. Each poet has 4 minutes to share their words. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

If there is enough time after the first round, we will invoke a Snap Round. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 10.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Also check out this online open mic hosted by They Call Me Mitch, based in San Francisco. Show up to sign up on Friday, October 9, from 9pm till midnight CT (7-10pm PT). Click here to access the zoom and catch PitB host Christine Hall performing a feature set.

On Saturday afternoon, we’re hosting a watch party for Say It Louder: Time for Change on our Facebook page. Tune into the livestream 3-5:30 pm CT on October 10. An international poetry event, Say It Louder includes a panel discussion about Black Lives Matter and what an ideal community would look like, followed by an open mic.

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the PitB zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

OCTOBER 3, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 3.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Special thanks to Jo Collins for filling in as zoom moderator this past Saturday and next as Kayla Sue Bruyn is away on creative pursuits. Wishing all an energizing and artistically engaging week. See you Saturday!

SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 26.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

Catch this past Saturday’s Brew if you missed the livestream or want to relive it:

Watch on our Facebook page

SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 19.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 12.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

We had a rousing and rollicking night of poetry this past Saturday, with many astounding new voices, and stellar offerings from poets who delight us with their return visits. The reading streamed live on our Facebook page and is available to watch at your leisure.

September 5, 2020 Poetry in the Brew

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 5.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

Another round of enthusiastic thanks to the poets who joined us for Isolation: An Online Poetry Event last Saturday, and all who connected to share in this moving experience. The video is available for viewing anytime on our Facebook page.

Watch the video of our Aug. 29 Isolation reading

AUGUST 29, 2020—ISOLATION: An Online Poetry Event

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graphics by Kayla Bruyn

Poetry in the Brew presents Isolation: An Online Poetry Event, streaming live on Facebook 6-8 PM CDT August 29. Our aim is to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental unrest and suicide in the wake of Covid-19.

Poet Kayla Bruyn has conceived and curated this reading to inspire and unite us in the call for a better tomorrow. We feel as artists it is our duty to shed light on difficult topics and provide inspiration to push through these trying times. We hope we can help equip people to keep pushing for a better tomorrow by pairing art with a toolkit.

Lifelong artist and creative beacon Huxley King, who recently embarked on a path putting her talents to therapeutic use in the mental healthcare field, will emcee our event. She will share some helpful practices we can all employ. Poets will perform from around the world—the US, UK, Australia, and Pakistan—with featured readings by:
Meg Smith
Scott Coe
Finlay Hall
Fizza Abbas
Kenny Rae
Gregory Lannom
Carolyn Connolly
Gregory Slade
Henry L Jones
Donna Whitney
Caroline Burrows
Noel Marie Blackmire
Dane Ince
Ross Donlon
Franchesa Kirkpatrick
Joanna Collins
Christine Hall
Jonah Eller-Isaacs
Kayla Sue Bruyn

We invite you to tune in this Saturday! Regular poetry readings will resume September 5, and all poets who wish to connect are welcome to sign up for our weekly open mic.

AUGUST 22, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We share our poems in rounds. First round, each poet gets 4 minutes. Second and any subsequent rounds are Snap Poems under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. We cannot wait to hear your words! 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 22.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork in appreciation of her work.

AUGUST 15, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. A Snap Poetry round may be invoked as need or desire manifests.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 15.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

If you’ve been feeling the isolation, the need for reprieve, the yearning to connect and share poetry, please consider being part of our Isolation livestream reading August 29. Submissions are due by August 14, Friday of this week.

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn, who manages our zoom and had the beautiful inspiration to dedicate the August 29th reading to mental health. Making art and gathering in support of one another’s expressions is helpful for many of us, as is expanding our understanding of different perspectives, experiences, and practices.

2020 Tomato Art Fest Haiku Contest Winners

Thanks to all our entrants for a rousing round of tomato poetry this year! Congrats to the winning poets for producing an especially luscious crop! Happy Tomato Fest, everybody!

HEIRLOOMS:

1. Scott Coe
(Untitled)

Sun ripe tomatoes
A warm yellow star mother
Gives birth to red dwarfs

2. Franchesa Kirkpatrick
🍅 Blood Count 🍅

Pick a tomato
Count the seeds and save them now
Lick the juice it bleeds

3. Judy Takats
“Irreplaceable”

I am free to be
fruit, umami, berry, green
irreplaceable

Honorable Mention: Željko Vojković
“Taste of island Vis”

salted sardine cake
with tomato and onion
taste of island Vis

FUNNIES:

1. Roslyn Mize
“Bloody Bloody Mary”

One tomato ran
Two tomatoes tried to hide
Three tomatoes died

2. Heather Liddington
“Southern Lady”

A tasteful red dress,
Jaunty green hat perched on top
Eat me with respect.

3. Zach Blair and Kat Brick
“The Attitude”

Don’t mind those carrots.
Embrace your curvy red ass.
Perfectly juicy.

