2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

Sat. September 10
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.

Jamala McKenzie (formerly known as Jamspoken) is an inspirational writer who aims to provide revelation to her listeners. Her mission is to invoke thoughts that lead to internal healing and change. She embodies the quote by Maria Robinson: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Life is about choices and she chooses to lead her life by example. She is a motivational speaker and freelance writer. Her art is a representation of vulnerability and progress because one must be vulnerable enough to move forward. You can find her work on all social media platforms. She goes by Jamspoken on IG and Jam Mck on FB.

A sample of Jam performing at the Brew ahead of her upcoming feature (incl. heavy content)

Sat. September 17, we’ll be on the Labyrinth at Scarritt Bennett for a Poetry Popup starting at 1pm. The address is 1027 18th Ave S, and parking is available in lot B.

Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to make yourself comfortable in this lovely and meaningful outdoor location. If there is rain, we will move indoors. Anyone is welcome to take a turn sharing poetry in this freeform event.

Last Saturday’s online open mic was our zoom finale, and you can check out the free-flowing poetry and emotions here:

1. Alexandra Psaropoulou 2. Davy Yue 3. Generalissimo Bryan Franco 4. Nina Adel 5. Mike Sindler 6. Bauke Kamstra 7. Paul Bernstein 8. Phil Linz 9. Phynne~Belle 10. Caroline 11. Henry L. Jones 12. Clive Oseman 13. Nayma Chamchoun 14. Carl Lowe 15. Sergio 16. Jeff Cottrill 17. Eddie Foreman 18. PropagandaPoet 19. Jamie A M 20. Martin Parker 21. Terri Rose Jertson 22. Donna Whitney 23. Rishi 24. Cathy Carson 25. Gregory Lannom 26. Prince A. McNally 27. Hil H 28. Michael Collins 29. Jamie McCormick 30. Prasanna Kkumar

You can also now view our entire Poetry in the Brew playlist on Youtube, including all the archived livestreams from our Patreon. We have plenty more videos on our Facebook page, too.

We have some fantastic news to share on behalf of the Brew Crew: Wandering Hil‘s highly anticipated new book These God-Forsaken Notes is available for order. Purchase directly from them here!

Another exciting opportunity to support a beloved Brew poet extending their expressive reach in the arts: you can help fund Rebekah’s Closet, a short film by Amy Hoskins. Amy is a visual artist, writer and survivor of child abuse, creating with disabilities from her home studio in South Nashville. Rebekah’s Closet started as an art therapy project and ended up as a novel employing magic realism (published 2011). To learn more and sign up for Amy’s newsletter, visit www.amyhoskins.com.

On a bittersweet note, we invite you to former Brew feature Andrew P. Dillon‘s farewell-to-Nashville reading, and the celebration of the release of his first collection The Great Permission. Andrew is featuring at Uncorked on September 21. Wesley Tresch and Care the Poet host this open mic at Americano Lounge from 7–10pm on the third Wednesday of every month.

Andrew P. Dillon graduated in the University of Tennessee’s inaugural MFA class, was awarded a scholarship to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts workshop in Auvillar, France, and has been nominated for the Best New Poets anthology and the Pushcart Prize. His work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Stirring, The West Review, Please See Me, and Second Chance Lit. His debut collection, The Great Permission, is a booksite that will be released on September 21, 2022. Visit his website at andrewdillonpoetry.com.

Eternal thanks to our Brew Crew members on Patreon, who have our expenses covered till November. Tips are always appreciated, so please remember cash for Patrick and the Portland Brew East crew who stay open late for us. Tips for Brew host Christine are welcome in cash or via Cash App $PitBNash, PayPal @poetryinthebrew, and Venmo @ChristineRaquel.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon!

Based in Nashville, TN, and hosted by Christine Hall. For more info: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com

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