DECEMBER 9, 2017 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 Robert Parker

Robert Parker believes in the Faeries, and that he might in fact be a changeling. He misplaces keys often. He is infested with rhythm that manifests as poetry and the stitching together of electronic music. He’s always been at most a distant cousin of any tribe he visits…always a visitor, never a tribesman.

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Check out Robert’s work on tumblr and Mixcloud, and enjoy this sample of his poetry:

Judge Hennie
offers to pay a penny
pecked from the
flesh of your face
[along with a heaping side
of sharp thoughtful wit
willed to disgrace]
for every pound of
fleshless spectral insult
you failed to deliver
to her door,
yet yours to endure.

She cares less
that she sits
green-stemmed
on her bench
and you
life’s gallows-paths
have trod,
lived,
and obtained
the one-eyed wisdom
hence
to tell
the time
when you know
it won’t go
so well.

So sentence thyself
to forty years of shrugs,
satchel thy back,
jump thy fence…

And get thee hence.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2017 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

November Feature Ami Mattison

Ami MattisonHailed as “a spoken word force to be reckoned with” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ami Mattison is the recipient of the 2013 Spoken Word Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Touring professionally since 2002, she has performed her original poetry and stories at universities, theaters, festivals, conferences and art venues around the US and Canada. She is the producer of three spoken word albums, including her latest album, Speaking of Love.

Author Dorothy Allison writes, “Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear…Ami Mattison knows how powerful and effective poetry can be—how words can enlarge the soul and animate the dismissed and the misunderstood. The body of work Ami has brought to life ranges from the desperate to the messianic….Always she speaks for the despised in verse that hallows grief and embodies joy. The world is larger, wider, fuller for the people she brings alive in words.”

Here’s a video of Ami performing “Sistah” at TEDxAntiochSalon:

For more, visit Ami Mattison on Bandcamp.

OCTOBER 14, 2017 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 Jamal Jazz Ukwu

My Name is Jamal Jazz Ukwu, Tennessee’s very own local Poet and Author. I am 23 years of age and have been writing for several years, authoring two published books: Her Name was Love and Her Lullaby. Her Lullaby is available through Amazon, Kindle, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, etc., and NY Times bestseller Eric Wilson is among its reviewers.

Jamal Jazz Ukwu

My journey in life is to simply overwrite the prevalent presence for destruction in the world that’s trying so hard to coincide with the beauty of the world. With that being my crusade, I focus on channeling my energy through Art! The ability to write and to perform something impactful can and has opened up the mind to the limitless bounds of what humans are capable of. Only by reaching out to more people, the strength to overwrite destruction is no longer a one man job but a team effort…

Visit Jamal Jazz Ukwu’s website, and check out his Tumblr too.

Here’s a video of Jamal performing at Poetry in the Boro:

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 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 Mo Christo

20930655_10212211644224944_1072654234_oMo Christo is an incredibly talented and humble poet hailing from the land of the yellow bricked path. Author of Froze in Poetic Prose (2016), he co-hosted a poetry/art talk show of the same name. The show ran on public television in Kansas, digging deep into the psyche of local poetic talent in an interview setting.

 

20884906_10212211651545127_13935754_nCurrent host of the Po’ Boys and Poets open mic, Mo Christo encourages freedom of artistic expression and speaking from the heart with a passion at this monthly “no judgement zone” event. Along with hosting other shows around Nashville, such as The Vox in Antioch Slam Poetry, he is regional coordinator for the nonprofit Poetry for Personal Power.

Check out Mo Christo’s video for “Old America” for now, and we’ll see you Sept. 9th:

AUGUST 12, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

August Feature Caroline Randall Williams

Caroline Randall Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a cookbook author, young adult novelist, and poet. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi, and is currently Writer In Residence at Fisk University. Her debut poetry collection, Lucy Negro, Redux, came out early in 2015. She has been named by Southern Living magazine as one of the “50 People Changing the South.” February of 2015 saw the publication of Soul Food Love, a cookbook written by Randall Williams and her mother, the novelist Alice Randall, that goes beyond basic recipes to cover the past, present, and future of a misunderstood cuisine. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Palimpsest. Her debut collection, Lucy Negro, Redux, is out now with Ampersand Books, and will be turned into a ballet for Nashville Ballet’s 2018-2019 season.

JULY 8, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

July Feature Kat Marsh

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Born into an earthly form to help those near and far, Kat uses her works and voice to inspire, humor, provoke, and remind all that we all are deserving of happiness and love. Her expressions range from the coy to the taboo breathing perspectives to things that are sometimes overlooked—even when it hurts. She’s not afraid of a good release. She has been heard around town at Poetry in the Brew, A Night of Free Speech, Writings on the Wall, An Art Affair by Olasubomi, The Literary Jazz Festival, award ceremonies, and more.

She is a hiking nerdlet who is always exploring people and places. If she’s not writing, she’s dancing, watching a film, or enjoying her heart song.

Come check her out. Her voice is soothing, and you might just hear her sing.

Here’s an excerpt from Kat’s poem We’re Romans and Greeks:

You’re kept busy with entertainment, sports
So, with politics, you won’t have retorts
The Romans and Greeks did it right
Kept them busy with the games
Kept them distracted with blades
Kept perplexed with sex so carnal ways not be vexed
While feeding a beast of cruelty and power
And numbing the idea that all men and women alike be towers

JUNE 10, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

June Feature Ciona Rouse

Ciona_bw imageCiona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tenn. She curates many poetry experiences and reading series in the city, including the monthly Lyrical Brew at Barnes & Noble and Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy. Her poetry is featured on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Matter and Native. Rouse’s poetry chapbook Vantablack will be released this year by Third Man Books.

MAY 13, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

May Feature Honest Lewis

HonestLewisHonest Lewis is an author, activist, organizer, and polemicist – the Diogenes of the Cumberland River. He is the author of the novel Parasites, has one novel awaiting publication, and is always at work on his next project. Lewis hosts the monthly event the Night of Free Speech and is the editor at DNR Publishing – a small press that specializes in subversive and transgressive literature. For his Poetry in the Brew feature, Lewis has gone through over 2000 pages of his published and unpublished novels, prose, poetry, essays, polemics, and journalistic efforts, compiling a unique performance piece from this surgical curation of his own work. Lewis is fond of dinosaurs, sharks, octopuses, Thomas Hobbes, Shirley Jackson, and anything that quickens the pulse, inflames and incites the mind. Honest Lewis is not honest.

LewisatthebrewHere is a poem by Lewis:

T-Rex Poem 1.

This is a book of dinosaur poems.
Not every one of these poems will be about
The Tyrannosaurus Rex,
and yet there will be a lot of
Tyrannosaurus Rex.
So don’t worry.
You will get your fix of T-Rex.
Also, mentioned will be Velociraptors,
Diplodocus,
Apatosaurus,
Triceratops,
Pterodactyl,
Stegosaurus,
As well as some stuff you haven’t heard of
So I look smart.

This particular poem is a T-Rex poem
In that it references not only T-Rexes
But both the authors and the readers desires
for poetry about the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Also
This T-Rex poem is aware of its own existence
And references itself
As a T-Rex poem –
Which makes it a T-rex meta-poem.
If you read this aloud at a yell
It would be a T-rex meta-slam-poem.
That this T-rex meta-slam-poem exists in
Awareness of its shouted self-referencing is a built in
Ironic device
Where in
It claims its place in
the post-modern tradition.
But this post-modern T-Rex meta-slam poem knows
That by claiming its place in the post-modern tradition
it proves itself to be more post-post-modern or hypermodern
or whatever term they will use to describe this work
and works like it
in some unknown number of years.
When it comes time to categorize it,
Label it,
And stash it somewhere,
Along some time-line
of whatever
And what not.
Hey,
Right now there is an asteroid out there with your
name on it
And if you are lucky enough
To find yourself well-preserved
There is a
A museum as well.

 

APRIL 8, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

April Feature Ari Eastman

AriEastmanAri Eastman is a spoken word poet, writer, and mental health activist. Her work has been featured in Thought Catalog, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Words Dance Publishing. She currently works full-time as a staff writer for Thought Catalog and has published three poetry collections. She resides in California and enjoys crying to old Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes.

Sample a poem from Ari in this Spoken Word Saturday video:

MARCH 11, 2017 WINDOWS REVIVAL III

Special Event:

WINDOWS REVIVAL III
Saturday, March 11, 2017

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

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

poetryinapubFrom 1983 – 1993, on the 1st Thursday of each month, Charlie Fenton’s eclectic “Windows on the Cumberland” nightspot in the galleria on 2nd Avenue welcomed Nashville area poets to an open mic “Poetry in a Pub” experience. Started by Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco, the “Windows Scene” grew stronger and larger by the year, and influenced many area poets. In 1986, D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt were drafted as co-hosts of the monthly Windows show. They served honorably for 7 years, until gentrification closed the doors of the Windows to poetry in 1993. Now, 24 years later, Ra hosts the 3rd annual Windows Revival, a celebration of Nashville poetry’s “Golden Decade” at Windows. We’ll be expecting many of the finest veteran voices of the Windows Era, and with no featured poet for this event, there will be plenty of time for everyone to read, just like the good old days. Come lend your best lines to this historical literary event!

FEBRUARY 11, 2017 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 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00

February Feature Henry L. Jones

henryljonesHenry L. Jones is an award-winning writer and artist who focuses on cultural connections and social issues in both his art and writing. He’s inspired by his heritage and history to show how they relate to contemporary time. This resulted in his activism in the arts and society. Jones is from a long lineage of family members who were activists especially during the Civil Rights Movement. He believes, “I can’t remain silent about what I see. I must do something to promote social change.” He published Run into Blackness: Feeling My Poetic Gumbo (Pneuma Publishing), which was his first book of poetry. It included topics such as racial identity, love, spirituality, community affairs and history.