Honorable Mention: Nick Bush
“SCIENCE OF CONDIMENTS”

Just 12 chromosomes
of solanaceous species,
seeds lovely ketchup

ODDITIES:

1. Nick Bush
“A LITIGIOUS LIMMERICK”

There once was a fruit named tomato,
the culinary gift to chefs of th’world.
In the 1890s,
the Supreme Court said, “Sorry,
although you’re a flower you’re a vegetable.”

2. Joanna E. Collins
“Pop My Cherry Tomato”

I used to think about life in terms of firsts
The popping of my cherry tomato, filling my cheek with sweet juices and pulp
My first pizza-flavored kiss and the sun-dried aftertaste

But lately I’ve been chewing on the last time

The last time I touched the firm skin of a beefsteak
The last time I hurled rotten guts at your head as you walked out the door
Wondering if that really could have been
The Last Time

I waited all year for the treasures of your hot house
Only to be told they are now forbidden fruits
I’ll have to pluck from my own vines
Heirlooms that have softened since last year
Because tomatoes, too, know the passage of time

If I had grasped that the last time would be our Last Time
I would have swallowed your tomatoes whole. 

3. Michele Parker Randall
“If House”

I wish I had the balls
to dust with a leaf-blower;
when something breaks,

no struggle to pitch it.
If not a leaf-blower, then
a firehose—dishes done,

mopping and laundry, too.
If not a firehose, twin
tornadoes. Redistribution

of assets, fluffed towels,
and Juliette tomatoes left
for seed scattered to grow

wild. Fire seems farfetched.
And if it were to happen now,
who would believe it chance.

GREENHOUSE:

1. Selah Dowell, age 10
“TOMATOES, YEAH!”

Avocados, blah
Peas and corn sound a lot worse
Tomato stuff, yeah!

UNITER (NEW CATEGORY)
Awarded to a single poet for a winning mini-collection:

Megan Roggendorff 

“Brave”

Tornado wreckage
Can’t stop tomato blossoms.
Fear will not prevail.

“A Gift”

For from the terror
Of tempests, the Earth offers
A gift: love apples.

“Endure”

Last year a virus
Tried to kill my tomatoes.
I defeated it.

“Arise”

Arise, tomatoes!
Reach your vines through the hard earth
And find your sunshine.

AUGUST 8, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

This past week, 24 poets joined us from zones near and far, as Joanna Collins filled in for tech wiz Kayla Bruyn, who popped in to open the show from the road. For our 2nd round, we debuted Snap Poetry, wherein each shared a poem under 1 minute. An exhilarating time, the Snap Poems ranged from freestyle to haiku to cherry-picked snippets, eliciting such exuberant response we did a 3rd round. We’re dreaming up ideas for anthologies here at the Brew, and welcome input.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. A Snap Poetry round may be invoked as need or desire manifests.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 8.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your gratitude.

ISOLATION: An Online Poetry Event

Open call for submissions

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Calling all poets! 

Poetry in the Brew presents Isolation: An Online Poetry Event on August 29. Our aim is to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental unrest and suicide in the wake of covid-19. 

We are looking for poems that inspire and unite us in the call for a better tomorrow. All poets are invited to submit, and those selected will read their poetry during the zoom session, streaming live on Facebook 6-8 PM central August 29. 

We feel as artists it is our duty to shed light on difficult topics and provide inspiration to push through these trying times. We hope we can help equip people to keep pushing for a better tomorrow by pairing art with a toolkit.

Lifelong artist and creative beacon Huxley King, who recently embarked on a path putting her talents to therapeutic use in the mental healthcare field, will emcee our event. She will share some helpful practices we can all employ.

The deadline for submissions is August 14. Please send up to 4 poems in 1 email to poetryinthebrew@gmail.com. Include your stage name and pronouns as well as contact info. Thank you! 

AUGUST 1, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 1.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Our poetry group is a little different each week, with themes naturally emerging, and ever encouraging. Our appreciation for the poets who share their unique voices and perspectives, joining us from Tennessee, Maine, Texas, Scotland, Toronto, Ohio, England, California, and beyond. Thanks always to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom for us. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your gratitude.

JULY 25, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 25.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Super thankful for the magnificent poets who gather each week, both returning voices and new ones, sharing viewpoints from so many places. Thanks always to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom for us. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

JULY 18, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 18.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

TOMATO ART FEST 2020 HAIKU CONTEST

Tomato Haiku Contest

Tomato season approaches and the Tomato Art Fest Haiku Contest is open once again! Send us your tomato-inspired poems this month and winners will be announced online August 8.

HAIKU:  an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

Submit tomato-related haiku in classic 5-7-5 style.

Winners will be announced on Tomato Art Fest social platforms and app Saturday, August 8th. Prizes awarded for 1st place in each category:

  • Heirlooms (adults, ages 17 & up)
  • Greenhouse (youth, ages 16 & under)
  • Funnies (humor)
  • Oddities (limerick, sonnet, freeform, anything under 200 words)

Free to enter. Submit up to five entries.

Email entries to tomatohaikucontest@gmail.com by August 1st. 

Please include your name, age, contact number, and title of each submission. 

And, may all your creative pursuits bear delicious fruit this summer!

