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 welcomes feature poet Denise Satterfield Wilson and guest host Christine Hall.
April Feature 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
Christine Hall is a living poet.