He has received several awards, honors, and recognitions for his literary and art work. In 2016, he was the recipient of the GANSPA Award for his art. Another honor was his inclusion in The African Male Museum Series, a photography and poetry project with photographer Carlton Wilkinson. The series won the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship (visual art). His poetry has been published in anthologies, journals, newspapers and magazines such as Chicago Quarterly Review, The Black Digest, Fisk Herald Journal, Vanderbilt Review, Chicago Writers Journal, Healing Poems Journal, Center Stage Magazine, Urban Flavor, Blacks in Asia Magazine, Style Magazine, and others. Poetry Train America, a book and film about poets around America, featured him in its literary documentary.  The House of Blues Music Company & Platinum Entertainment commissioned Jones to write about the church burnings in the South during the 1990s. His essay and poem “Our Houses are Burning” was published in the book for Houses of God, a gospel CD release. This music project was produced to raise money to rebuild the Southern churches burned by domestic terrorists. Nearly half million dollars was raised.

As a featured poet, he’s recited at events such as Southern Festival of Books (Chapter 16), Celebration of Cultures (The Mud Man Series), Scarritt-Bennett Center (Poet’s Corner), Global Education Center (Line Breaks Literary Reading Series), Parthenon Museum (Dance rendition of Jones’ poem, “Abstractions Heal” by Rossi Turner and his dance troupe), EarthMatters (Book and Arts Fair), and others.  This poet conducts workshops about creative writing as well as hosts open-mic events. His last venue was Kijiji Coffee House in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s worked as an editor for several magazines and journals. A Fisk University alumnus, Jones lives in middle Tennessee with his wife and three children. Currently, he has several literary projects and art exhibits coming up.

Here’s a preview of Henry’s poetry:

Abstractions Heal

Fear trapped the darkness
in my skin.

Some of my expression
must live as whispers
and then some
must die as screams.

These symbols
to explain my dark definition
Are but shadows
Cast from my dreams.

Words that mourn lost inspiration
seeking love and understanding
for these eyes
A history of lynched baptisms
and a whispering golden sphinx
without lies.

What beast is my form
made by black magic
A snake that dances to the sun?

As rhythm and light
bend for creation
the shedding
of my fear has begun.
The joy and relief
of a fearless darkness
Our beauty
not mocked or shamed.

A healing by voiceless abstractions
Through these eyes
that once only blamed.

Also check out Henry on YouTube:

JANUARY 14, 2017 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 Emily Joy

emily-joy_jenny1Emily Joy is a spoken word poet, educator and professional interrupter. She has released two studio albums of spoken word poetry, funded a successful Kickstarter to the tune of $10,000, competed in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, and travels the country performing at schools, churches, festivals, coffee shops, and wherever poetry is heard and enjoyed. Emily is also co-founder of The Flawless Project, a blog that seeks to give women space to tell their stories and encouragement for the work of justice in the world, and Communications Coordinator for Open Table Nashville, a local homeless outreach and policy advocacy organization that housed over 100 homeless friends in Nashville in 2016. Emily holds a degree in theology and lives in East Nashville with her spouse and their two cats, Lewis and Lucy.

Check out Emily Joy’s performance video for “How to Love the Sinner & Hate the Sin: 5 Easy Steps” here:

Emily Joy is now booking for 2017. Visit emilyjoypoetry.com or email booking@emilyjoypoetry.com to learn more.

DECEMBER 10, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

December’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

As cold weather comes and we draw close to another night of sharing the spoken word, we recognize those homeless in our community who need help in the form of action. For this year’s Holidays for the Homeless drive, we’re accepting donations of new socks in partnership with Home Street Home Ministries. See you Dec. 10, socks on feet and, if you can, also in hand.

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

December Feature Joshua Moore

joshuamooreJoshua Moore is a 2014 graduate of Eureka College where he studied English Creative Writing and Biology Pre-Medicine, and was a recipient of the Ronald W. Reagan Fellowship. After a brief stint as an oncological researcher at Tuskegee University, Joshua decided to place his med-school aspirations on hold in order to first purse his love of poetry and attain an MFA. A member of the Porch Writers Collective, Joshua is the facilitator of The Porch’s poetry book club as well as director of the poetry on demand project. He currently spends his days caught in the mill of work, writing, and grad-school application prep, daydreaming of his future self; a world traveling poet/professional who also happens to be Black Batman.

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

November Feature Dana Malone

 

danaDana Malone has been a regular reader/feature at such Nashville venues as Southern Festival of Books, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Actor’s Bridge/True Stories NSFW, Lyrical Brew, Global Education Center, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Summer Lights Festival (now Live on the Green), the Owl’s Nest, Mr. Gatti’s, Speer Presents, and the PENCIL Foundation awards ceremony. She currently co-hosts the monthly Writings on the Wall series at Atmalogy and is a participating poet in the Metro Arts Thrive-funded Neighborhoods Project/Poetry on Demand. Dana is a former professor at Tennessee State University and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and has taught creative writing and composition to students of all ages. She has presented numerous papers on confessional poet Anne Sexton at national and international conferences, where she also was selected to read poetry and fiction. Dana has worked with Gwendolyn Brooks, Al Young, and Lisel Mueller and has participated in the Appalachian Writers workshop.

In 1995, Dana self-published a chapbook, “Summer Lights”, which won the children’s literature award from the Tennessee Mountain Writers. Subsequently, Post Oak Publications published her full-length book of poetry, Front Porch Embraces, in 1998. Her poems appear in several anthologies, and segments of her novel, The Ghost Hour, were published in Nashville Digital Magazine.

From 2007-2009, Dana produced a CD/podcast series, Poems of Passion and Protest (Watkins College and Tennessee State University) and the show “HerStory” at Tennessee State. She is among the poets of the Line Breaks Collective on the forthcoming CD Domestic Disguises.

A former advertising copy writer, public relations director, speech writer and magazine editor, Dana currently is a freelance writer and consultant, and a regular contributing writer for Sports & Entertainment Nashville, where she covers the arts, music and sports. Her current creative project, “I belong to the Band,” incorporates musical influences as context—in particular, the music of the Band (Bob Dylan’s backing band that emerged from a year of collective writing sessions in Woodstock).

Here is a preview of Dana’s writing:

The fine print
“Everything I do gonna be funky from now on.”—Allen Touissant

Moses left something off the tablet:
Before the ten commandments:

“This little light of mine’s gonna shine.”

We bury burning bushes:

Uganda
looks like an underbelly
not the Garden a

paper bag against a cheek
looks like a girl at Fisk
isn’t light-skinned enough
to get a sorority bid
instead of cast-ironed
enough to dismiss the bruises

Dixie Crystals
look like something front-men
lick off the bodies of back-up singers
instead of what flies off the shelves
when children bake Thanksgiving pies
for the women who taught them to conjure recipes

Hannah’s prayer
looks like a dress rehearsal for David
instead of the first psalm
sung with the believability of a bleeding throat,

Mary Magdalene
looks like a backstage whore
instead of the first evangelist.

None of this would’ve happened, if not
for the voice of Miriam, Moses’s sister, singing,

“Under a bushel, no.
Under a bushel, no.”

November Guest Host Brian Daly

brian-brew-picBrew regular Brian Daly will be unveiling free copies of his new chapbook, “The Brew Poems,” at the November reading. This chap collects poems he’s written and debuted at the Brew over the past couple of years. (“Women of Publix,” “The Afghanistan of You,” “Out of Spoons,” etc.) Attendees are invited to grab a chap and read it at home. Then, if it doesn’t su….I mean, if you think it has merit, come back in the next month or two and give Brew organizer Christine Hall a couple of bucks to help with the expenses of running the show. In other words, it’s a benefit chapbook, OK? Thank you.

Excerpt from “Women of Publix”:

I meet them every Wednesday afternoon
in Publix on Senior Discount Day,
these old ladies, some with husbands—
guys so decrepit, hunched over, and uncool
with their blue-and-white legs
dangling below shorts that I wonder
how any woman, even these beat-up broads,
can still love them, while I, in the flush
of youth, go straight through Hell
to trick any fool girl into keeping my sorry ass
from one spring to the next.

OCTOBER 8, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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 brings a feature set from Map… Guest host is Chance Chambers. Both are well respected and widely appreciated local poets who worked together to help create Poetry in the Brew for us.

October Feature Map…

img_4077“Map…” Michael Alan Pierce is free. The founder of Poetry in the Brew, Map… is a poet, author, and beloved figure in the community. His feature performance comes a few months after Map… celebrated five years with Poetry in the Brew, which is the longest-running spoken word open mic currently held in Nashville. Map…’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including his noted books Praying Poems and Surrender. A teacher and mentor to all who ask it of him, Map… learned the value of both language and community while in prison. He recently completed an 11-year stretch on parole. Map… is free.

Here is a preview of Map…’s poetry:

The Window

As time progressed,
I was accepting the fact,
I was a prisoner.

I was even accepting the fact
I wasn’t receiving letters
and that others
refused to accept my calls.
I realized in order for me to make it,
I had to let them go.

What I found hard to accept
was the window in my cell,
for it clearly showed
my trailer
and my car –
all that I lost.

My car looked all ready to roll,
just needed me to drive.
The crazy times I had in that car
flashed
before my eyes

I looked at that trailer
and realized
that was mine,
all mine.
I bought and paid
every penny for it.
Now it’s a lost item
I once had.

You can’t take it with you
when you pass,
but it sure would have been nice to have it
as you live.
Like a thief in the night
cocaine robbed my possessions
that I had.
Left me a prisoner
on the other side
of this window.

I felt fortunate
to be breathing.
Others died
in their addictions.
Price I paid
for being sick
I was not alone
even though
life outside that window
let me go.