JULY 11, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Welcome to your weekly poetry infusion with the Brew. This past Saturday, readers joined from England, Ireland, Canada, and round the US, including Maine, New York, California, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee. It is a massive joy to hear poems from so many perspectives while we grow our understanding of one another, our world, and poetry itself. We’ll open the zoom session at 5:45pm on Saturdays to allow everyone to arrive and say hello before the reading begins at 6pm.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until about 8:00 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.
Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 11.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

JULY 4, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. We open with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until about 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.
Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 4. Join us on zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

JUNE 27, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. We open with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until about 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.
Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 27. Join us on zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279
Watch this past Saturday’s Black Voices Matter: Poems of Protest event here.

So many thanks to Kayla Bruyn for running tech. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

BLACK VOICES MATTER: LIVESTREAM POETRY EVENT

Black Voices Matter: Poems of Protest
—Streaming on Facebook Live June 20th/6-8PM Central—
(graphic art by Shondell McFall @the_electric_lotus)

Black Voices Matter: Poems of Protest will livestream on Facebook Saturday, June 20th, 6-8 PM central. The event features performances from 16 poets who helped define Nashville’s literary and spoken word community with their extraordinary work and leadership:

*Nick Bush (emcee, @nickxbush)

*Caroline Randall Williams (Lucy Negro, Redux, Third Man Books)

*Dr. Destiny O. Birdsong (Negotiations, forthcoming from Tin House Books)

*Khaya Northcross (Southern Word)

*Henry L. Jones (Art Wire Fellow of The Porch Writers Collective & OZ Arts Center of Nashville)

*Tiana Clark (I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, University of Pittsburgh Press)

*Ciona Rouse (Vantablack, Third Man Books)

*K. H. A. O. S. (Gideon’s Army)

*MAMA (Po’ Boys & Poets)

*C.A. Williams (@cawilliamspoet)

*Kat Marsh (http://www.lrdrkat.com/)

*Christian Collier (Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, 2015)

*Sommer Jade (https://thehtelife.wordpress.com)

*Frank “Frizzy” Sykes (https://frizzyproductions.com)

*Shondell (@the_electric_lotus)

*Jasmine Dominique (https://www.jasminedominique.com)

Co-sponsors Poetry in the Brew and Poetry in the Boro will share the livestream event on their Facebook pages.

Black Voices Matter requests donations to BLM Nashville (https://www.paypal.me/BlackLivesMatterNash), Gideon’s Army (https://donorbox.org/gideonsarmy), and Southerners on New Ground (https://database.southernersonnewground.org/donate).

JUNE 13, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Sign up to read on the open mic. We start with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.

Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 13. Join us on zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks always to Kayla Bruyn for managing all things zoom.

JUNE 6, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

First, I invite you to read this article, 25 Black Poets For Your Soul from BlackExcellence.com.

Here is another excellent reference: The Anti-Racist Reading List, 38 books for those open to changing themselves and their world, by Ibram X. Kendi.

As writers, we seek to connect through relating our experience in such a way that it is heard. We may wish to act as alchemists, transforming pain into beauty. We might visit perspectives and places in our work that are not native to our own viewpoint. Perhaps we aspire to be agents of change, moving hearts and minds by opening empathetic pathways. As we learn to deepen our perceptions and expressions, developing as writers and as people, we must amplify the voices of those our society has marginalized. Consider and cite black sources. Black lives matter, and black voices matter.

Each of us has a role in reflecting this truth of existence. As we face the barriers within ourselves and confront the most cruel aspects of humanity, let us encourage one another to keep on walking the talk. Every Saturday, we come together to support one another in our practice. We welcome you to our uplifting community.

Sign up to read on the open mic. We start with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.

Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 6. Join us on zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing all things zoom.

MAY 30, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

We start with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until 7:30 PM. Sign up here to read on the open mic. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.

Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 30 via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing all things zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

MAY 23, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

We’re doing it weekly! Join us for a laid back yet stimulating Saturday evening, with some of the friendliest poets you’ll meet. We start with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until 7:30 PM.

Sign up here to read on the open mic. You’re welcome to share poems in as many rounds as you wish or just have a listen.

Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 23 via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for running the tech. You can send her a tip on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

MAY 16, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

From this Saturday on, for however long we need to stick to online readings, PitB is going weekly. Join us every Saturday at 6 PM on Zoom. We start with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until 7:30 PM.

Sign up here to read on the open mic. You’re welcome to share poems in as many rounds as you wish or just have a listen.

Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 16 via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for running the tech. You can send her a tip on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

MAY 9, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew on Zoom
Online Open Mic Poetry Reading

The second Saturday approaches and we’re gathering on zoom again to share poems in the round. Many thanks to Kayla Bruyn for running the tech. You can send her a tip on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

Sign-up online: click here to join the SignUpGenius open mic list

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 9 via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89499931231

APRIL 30, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW PRESENTS

Angry Poems: A Zoom Workshop
Thursday, April 30th 6-8pm

Click here to join us on zoom.

