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DECEMBER 9, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

December’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

December Feature Robert Parker

Robert Parker believes in the Faeries, and that he might in fact be a changeling. He misplaces keys often. He is infested with rhythm that manifests as poetry and the stitching together of electronic music. He’s always been at most a distant cousin of any tribe he visits…always a visitor, never a tribesman.

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Check out Robert’s work on tumblr and Mixcloud, and enjoy this sample of his poetry:

Judge Hennie
offers to pay a penny
pecked from the
flesh of your face
[along with a heaping side
of sharp thoughtful wit
willed to disgrace]
for every pound of
fleshless spectral insult
you failed to deliver
to her door,
yet yours to endure.

She cares less
that she sits
green-stemmed
on her bench
and you
life’s gallows-paths
have trod,
lived,
and obtained
the one-eyed wisdom
hence
to tell
the time
when you know
it won’t go
so well.

So sentence thyself
to forty years of shrugs,
satchel thy back,
jump thy fence…

And get thee hence.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

November’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

November Feature Ami Mattison

Ami MattisonHailed as “a spoken word force to be reckoned with” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ami Mattison is the recipient of the 2013 Spoken Word Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Touring professionally since 2002, she has performed her original poetry and stories at universities, theaters, festivals, conferences and art venues around the US and Canada. She is the producer of three spoken word albums, including her latest album, Speaking of Love.

Author Dorothy Allison writes, “Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear…Ami Mattison knows how powerful and effective poetry can be—how words can enlarge the soul and animate the dismissed and the misunderstood. The body of work Ami has brought to life ranges from the desperate to the messianic….Always she speaks for the despised in verse that hallows grief and embodies joy. The world is larger, wider, fuller for the people she brings alive in words.”

Here’s a video of Ami performing “Sistah” at TEDxAntiochSalon:

For more, visit Ami Mattison on Bandcamp.

OCTOBER 14, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

October’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

October Feature Jamal Jazz Ukwu

My Name is Jamal Jazz Ukwu, Tennessee’s very own local Poet and Author. I am 23 years of age and have been writing for several years, authoring two published books: Her Name was Love and Her Lullaby. Her Lullaby is available through Amazon, Kindle, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, etc., and NY Times bestseller Eric Wilson is among its reviewers.

Jamal Jazz Ukwu

My journey in life is to simply overwrite the prevalent presence for destruction in the world that’s trying so hard to coincide with the beauty of the world. With that being my crusade, I focus on channeling my energy through Art! The ability to write and to perform something impactful can and has opened up the mind to the limitless bounds of what humans are capable of. Only by reaching out to more people, the strength to overwrite destruction is no longer a one man job but a team effort…

Visit Jamal Jazz Ukwu’s website, and check out his Tumblr too.

Here’s a video of Jamal performing at Poetry in the Boro:

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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 12, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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 8, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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

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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 10, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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 13, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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,
Diplodocus,
Apatosaurus,
Triceratops,
Pterodactyl,
Stegosaurus,
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
Also
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.
Hey,
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 8, 2017 POETRY IN THE BREW

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:

MARCH 11, 2017 WINDOWS REVIVAL III

Special Event:

WINDOWS REVIVAL III
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!