October Guest Host Chance Chambers

14438812_10209090134184165_826710132_oChance Chambers is a Nashville, Tennessee poetry and fiction writer whose work has appeared in the anthologies MuscadineLines: A Southern Anthology and Gathering: Writers of Williamson County. He has also been a quarter-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story & New Century Writers Short Story Competition and a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Poetry Open. In 2015, Metro Arts of Nashville commissioned Chance, along with six other writers/artists, to create a piece inspired by a local public artwork as part of a grant funded by the Bonnaroo Works Fund and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. That poem, “White Noise, Black Sky,” can be heard—along with the pieces by the other commissioned artists—at Metro Arts’ Explore Nashville Art website. Originally from Paris, Tennessee, Chance has lived in Nashville since 1985. His online home is Drunken Poem Bodega at chancechambers.com.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

For September’s show, our feature poet is local legend James C. Floyd Jr. aka “The Jefferson Street Poet.” As usual, we look forward to seeing and hearing you there!

September Feature James C. Floyd Jr. aka “The Jefferson St. Poet”

The cocky young man
has gone his way
in search of the child
who as an infant
was lullabied to Lethe
by the womankind fragrance
of his mother’s safe breast
and dreamed a poet
turned 70.

-James C. Floyd

Also check out The Jefferson Street Poet on YouTube.

AUGUST 13, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

August Feature Legoule Liander

Legoule Liander is a writer, musician, wood sculptor, and wand maker. You can find her wowing audiences with poetic performance about town while offering staunch yet sweet support of the arts community.

Here’s a preview of Leg’s poetry to enjoy ahead of her live appearance:

Vontrapp

Some kids are planned.
Some kids arrive without an actual plan where,
the coupled only have a general sense of expectation rather than any planned path. “we will have kids at this time over here
or we will have kids sometime.”
Either one lends the idea of balance,
and they both get what ends up being average.
What most people are. Not out of the ordinary.
There are some instances where a couple will facilitate an accident,
or “oops baby”.
This pretty much ends in one or more of the following 5 ways.
Single parenthood, Marriage, late in life parents, adoption, or termination.
I was not any of these.
I was a trap

JULY 9, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW: 5th Anniversary

Nashville’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

In July, Poetry in the Brew celebrates our 5th anniversary. This is the largest and longest-running spoken word open mic currently held in Nashville. Our city and poetry community grew fast, but the loft gives new and old friends a space to meet while expanding our minds. For the July event, we welcome two poets who got this movement started and keep it going now. Both use their torches to light the way for those who listen. The featured poet is KHAOS, and by request, catch a rare appearance from our founder Map… as host for the evening.

Remembering those homeless in our community as temperatures soar, we’re doing a bottled water drive to benefit Billy’s Song and Nashville, Help Tent City.  Grab some water to donate and join us.

July Feature KHAOS

13413752_1038897066204949_4995743495073349846_nIn the poet KHAOS we are met head on with a cross between an old school griot and modern day storytelling
Thus he dubs himself an oral historian
Although his roots are of Mississippi
He has spent much time around Fisk and Tennessee State University campuses
He has been involved most of his life in community activism and nonprofits that were geared toward education, youth development
And activities that served as deterrents to gang violence, high school dropouts, teen parenthood & incarceration
He is a Viet Nam veteran
Who started writing as a means of venting over the ghost haunting him from that experience
Today that venture has produced a well seasoned spoken word practitioner
Hereby known as
K. H. A. O. S.
His life goal is to promote love and understanding among his fellow man while working to enlighten they who will learn
KHAOS is fond of the sayings
Nothing is too good for m—–y friends
I love you like that
and
I can see the God in you
Please welcome and accept the humble offerings of the poet known as
K. H. A. O. S.

July Host Map…

FullSizeRenderFive years ago, Michael A. Pierce, known as Map…, founded Poetry in the Brew after returning to Nashville to find the venues lacking. At a 2011 memorial tribute to Beatlick Joe Speer, veteran poets agreed to search for a new place. Map… secured Portland Brew East on the 2nd Saturday of the month, the same night as the former Bean Central event. He enlisted the help of fellow poets to build a home for spoken word in Nashville.

Raised in Anderson, IN, Map… first moved to TN during high school, the summer following a news writing class where he got by covering sports. In northern TN, Map… spent his junior year playing basketball and met his high school girlfriend who became his first wife. He went back and forth from IN to TN once more, then settled in TN for a better job, but all he wanted to do was party. Map… and his first wife were partners in life and drugs. They had three sons starting in 1979, and an explosive dynamic fed by hardship.

He and his wife separated and he landed in jail. Map… turned to writing, first his feelings in an attempt to win her back, then stories in a jailhouse Christian magazine, Beside Still Waters. For his second wife, he wrote a lyric which surprised everyone. Map… shared that lyric with his third wife, and she told him he could do anything. All he wanted to do was write her a poem. This was his baptism in poetry.

When she left, he poured himself into the writing. A year later, Map… found refuge by accepting an invite to a poetry reading. Despite a shaky start on the mic, he got a warm reception and went back. He wrote and published titles including Jailhouse Poet, Soul Searching for a Poetic License, and 4ward Progress. He also went in and out of alcohol and drug treatment programs and trouble with the law before going to prison. The poets didn’t know where he went and Map… served about 4 years on a 16 year sentence, out on parole.

While in prison, he taught a workshop where the inmates blew him away with what they wrote. During 2004, Map… himself wrote 1700 poems. From a halfway house in Knoxville to a fresh take on Nashville beginning in 2006, Map… walked the path of recovery. He relied on friends, notably among them Laurel McManus, and poetry readings such as the one at Kijiji, until it closed. Once Poetry in the Brew was established, Map… released two more poetry collections, Praying Poems and Surrender. These 11 years of parole brought many emotions. As this period draws to a close, Map… strives to find the right and meaningful feeling in his writing.

Poetry and Performance Workshop

pitbflierJoin us for a poetry writing workshop including performances from local spoken word artists, authors, and members of our community. Bring a poem from home, pull a book off the shelf and take a turn reading aloud, or share what you write in the session. Come experience poetry’s power to transform everyday life into art. Learn about varied sources of inspiration and writers’ processes. Participation is encouraged but not required.

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2-4pm

WHERE: Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115

This event is presented in partnership with the Nashville Public Library Madison branch and Poetry in the Brew, the longest-running spoken word open mic currently held in Nashville.

JUNE 11, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

June’s feature is Bradley K Meyer, an out-of-town poet with thoughtful and entrancing style. Guest host is a surprise this month.

June Feature Bradley K Meyer

bkmpress2Bradley K Meyer writes from Dayton, Ohio. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in decomP, DASH, Toad, Superstition Review, Rust+Moth & elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, Hotel Room (Vostok East Press, 2013). He edits Pouch Magazine which lives at www.pouchmag.com.

Visit www.bradleykmeyer.com for more.

MAY 14, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

In May, we feature poet Drake Moreno. Our guest host is JR Robles.

May Feature Drake Moreno

DrmProfile2Drake Moreno is a native of Los Angeles, and a grateful graduate of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. He attended Pomona College and graduated from the University of New Mexico, eventually obtaining an M.A. in Elementary Education, with emphases in Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education and Technology. He taught students from pre-K to post-graduate, with a six-year sojourn as an organizer for the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.

Moreno’s new passion is prose and performance poetry. He pursues his long-term interests in music, books and film, martial arts, scuba, yoga, RV camping and travel, spirituality and recovery. Now retired, Moreno and his wife, Heather, moved to Tennessee in 2013 to be near their daughter, Nashville musician Alissa Moreno, and her new family.

May Guest Host JR Robles

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JR Robles writes poems and plays about food, love, dogs, and other mysteries. His poetry has variously appeared in Calliope, 2nd and Church, Collage, and other places along the way. He lives in McKenzie, TN, and teaches writing and literature at Bethel University.

APRIL 9, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

April’s feature poet is Jon Taylor, who is ceaseless in pleasing audiences with his incisive wit and linguistics. Christine Hall guest hosts.

April Feature Jon Taylor

jontaylorJon Taylor started out long ago by writing song lyrics, and his poems today demonstrate his roots as a lyricist. All his poems are in four movements like a standard song lyric, and many of them employ “hook lines,” as they are called on Music Row, in the same repetition patterns used since the Tin Pan Alley era. Jon is proud to be the featured reader at Poetry in the Brew for the poetry month of April.

April Guest Host Christine Hall

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Christine Hall lives for the art. Her chosen forms include writing, performing, gardening, subtle rearranging of everyday objects in public spaces, parenting, editing, lucid dreaming, and helping organize events such as Poetry in the Brew.

On May 28th, Christine returns to Exit/In’s stage for The Cabaret Noir Collective presents: The Time Traveler’s Ball with special guest Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands. Like their page to keep up with the anachronistic antics leading up to the show.

 

MARCH 12, 2016 WINDOWS AT THE BREW: SECOND ANNUAL REVIVAL

Special Event

WINDOWS AT THE BREW: SECOND ANNUAL REVIVAL
Saturday, March 12, 2016

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

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

poetryinapubFrom 1983 – 1993, on the first Thursday of each month, Charlie Fenton’s eclectic “Windows on the Cumberland” nightspot in the galleria on 2nd Avenue welcomed Nashville area poets to an open mic “Poetry in a Pub” experience. Started by Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco, the “Windows Scene” grew stronger and larger by the year, and influenced many area poets. In 1986, D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt were drafted as co-hosts of the monthly Windows show. They served honorably for 7 years, until gentrification closed the doors of the Windows to poetry in 1993. Now, 23 years later, Caron and Ra will once again reunite to co-host the second annual WINDOWS AT THE BREW, a celebration of Nashville poetry’s “Golden Decade” at Windows. We’ll be expecting many of the finest veteran voices of the Windows Era, and with no featured poet for this event, there will be plenty of time for everyone to read, just like the good old days. Come lend your best lines to this historical literary event!