Let it out! Join us this Thursday on zoom from 6-8 PM for a workshop focusing on our angriest poems. Joanna Collins will lead the discussion with support from PitB host Christine Hall, while Kayla Bruyn runs the tech. Thankful to our community for keeping the poetry fresh and finding new ways to connect.

We’ll start by each reading an example of an angry poem we love (not our own). Then we’ll discuss “what makes a good angry poem” before each sharing one of our own angriest poems. Anyone wanting feedback can have 1-2 specific questions ready, and all comments must be constructive.

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday. Till then, here’s video from our April 18th zoom reading.

APRIL 18, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew on Zoom
Online Open Mic Poetry Reading

We liked it so much, we’re gonna do it again! This Saturday the 18th, 6-8pm. Maybe every week—let us know when works for you as we consider alternate weekdays or earlier times. Thanks again to poet Kayla Bruyn for setting up and running the zoom. You can send her a tip on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

Sign-up online: click here to join the SignUpGenius open mic list

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 18 via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83932095514

Here’s some video from our first zoom open mic:

Take good care of your beautiful selves, and see you Saturday!

APRIL 11, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

April’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading: Online Edition

We miss you and want to see you this month, so even though we can’t share physical space right now, let’s connect for an online open mic. Thanks to poet Kayla Bruyn, talented in multiple arenas, for suggesting and setting this up for us. It’s a foray into territory we aren’t fully familiar with yet, so please be patient with any technical hiccups that may present.

Sign-up online: click here to join the SignUpGenius open mic list

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 11 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/385204541

We’ll also be sharing poem videos on our Facebook page. Submit your recorded poetry by sending a video link to poetryinthebrew@gmail.com, or post publicly on your timeline #PoetryInTheBrew.

Topic: Saving
Could be saving for a rainy day, saving grace, saving for later, saving up, worth saving, or get jiggy with your conjugations and tell us about a nice save. Visuals can be anything of your choosing within Facebook guidelines.

Stay safe and take good care of yourselves!

MARCH 14, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

March’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

***UPDATE: Based on guidance from public health officials, friends facing the crisis in Europe, and people in regular contact with immunosuppressed communities, this month’s event is canceled. We hope to see you next month.

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who chooses may have another turn in the 2nd round.

March Feature Emily Joy

Emily Joy is a poet, yoga teacher, author, and co-creator of the #ChurchToo hashtag focused on exposing sexualized violence in churches and other Christian settings. Her forthcoming book on #ChurchToo will be published with Broadleaf Books (an imprint of 1517 Media) in Spring 2021.

Emily has also released two studio albums of spoken word poetry, and completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher training in November 2017. She lives, teaches and writes in Nashville, Tennessee, with her partner Caitlin and her dog Harley. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, and being the secretary of a church.

Emily Joy performs How to Love the Sinner & Hate the Sin: 5 Easy Steps

Visit Emily Joy on her website, and follow her blog here. Stream and download Emily Joy’s recorded poems on bandcamp and find more video on YouTube.

FEBRUARY 8, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

February’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

UPDATE:
Friends of PitB, Portland Brew East will be temporarily closing and thus we must reschedule our January show for February. We apologize for the late notice and wish for all a beautiful gift within this surprise.

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who chooses may have another turn in the 2nd round.

February Feature MAMA

Spoken word artist, MAMA, formerly known as Persephone, is simply an idea. She stands for everything the soul could long for. 

Southern born and raised, she expresses the reality for many not brave enough to share their voice yet. She speaks for the minority, for the ones constantly being counted out. Ignored. Overlooked. 

MAMA’s official meeting with spoken word came in 2013 and she has been burning down stages since. A catalyst in her career has been a collection of poets by the name of Po’boys and Poets-Nashville, TN where she currently resides.

MAMA speaks in truth and passion for all willing to listen. Using the universal language of love to fuel her performance, she channels an “aura that comes from the great beyond yet resides as an inner essence”–as a supporter has said to her.

She humbly thanks you for being you today. 

Follow MAMA on Instagram @formama._ and on YouTube.

Spoken word artist MAMA performs

DECEMBER 14, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

December’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

December Feature Spoke N-Words

Meet Spoke N-Words (his friends call him Spoke):

No publications, no certifications, no degrees…just a knack for speaking inwards. Spoke is a raw slam poet who insists on pushing boundaries while being a versatile topical writer. A local poet out of Antioch, TN, Spoke gained momentum after winning the VOX Poetry Slam in 2017. Since then he has featured in multiple Nashville-based shows such as The Vanguard, Poetry In Motion live, “We the Hidden People” at Vanderbilt University, Wine & Rhymes, and the Loft at Ella Jeans. Last but not least, Spoke is a brand ambassador of a poetry corps called Po’ Boys & Poets that consists of 13 members. Po’ Boys maintains a weekly poetry show every Friday in Antioch with live music, an open mic, and a featured act.

