JANUARY 23, 2021 POETRY IN THE BREW

As we reflect and refocus this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we aim for alignment in words and actions, intention and effect. 

Artists give language to ideas. Poets imagine and voice new possibilities for human expression, thoughts that become words upon which all action is built.

When we have the permission to bring what is inside out, to shed light on what might linger in the shadows, we can examine it. We can make informed choices. When we know better, we do better.

This poetry community—this network we share of people interconnected by experience, sentiment, and common interests—affords us the opportunity to participate in free exchange and mutually benefit from the elevated discourse. Sometimes this involves an exploration of our basest instincts. We cover sensitive and raw areas in the course of poetry, and a range of emotions and perspectives.

Where specific advisories about content are appropriate, we encourage those. Hate speech is its own category. Slurs can only be reclaimed by people who these terms target. We recognize the importance of balancing our freedoms with responsibility, and the need for consideration in our efforts to connect. At our open mic, we value equity and inclusivity, and it is our imperative to create a welcoming environment for those whose voices might otherwise be marginalized. We invite contributions that deepen and progress this conversation, and shared celebration of our evolving selves, work, and relationships.

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 CST 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.

Reading from
6 – 8:00 PM CST
Sat. Jan 23.

Join us on zoom
(session opens 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054

Thanks to our esteemed benefactor
Jo Collins for running the zoom.

Here’s a video of this past Saturday’s open mic:

JANUARY 16, 2021 POETRY IN THE BREW

Mark your calendars! Perhaps you already know February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you are eyeing the date with wonder as to what in this wide, weird world you might do, and with whom. Perhaps you are looking at that fated Sunday with dread, but do not despair. The Brew crew, with our friends at Like a Blot from the Blue and Eyepublishewe, have an invitation for you—a poetry proposal, if you will. St. Valentine’s Day Mascara will be streaming live on Facebook starting at 11AM PST / 1PM CST / 7PM GMT. Poetry + music + performance art = a date for everybody!

Our host for St. Valentine’s Day Mascara is the beguiling Ms. Noir aka Mel Bradley. Here’s a teaser for the show from Ms. Noir herself:

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 CST 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.

Reading from
6 – 8:00 PM CST
Sat. Jan 16.

Join us on zoom
(session opens 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054

Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo
for running the zoom.

This past weekend we enjoyed fiery feature sets from Special K and Des Mannay, with two rounds of Snap Poetry on the open mic:

JANUARY 9, 2021 POETRY IN THE BREW

We have a special format on the 2nd Saturday of each month: 2 feature performances and 2 rounds of open mic Snap Poetry. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. 

We’ll enjoy a feature set from Special K, then an open mic Snap round, a feature by Des Mannay, and a 2nd round of Snap Poems. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

Sign up for the open mic here.

Special K shares her name with a well known cereal and the lesser known drug ketamine, and she’s okay with that because she knows her spoken words are healthy for the soul and addictive to the ear. You’ll know that too after one dose of what she offers up anytime she is on stage. Whether speaking to current societal situations or tantalizing your senses, Special K won’t soon be forgotten. When Special K grabs hold of the mic, she takes her audience on a roller coaster of emotion, ensuring each person feels the rawness of her words, as if they were being written specifically for that individual. Sit back, relax and get ready for the ride of a life time that will have you, too, coming back for more—it’s time to get addicted 2 spoken words.

Special K performs her poem “Black Woman”

Des Mannay is a Welsh writer of colour. His first poetry collection, Sod ’em – and tomorrow is published by Waterloo Press. He is co-editor of The Angry Manifesto poetry journal. An award-winning poet, Des has claimed top honors in the ‘rethinkyourmind’ (2015) and LIT-UP (2019) poetry competitions. In the Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition (2015), Des received 2nd/highly commended, and he earned the Gold Award at the Creative Future Literary Awards (2015). Shortlisted in 7 competitions, Des has performed at numerous venues/festivals. He is published in various poetry journals, with work in 20 poetry anthologies. Des is on facebook as “The stuff wot I wrote’ Des Mannay – hooligan Poet” and Twitter @hooliganpoet.

Des Mannay performs “They Call Me”

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, January 9.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054
Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo Collins for running the zoom.

Here’s the video of our Jan. 2 open mic:

JANUARY 2, 2021 POETRY IN THE BREW

We are almost there, and Saturday is our first reading of the New Year! Thank you everyone who bought a Brew Mug and posted pics. It’s not too late to get yours, and if you order by Thursday, you’ll get a free poem written for you by host Christine Hall.

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 CST 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.