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C Ra McGuirt and D. Phillip Caron, former co-hosts of Poetry in the Pub, reunite to co-host this month’s Windows at the Brew: Second Annual Revival open mic at Portland Brew East on Sat. Mar. 12th.

FEBRUARY 13, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

In February the feature poet is Chance Chambers, who is steadfast in both voice and support within the Nashville arts community. Guest host is our friend, gifted writer and speaker Tricia Schwaab. We’ll see you up in the loft.

February Feature Chance Chambers

chancechambersChance Chambers was a top 100 winner in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of Writer’s Digest’s 73rd Annual Writing Competition for his story “Miss October,” which later appeared, along with his poem “Bleachers,” in Muscadine Lines: A Southern Anthology. His short stories have also appeared in the anthologies Gathering: Writers of Williamson County and Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction. Chance has been a quarter-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story & New Century Writers Short Story Competition, a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Poetry Open, and a three-time nominee for the Sensored Starving Artist awards in fiction and poetry. In 2015, Chance was one of seven writers/artists to be commissioned by Metro Arts of Nashville to create a piece inspired by a local public artwork as part of a grant funded by the Bonnaroo Works Fund and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. That poem, “White Noise, Black Sky,” can be heard—along with the pieces by the other commissioned artists—at Metro Arts’ Explore Nashville Art website.

Originally from Paris, Tennessee, Chance has lived in Nashville since 1985. His online home is Drunken Poem Bodega. For more information: chance451@gmail.com

February Guest Host Tricia Schwaab

triciaschwaabTricia Schwaab has written since childhood but had never read at a poetry open mic until coming to Tennessee. She has had short plays produced in Nashville and Maryland, and her first full-length play, When the Letter Writers Have All Died, was produced in Baltimore. Her poetry has been published in journals including Calliope and Dead Snakes. She is currently working on a new full-length play about the journey to healing and finding one’s self.

JANUARY 9, 2016 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

Our first feature of 2016 is Tiana Clark, with guest host Ciona Rouse.

January Feature Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is a Pushcart Prize nominee and recent recipient of the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She is living, performing, and teaching poetry in Nashville, Tennessee. Tiana graduated from Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women’s studies. She is a first-year MFA student in poetry at Vanderbilt University where she is the Writer In Residence for the East and Memorial houses, and a Poetry Reader for the Nashville Review, an online literary arts journal. Tiana serves on the board for a local non-profit literary center, The Porch Writer’s Collective. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Raven Chronicles, Word Riot, Nashville Arts Magazine, Native Magazine, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Best New Poets 2015, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Southern Indiana Review and elsewhere. For more information: www.tianaclark.com.

January Guest Host Ciona Rouse

Ciona Rouse

“do the crazy thing . . . and let them gasp right before they call it a thing of wonder.”

Ciona is a dreamer, poet, and motherfucking sorcerer. She is the author of Like Breath & Water: Praying With Africa, a book chronicling stories she encountered while traveling the continent. She believes in poetry being shared aloud and language arts being revered in Nashville and, in order to help that happen, curates several Nashville poetry experiences, including the monthly Lyrical Brew at Barnes & Noble and Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy.

Visit www.thecrazything.com for more from Ciona.

DECEMBER 12, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

For December’s show, our feature poet is Georgia Caldwell with guest host Chris Whitelaw.

December Feature Georgia Caldwell

GeorgiaCaldwellMy name is Georgia Caldwell and I was born and raised Yankee with a love for the South. I am a lot of things! But mostly a human being with life experiences that have changed me. A being that is in search of truth, purpose, love, and some peace. Someone that doesn’t mind sharing this life I’ve been given especially if it brings any good to the reader or hearer. It seems for everything I really like to do at times I like to really do the opposite too! I was very inquisitive as a child and still am. I have always been creative and loved the arts, anything with feeling and passion. I come from a family of addiction, abuse, and other dysfunctions and my writings reflect a lot of the pain, loss, confusion, healing, and hope I have experienced and still do. I started writing in February of 2014 after being encouraged by a soul that seemed to see mine so clearly or at least clearer than I did. I had no idea what would happen with these poems but it didn’t matter. The release was spiritually powerful. Some days 4 or 5 would come out of me and it was a purging—it’s the only word that fits the experience. A year was coming and I had over 100 poems. I had read at a few open mic events. My first was Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy, next Night of Free Speech, and then Poetry in the Brew. Everywhere I read I was supported and embraced. My friends and family as well supported and encouraged me. As soon as Calliope Magazine began I had my first published poem there. I was so honored. Since that I have had one more poem published with Calliope and on March 31st, 2015, self-published my first book called Purgings. Purgings Part Two was published October of 2015. I earnestly pray that the Creator will allow these words and purgings to continue. They have blessed me and healed me in a way no other experience has. So this book Purgings is for the children with no voice, the teen that is labeled and misunderstood, and the adult hiding their pain behind some dysfunction.

December Guest Host Chris Whitelaw

ChrisWhitelaw_hostChris Whitelaw lives and works in Davidson County, usually performing spoken word pieces throughout the Nashville circuit. Chris has been writing and performing since the age of 12, having his work published in various college newspapers as well as local literary magazines. Aside from his love for literature, poetry and the English language in general, Chris is passionate about finding new ways to become more spiritual each day, a lifestyle that has helped him maintain his sobriety since August of 2015. Much of Chris’ recent work reflects his constant desire for personal growth. A former resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Chris does what he can to support and encourage fellow writers to keep the art of poetry and creative writing alive and well in the Athens of the South.

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month’s installment is guest hosted by Allison Boyd with a feature set from Chris Whitelaw.

November Feature Chris Whitelaw

Chris WhitelawMy full name is Christopher Bryan Whitelaw. When I was a kid, I wanted to change my last name to my mother’s maiden name—Caspillo. I thought the fact it sounded ethnic was elegant and being Filipino, a people known for their hardwork and kind souls, was a sort of badge of honor for me growing up. Until I met my uncle.

I grew up on Long Island, NY. I have a lot of memories of New York. Many of them involve both physical and emotional pain at the hands of those who tried to raise a child, in the hopes he would be that which they never could. I started writing at 12, mostly painful caricatures of my favorite angry rock ‘n’ roll songs at the time. With more pain both at home and middle school came a style that reveled in the darkness of American suburban life. Poetry and punk rock—I owe those two artforms just as much credit as I do to God for keeping me alive. I always thought I would have been dead at 18. Anyways, after falling in love and making various terrible decisions which would shape the rest of my life, my parents sent me to live with our family in the Philippines. I learned many things there—that movies don’t do being stabbed any justice in terms of the intensity of pain involved, straight gin tastes amazing after the first 15 minutes of chasing it with water on an empty stomach, planting rice is hard and thankless work, just because you don’t always have the urge to enforce brutal violence on others doesn’t mean it doesn’t run in the family… but mostly, I learned that no matter how tough life can get, the human spirit is tougher.

Seven years later, I briefly lived in Jersey after graduating high school, a feat no one, not even my own parents thought possible. I then moved to Phoenix where I learned the joys of suppressing memories through narcotics. After four years of living in Phoenix and a decade of self-abuse, I moved to Nashville with the hopes of a new life. Three years into that wish, I am only now truly learning to live and enjoy it for the first time.

I have a lot of war stories, hundreds of battle scars all over my body to flaunt but I am here, I am alive and I am thankful that God never gave up on me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my art and thank you for keeping the beautiful art of poetry and creative writing alive and well in Nashville. Much Love… ♡

November Guest Host Allison Boyd

Allison BoydAllison Boyd Justus lives in Rutherford County, where she works as a language arts teacher, college counselor, and service facilitator for intellectually gifted students. She’s writing more lesson plans and IEPs than poems these days, but her writing has appeared in electronic and print publications, including the Madcap Review, Eunoia Review, Quail Bell, and Calliope, and her manuscript Solstice to Solstice to Solstice was recently accepted for publication (2016-17) by Alternating Current Press. Allison is ever striving to keep her roles as writer and teacher from drifting too far apart and causing any kind of dreadful rupture of the spirit; recent measures to ensure successful integration of identity include participation in Poetry in the Brew, involvement with the Middle Tennessee Writing Project, intentional mentoring of students as writers, and the inception of the Middle Tennessee Writers’ Group, which meets in Murfreesboro the first Friday night of every month. Allison has found the literary community of Poetry in the Brew stimulating, encouraging, and challenging, and she is honored and delighted to host November’s gathering.

OCTOBER 10, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

C Ra McGuirt, who helped put on the Windows on the Brew reunion show this March, returns for an October feature set.

October Feature C Ra McGuirt

cramcguirtCurtis Ray “C Ra” McGuirt grew up in central Florida and Nashville, TN. He has worked as a firefighter, prep chef, professional wrestler, janitor, technical writer, and theatrical box office manager. With Captain D. Phillip Caron, C Ra co-hosted Nashville’s longest-running open microphone poetry reading, “Poetry in a Pub”, from 1986 – 1993. McGuirt lives between Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Dr. Maxine Herbert, and their twin sons, Morgan and Logan.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

Fresh from hosting for us in July, Joseph Powell returns with a feature set for this month’s Poetry in the Brew. Guest host TBA.

September Feature Joseph Powell

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Joseph Powell is a poet and writer, and the author of three collections of poetry: Joby, Uninterrupted: Bittersweet Symphonies and Bohemian Rhapsodies(1989-2009), Poetry Man, and The Writing’s on the Wall. He is also the creator and author of the blog, “The Joby Chronicle.” Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he relocated last year to Nashville, Tennessee, from Burbank, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Greenville College in Illinois. He has performed at a number of venues around the country including the Austin International Poetry Festival and most recently, the Tucson Festival of Books. His work has been featured in a variety of print and online journals, including the Nashville-based Calliope magazine. He cites James Baldwin and Maya Angelou as his primary influences and credits his girlfriend, Cindi, and stepdaughter, Santi, as his motivating forces.

