DECEMBER 8, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

December’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

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

December Feature Frank “Frizzy” Sykes

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

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

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

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

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


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

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NOVEMBER 10, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

November’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

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

No-Feature November

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

Update: odd numbers 21 and under spoken for so far

Poetry in the Brew, October 2018

our beautiful community gathering before last month’s show

OCTOBER 13, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

October’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

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

October Feature Andrew Dillon

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

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

Synesthesia

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


Keep up with Andrew Dillon on Twitter: @DillonAndrewP

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

September’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

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

September Feature Regan Smith

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

September feature poet Regan Smith

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

Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lively life looms,
indigenous to encouragement.

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

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



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

AUGUST 11, 2018 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 Tricia Schwaab

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Tricia Schwaab has written since childhood but had never read at a poetry open mic until coming to Tennessee. Her poetry has been published in journals including Calliope and Dead Snakes.

In addition to poetry, she can also be found writing shorter fiction and plays. Her first one-act, an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Prophetic Pictures, was produced in Maryland. Her first full-length play, When the Letter Writers Have All Died, was part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in 2013.

Tricia is also a past participant of the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage. She’s currently working on a play about life, death, and some of things in between.

Visit Tricia on Twitter: @TASchwaab.

JULY 14, 2018 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 Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman, a Nashville native, is a creative writer who weaves introspection into intricate woven rhythmic poetry, essays and short stories. He utilizes his writing to provoke thought and question behavior.

In the summer of 2016, he steered away from the traditional corporate flow to dive deeper into the stream of his creative abilities. “Self expression lives at the core of the human experience; without it we limit life’s offering.”

Soul on Fire.

Life is short
But it’s the longest thing / you’ll ever do /
What will you do / between the line /
Of your time / before night sets on your eyes /

Windsor knot ties / choked the voice
In my mind / blind thoughts
Told me what I ought to see /
Then I smelt the coffee /

Pyramid schemes / stole my dreams /
News screens / say what to think /
I can’t even blink / without clicking on a fake link / So out of sync /

Have to disconnect / from the internet
And introspect / the thoughts of my flesh /
Find faith in every step I take /
Can I find my pace / in this zombie race /

Some days / I can’t recognize my face /
Misplaced masks / followed tasks /
For the cash / as I ash / my burning soul /
For someone else’s high /

How many lives / will it take to see who am I / while I’m alive

JUNE 9, 2018 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 Corey White

Poetry inspired by Hip Hop and Art.

When I was younger I could draw better than I could write. They wanted me to write ‘A’ and had an apple beside it. I drew the apple. I always learned differently, but poetry and hip hop helped me find joy in writing.

I believe art is about displaying extraordinary emotion. Love, beauty, tragedy, pain, life, death heaven, hell and everything in between. I figured out, you have to display this through your eyes. So, now I call myself an artist. I use many different media. I’m a painter, writer, poet, drummer, hip hop, visual, graphic, and landscape artist. I create.

I’m passionate about showing the beauty in the world. It is the beauty seen as I see it.
So when someone likes, hates or loves my art, they connect to me somehow. One of the most important things I’ve learned to do as an artist is to create something new. Not necessarily new to the world, but new to you.

Love Poem

A poem to love

I love you Love

I love you Love

It’s the meaning of life.
It’s always right.
It’s there in the air as we always knew it to be.
It’s in you it’s in me
It’s what we should be.
We can have it whenever you want it.
Because it’s in us all,
but we stall, we pause,
We run, we hide.
We decide to not take the risk.
We’re basically running away from bliss.
If you ever had any questions,
It truly does exist.

It’s God. It’s good all the time.
It’s what keeps me whole and saves my mind.
It gives me what I need at the right time.
It’s the only thing
that has ever really gotten me out of a bind.

It’s creation over destruction.
It’s my foundation and my function.
It’s forgiveness for malfunction.
It’s willpower over seduction.
It’s a whistleblower in corruption.
It’s a baby that’s been breastfed.
It’s a servant of God that has been led.
Always giving of its self
& it has unlimited wealth.
But not flashy or popular
Because it moves in stealth.
It’s freedom in the face of death.
It will be all that is left.
It’s as simple as feeding a hungry child
As complex as saving animals in the wild
It’s in the strongest person you know
It’s the only thing that ever allows you to grow
It’s that real planted seed.
It’s that forgiveness that you need.
It’s that miracle that only you see.
It’s the fact there is a me.
It’s that sacrifice no one believes
The same way the trees lose their leaves
The sun yields to night
How you started out wrong,
But you’re going to end up right.
You know the person that helped you
And it wasn’t even their fight.
It is the strength that gets you through
If you only knew how it would help you
If you let it,
it will make every part of you anew.