Po’ Boys & Poets

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Imsoinsecure
Imindenial
Myselfhateismyfate
Myjealousyisembellishing
ItfeelsImRelishinginamezzanineofmyhellishschemes
ThenIReleasethepolicingofmybeing
andIdemonstratetomyself
HowIledademonstraighttomyself
Thatputmeinjail
WhereIlosefreedominafickleshell
Itscoldinsidethislifelessiciclecell 
Acoldbloodedkillerlikeiwassicklecell

Find Spoke N-Words on Facebook and Instagram @spokenwords92, and also Po’ Boys & Poets Nashville on Facebook and Instagram @pbnpnash.

NOVEMBER 9, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

November’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

No Feature November

This month we host an unofficial annual tradition here at PitB—No Feature November. No feature means more love for everyone! Bring a little something for those in our community who are unhoused this season, if you’re able.

OCTOBER 12, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

October’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

October Feature Shawn Renee

Shawn Renee is a fledgling in the poetry community but you’d never guess she hasn’t always shaped the wind around her wings and soared. Born in Haun Germany on an airforce base, she quickly returned to the states before the age of one and has breathed Tennessee air ever since. She enjoys art in all forms, from sketching to painting and sculpting; but words have always been the ink flowing through her paper veins.

When asked where her love of writing stems from, Shawn states:

“I don’t think I can specifically pinpoint a time or a person. I think words have always lived in me. Pretty sure I was scribbling on my mother’s egg with my tail as a sperm in her womb. Words and all other forms of creative expression are the only things that make sense in this backward world. It was the only way I could make sense of it. The only way I could be seen and heard. All other times I was expected to be nothing more than a closed mouth and a pair of ears.”

Shawn can be reached and enjoyed on her newly created but promising pages and sites. She truly hopes you’ll pay her a visit.

Sample a poem from Shawn here, then find her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and her blog.

Before They Valued My Silence

What do you remember from your birth, he asks

Words, I say

Because I remember…
being a face full of ink blinks
and a body of wiggling calligraphy 
my skin pale parchment
soggy and crumpled
but still scribbling screams 
from fragile lungs

I remember 
being words

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

September’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

September Feature El

El is a former Army brat who moved from Tacoma, Washington, to Nashville, Tennessee, 19 years ago. Her love for words came from her mother who had been creating poetry to accompany El on her life lessons. She reached for the pen as self-expression and uses her writing to solve problems that find their solutions throughout the course of the story. 

She began dedicating more and more time writing and has officially begun a site called Rainbow Minds. Whether there is a poem on the mind or a story of another that has to be heard, there will always be a home for every form of writing to be shared.

September’s feature poet El

Surviving My Memoirs 

I’m not scared of my last day, why? I survived

A mother who beat her insecurities into me, a “friend” who didn’t hear the word no and tried to make this body his own, a father who never wanted his heart to be my home, a dad who was surprised by the color of my skin, recognizing this bastard child did not share his blood and was deemed to feel forever alone

Surviving each “you’re stupid” “you need makeup” “what are you wearing”, you only get to see what I choose to show

Did I show the mark on my arm from the shattered frame holding baby me, was completely shocked by the pain but was happy to bleed?

How about the lines on my hips, making me a woman before I was ever ready?

No, because you only care about the color of lipstick and when I was dumb enough to not to hide when I cried

You took a part of her, but it’s okay

Today’s the day these purposeful lips say fuck you while loving me

When I’m gone, release my poems

Show them I’ve been through hell but froze it over and made it back

Smudged to perfection, doing things even when I’m not good enough

Not good enough

An epidemic my DNA is wearing to disguise who she really is

I’ve enough of not good enough

She’s a later bloomer just trying to find her spring

I won’t stand for your victim shaming just like I won’t stand for my victimizing

Because these contemporary moving atoms survived

So, fuck you, I love how her feet control the snare of her marching band

This epidermis is epically exemplary

Her hair horrifyingly heavenly harmoniously hers

A monarch metamorphosed miraculously

These curls, Mine

Sunken eyes, Mine

Rubbing thighs, Mine

Double chin line, Mine

You may have won the battle, but through the war I will survive

AUGUST 10, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

August’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

August Feature Via Perez

Via was raised in the hills of Tennessee, and originally used writing as an outlet for the frustrations of youth. As time passed it formed into a way of life. She has lived a lot of places and worked many occupations, but for Via poetry remains a constant. It’s a way to translate the human experience, which can so often be tangled in the day to day. Her work is cryptic and can be interpreted in any way you please. Just let the words be absorbed.

This is the first piece Via read aloud in 12 years and also the first piece she read at Poetry in the Brew.

Self Portrait 1

Shades of silver glinting off the open pool.
All that has passed can be wrapped on a spool, most likely by the fool in the flower pattern.

That was once the marking of your soul.All the love I ever had. 
So grand.So full.Apologies.None I could spare for you.
How truly wise you have become.
Almost as wise as a child.With somber Solene eyes.She smiles because she is wild.You stumble because you simply cannot jump, perhaps if I tug.
The way your hand lies so limp on the crumpled sheet. 
I can almost take an interest in you.
As for your tears; they have no affect on me.
You can cry and cry out for as long as you wish.
When you are done I will still be here. 
Willing and golden.If you plan to cancel all your other plans. 
What remains will be tender words rendered by a beautiful mouth such as yours.