AUGUST 8, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew features poet Amanda Gayle Oliver and guest host Jason Tomlinson.

August Feature Amanda Gayle Oliver

Amanda Gayle OliverAmanda Gayle Oliver (Hendricks) was first published in the Birmingham News at the age of 16. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (BA in Literature and Creative Writing). Most recently she was published in Calliope Arts Magazine, San Diego Poetry Annual, Torrid Literary Journal, and for Steady Moon Press. Her work has also appeared in various other literary journals. Amanda had a play staged this summer by Nashville’s Ten Minute Playground and is working on upcoming projects under her You Are Poetry project. Her poetry and prose concentrate on taking what the world sees as ugly and making it beautiful, giving a voice to the voiceless, and honest human connection. She constantly craves Mexican food, never misses a chance to twinkle her toes in the nearest body of water, and dreams of reading in a hammock in Taos, New Mexico. She currently snuggles with her husband in Old Hickory, TN, where she’s happiest reading Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfiction or dancing under Jefferson Street Bridge on a Tuesday night.

August Guest Host Jason Tomlinson

Jason TomlinsonIn the fall of 1993 I lived in Burton, Michigan, where I was a 15-year-old sophomore at Valley Christian Academy. Around that time I had joined the staff of Word Up, a section of the Flint Journal that appeared every Sunday. At Word Up students were encouraged to submit all sorts of articles and write-ups including poetry. The creative atmosphere among the Word Up writers was just the sort that was ideal for me to write my first poem. So, one day in biology, I cranked out my first, “Outcast’s Cry.” It was instant satisfaction and I’ve never looked back.

In the fall of 1996 I was a freshman at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. I discovered The Owl’s Nest, a coffee shop on 22nd. They had a monthly poetry open mic and I went to the first one I could. Once again, the satisfaction I felt rhyming in front of people was complete. I went as often as I could and enjoyed the encouragement and camaraderie of the other poets there who amazed me on a regular basis.

In the fall of 2001 I was a Junior at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Leah and I had been married a little more than a year and life was really, really good. We had purchased our first desktop computer and soon after I picked a loop-based music program called Acid Music by Sonic Foundry. I had the idea of making a spoken word album with experimental background music. In late 2001, I produced my first album, I’m Doing Something Different Tonight. Making the album was a delight and with its creation I began to pursue regular gigs at schools, churches, camps, coffee shops and bars. During this time I discovered the Little Rock Poetry Slam, which was one of the most important tools that shaped me as a young aspiring spoken word artist. The atmosphere was both hostile and nurturing and I will never forget some of the words I heard and people I met while there.

In the fall of 2010 I had ultimately given up on the idea of being a career spoken word artist. Many things contributed to this, some good, some bad, but I was mistaken. Though I may never make much money writing and performing I will never be done and that’s a comforting and empowering thought. In August of 2010 I competed in Community’s Got Talent at the Community Church of Hendersonville. I used my old favorite stand-by, “Alliterate Adoration,” and in the middle of being on stage something came alive inside me that had not been stirred for years.

Now, as a husband, father and middle school teacher, I am tempted to believe that I don’t have time for poetry but these three roles that God has given me serve to spur on my creativity as strong as it has ever been. I reckon I’ll keep on writing, rhyming, recording and performing.

http://www.bringbackthepoetry.com

JULY 11, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month marks the 4th Anniversary of Poetry in the Brew. Feature poet Michelle Awad joins guest host Joseph Powell up in the loft for another night of poetic transport. To celebrate our four years coming together as a community, we’d like to reach out to another community that could use some help. In order to meet the material needs of those who are homeless in this city, we’re collecting items and donations in support of “Nashville, Help Tent City.” Wish list and more info here: www.facebook.com/groups/NashvilleHelpTentCity/.

July Feature Michelle Awad

Michelle AwadI was born in Johnson City, TN, but did most of my growing up in Columbia, TN. I have nothing but Tennessee blood.

I wasn’t supposed to be a redhead, but I was. My mother would attest to that. They say being raised by a single parent affects you in ways that children of two-parent families couldn’t dream of. I’d say that’s probably true, but I was never lacking in love. The truth is, I don’t remember a whole lot of my childhood, but I remember that it was good. I spent most of my time wishing I was older, and now I spend most of my time wishing I could take that back.

In high school, I was lucky enough to have a few influential teachers who took an interest in whatever budding talent I may have had and decided to run with it. I started writing poetry as an outlet for all of the things I thought and felt that I wasn’t able to talk about otherwise. It was a way for me to express things that were meaningful to me without being a total downer at parties or ruining casual conversations at the lunch table. It was and remains to be a place where I can be serious, since I spend most of my life laughing and making light of things for the sake of my sanity, an attribute that runs in my family.

In May 2014, I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in English Writing and a minor in sociology. There, I was fortunate to meet many professors who encouraged me, appreciated my writing, and helped me to develop it and find my voice. I was nominated by the English Department staff on multiple occasions as a candidate for the Authors and Artists Scholarship, and I was honored to win it each time that I entered. In 2014, I received the Thelma Styles Igou Poetry Award Scholarship for “excellence in poetry,” as decided by various English faculty members for my poem “A Bushel and a Peck,” which is probably my personal favorite of all of my poems to date. I was also lucky enough to have two different original poems published in UT Chattanooga’s yearly literary journal, the Sequoya Review.

Currently, I reside in Chattanooga where I work as the Administrative Services Manager for a company that provides background checking services to other companies. One day, I hope to break into the publishing industry. My ultimate goal is to find a position in editorial publishing where I can contribute to the world of literature in some meaningful way. I am also (slowly) working on an original novel that I may finish some time before death takes me.

The biggest influences on my writing include the people I have been in my past lives, the death of my grandfather, how the seasons change, the resilience of every woman that I know, and all the dogs that I have kissed, both human and canine.

July Guest Host Joseph Powell

Joseph Powell

Joseph Powell is a poet and writer, and the author of three collections of poetry: Joby, Uninterrupted: Bittersweet Symphonies and Bohemian Rhapsodies(1989-2009), Poetry Man, and The Writing’s on the Wall. He is also the creator and author of the blog, “The Joby Chronicle.” Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he relocated last year to Nashville, Tennessee, from Burbank, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Greenville College in Illinois. He has performed at a number of venues around the country including the Austin International Poetry Festival and most recently, the Tucson Festival of Books. His work has been featured in a variety of print and online journals, including the Nashville-based Calliope magazine. He cites James Baldwin and Maya Angelou as his primary influences and credits his girlfriend, Cindi, and stepdaughter, Santi, as his motivating forces.

JUNE 13, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

In June, feature poet KHAOS joins guest host Denise Satterfield Wilson for Poetry in the Brew’s monthly reading in the loft.

June Feature KHAOS

KHAOS

In the poet and oral historian
KHAOS
we are met head on with a mixture of old school logic and futuristic prophesy.
He strives to merge the experience of his age and generation with the freshness and modern day outlook on today’s current events and their cause and effect upon today’s society.

KHAOS
was raised in Nashville, TN
and attended both Catholic and public schools there,
St. Vincent de Paul & Father Ryan on the Catholic side,
Pearl High on the public school side.
He served in the Army in Viet Nam from 1964 until 1968.
Upon his return he attended Columbia State and Tennessee State University.
KHAOS worked at various occupations involving non profits connected to youth development and accessing public assistance to a disenfranchised populace.
He also started and ran a construction cleanup company for over 20 years, employing and teaching trades to hardcore unemployed minorities.

KHAOS
started writing and sharing his poetry as a means of venting and working his way through Demons haunting
him in the aftermath of Viet Nam.
He has been associated with music and performing arts
since high school, including a stint as a
Mentor and oral historian & storyteller at the now defunct Village Cultural Arts Center.

This year he was awarded an honor as an unsung hero for public service in poetry by MTSU.

June Guest Host Denise Satterfield Wilson

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On December 1, 1986, a tragic incident caused Denise Satterfield Wilson to take pen in hand in an effort to express the roller coaster of emotions she felt following the senseless murder of her son’s best friend, Darius Dobbins.

Both young men were 17 years young, walking home from school when a 16-year-old classmate shot Darius several times in retaliation for an argument that had taken place earlier that day.

Denise began sharing her written words at Windows on the Cumberland, a downtown restaurant owned by Mr. Charlie Fenton in the 1980s. This was Nashville’s first open mic poetry venue.

The first time Denise approached the mic, her hands literally trembled with fear, but the welcoming encouragement of fellow poets gave her the strength and inspiration to continue breathing life into each poem.

“Each time I create a poem, it’s like giving birth, and the end result is a baby I want to show off and share with the world,” Denise says.

In 1994, Ms. Wilson entered a poetry contest sponsored by the Tennessee Writers Alliance in connection with The Southern Festival of Books and judged by world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. The poem “For Miss Rosa Parks” tied for third place and Denise had the thrill of reading it at the State Capitol for Ms. Giovanni.

Denise has shared her poems and short stories at numerous venues: Douglas Corner, where she met Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn back in the ’80s (they are still close friends today), The Abyss, Pearl-Cohn High School, Hunter’s Lane High School, Haynes Middle School, Head Elementary School, Tennessee Men’s Prison, Nashville and Only, Tennessee Women’s Prison, Tennessee State University, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, Cohn Adult Learning Center, Bean Central Coffee House, Kijiji Coffee House, Summer Lights, Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, and The Southern Festival of Books (several years).

In 2000, Denise was invited by Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn to accompany her for a two-day reading as guests of Professor Carole Knuth at Buffalo State Community College, Buffalo, NY.