Reading from
6 – 8:00 PM CST
Sat. Jan 2.

Join us on zoom
(session opens 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054

Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo
for running the zoom.

Check out the video of our last reading of 2020, a stunner:

DECEMBER 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 CST 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.

Reading from
6 – 8:00 PM CST
Sat. Dec. 26.

Join us on zoom
(session opens 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054

Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo for running the zoom.

Here’s a video of our spectacular Dec. 19th reading.:

DECEMBER 19, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Hello! Please allow us to introduce ourselves: we’re Poetry in the Brew! Right now we’re an online community but we have roots in the physical world. Since 2011, we’ve hosted poetry readings based in Nashville, TN. This year, we moved to weekly international zoom open mics. We also produce special events, and next year, concurrent with our 10th anniversary, we’re expanding into print materials.

Organizer Christine Hall has volunteered to run the blog, signup list, social media, and host the readings since 2014. Even before we went online, we welcomed poets from all over the world. Our community makes it possible for us to continue this work connecting artists, fostering collaborations, and providing a creative platform. Moderator Jo Collins graciously donates her time and the zoom meeting space where we come together each week.

We are thankful to the poets, spoken word artists, and storytellers who gather and share with brave vulnerability, good humor, and deep insights every Saturday.

This season, we’re offering a Poetry in the Brew mug, which for a limited time comes with a custom poem composed by Christine on her century-old typewriter. Your purchase helps sustain our efforts. You can also make a gift directly via PayPal.

Thank you and happy holidays from Poetry in the Brew!

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM CST 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.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, December 19.
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.

Visit our Facebook page for a video of the Dec. 12 Poetry in the Brew, featuring Gary Huskisson, with tributes to Navita Gunter. Our love and prayers for Navita in the hospital as we wish her a smooth recovery to full health.

THREE POEMS BY NAVITA GUNTER

Today’s Brew: three bonus poem offerings from the Queen of Nashville Poetry Navita Gunter! Join us Saturday for feature performances from Navita and Gary Huskisson, along with two rounds of Snap Poetry on the open mic.

GETTING OLD IS HELL!

Listen up young people and listen well!
While the Golden years of aging has its perks
It can also be HELL!
Like when you began to have aches and pains that you never
Felt before!
And you have to think TWICE because of your back and knees
Before bending down to try and pick up something off
The floor!
Or when your eyes began to play tricks on you!
And you start to not see as far or near as you used too!
And your mind makes finding things more challenging like
an endless game of clue!
When you wake up from a really HARD night’s sleep and you find
That you seemed to have been beaten and bruised all black and blue!
Like someone had taken a stick and gone to town on you!
When you start to develop an intimate and ongoing relationships
With doctor’s that in your YOUTH you never knew existed!
Now, you have them on your phone’s speed dial like your closest
family and friends so you can immediately get drug and hospital care assistance!

Yes, children getting old can be HELL! That is true,
But, the alternative to NOT! Getting old!
Well, I think that I will pass on that for now
wouldn’t YOU!?

I Am A Dialysis Warrior!

Listen everyone and please don’t
Misunderstand the words that I am about
To say.
For I realize that Dialysis saves a lot people lives each
And every day.
But still in my mind some days I just have
To say.
How much I HATE dialysis and can’t always help
Feeling this way!
From the moment you walk through the
Stark white doors.
And your anxious eyes see all the machines
Waiting for you on that hard-cold floor.
You
Can’t help but feel a jolt in your
Stomach and start to feel a little blue.
But cheer up for you are not alone and
There are others that are going through

This ordeal too.
So, just tell yourself that this is really no
Big deal as the machine starts to click
And swirl
Just remember that there are worse things
You could go through in this world!
And yes, there will be cramps as well as other
Pain that comes along the way.
But your attentive nurse is there to help you and
To make them go away!
Just keep your hope up and remember that you are a dialysis
Warrior and that this too, will NOT
Defeat you!
Given all the other struggles in your life you
Have had to go through!
For you are not alone on this next
Journey of your life
For you are a warrior!

And you will Allways win
Your fights!

WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?

When the lights come on
And the make-up comes off
WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?!
When my weave turns into a shag
And my natural hair starts to recede
WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?!
When you discover that my feet are large STINK!
And I have hammer toes
WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?!
When the wrinkles start to show
And my steps grow slower
WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?!
When my HEALTH is less than perfect
And I grow tired much faster than I used to
WILL YOU STILL WANT ME?!
Something just HIT the door running
OHH OHH AND RUNNING! AND RUNNING!
And he told me that he had a broken ankle!
I guess I have my answer

Reading from 6-8 PM CST on Sat. Dec. 12.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054
Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo Collins for running the zoom.

