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
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
In the poet and oral historian
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.
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.
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
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.