Ms. Wilson has had several poems and short stories published in The Nashville Pride, “Somebody’s Child” was published in the Spring Quarter 1991 Issue of Contempora Magazine, and “Bewildered,” “Colored,” “Sassy,” “Black Hair,” and “Strangers” were published in 1997 in Invisible Scars and Other Writings About Relationships.

“Black Coffee” was included in an anthology by Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn, Southern Voices in Every Direction, in 1996. In 2004 Denise self-published a chapbook titled Sassy Thoughts, Sweet Memories and Poetic Vibes.

Denise had the thrill of having her poem “Touched” included in Calliope Magazine in 2014, along with “If Only: A Tribute to Robin Williams” in their November issue and “Winter Storm” in the May issue. She was the featured writer in the February 2015 issue and had six poems published.

Denise combined forces with fellow poet Dana Malone Saunders when a call for submissions went out from the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project. They were accepted and shared their poetry as the “Sassy Ds” along with three other women poets on the stage of the Looby Theater, Metro Center on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015.

MAY 9, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This May’s reading brings feature poet Leeah Vickers and guest host Dave Wright to Poetry in the Brew. Both are clear voices with deep roots in our literary community.

May Feature Leeah Vickers

Leeah Vickers

Poet and storyteller Leeah Vickers thrives on painting tapestries with words—inspirational stories and perceptions from life’s ever-eventful journey. Her book Free to Fly (available around Nashville, on Amazon, and at her performances) is a peek into the soul of a freed spirit spreading her wings and embracing the tattered yet beautiful world around her. Love and hope is a constant message at the heart of her collection. Along with writing, she teaches 6th grade Literacy and loves to watch ridiculous 80’s movies with her boyfriend and pup at home. Leeah is a growing voice that SOULY desires for others to find their own and celebrate it. For others to be not afraid of their own sound. For others to speak. Because they were meant to.

May Guest Host Dave Wright

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Dave Wright is from Tennessee. He is an MFA Fiction student at Sewanee School of Letters. His work has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Black Heart Magazine, Calliope, The NewerYork, Caper Literary Journal, HUSMW, among other places. His first collection of poems Riverwalkers was published in 2013. He currently lives in Dickson, TN.

APRIL 11, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew welcomes feature poet Denise Satterfield Wilson and guest host Christine Hall.

April Feature Denise Satterfield Wilson

Denise Satterfield Wilson

On December 1, 1986, a tragic incident caused Denise Satterfield Wilson to take pen in hand in an effort to express the roller coaster of emotions she felt following the senseless murder of her son’s best friend, Darius Dobbins. Both young men were 17 years young, walking home from school when a 16-year-old classmate shot Darius several times in retaliation for an argument that had taken place earlier that day.

Denise began sharing her written words at Windows on the Cumberland, a downtown restaurant owned by Mr. Charlie Fenton in the 1980s. This was Nashville’s first open-mic poetry venue.

The first time Denise approached the mic her hands literally trembled with fear but the welcoming encouragement of fellow poets gave her the strength and inspiration to continue breathing life into each poem.

“Each time I create a poem it’s like giving birth and the end result is a baby I want to show off and share with the world,” Denise says.

In 1994 Ms. Wilson entered a poetry contest sponsored by the Tennessee Writers Alliance in connection with The Southern Festival of Books and judged by world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. The poem “For Miss Rosa Parks” tied for third place and Denise had the thrill of reading it at the State Capitol for Miss Giovanni.

Denise has shared her poems and short stories at numerous venues: Douglas Corner, where she met Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn back in the 80s (and they are still close friends today), The Abyss, Pearl-Cohn High School, Hunter’s Lane High School, Haynes Middle School, Head Elementary School, the Tennessee Men’s Prison, Nashville and Only, Tennessee, Tennessee Women’s Prison, Nashville, Tennessee State University, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, Cohn Adult Learning Center, Bean Central Coffee House, Kijiji Coffee House, Summer Lights, Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN, Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, The Southern Festival of Books (several years).

In 2000 Denise was invited by Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn to accompany her for a two-day reading as guests of Professor Carole Knuth at Buffalo State Community College, Buffalo, NY.

Ms. Wilson has had several poems and short stories published in The Nashville Pride, “Somebody’s Child” was published in the Spring Quarter 1991 Issue of Contempora Magazine, “Bewildered,” “Colored,” “Sassy,” “Black Hair,” and “Strangers,” were published in 1997 in Invisible Scars and Other Writings About Relationships.

“Black Coffee” was included in an anthology by Poet Laureate Maggi Britton Vaughn, Southern Voices in Every Direction in 1996.

Denise had the thrill of having her poem, “Touched,” included in the 2014 issue of Calliope Magazine and “If Only: A Tribute to Robin Williams” in Calliope’s November issue. In 2004 Denise self-published a chapbook titled Sassy Thoughts, Sweet Memories and Poetic Vibes.

April Guest Host Christine Hall

photo by Ross Smith

photo by Ross Smith

Christine Hall is a living poet.

MARCH 14, 2015 WINDOWS AT THE BREW: ONE NIGHT ONLY

Special Event

WINDOWS AT THE BREW: ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Reading starts at 6:00

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

poetryinapubFrom 1983 – 1993, on the first Thursday of each month, Charlie Fenton’s eclectic “Windows on the Cumberland” nightspot in the galleria on 2nd Avenue welcomed Nashville area poets to an open mic “Poetry in a Pub” experience. Started by Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco, the “Windows Scene” grew stronger and larger by the year, and influenced many area poets. In 1986, D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt were drafted as co-hosts of the monthly Windows show. They served honorably for 7 years, until gentrification closed the doors of the Windows to poetry in 1993. Now, 22 years later, Caron and Ra will be re-uniting to co-host WINDOWS AT THE BREW: ONE NIGHT ONLY, a celebration of Nashville poetry’s “Golden Decade” at Windows. We’ll be expecting many of the finest veteran voices of the Windows Era, but with no feature this month, there will be plenty of time for everyone to read, just like the good old days. Come lend your best lines to this historical literary event!

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C Ra McGuirt and D. Phillip Caron, former co-hosts of Poetry in the Pub, reunite to co-host this month’s open mic Windows at the Brew: One Night Only at Portland Brew East on Sat. Mar. 15th.

FEBRUARY 14, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew comes on Valentine’s Day with a lovely and unusual pairing of Nashville poets: feature Amanda Gayle Oliver and guest host Brian Daly.

February Feature Amanda Gayle Oliver

AmandaOliverAmanda Gayle Oliver is a Southern Belle by birth and a New Englander by heart. Born and raised in Alabama, Oliver was first published in the Birmingham News at 16. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. Most recently, she was published in Calliope Magazine, San Diego Poetry Annual, Torrid Literary Journal, and for Steady Moon Press. Her work has appeared in various other journals. Her poetry and prose concentrate on taking what the world sees as ugly and making it beautiful, giving a voice to the outcast, and sharing her personal story. She dreams of a hammock in New Mexico, always has change for the juke box, and never misses a chance to twinkle her toes in the nearest body of water. Oliver has had three plays (“Stuck,” “Elevator Music,” and “Lines”) produced in college. Amanda is excited to be learning the violin. She snuggles with her husband in Old Hickory, TN, where she’s happiest reading Star Trek: The Next Generation fan-fiction or dancing under Jefferson Street Bridge on a Tuesday night.

February Guest Host Brian Daly

briandalyDescribed by Joe Speer in Beatlick News as “the enfant terrible of the Nashville poetry scene,” Brian Daly hasn’t mellowed much in the 13 years since then. He’s had poems in several recent issues of Calliope, the new Nashville lit/art mag, and he has poems forthcoming in Chiron Review. His main claim to fame is that he attended Wrestlemania I.

To those planning to read, please bring a few sentences about yourself if you want him to include them in your introduction.

JANUARY 10, 2015 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew spotlights two talents at the forefront of Nashville poetry: feature Dave Cuomo and guest host Walker Bass.

January Feature Dave Cuomo

Dave CuomoDave Cuomo has recently returned to poetry after spending several years songwriting and touring with the anarcho folk punk band Chicken Little. He studied poetry at the University of Colorado, and is the former editor and co-founder of the New York based acoustic fanzine Urban Folk. His work was most recently published in Tour Sucks, an anthology of stories from the road put out by Plan-It X records. He is currently the chef/owner of the Bella Nashville Pizzeria and the Bella Nashville Bakery.

January Guest Host Walker Bass

TreeWalkerWalker Bass received a certificate from the Writer’s Loft (MTSU) in January, 2013, where Jeff Hardin and Kory Wells were his mentors. Walker currently works as a caregiver for his father-in-law, prepares his meals, etc. From 2008 to 2010 he ran a neighborhood soup business – taking orders, making and delivering soup. Walker has “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail twice. Both were six month endeavors. He now studies and practices Mindfulness. Beauty, exercise and the rising heart are important to him. Walker has been published in the journals Blast Furnace, Nashville Arts Magazine, Number One and Third Wednesday among others. He and his wife live in Nashville.

DECEMBER 13, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew welcomes to the spotlight two luminaries of Nashville poetry: feature Valerie Ford and guest host Georgia Caldwell.

December Feature Valerie Ford

ValerieFordValerie Ford is an underground artist who writes poetry in her spare time. She lives in Franklin, TN, with her beautiful daughter Willow. Much of her work reflects on broken relationships. She uses poetry and art to heal her sadness and channel her fury.

Her high school English teacher was poet Vol Lindsey, and if not for him she may never have discovered Poetry in the Brew. Vol believed in her poetry when she was a quiet girl sitting in the back of his class. He saw her when no one else did.

Valerie is inspired by D.H. Lawrence and the sensuality in his poetry. She creates beauty and finds a voice through her writing. She is in love with literature, and draws you into this love through her words.

