Nashville’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading
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
Amanda 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
Described 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.