DEC. 12, 2020 FEATURE: GARY HUSKISSON

GARY HUSKISSON: STORYTELLER, HOST, ACTIVIST, EVENT ORGANISER, FRIEND TO THE UNDERDOG & POET: A PURVEYOR OF THE UNSPOKEN WORD. LOVER OF APPLE CRUMBLE.

Stories and Poetry are everlasting gifts for the heart and soul, to be shared and given nutrition to grow. Gary Huskisson was born and bred in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (The Fens), his seed sown in St Vincent, West Indies. A poet, a storyteller, a son, a brother and a father, once upon a time a social worker, a radio DJ, an athlete, a coach, even a wedding planner. A misspent youth as a Jazz Dancer, filled with passion for family, apple crumble and the mighty blue army Chelsea.

Gary utilises his Art therapy, Play therapy, and Drama therapy as a way of making inroads into the cyclic nature of anti-social behaviour, thus making positive change for individuals and their communities. The work of Augusto Boal / mask theatre has remained an influence in his writing and performing as vehicle to initiate change.

His Christian beliefs deepen his thirst to writing, performing and sharing. Proverbs 18:21—”Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” For death or life. He strongly believes if you see something that is not right, see what you can do to make it right. As a social worker he became frustrated of the attitude, “It is all always been that way.”

One of his personal objectives is to create places for artists to perform, bring people together, provide opportunities for new poets to perform and share with his city the amazing talent he witnesses. Gary likes to specialise in Jazz Poetry, which fuses his love for Jazz and poetry. He has a thirst for learning from all poets which he describes as Sponging.

In his role of secretary of Peterborough Racial Equality Council and as a Spoken word artist, as well as organising Spoken Word community events, he is now getting artists together from all over the globe to show the power of word in addressing racism in project called SAY IT LOUDER. Here it’s demonstrated the power of spoken word, that it can be a vehicle to change. It has already enabled positive change to take place and initiate positive change. He is currently completing his first book, How to Survive a Sheartk Attack, which is the story of his year in verse, after suffering an heart attack and suffering from depression.

Typically, Gary’s writing evokes emotion with a joyful irony, and to be shared by everyone.!!
Gary Huskisson
THINK GLOBAL ACT LOCAL

Join features Gary Huskisson and Navita Gunter for Poetry in the Brew’s 2nd Saturday Snap Edition. While you’re here, grab a Brew Mug and order yourself a custom poem. Thank you for your support of our weekly readings, special events, and growing community!

DEC. 12, 2020 FEATURE: NAVITA GUNTER

Jesus Tears

I witness Jesus tears last night.
Tears for all his creation
Tears for His beautiful World
Tears for a World that
has loss its way.
Tears for love and compassion that seemed to have left the
Planet
Tears for Mankind being inhuman to Mankind.
Tears for children in cages.
Tears for innocence forever LOST

“Hello my name is Navita and I am a 20+ year cervical cancer survivor. I founded the first ever Tennessee cervical cancer coalition along with some amazing women such as Dr. Elizabeth Williams—then director of community outreach at the TSU Avon William’s campus in Nashville—and Dr. Dineo Khabele, head OBGYN at Meharry Medical college. I participated in several cervical cancer events where they would bring me in to speak on how you can survive this illness, as a lot of women of color did not. I received several awards, the most recent one being outstanding community leader from MTSU awards luncheon back in 2017.

I am also a poet and published author with my book called The Day My Vagina Tried to Kill Me, which concerned my journey with surviving cervical cancer. I have been in numerous newspapers such as The Nashville Scene, The Banner, and the Pride. I have gone on several radio stations such as 92Q, Fisk Radio, and WVOL. I also was asked by the Lance Armstrong people to add my voice to their cancer project and I helped the State of Tennessee health department plan and implement a statewide poster program on cervical cancer. I also had my own radio show as well as a community access TV program called V.I.T.A. Some of my shows can still be seen on YouTube.”

Navita will open the reading with a feature set of her poetry this Sat. Dec. 12. She is the Queen of Nashville Poetry and not to be missed! Tomorrow, we spotlight feature Gary Huskisson hailing from Peterborough, UK.

Do you look forward to Saturday? Do you long for something to carry through your week? Would you like a poem written just for you?

Did you know we have a Brew Mug and Custom Snap Poem deal going on this month? We only ordered 72 of these hefty 16 oz. beauties and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

$15 +shipping or use discount code LOCALPICKUP for contact-free pickup in the Nashville area.