December Guest Host Georgia Caldwell

bio picMy name is Georgia Caldwell, born and raised in a small Minnesota town up until the age of 15. When I was young I aspired to be a cartoonist, did some writing, and drowned myself in music. I have four children and a lifetime it seems of laughs and pains. I am a fulltime alcohol and drug counselor. I believe in overcoming with all that is in me. I am rebellious by nature. My filter tends to never work quite right, and I have a confusing relationship with the human race.

It was either my first “date” or one soon after, in January/February of 2014, I was telling my friend I “used to write and used to create art.” He said with surety, “We are going to change that to ‘you do write and you do create art.'” So I started writing and it has just been like something pierced the most inward part of me and these writings are what have come out…Here I am over 100 writings later. It has been one of the most amazing experiences. I just hope it never stops, and I hope the transparency in my writings will help others find some healing like it has me.

OCTOBER 11, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew welcomes to the spotlight two Nashville poetry veterans: feature C Ra McGuirt and guest host James C. Floyd.

October Feature C Ra McGuirt

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Our feature for the month is the legendary C Ra McGuirt.  With Captain D. Phillip Caron, C Ra co-hosted Nashville’s longest-running open mic reading, Poetry in a Pub, at Windows on the Cumberland, from 1986-1993. C Ra also published The Penny Dreadful Review poetry magazine during the 90s, showcasing both out of town and local poets. His monthly open house for creative people drew a diverse crowd of Nashville’s finest wordsmiths, who became known as the Dreadful House Poets. C Ra has hundreds of poems in print in various magazines. A volume of his collected poems, “NOpoem”, has been published by Scars Press, along with “Blue Collar Ballet”, C Ra’s true account of his days as a professional wrestler. “Blue Collar Ballet” is now available on Kindle. C Ra is currently working on a new book, “Kayfables”, an exploration of the nature of words and reality. He lives with his wife Maxine and twin sons Logan and Morgan in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. But C Ra also keeps a crib in Nashville, because sometimes he just has to stand on Tennessee dirt.

 

October Guest Host James C. Floyd

20140404-130818.jpgJames C. Floyd is a veteran poet on the Nashville spoken and written word scene, as well as a screenwriter, storyteller, and photographer.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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Reading starts at 6:00

In this month’s Poetry in the Brew spotlight, two veterans of the reading: feature Walker Bass and guest host Christine Hall.

September Feature Walker Bass

TreeWalkerWalker Bass received a certificate from the Writer’s Loft (MTSU) in January, 2013, where Jeff Hardin and Kory Wells were his mentors.  Walker currently works as a caregiver for his father-in-law, prepares his meals, etc.  From 2008 to 2010 he ran a neighborhood soup business – taking orders, making and delivering soup.  Walker has “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail twice.  Both were six month endeavors.  He now studies and practices Mindfulness.  Beauty, exercise and the rising heart are important to him.  Walker has been published in the journals Blast Furnace, Number One and Third Wednesday.  He and his wife live in Nashville.

September Guest Host Christine Hall

Christine Hall

Rebecca Adler Photography

Performance poet Christine Hall lives, writes, and gardens in Nashville, TN. A child of American mythology―Tool Girl Calendars, Bible Stories, Science Fiction―she ventures into intimate storytelling territory with ease. “Imitating Flatters”, a selection from her book Waking Up God, appeared on Nashville MTA buses in 2013 as part of Metro Art’s Poetry in Motion. Christine is a regular participant and promoter within the city’s vibrant creative culture. She has two sons and a boyfriend who is an artist. Currently working to complete her second book of poems, Christine can be found around town exercising the power of spoken word and listening in equal turn.

August 9, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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Reading starts at 6:00

This month, Poetry in the Brew welcomes feature and Nashville poetry veteran Vol Lindsey to the loft stage. Leeah Vickers,  a regular voice in the new generation of Nashville poets, will guest host.

August Feature Vol Lindsey

Vol LindseyI’m a Tennessee Texan, an old one, and (disregarding quantum physics) getting older all the time. I work with words, leather, I carve wood and I‘m a retired teacher. Actually, I am genetically programmed to be a teacher, so I’ve spent most of my life trying to explain things, but I’m not very good at it. I think this is because I can’t think as slow as most folks; I read recently that if you are of average intelligence, half the people you meet in your life will be dumber than you, and, if you are above average, it’s even worse. See, I got ruined at W. J. Woodham High School in Pensacola, where my entire class was invited to attend if we wanted to receive a more intellectually rigorous education. They were serious, and we were all nerds, but we didn’t stand out, because we were all nerds. Hell, for fun we would audit comparative religions and philosophy classes at the local junior college, then go across the street to Tony’s Pizza and talk about it till midnight. After our Diaspora, my ruination is that my whole life has been a disappointing search for people who could measure up to that early experience. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few bright stars, many of them the poets here in Nashville, but it isn’t the same without the Rock and Roll, and the turmoil of the late nineteen sixties. On the other hand, there have been a lot more folks who were black holes of stupidity, and who did their best to suck me dry. These days, most of my time is spent making leather journal covers, vests and bags, writing, working around my Middle Tennessee home, riding my motorcycle, or apologizing to the guys in the UFO out back for the way the human race behaves.

August Guest Host Leeah Vickers

Leeah VickersPoet, storyteller, and author, Leeah Vickers, paints tapestries with words. Inspirational stories and perceptions from life’s ever winding journey. Leeah’s book Free to Fly (available at Eastside Story, Amazon, and at her performances ) is a peek into the soul of a free spirit spreading her wings and embracing the world around her. Love, hope, and freedom is a constant message at the heart of this collection. Leeah is a prominent voice that desires for others to find their own and celebrate it.

JULY 12, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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Reading starts at 6:00

This month, Poetry in the Brew celebrates its third anniversary with two of Nashville’s premier spoken word artists, feature Jamie Zoe Givens and guest host Honest Lewis. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting night of poetry. Thank you to all the poets and supporters over the last three years who have made Poetry in the Brew the reading it is today.

 

July Feature Jamie Zoe Givens

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Pieces like “Shallow Jazz Roots,” her poem about youthful indoctrination into jazz, show why Jamie Zoe Givens is the quintessential performance poet. In it, she conveys the sensuality of rhythms and discovered truths with a spoken music and groove that would make the Beats wake up and take notice. She’s been known to hurl her book across the floor from behind the microphone as she channels the twisted sermon of a desert zealot. From her hot springs verse to her spiritual advisor role on a reworking of the Ken Kesey bus trip, to collecting her grandmother’s and great grandmother’s own words, Jamie lives and breathes poetry and prose. Since first appearing in Nashville’s poetry scene of the mid to late nineties, she’s been a regular presence on coffeehouse stages and poetry-friendly bars, where her style of delivery has become a benchmark for anyone with notions of spoken word performance.

 

 July Guest Host Honest Lewis

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Honest Lewis isn’t honest. He is the author of the novel Parasites and organizes and hosts art, poetry, and writing events in Nashville, Tennessee. Honest Lewis is one of the founding members of DNR Publishing, a collaborative group that produces, distributes, and promotes challenging prose, art, and ideas.

 

JUNE 14, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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This month’s Poetry in the Brew features Rob “Lyric” Beats.

June Feature Rob “Lyric” Beats

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Robert Farentino Betts Jr.–born and Raised in Nashville, TN.

I first started writing poetry, in college, as a way to release bottled up emotions. Sometimes we hold onto things and carry them around with us and poetry was a way for me to drop the bags and turn the contents into something to inspire me. Then after feedback from friends that my work was actually decent enough to share I began to perform at open-mics around Austin Peay’s campus.

The deeper I got into rhyme schemes and metaphors, I realized the power and influence that words carry and decided to use them for an even greater purpose. I am a spoken word activist; the goal of my work is to inspire creativity, deep thought and action inside our communities. I aspire to inform and entertain simultaneously all in the idea of love and positive vibes. I draw inspiration from any and everything that I see, things I hear, taste, smell and feel. I believe a true artist should use all the senses. Langston Hughes, the Last Poets, Gill Scott Heron, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Martin Luther King Jr, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Kendrick Lamar, are just a few of the artists that I also draw inspiration from and look up to creatively.

The name “Rawyalty” was inspired by the raw desserts business that I do on the side but it is also the name of the Organization I founded. Being a poet I wanted to create a space for other poets and artists to come and share their crafts as well thus the organization gave birth to the “Raw Open Mic” A show that I host on a monthly basis. The two mottos of “Rawyalty” are “Elevated Legacy Levitating Excellence” and “Cultivating Creativity though Inspiration”.

“There are Successful people and important people. Successful people aren’t always remembered but the important ones are.” -Me

I am striving to become an important person.

 

Love Storms

I love it when it storms because i imagine me as the thunder and you as the lightning.

You strike with an electric jolt that sends me rumbling in a shock craved frenzy,

The bed is our earth and we for play in the skies,

I quake the sheets under my demonstration of affection and you light up my world with displays of electric elation,

We hover over the mattress like overfilled clouds,

Crackling love strikes and exploding, thunderous pleasure sounds.

The electricity Sparks streak between us across our moist bodies of clouds,

Spilling with showers of emotional precipitation, creating tornados from our heavy breaths, funneling,

Spiraling out, into the ether,

Your cloud bursts and torrential down pours accompany fierce lightning,

The rhythm of the stroke rumbling and vibrating throughout us both,

As we water our seeds of the earth with our love,

We hover just above the sky and lay there together,

The clouds as our mattress,

….I love it when our love storms.

MAY 10, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

In this month’s Poetry in the Brew spotlight: Feature Christian J. Collier and guest host Christine Hall.