With a laugh and a smile.
A push and purge.
A cat and a hard wood floor.
A creak in the hall.
A sound in the breeze.
A linear motion out of old forgotten weeds.
A famous artist with hair streaming quite as black as yours.
You will remember me as I planned all along. 
Finally you may have permission to be plain and adored.

-ViaP

We’ll look for you come the 2nd Saturday, and till then, you can read more of Via’s older work at Ophelia Zerep – poet at allpoetry.

JULY 13, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

July’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round. Our feature for this month’s 8th Anniversary show is travelling poet Ananda Lima, who takes the stage around 7pm.

July Feature Ananda Lima

Ananda Lima’s work has appeared or is upcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets’ Poets.org, The Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, Rattle, The Common and elsewhere. Her chapbook Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019) won the 2018 Vella Chapbook Contest. She served as the poetry judge for the 2019 AWP Kurt Brown Prize. She has an MA in Linguistics (UCLA) and an MFA in Fiction (Rutgers-Newark). She has taught at UCLA, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and was a mentor in the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program – Newark and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.  

Connect with Ananda on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Find samples of Ananda’s poetry on her website, as well as at the links above, and visit Rattle once more to read When They Come for Us on the 7 Train.

JUNE 8, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

June’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

June Feature Serge Ray Rodrigo

In June, our featured poet is Serge Ray Rodrigo, a multi-talented writer, storyteller, and poet. We unveiled a new format last month, created with community input, and each open mic reader will have a turn to read one poem before our feature again this month. Anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign up list may have another turn in the second round.

“I was born Sergio Ramon Rodriguez. Then, the world started calling me ‘Serge.’ Eventually, I turned that into ‘Serge Ray Rodrigo’ until I decided that I needed an alternate pen name. So ‘Sir-Reyna Lucio’ was born. These are the names that make us who we are. And this is the story of our lives connecting with their lives.”

Silver Water is the first novel by Sir-Reyna Lucio. “Abel tragically lost his disabled, niece, Rachelia. He longs to open a school and home for disabled youngsters in her memory. However, before he can achieve this dream, he must bring ‘The Kraken’ to some type of controlled end. ‘The Kraken’ is a seemingly mindless Godzilla-Moby Dick creature, floating around our not-too-distance world. No one knows where it came from, or why it’s here. But to attain ‘Silver Water,’ Abel must team with Samera (and others) to bring ‘The Kraken’ to ‘The Science Prophet,’ by any means necessary? Who is ‘The Science Prophet’ and what do they want with the ‘The Kraken?’ Abel, Samera, and their fellowship fight to find out. ‘Silver Water’ is our deepest, darkest, most complex dreams…come to beautiful life.”

You can hear a story from Serge on Versify #3: Bone Deep. “Serge Rodriguez hasn’t seen his family in years. He was excommunicated by their church and grew apart from his parents and siblings. But now as a writer in Nashville, his little sister is never far from his mind. Without warning, she troubles his thoughts and finds her way into everything he puts on paper. In this episode, we find out how family rejection has actually helped Serge to better understand unconditional love. And then Nashville poet Ciona Rouse turns Serge’s story into an original poem.”

The Untold Story of Omari Boyd is a forthcoming documentary by Sergio Ramon Rodriguez, Monique Gooch, and Fredrick Hayes. “This epic film will be based on the life and untold story of a professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter who is a well know figure in other regions of the world, but born and raised in a thriving city of gentrification, massive growth, development, and reconstruction, where the odds are against most that strive to succeed, within one of the newest city attractions of the world.”

We look forward to seeing you on June 8 for an evening of poetry in the loft!

MAY 11, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

May’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

May Feature Destiny Birdsong

Dr. Destiny Birdsong

photo credit: Hunter Armistead

Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in African American ReviewThe Adroit JournalBest New Poets 2018The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, storySouth, Guernica, and elsewhere. Destiny has won the Academy of American Poets Prize, Naugatuck River Review’s 2016 Poetry Contest, Meridian’s 2017 “Borders” Contest in Poetry, and Crab Orchard Review’s 2019 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. She has received support from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Pink Door, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University, where she currently works as a research coordinator.

Read Destiny’s poem “Auto-Immune” in Guernica, and head over to Rattle where “Long Division” appears.

APRIL 13, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

April’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

April Feature Leslie Garcia

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Leslie Garcia is a Salvadorian-American poet who hopes to teach others how to use writing as a form of rehabilitation. For the past three years she has worked as a poet mentor at Southern Word, a non-profit that puts writers into schools. Southern Word’s mission is to teach literacy through the performing arts. Her work has been featured in NATIVE magazine and the Nashville Arts Magazine.

Find Leslie Garcia on Instagram.

See Leslie’s spoken word performance from TEDxNashville:

MARCH 9, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

March’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

March Feature Cassidy Martin

Cassidy MartinCassidy Martin was raised all over Nashville. She has been writing since she was 12 and has had her nose stuck in a book all her life. She works at the Nashville Public Library and considers downtown her home. She attends Trevecca Nazarene University pursuing a degree in Communications but is open to other ideas. She likes creating visual and verbal art, but she only sings in the shower. With a mixture of natural leadership, religious optimism, heavy satire, and genuine sincerity, she lives life by pushing through the cracks of the sidewalk with open petals. She hopes to water her fellow humans with liquid courage and life experiences disguised as poetry.

