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September’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

September Feature Mo Christo

20930655_10212211644224944_1072654234_oMo Christo is an incredibly talented and humble poet hailing from the land of the yellow bricked path. Author of Froze in Poetic Prose (2016), he co-hosted a poetry/art talk show of the same name. The show ran on public television in Kansas, digging deep into the psyche of local poetic talent in an interview setting.


20884906_10212211651545127_13935754_nCurrent host of the Po’ Boys and Poets open mic, Mo Christo encourages freedom of artistic expression and speaking from the heart with a passion at this monthly “no judgement zone” event. Along with hosting other shows around Nashville, such as The Vox in Antioch Slam Poetry, he is regional coordinator for the nonprofit Poetry for Personal Power.

Check out Mo Christo’s video for “Old America” for now, and we’ll see you Sept. 9th:



August’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

August Feature Caroline Randall Williams

Caroline Randall Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a cookbook author, young adult novelist, and poet. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi, and is currently Writer In Residence at Fisk University. Her debut poetry collection, Lucy Negro, Redux, came out early in 2015. She has been named by Southern Living magazine as one of the “50 People Changing the South.” February of 2015 saw the publication of Soul Food Love, a cookbook written by Randall Williams and her mother, the novelist Alice Randall, that goes beyond basic recipes to cover the past, present, and future of a misunderstood cuisine. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Palimpsest. Her debut collection, Lucy Negro, Redux, is out now with Ampersand Books, and will be turned into a ballet for Nashville Ballet’s 2018-2019 season.


July’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

July Feature Kat Marsh


Born into an earthly form to help those near and far, Kat uses her works and voice to inspire, humor, provoke, and remind all that we all are deserving of happiness and love. Her expressions range from the coy to the taboo breathing perspectives to things that are sometimes overlooked—even when it hurts. She’s not afraid of a good release. She has been heard around town at Poetry in the Brew, A Night of Free Speech, Writings on the Wall, An Art Affair by Olasubomi, The Literary Jazz Festival, award ceremonies, and more.

She is a hiking nerdlet who is always exploring people and places. If she’s not writing, she’s dancing, watching a film, or enjoying her heart song.

Come check her out. Her voice is soothing, and you might just hear her sing.

Here’s an excerpt from Kat’s poem We’re Romans and Greeks:

You’re kept busy with entertainment, sports
So, with politics, you won’t have retorts
The Romans and Greeks did it right
Kept them busy with the games
Kept them distracted with blades
Kept perplexed with sex so carnal ways not be vexed
While feeding a beast of cruelty and power
And numbing the idea that all men and women alike be towers


June’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at:

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

June Feature Ciona Rouse

Ciona_bw imageCiona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tenn. She curates many poetry experiences and reading series in the city, including the monthly Lyrical Brew at Barnes & Noble and Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy. Her poetry is featured on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Matter and Native. Rouse’s poetry chapbook Vantablack will be released this year by Third Man Books.


May’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

May Feature Honest Lewis

HonestLewisHonest Lewis is an author, activist, organizer, and polemicist – the Diogenes of the Cumberland River. He is the author of the novel Parasites, has one novel awaiting publication, and is always at work on his next project. Lewis hosts the monthly event the Night of Free Speech and is the editor at DNR Publishing – a small press that specializes in subversive and transgressive literature. For his Poetry in the Brew feature, Lewis has gone through over 2000 pages of his published and unpublished novels, prose, poetry, essays, polemics, and journalistic efforts, compiling a unique performance piece from this surgical curation of his own work. Lewis is fond of dinosaurs, sharks, octopuses, Thomas Hobbes, Shirley Jackson, and anything that quickens the pulse, inflames and incites the mind. Honest Lewis is not honest.

LewisatthebrewHere is a poem by Lewis:

T-Rex Poem 1.

This is a book of dinosaur poems.
Not every one of these poems will be about
The Tyrannosaurus Rex,
and yet there will be a lot of
Tyrannosaurus Rex.
So don’t worry.
You will get your fix of T-Rex.
Also, mentioned will be Velociraptors,
As well as some stuff you haven’t heard of
So I look smart.

This particular poem is a T-Rex poem
In that it references not only T-Rexes
But both the authors and the readers desires
for poetry about the Tyrannosaurus Rex
This T-Rex poem is aware of its own existence
And references itself
As a T-Rex poem –
Which makes it a T-rex meta-poem.
If you read this aloud at a yell
It would be a T-rex meta-slam-poem.
That this T-rex meta-slam-poem exists in
Awareness of its shouted self-referencing is a built in
Ironic device
Where in
It claims its place in
the post-modern tradition.
But this post-modern T-Rex meta-slam poem knows
That by claiming its place in the post-modern tradition
it proves itself to be more post-post-modern or hypermodern
or whatever term they will use to describe this work
and works like it
in some unknown number of years.
When it comes time to categorize it,
Label it,
And stash it somewhere,
Along some time-line
of whatever
And what not.
Right now there is an asteroid out there with your
name on it
And if you are lucky enough
To find yourself well-preserved
There is a
A museum as well.



April’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

April Feature Ari Eastman

AriEastmanAri Eastman is a spoken word poet, writer, and mental health activist. Her work has been featured in Thought Catalog, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Words Dance Publishing. She currently works full-time as a staff writer for Thought Catalog and has published three poetry collections. She resides in California and enjoys crying to old Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes.

