June’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

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

June Feature Serge Ray Rodrigo

In June, our featured poet is Serge Ray Rodrigo, a multi-talented writer, storyteller, and poet. We unveiled a new format last month, created with community input, and each open mic reader will have a turn to read one poem before our feature again this month. Anyone who places a star next to their name on the sign up list may have another turn in the second round.

“I was born Sergio Ramon Rodriguez. Then, the world started calling me ‘Serge.’ Eventually, I turned that into ‘Serge Ray Rodrigo’ until I decided that I needed an alternate pen name. So ‘Sir-Reyna Lucio’ was born. These are the names that make us who we are. And this is the story of our lives connecting with their lives.”

Silver Water is the first novel by Sir-Reyna Lucio. “Abel tragically lost his disabled, niece, Rachelia. He longs to open a school and home for disabled youngsters in her memory. However, before he can achieve this dream, he must bring ‘The Kraken’ to some type of controlled end. ‘The Kraken’ is a seemingly mindless Godzilla-Moby Dick creature, floating around our not-too-distance world. No one knows where it came from, or why it’s here. But to attain ‘Silver Water,’ Abel must team with Samera (and others) to bring ‘The Kraken’ to ‘The Science Prophet,’ by any means necessary? Who is ‘The Science Prophet’ and what do they want with the ‘The Kraken?’ Abel, Samera, and their fellowship fight to find out. ‘Silver Water’ is our deepest, darkest, most complex dreams…come to beautiful life.”

You can hear a story from Serge on Versify #3: Bone Deep. “Serge Rodriguez hasn’t seen his family in years. He was excommunicated by their church and grew apart from his parents and siblings. But now as a writer in Nashville, his little sister is never far from his mind. Without warning, she troubles his thoughts and finds her way into everything he puts on paper. In this episode, we find out how family rejection has actually helped Serge to better understand unconditional love. And then Nashville poet Ciona Rouse turns Serge’s story into an original poem.”

The Untold Story of Omari Boyd is a forthcoming documentary by Sergio Ramon Rodriguez, Monique Gooch, and Fredrick Hayes. “This epic film will be based on the life and untold story of a professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter who is a well know figure in other regions of the world, but born and raised in a thriving city of gentrification, massive growth, development, and reconstruction, where the odds are against most that strive to succeed, within one of the newest city attractions of the world.”

We look forward to seeing you on June 8 for an evening of poetry in the loft!

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