Please… just, let it do, what it do.
It’s the best thing that ever happen to you.
It’s the best thing you’ve ever known
It’s proof that you’ve grown.
It’s telling the truth to your friends
It’s the only thing that never ends
It will satisfy your soul
It’s the thing that…
Finally, makes you whole.
It is…
Lord knows it is
You know & I know it is.
It is
It is the only reason why
there is
infinite, infinite infinite power
in the words words words
I Love you…
Love, I Love you

Follow Corey White on facebook, and keep up with community happenings in the Nashville Poetry Events and Nashville Visual Arts groups.

MAY 12, 2018 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 Sommer Jade 

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Born in Okinawa, Japan, Sommer Jade was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where she found her love for creative writing. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music, and currently pursuing a Master’s in Poetry from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jade began singing at the age of 4 and writing at age 9. Her inspiration comes from life experience. Jade has performed at many functions, mostly at Fifth Fridays, an event hosted by Mount Zion Baptist Church. She has worked artists such as Irocc Williams, Nashville’s Andre the Poet, Atlanta’s Terri Davis, and her father, Ronald Adwaters. Well known for her authentic and sincere verses, Jade credits the Infinite, who she considers to be the Real Poet. 

Catch a preview of Sommer performing in this video from the Brew (July 2017):

 

APRIL 14, 2018 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 Andrea Pilot 

20160804_210528Andrea Pilot is the offspring of a fundamentalist preacher and a teacher of languages. She no longer settles for small gods or for others’ definitions of truth, and writes as a means of unflinching self-possession. Andrea still has hope for a world that is compassionate rather than assaultive, innovative rather than staid, and big enough to require more than five senses to experience.
For more from Andrea, check out her blog and read her poem marrow. Also find Andrea on Instagram @justsaynotoapocalypse.

 

MARCH 24, 2018 BARDS IN THE BREW

Special Event:
BARDS IN THE BREW
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sign-up begins at 5:30
Music begins at 6:00

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

 

These days, almost every Poet has her Perch.  In a diverse, artistic city like Nashville, there are now many Open Mics for Poets.  This is in large part due to the hard work done by organizers like Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco of the original Windows on the Cumberland crew from the 80s, their successors D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt, and more recently, Michael “Map…” Pierce and Christine Hall of Poetry in the Brew.  And yet in this, the Music City, the old-school original songwriter is often left out in the cold.  We aim to fix this, at least for the month of March, by holding an open mic for songwriters, singers, and musicians at Portland Brew East on Saturday, March 24.

BARDS IN THE BREW #1
Live Local Words & Music

Featuring:

LEGOULE LEANDER
C RA MCGUIRT with ALLEN WELTY-GREEN
and very special Guest
TOM HOUSE

Plus Open Mic

Free Admission!

Free CDs!

 

MARCH 10, 2018 WINDOWS REVIVAL IV

Special Event:

WINDOWS REVIVAL IV
Saturday, March 10, 2018

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, 25 years later, Ra hosts the 4th 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 10, 2018 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 Cynthia Ring

 

cynthiaringCynthia Ring has been writing poetry since the age of 14. Cynthia’s poetry rises directly from her unconscious mind. When asked how she came up with this or that image, or scene, she can never really answer the question. She phases into a zone of creativity, reshaping the chaotic blur of surrealism into narrative sequences that can be analyzed and understood. Her work has appeared in Contemporary American Voices, Haggard and Halloo, And/Or and BlazeVOX, among others. In 2017, she published her first book of surreal romantic poetry. In the future, Cynthia plans to push poetic boundaries by incorporating augmented reality into her work, but does not desire to be forced into any particular direction. Cynthia wishes for her work to be free, without constraint or mandate. Her work is growing, maturing; it is in full bloom. [Introduction by Dr. Louis Gallo, edited by Cynthia Ring]
Read a sample of Cynthia’s previously published poetry at: www.cynthiaringpoetry.tumblr.com
Follow Cynthia on Instagram @cynthiaringca

 

RESCHUDULED: JANUARY POETRY IN THE BREW

In the interest of everyone’s safety and with gratitude to Portland Brew East, we are rescheduling tonight’s show for next week. Hope to see you all on the 20th!

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JANUARY 13, 2018 POETRY IN THE BREW

January’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

*RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20TH DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER*

Located at:

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

January Feature Angie Gonzalez

Angie Gonzalez

Angie Gonzalez grew up as a Houstonion, but left at 18 to the Big Easy. After two formative years of the city she vowed to create music to connect with others and challenge herself. She resides in Nashville pursuing not only the creative outlet of music, but poetry as well. She has met many people across the country, and she tries not to miss them all at once. Her favorite word is almonds.

 

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.

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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Photo by: Rebecca Adler Photography Location: Carousel Ink

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

JosephPowell

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

Dave Wright

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

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, 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.

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