OCTOBER 9, 2021 POETRY IN THE BREW

2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

Sign-up at 4:30pm
Reading starts at 5:00pm

Choose any spot on the list in the loft. Each person on the signup gets 5 minutes max on the open mic.

Please come masked and fully vaxxed (negative covid test within the past 48 hours will also suffice). We will have wipes for the mic. Respect physical distancing, and establish consent before contact.

Start time is an hour earlier than in previous years. Bring cash to tip Patrick and the Portland Brew East crew who stay open late for us.

October Feature C.I. Aki

C.I. Aki, the son of a Nigerian economist and a Nigerian-Jamaican horticulturalist, is a poet, essayist, filmmaker, and educator based in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in Rhetoric and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in Theology and Philosophy at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In 2012, he published his first short story, “A Withering Scar, a Thin Pin-Striped Suit, and 1,000 Judgments,” in 34th Parallel Magazine. In 2014, he premiered his short film The Runner in the Capital City Black Film Festival. In 2015, he was a recipient of Vanderbilt’s Imagination Grant to carry out research in Spain for an on-going documentary on flamenco he is producing. He writes against the racialized misinterpretation of the achievement gap by education reform, and he currently leads a language arts program at an independent school in Nashville. When he is not writing or reading, he’s working in his garden with a constant eye out for snakes.

This April, Reader’s Digest included Aki in its list of 14 Amazing Black Poets to Know About Now. His debut collection of poems The World Black, Beautiful, and Beast (April Gloaming, 2021) is a witness to the constraints and restraints upon the beautiful freedom of the black soul. Don’t miss Kashif Andrew Graham’s review in the Nashville Scene, either: “Poet C.I. Aki’s Debut Collection Is a Picture of Black Persistence and Future.” You can follow C.I. Aki on Instagram @soul_lit_writer or his linktr.ee/C.I.Aki.


Our September 25th online open mic was a triumphant return to the zoom room! You can view the video on our facebook page. Thanks to all who spoke on the mic: Phil Linz, Michael Sindler, Ray Zimmerman, Michael Wilson, Mel Bradley, Reese North, Terri Rose Jertson, Peter Brown, Hil H, Rishi P, Nina Adel, Bonnie Solloway, Phynne~Belle, Maggie Hall, Generalissimo Bryan Franco, Caroline Minter, Jo Collins, Jeff Cottrill, PropagandaPoet, Katie Thompson, Martin Parker (Parquillian), Carl Lowe, Richard Spisak, Doc Janning, Gregory Lannom, Michael Collins, Jamie McCormick, Julian Matthews, as well as Franchesa Kirkpatrick and Brad Evans who shared before the recording.

Thank you for supporting Poetry in the Brew! Pick up a copy of Sinew: 10 Years on Poetry in the Brew in our shop, or make a donation through Paypal @poetryinthebrew, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, or Cash App $PitBNash.

Email host Christine Hall with questions, requests, or suggestions: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at Portland Brew East Saturday, October 9, a Poetry Popup (Centennial Park on Oct. 10), or an online reading (next zoom open mic is Oct. 23).

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