DECEMBER 12, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Do you know someone who’d like a poem written for them? Poetry in the Brew host Christine is composing custom poems on her century-old typewriter this month. Order a Brew Mug and get a bonus Snap Poem on the theme of your choosing. $15 +shipping or use discount code LOCALPICKUP for contact-free pickup in the Nashville area.

We have a special format on the 2nd Saturday of each month: 2 feature performances and 2 rounds of open mic Snap Poetry. Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem. We’ll enjoy a feature set from Navita Gunter, then an open mic Snap round, a feature by Gary Huskisson, and a 2nd round of Snap Poems. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

Sign up to read on the open mic.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, December 12.
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.

Until then, watch a video of our Dec. 5 Poetry in the Brew. Tomorrow we’ll introduce you to Navita Gunter, and on Tuesday we’ll spotlight Gary Huskisson. Wishing you a steady flow of poetry through the week.

DECEMBER 5, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

We have big plans and a spiffy new logo going into our 10th anniversary—and oh what’s this—a mug with our name! 

Grab our brand new Brew Mug in this limited edition super-exclusive special offer that includes a custom Snap Poem* on the theme of your choice! 

If you buy a mug in December, you’ll help keep the Brew flowing into the new year AND receive a personal Snap Poem fresh off host Christine’s century-old typewriter! 

Cozy up with some poetry and a mug of your favorite brew, knowing your support of the arts not only earns our everlasting appreciation, but fortifies the Brew into the future. 

Brew 16 oz. of your desired libation (coffee, tea, something stiffer) and some new memories with the Brew Crew. Post a pic and tag us!

*Snap Poems are a tradition started at the Brew—a poem that can be read in under a minute

If you are in the Nashville area, use LOCALPICKUP code to arrange a covid-safe pickup and get a shipping credit.

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

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, December 5.
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.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM CST 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.

Visit our Facebook page for a video of the Nov. 28 Poetry in the Brew.

NOVEMBER 28, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

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

We’re fixing to celebrate our 10th Anniversary at Poetry in the Brew in 2021! We have exciting projects in the works as we grow, including special events, and tangible offerings to hold you through the week as we look forward to our Saturdays. One of these items (ready in time for the holidays) is a keepsake mug featuring our new logo that we unveil today:

We’ll be opening orders soon, so watch for info on getting one for yourself and any poetry enthusiast friends. Enjoy sipping on the brew of your choice at your leisure, knowing you helped support our future ventures!

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM CST 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.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, November 28.
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 our Nov. 21 online open mic:

NOVEMBER 21, 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 CST 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.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, November 21.
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 our Nov. 14 Snap Edition featuring Caroline Minter and Carl Lowe:

NOVEMBER 14, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW—Pt. II

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading: 2nd Saturday Special Edition

This week is our first time out with a new format for the 2nd Saturday of each month. For these special editions of the Brew, we welcome two feature performances, along with a Snap Poetry open mic (plan for 3 rounds). Carl Lowe and Caroline Minter are the feature poets for November.

Carl Lowe’s show biz career started with an appearance in the Peanut Gallery on the Howdy Doody Show. Since then he has performed with the Yale Dramat, the Yale Symphony, the Whole Backstage in Guntersville, AL, and the Skits and Bits Comedy Troupe in Nashville. He also plays fiddle and guitar, has published about 20 books (all non-fiction) and shares his living space with two rambunctious dogs. As for his poetry, he last published a poem decades ago but has recently begun resurrecting and renovating the part of his brain focused on verse. The project is ongoing.

Basement Tape by Carl Lowe

For a moment, playing the melody
in Peter’s basement, on that electric guitar, 
Peter banging away on the drums, 
the bass reverberating in the walls
crazy old Steve chording on the keyboard. 
I had my fingers twisted around 
a reptile who raised
her head, looked around and fed off 
the energies in the air.
She looked around the room
with suspicion in her eyes, 
dissatisfied glances
tinged with 
a knowing confidence 
that she was ready for 
kaleidoscopic change. 

For a moment, the melody stayed 
in my hand on the neck of the instrument 
pressing against the prison of my fingers
spreading open its confinement to escape
not stopping to realize that escape
was an exit into the nothingness
of memory. 

But for a moment, those notes froze
into an unmoving point in that house 
in that year, in my life.

Later, upstairs I heard a noise outside,
looked through the window, saw my car 
being stolen. Ran down the block, wearing no shoes 
after it. 
My wife called me back. 
And she was right. It was 
a neighborhood of discordant melodies. 
Dead animals in the park across the street 
sacrificed to Gods I couldn’t identify. 
Somebody beaten to death around the corner
with a club. The grocer with the best vegetables
run out of town because of his accent 
and his skin color. 
I called the police. 
How do you know your car was stolen?
Asked the phone voice.
Because right now I can see it
being driven away. 

