Monthly Archives: June 2015

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.

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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.

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