A willingness to engage with topics of any nature, whether graphic, explicit, or simply human, characterizes Cassidy’s potent writing. The following poem of hers may touch sensitive areas, where poetry can do true work.

A Poem of Things I Need to Hear

You don’t have to know how to go about the rest of your life
You don’t need to stress about eating day old pizza at 11 pm
Your mom loves you
You need to stop worrying about what time you go to bed
You’re not gaining weight
You still look great even with purple very permanent hair dye you decided to try the day after christmas
It’s okay to cry for 10 minutes about absolutely everything and absolutely nothing at the same time.
You don’t have to rush yourself in the morning so brush your teeth for however long you want
Your mom still loves you
It’s okay for your vagina to have off days
And really really on days
at the same time
It’s okay if you don’t brush your hair everyday
It’s okay if you forget to brush your teeth
It okay if you have an anxiety attack because you didn’t finish a movie all the way through and you thought about it all day the next and then finished right where you left off
It’s not okay to not eat
It is okay if you happen to overeat
But not anymore because that’s why you threw up 6 times the next day after 6 years of never throwing up
It’s okay if your bookshelf gets dusty
It’s okay if your phone dies while you’re using it to listen to music in the shower
It’s okay to not want to talk
Or write
Or think
Or be awake
It’s okay to not be okay
It’s okay if no one likes you
And yes
Your mom still really really loves you.

Find Cassidy Martin on Facebook and Instagram.
See Cassidy’s State of the Word performance from her time as Nashville Youth Poet Laureate:

FEBRUARY 9, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

February’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30pm
Reading starts at 6:00pm

February Feature Dominique Substance Hayes

d67acc5a-92cf-4ee5-9688-dc30435493e1Dominique, better known as Substance, fell in love with creating short poems and quotes at the age of 8. She has explored many writing forms but finds comfort in poetry with no genre or label. You’ll find that her poetry carries the energy and soul of a divine experience. Her mission is to embody the message flowing from her heart in hopes that it will resonate with another’s. Poetry introduced her to the Divine that resides within. Her poetry can be defined as a strong wind or ocean waves gently returning home to shore.

Substance has had the pleasure of performing her pieces at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., Poetry in Motion, and the African Street Festival. Her most recent share, at Vanderbilt Divinity School with NATIVe: We the Hidden People, brought forth her own truths in the piece “SPEAK,” as she painted vivid pictures of her journey from silence. Although her artistry began at 8, at 29 years young, she is journeying through self-love, self-discovery, and healing with poetry, visual art, and photography as her MAP.

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Substance defined: A Goddess who is—
Substantially Using Both Sides of her Temporals while Adjusting into New Celestial Elevation—vibrating higher.

“Let my words paint vivid pictures, explore uncharted feelings, and tug you toward your mission.”

+Substance  ©2019

 

JANUARY 12, 2019 POETRY IN THE BREW

January’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

January Feature Owen Flanagan

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Born in San Francisco and raised in Nashville, Owen Flanagan has received a scholarship to the Sewanee Young Writers Conference and is a member of the youth cohort of the Year at OZ program with The Porch and OZ Arts. He is currently at work on a debut collection of poems and a novel.

Read this new piece from Owen now, then meet us in the loft for the first Brew of 2019:


night of

Me and my father, a concert. A singer

In a white dress punctures eyes on fire

And lets leak their kerosene onto the floor

Of a stadium suspended in frenetic gold lights,

Billowing song. Real song. And from the stage

Greased with feet and their emptied amazement,

A singer in a white dress leans into a microphone

And tells her audience to hold hands

For this next one. Me and my father, I deign us

Always grammatically correct. We cannot be

Expunged from the unremarkable history

No one ever thought to write. Me and my father,

His balled fist refusing to be summited,

This ballad, writing its lyrics on every forehead,

Decidedly not for us. The night of October the third,

A month of shimmering nothing. What use

Is night of? If it’s this untidy curl into a poem,

Into undoing, wouldn’t night already be implied,

No need for disquieted lips? What use anyway,

I can’t remember what day it really was.  When he came back,

when we hurtled enough days into each other to make an inside joke,

When we started going to major life events

And not needing to make an acronym, a mneumonic device.

To remember. What use anyway, what is this yawp

You already knew?

We drove home and I didn’t forget. I didn’t have to.

DECEMBER 8, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

December’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

December Feature Frank “Frizzy” Sykes

IMG-6497I was born in Nashville, and raised in Columbia, Tennessee. I became inspired to write from the many things in life. Seeing environments that were just not right, I decided to use spoken words to send messages to change not only the environments, but people’s lives. I’ve been performing the art form known best as Spoken Word since 2015.