But in that town, back in the day, 
everyone was on the take. 
Even the Gods in the park
needed sacrifices to be on your side. 

By the time two bored policemen
showed up an hour later 
the music was over. 
Later I remembered the bag of
laundry in the car’s trunk. 
For months, every once in 
a while 
I would wonder where a certain 
shirt, pair of pants, pair of socks had gone. 
And I’d remember that melody. 

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, November 14.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626762054

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 CST. Thanks to our esteemed benefactor Jo for running the zoom.

NOVEMBER 14, 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 CST.

**NEW 2ND SATURDAY FORMAT**
This week is our first time out with a new format for the 2nd Saturday of each month. For these special editions of the Brew, we welcome two feature performances, along with a Snap Poetry open mic (plan for 3 rounds).

Snap Poems are under 1 minute each. Any short format works for Snap Poetry, including an excerpt of a longer poem.  We’ll do an open mic Snap round, enjoy a feature set from Caroline Minter, another Snap round followed by a feature by Carl Lowe, and conclude with a third round of Snap Poems. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, November 14.
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.

Caroline Minter is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and is a voracious reader, a natural poet, proud wife and mother of three. She has spent the last 30 years as an educator, encouraging children to dream big, building their confidence in themselves and cultivating a belief that anything is possible. As a biblical scholar she has found writing inspiration in the prose of the bible and in the lives she touches with her ministry. As a historian with an advanced degree in history and education, she leverages her knowledge of the past to provide context to the synergies and dichotomies of current events.

She believes that poetry brings people together and speaks to the soul. From Poe to Angelou she has been a student of powerful poetry. Education, History and Christianity collided and have anchored her own poetry journey. To fuel her poetry she believes in the power of quiet meditation. It is something she takes time out to do everyday as it helps give her mental clarity and focus, as she contemplates and integrates found, sound and free verse with the dynamic, complex world around us. In case you are not convinced of the depth of her passion, two of her children are named after famous poets.      

She has done workshops with the Chicago Poetry Foundation, enjoys doing open mics and is currently working on publishing her first book of poetry  entitled Words of My Mouth.

Poetry in the Brew’s first feature poet this November is Caroline Minter.

Well Women by Caroline Minter

In the stairwell of life
she’s climbing despite
she’s doing well
can’t you tell

she runs everything like a well-oiled machine
she keeps it clean
if you know what I mean
if you want things to be done well
run it by one of our Gazelles

she means well
even when she has to yell
especially when something doesn’t sit well
her memory serves her very well
she’s quick to wish you well!!!!!!!!!

don’t get it twisted because she doesn’t hide
when things well up on the inside
some days she’s well aware of what’s at stake
so she watches her words before they fly out the gate

she is well-versed
can answer any question it’s not rehearsed

she is well preserved
especially when people are getting on her last nerve
she handles the STARES well
with God she knows she can never fail

she’s well-rounded and well-known
speaks with authority like a queen on her throne
you must know when to leave well enough alone
She means business she’s grown

She speaks to the welfare of the people in her city
lives cut short what a pity
she knows all too well
discrimination made a city swell
especially those that don’t end well

Well Women
They keep things fresh
they don’t like a whole lotta mess
they work on their weaknesses and are warrior too
warm hearted and well-dressed just to name a few

well received and well-groomed
commands respect when they enter ANY ROOM

They’re welcoming and full wonder
well thought of like summer

They witness and they worship
they wrestle with the word
giving it to you daily
just like its HEARD

they are wives they have LIVES!!!!!

She’s well-equipped
she looks well
she lives well
she sleeps well
she DOING WELL 

How !!!!! Can’t you tell ??

Well !!!!!!!
when her well runs dry
She lifts her hands to the sky
then bares her soul from deep inside
where her savior resides

for to indwell is the EXHALE
To indwell helps her to propel
to indwell helps her to excel
to indwell helps reassure her that all is well

And when the storms of life are raging,
and she begins aging
she knows all to well he’s a billow, her comforter and pillow
And under his WINGS she can do ANYTHING

so she keeps fighting
and she’ll know when she’s WON
for she’ll hear her father say WELL DONE !!!
Go ahead you must admit she’ll be WELL worth it.

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, featuring Carl Lowe!

NOVEMBER 7, 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, November 7.
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 the video of our Oct. 31 Poetry in the Boo! open mic:

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