Sample a poem from Ari in this Spoken Word Saturday video:


Special Event:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

poetryinapubFrom 1983 – 1993, on the 1st Thursday of each month, Charlie Fenton’s eclectic “Windows on the Cumberland” nightspot in the galleria on 2nd Avenue welcomed Nashville area poets to an open mic “Poetry in a Pub” experience. Started by Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco, the “Windows Scene” grew stronger and larger by the year, and influenced many area poets. In 1986, D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt were drafted as co-hosts of the monthly Windows show. They served honorably for 7 years, until gentrification closed the doors of the Windows to poetry in 1993. Now, 24 years later, Ra hosts the 3rd annual Windows Revival, a celebration of Nashville poetry’s “Golden Decade” at Windows. We’ll be expecting many of the finest veteran voices of the Windows Era, and with no featured poet for this event, there will be plenty of time for everyone to read, just like the good old days. Come lend your best lines to this historical literary event!


February’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

February Feature Henry L. Jones

henryljonesHenry L. Jones is an award-winning writer and artist who focuses on cultural connections and social issues in both his art and writing. He’s inspired by his heritage and history to show how they relate to contemporary time. This resulted in his activism in the arts and society. Jones is from a long lineage of family members who were activists especially during the Civil Rights Movement. He believes, “I can’t remain silent about what I see. I must do something to promote social change.” He published Run into Blackness: Feeling My Poetic Gumbo (Pneuma Publishing), which was his first book of poetry. It included topics such as racial identity, love, spirituality, community affairs and history.

He has received several awards, honors, and recognitions for his literary and art work. In 2016, he was the recipient of the GANSPA Award for his art. Another honor was his inclusion in The African Male Museum Series, a photography and poetry project with photographer Carlton Wilkinson. The series won the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship (visual art). His poetry has been published in anthologies, journals, newspapers and magazines such as Chicago Quarterly Review, The Black Digest, Fisk Herald Journal, Vanderbilt Review, Chicago Writers Journal, Healing Poems Journal, Center Stage Magazine, Urban Flavor, Blacks in Asia Magazine, Style Magazine, and others. Poetry Train America, a book and film about poets around America, featured him in its literary documentary.  The House of Blues Music Company & Platinum Entertainment commissioned Jones to write about the church burnings in the South during the 1990s. His essay and poem “Our Houses are Burning” was published in the book for Houses of God, a gospel CD release. This music project was produced to raise money to rebuild the Southern churches burned by domestic terrorists. Nearly half million dollars was raised.

As a featured poet, he’s recited at events such as Southern Festival of Books (Chapter 16), Celebration of Cultures (The Mud Man Series), Scarritt-Bennett Center (Poet’s Corner), Global Education Center (Line Breaks Literary Reading Series), Parthenon Museum (Dance rendition of Jones’ poem, “Abstractions Heal” by Rossi Turner and his dance troupe), EarthMatters (Book and Arts Fair), and others.  This poet conducts workshops about creative writing as well as hosts open-mic events. His last venue was Kijiji Coffee House in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s worked as an editor for several magazines and journals. A Fisk University alumnus, Jones lives in middle Tennessee with his wife and three children. Currently, he has several literary projects and art exhibits coming up.

Here’s a preview of Henry’s poetry:

Abstractions Heal

Fear trapped the darkness
in my skin.

Some of my expression
must live as whispers
and then some
must die as screams.

These symbols
to explain my dark definition
Are but shadows
Cast from my dreams.

Words that mourn lost inspiration
seeking love and understanding
for these eyes
A history of lynched baptisms
and a whispering golden sphinx
without lies.

What beast is my form
made by black magic
A snake that dances to the sun?

As rhythm and light
bend for creation
the shedding
of my fear has begun.
The joy and relief
of a fearless darkness
Our beauty
not mocked or shamed.

A healing by voiceless abstractions
Through these eyes
that once only blamed.

Also check out Henry on YouTube:


January’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

January Feature Emily Joy

emily-joy_jenny1Emily Joy is a spoken word poet, educator and professional interrupter. She has released two studio albums of spoken word poetry, funded a successful Kickstarter to the tune of $10,000, competed in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, and travels the country performing at schools, churches, festivals, coffee shops, and wherever poetry is heard and enjoyed. Emily is also co-founder of The Flawless Project, a blog that seeks to give women space to tell their stories and encouragement for the work of justice in the world, and Communications Coordinator for Open Table Nashville, a local homeless outreach and policy advocacy organization that housed over 100 homeless friends in Nashville in 2016. Emily holds a degree in theology and lives in East Nashville with her spouse and their two cats, Lewis and Lucy.

Check out Emily Joy’s performance video for “How to Love the Sinner & Hate the Sin: 5 Easy Steps” here:

Emily Joy is now booking for 2017. Visit or email to learn more.


December’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

As cold weather comes and we draw close to another night of sharing the spoken word, we recognize those homeless in our community who need help in the form of action. For this year’s Holidays for the Homeless drive, we’re accepting donations of new socks in partnership with Home Street Home Ministries. See you Dec. 10, socks on feet and, if you can, also in hand.

Located at

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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

December Feature Joshua Moore

joshuamooreJoshua Moore is a 2014 graduate of Eureka College where he studied English Creative Writing and Biology Pre-Medicine, and was a recipient of the Ronald W. Reagan Fellowship. After a brief stint as an oncological researcher at Tuskegee University, Joshua decided to place his med-school aspirations on hold in order to first purse his love of poetry and attain an MFA. A member of the Porch Writers Collective, Joshua is the facilitator of The Porch’s poetry book club as well as director of the poetry on demand project. He currently spends his days caught in the mill of work, writing, and grad-school application prep, daydreaming of his future self; a world traveling poet/professional who also happens to be Black Batman.