So let me introduce myself to you. I’m a country boy from Columbia, currently 34, who through my journey in life have seen and been through a lot of things. I’m no different from the next person, but I’ve decided to take this approach and put myself out there in effort to reach those who feel that they are going through this journey in life alone. Those who have gotten frustrated with, what I consider to be life’s happening, and can’t seem to find the answers to the question that they keep asking themselves. (Why?)

I’ve had an exposure to some things that have taught me valuable lessons, and have decided to take the time to share with you and anyone else who will take the time to listen and learn from my journeys.

When you look deep into my past you will get to see how a young boy at a very young age had to grow up fast as he faced things in his environment that pressured his growth. You will see the tragic loss of a beloved father as this young man was 13 years of age. You will learn the journey of an athlete who excelled both on and off of the field. You will see the mental struggles that he faced and challenges that came as he grew. You will see his accomplishments as a actor in plays through his high school years. You will see his stories in college and his decision to drop out and start working. You will understand his job choices as he struggled to survive in a growing economy. You will see how the last 11 years of his life in law enforcement has placed him in multiple environments and allowed him to see things from more than just his perspective. You will understand how this man that you now see in front of you has the compassion and drive to make a difference for the better of all men and women, and just maybe one day, you will get to hear him perform it through his written pieces of poetry in the form of spoken words.

With all this being said,…. Hi! I’m Frank “Frizzy” Sykes the Spoken Word Artist. It’s nice to meet you!


Watch Frizzy perform a poem he wrote during his time as a Deputy Sheriff:

Keep up with Frank “Frizzy” Sykes on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

NOVEMBER 10, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

November’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

No-Feature November

This election month we’re hosting a No-Feature November because every voice counts.  Early sign-up is open online. Email your first three choices of odd-numbered spots to poetryinthebrew@gmail.com. We will reply with a confirmation of your spot on the list. Even-numbered spots will open for sign-up at 5:30pm on Saturday.

Update: odd numbers 21 and under spoken for so far

Poetry in the Brew, October 2018

our beautiful community gathering before last month’s show

OCTOBER 13, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

October’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

October Feature Andrew Dillon

ADillon_HiRes_Colin_PottsAndrew P. Dillon earned his BA from the University of Tennessee, and later graduated in their inaugural MFA class. He was awarded a scholarship to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts workshop in Auvillar, France, and has been nominated for the Best New Poets anthology and the Pushcart Prize. His work is forthcoming or has appeared most recently in Analog Science Fiction and Science FactStirring: A Literary CollectionConnotation PressRivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks, and Public Pool.

He taught for a few years, but now works in healthcare in Nashville while completing his first collection, currently titled Captain for Dark Mornings (after a track on his favorite Laura Nyro album). He is tragically committed to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and Tennessee Vols. He strongly supports the use of semi-colons, em dashes, and the serial comma.

Synesthesia

In defining love, every poet becomes a synesthete—
trying to explain why the letter A is red, or rattle
tastes oaky, trying to order the unfiltered mind:
you orbit the dense, central bridge of my mind the way
twelve numbers every hundred form a chronometric solar system.
I cannot visit my friends’ newborn because baby powder
sounds like a man and woman searching for catharsis
in each other’s mouths. I love you as surely as
twenty-two is closer to my heart than fifteen,
and September is more trustworthy than June.
When I taste Korean food, I lose the ability to distinguish
my mouth from my ears, my throat, my navel—
the awareness of my limbs as distinct and specialized.
Or maybe it can be expressed as simply as this—
when I said time with you feels like two galaxies
recklessly merging their satellites and stars, I meant
I’m already torn from the orbit that anchored me.


Keep up with Andrew Dillon on Twitter: @DillonAndrewP

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

September’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

September Feature Regan Smith

Regan Smith is a writer and poet based in Nashville, Tennessee. Regan is the creator of Introspective Collective, a poetic platform highlighting beautiful words all across the country. She co-hosts monthly write night readings, has been growing her craft of spoken word poetry within the city and assists with poetry workshops for younger writers. She is also the author of her debut poetry collection, Morning Air, Morning Lightwhich is currently available for preorder

September feature poet Regan Smith

Regan Smith’s book Morning Air, Morning Light will be released Sept. 5

Sisters

Baby blue stitches,
little crossed threads creating denim patterns;
though fading in the elbows.

She paints oranges, develops photos of her sisters,
and captures footage of the Cinquefoil flowers.

She wraps her arms around her brothers,
and laughs loudly;
honeydew hope is held in her eyes.

On a basking blanket between two Cottonwood trees,
with a short story collection between her palms,
her face begins to freckle—
beneath her full eyebrows,
and on her soft shoulders.

She is in the wind, and will grow weary,
belly swells as baby grows—
resting her spine on the bed,
as she pulls splinters from her fingers.

Gray strands emerge from her scalp,
woven throughout her cocoa curls;
it holds the air of the forest,
and unravels beneath streams of warm water.

A lively life looms,
indigenous to encouragement.

Her heart is held,
familiar to a full mind—
but not foreign to today.

I think she understates,
how many good traits she received from her mother;
how they both speak with words that break the bones of death,
and shift tides with a whisper.



Find Regan Smith online at her blog/site introspectivecollective.com, which also accepts submissions.