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.

May 14 Feature Jeff Cottrill

Jeff Cottrill is a fiction writer, poet, journalist and spoken-word artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has headlined in countless literary series throughout Canada, the UK, the US, France and Ireland over the last 20 years. His performance style is influenced by slam conventions, but subverts them with wit, ironic humour and a satirical tone. He recently published Hate Story, his seventh or eighth attempt at a first novel, and his poem “This Is Not Real Poetry” is nominated for a Pushcart Prize (read here). Jeff likes writing, movies, travel, and puppies.

Visit Jeff on his website, Facebook, Twitter, or Wattpad.

Perhaps you’re looking for a warmup to the Tomato Fest Haiku Contest? A little workshop action courtesy Brew poet Chanson Byrd, perchance?

The Word is Write proudly presents Hear Me Ku with Chanson Byrd. This haiku writing workshop series runs May through July, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, 5pm ET.

Zoom: 857-8161-2751 pswd: 339299

A dear poet who has spoken at the Brew, and contributed to our anthology Sinew, Elaine Nadal recently gave the TEDx Talk “Verses of Hope Within Us,” which you can absorb below.

Elaine weaves her talk with three original poems. She speaks of loss and hope. Poetry has taught her to sing and dance again and not be afraid to have hope. Hope had always brought her suffering and tragedy in the past. She has decided to change that outlook. Elaine Nadal is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net-nominee, as well as the author of two poetry chapbooks: When and Sweat, Dance, Sing, Cut, published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Haunted Waters Press, Hoot Review, Grasslimb, and Latino Book Review Magazine.

Nashville educator, activist, and respected leader Chakita Patterson would like to invite you to be one of the first people to join her new learning platform Unite (beta). It has diversity and inclusion online courses, anti-racism challenges, and Black history tours. Chakita created the Unite program as a low investment, self-paced education and awareness space that houses her virtual tours and trainings. Her favorite quote by James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced,” drives Chakita’s mission to create a world free of inequality. You can learn more about the vital work Chakita Patterson is doing in this article from the Nashville Business Journal.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 14 Portland Brew East Open Mic featuring Jeff Cottrill (from Toronto, Canada!)
  • June 4 Open Mic on Zoom
  • June 11 Portland Brew East Open Mic featuring Lyss Hart
  • July 2 Open Mic on Zoom
  • July 9 Portland Brew East Open Mic featuring Chris “Blk Sol” Hill (from Wichita, Kansas!)
  • August 6 Open Mic on Zoom
  • August 12-13 Tomato Art Fest (Tomato Haiku Contest winners announced Saturday the 13th)
  • August 13 Portland Brew East Open Mic featuring Brandon Long

Sugg. $5 cover. Become a sustaining member of the Brew Crew to earn perks, including access to livestreams and media archive: We also accept Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew.

Thanks to Patrick and the Portland Brew East crew who stay open late for us. Grab some food and drink, and tip them in cash.

Special thanks to our patrons, and especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Bonnie Solloway, and Katie Thompson for their help producing this event. Watch the livestreams of our events on Patreon (subscriptions start $1/month).

Email Brew host Christine Hall for more info:

We’ll leave you with a video of perennial Brew fav Henry L. Jones performing at Scarritt Bennett Center’s Poet’s Corner, and look forward to convening in person this Saturday!

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