May Feature Christian J. Collier

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Christian J. Collier is an accomplished artist and educator who has been called “an artist to watch” by The Chattanooga Times Free Press. He has shared the stage with several members of HBO’s Def Poetry, and legendary poet and activist Ishmael Reed, and has been featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, which prides itself on featuring the best spoken word artists working today. His chapbook Ghosts & Echoes was released in 2009 and has sold over 600 copies independently solely off the strength of readings and live performances.

Between Beauty & Bedlam is his debut release, and Mr. Collier wrote and produced the entire record himself. The record fuses spoken word poetry and an eclectic mix of musical genres including Hip-Hop and ambient. It is available now at CD Baby, Bandcamp, and at live performances.

Links:

http://christianjcollier.bandcamp.com/

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christianjcollier

http://soundcloud.com/christian-j-collier

Twitter – @ichristian3030

Blog – http://ichristian3030.blogspot.com

May Guest Host Christine Hall

PitB shirt swapPoet Christine Hall lives, writes, and gardens in Nashville, TN. A child of American mythology–tool girl calendars, bible stories, science fiction yarns–she ventures into intimate storytelling territory with ease. “Imitating Flatters,” a selection from her 2012 book Waking Up God, appeared on Nashville MTA buses as part of Metro Art’s Poetry in Motion. Christine has two sons, a boyfriend who is an artist, and she’s an active participant and promoter in the Nashville creative community. 

APRIL 12, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

In this month’s Poetry in the Brew spotlight: Feature Katovski and guest host James C. Floyd.

April Feature Katovski

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Writer, author, poet and spoken word artist Katovski brings words to life in the breath of which they flow from his lips. Young and old alike enjoy not just listening but feeling his words come off the page and into their hearts.

Katovski will be performing Pando, a piece from his book Punctuating Life. Pando is about reconnecting with life via the second oldest living organism on earth a grove of trees called Pando.

 

 

 

 

April Guest Host James C. Floyd

20140404-130818.jpgJames C. Floyd is a veteran poet on the Nashville spoken and written word scene, as well as a screenwriter, storyteller, and photographer.

MARCH 8, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

March brings two Poetry in the Brew veterans to the Portland Brew East loft.

March Feature Patricia Alice Albrecht

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Her fiction and poetry has appeared in the literary anthology, Wind Eyes, A Woman’s Reader and Writing Source, The Chrone Chronicles, Rattle, National Library of Poetry, 360 Degrees- Art and Literary Review, and CHEST, A Magazine for Thoracic SurgeonsHer chapbooks: The Value of Sacrifice (2000); deals with the theme of healing from breast cancer, and In The Shade of A Forest (2004); a focus on late-in life-motherhood.  A CD of poetry, A Touch of Pizzazz (2009); was recorded for fans of the internationally syndicated cartoon series, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS in which she played the antagonist, PizzazzThe Tennessee Women’s Theater Project (2012); marked the debut of her latest chapbook, The Season Of Dying Mothers, and she narrated a 30 character fantasy fiction novel, War of the Seasons, Book I, The Human by Janine K. Spendlove , (2012).

Patricia has also been the featured poet at Scarritt-Bennett, Poet’s Corner, August, 2011, and June, 2012, and at the invitation of poet, Thandiwe Shiprah at the Global Education Center, in 2011, and at the 2012 and 2013 Tennessee Women’s Theater Project Women’s Work showcases.

For more information:  palice@bellsouth.net

March Guest Host Walker Bass

Walker BassIn Walker Bass’ words, he is just a dude who writes poetry. With a penchant for cerebral and lyrical lines, as well as understatement, Walker is much more than that. He is a gifted writer with a passion for poetry in all its forms, a student and a teacher of the written word.

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

Another exciting Poetry in the Brew featuring two great local poets is slated for February.

January Feature Alita-Brielle Terry

Alita-Brielle Terry is a spirited poet and actress. Her reverence for history, storytelling, music and dance is evident in her writings as well as the vocal presentation of her work. Her artistic journey has been greatly influenced by her faith, ancestral voices, theater and the burgeoning spoken word community. Alita-Brielle has presented her work at venues throughout the southeast including, Book-In-A Day (2008), Decatur Book Festival (2008) and (2009), Southern Fried Poetry Slam (2010), the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project-Women’s Work (2011). She is currently working on a poetic collaboration with poet/actress Kana Gaines entitled, Tamarind Jam: Vignettes of the Black Feminine Dynamic. Alita is thankful for the unending support of her spiritual and artistic family who continue to nurture the development of her craft.

January Guest Host Leslie LaChance

Leslie LaChance is editor of Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. Her collection of poems How She Got That Way was published last fall in the Toadlily Press Chapbook quartet Mend & Hone. Two of her poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations, and her work has appeared in several literary journals. She’s read here in Nashville at The Southern Festival of Books, Lyrical Brew, Writings on the Wall, DNR Night of Free Speech, and has become a regular at Poetry In the Brew. She’s looking forward to hosting the always adventurous Poetry in the Brew reading this February.

JANUARY 11, 2014 POETRY IN THE BREW

Nashville’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

This month, Poetry in the Brew welcomes two dynamic local poets to the stage.

January Feature Christine Hall

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Rebecca Adler Photography

Poet Christine Hall lives, writes, and gardens in Nashville, TN. A child of American mythology—tool girl calendars, bible stories, science fiction yarns—she ventures into intimate storytelling territory with ease. “Imitating Flatters,” a selection from her book Waking Up God, appeared on Nashville MTA buses in 2013 as part of Poetry Society of America and Metro Art’s Poetry in Motion. An active participant and promoter within the city’s vibrant creative culture, Christine has two sons and one boyfriend who is an artist.

January Guest Host Amanda Gayle Oliver

Amanda_OliverAmanda Gayle Oliver is a Southern Belle by birth and a New Englander by heart. Born and raised in Alabama, Oliver was first published in the Birmingham News at the age of 16. She holds a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. Most recently published in the San Diego Poetry Annual, Torrid Literary Journal, and for Steady Moon Press. Her work has also appeared in the Boston Literary Magazine, Emerge Literary Magazine, Barefoot Review, Lamplighter Review and for the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society. Her poetry and prose concentrate on taking what the world sees as ugly and making it beautiful, giving a voice to the voiceless, and human connection. She constantly craves Mexican food, always has change for the juke box, and never misses a chance to twinkle her toes in the nearest body of water. Oliver has had three plays (“Stuck,” “Elevator Music,” and “Lines”) produced in Alabama. She currently snuggles with her husband in Nashville, TN where she’s happiest reading Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfiction or dancing under Jefferson Street Bridge on a Tuesday night.

December 14, 2013 Poetry in the Brew

Nashville’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

Poetry in the Brew welcomes two veteran Nashville poets to the December second Saturday reading: feature Brian Daly and guest host Dana Malone.

December Feature Brian Daly

BDaly head for Brew 2Just in time for the holidays, Brian Daly reads from his work-in-progress, Drunk for Christmas. His publication credits include Pearl, Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Penny Dreadful Review, and Impetus. Founder of Black Greyhound Media, he published Mighty Good Land by Dan Powers (2006), with a blurb by President Jimmy Carter, and his own first collection, Lesbian Trapped in a Man’s Body (2001). Daly was among the core group of so-called “Dreadful House poets” who met monthly for seances at the home of former Windows on the Cumberland host C Ra McGuirt in the late ‘90s. He graduated from Dartmouth and works as a corporate technical writer. Rated R.

December Guest Host Dana Malone

1082489_643155825694713_475917298_nDana Malone is a writer, writing coach, speaker and performance artist who has lived in Nashville long enough to call it her hometown. She is a former professor at Tennessee State University and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.  She has written extensively on the work of confessional poet Anne Sexton, whose work has influenced her. (Other favorite writers include Sonia Sanchez, Adrienne Rich, Silas House and Robert Morgan.) Dana is a member of the Appalachian Writers Workshop and has studied under Gwendolyn Brooks, Al Young, and Lisel Mueller (Pulitzer Prize, 1997). Although she has read/performed poetry here and abroad, Dana credits Nashville’s long-running Windows on the Cumberland for getting her started . . . and for venues like Poetry in the Brew that continue in the Windows spirit. Her current project, “I belong to the band”, pays tribute to the work of The Band, an Americana/rock music group, while addressing universal and autobiographical themes.

November 9, 2013 Poetry in the Brew & October Revisited

Nashville’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

Poetry in the Brew is happy to welcome feature Kana Kavon and guest host Tiana Clark to the Portland Brew East stage this November.

November Featured Poet Kana Kavon

KanaFor the past 8 years, Kana Kavon has called Nashville home. Over this span of time, she has also traveled to and written about several Latin American countries. Her travel writings and poetry have appeared in newspapers, blogs, and her self-published chapbook, Born in Brazil.  She is a founding member of the Lucille Clifton Collective and has performed and read her poetry in venues throughout Nashville. She is a trilingual lover of culture and arts, which is reflected in her digital magazine, One.Drop. Kana received B.A.s in English and Spanish from Fisk University and a M.A. in English from Tennessee State University. She currently serves as Grants Coordinator Program Specialist with Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

November Guest Host Tiana Clark

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Tiana Clark has written poetry since childhood, but it was in Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Academic High School where her craft was honed under the tutelage of creative writing teacher Bill Brown. She continued to be mentored under Brown for a semester at Middle Tennessee State University’s Writer’s Loft program. Clark’s poems have appeared in Sisterhood, Southern Voices: Volume 8, The Southwestern Review, and All The Livelong Day: Motif Anthologies, Volume 3.

 

October 2013 Poetry in the Brew Revisited

Patricia & Curtis

October’s Poetry in the Brew was a happy return to poetry days past as Purple Poet Curtis Rose returned to Nashville armed with cowbell and powerful words for an energetic and memorable classic Purple Poet set.

Patricia Albrecht did a wonderful job as our October guest host, filling the loft at Portland Brew East with her warm and welcoming spirit.

Thank you to both and all the poets and supporters for a great night!