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JULY AT POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry can soothe or energize, be a respite or a gut punch, a prod forward or a soft place to land. Poetry is what you make it, much like the Brew. A poetry open mic is a community, and we are here to support one another all the way through, to kvetch and tend, wrassle with the matters at hand and summon the better angels of our nature. Sometimes we just need to rant and spill and share our messy sketches of this messy, messy world. It’s all good and all are welcome so long as we respect each other in turn.

Before we get into upcoming events, Brew favorite Tiana Clark has struck a much-needed joyful note in her new poem “The Terror of New Love!” (The exclamation point is Tiana’s!) You can read it at New England Review, and revel in all that goodness with a heaping side of compersion.

The first Saturday of the month comes and it happens to be this very Saturday, July 2! We hope you will join us and share your voice. It’s good practice for telling the world your mind and there are surely some folks who could stand to listen up right now.

The zoom session begins 4:45 PM CDT with open mic starting at 5:00 PM. Each poet has 5 minutes to share their words.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248909827

EDIT. Signup is full. Join the waitlist:

When you send the form, you’ll receive the confirmation on this page. An email with list order will follow at the end of the week, before the reading.


July 9 Feature Blk Sol

Blk Sol is a published author and performing poet from Wichita, KS, by way of Selma, AL. He initially began focused on Slam Poetry, representing Wichita on its only National Slam Team in 2011. He continued competing nationally for 4 years, then shifted his focus to creating opportunities for poets both in Wichita and on the road. In 2014 he cofounded TruPoetry & Art, and has been publishing poets, organizing and promoting shows since.

Blk Sol has garnered numerous local and national recognitions, nominations and awards including the 2019 National Spoken Word Awards (NSWA) Open Mic of the Year (Lyrics & Laughs) and the 2020 NSWA Promoter of the Year. He has headlined and featured in cities across the country including Kansas City, Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, Boston, Los Angeles, Albuquerque and more. He currently has one publication, #TruPoetry, and is releasing his second book, Hoetry After Dark, in 2022.

You can find Blk Sol on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube. We’ll return with a preview of Blk Sol’s poetry ahead of his feature next week.

2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

Sat. July 9
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.


June 29 is the one year anniversary of the video for Reese North’s “Broome W A,” focusing on the plight of the Indigenous Australians. Reese’s statement and poem are available on YouTube in this moving, compassionate tribute edited by Andrew Lee for Say It Louder.


Nashville poets, activists, creative visionaries and community leaders Henry L. Jones, K H A O S, and Nella Pearl Frierson showed out for fabulous back-to-back weekend performances at the Looby Theater. Henry L. Jones acted in, designed and built the sets for Music City Jubilee, a play about the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who are responsible for Nashville’s original rep as Music City. K H A O S and Nella Pearl Frierson both played roles in Fulani: The Musical, in which a young woman seeks to learn about the biological mother who left her in a dumpster as a baby. As the poster promises, Fulani “unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of love, family and acceptance in a world separated by class.”


Sugg. $5 cover for online and in-person readings. Sustaining members of the Brew Crew on Patreon earn perks. We also accept Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew.

Open mics are livestreamed and archived on our Patreon. Special thanks to our patrons, especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Katie Thompson, and Bonnie Solloway for keeping the Brew flowing!

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

LYSS HART FEATURES AT PORTLAND BREW EAST

2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

Sat. June 11
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.

Alyssa Nicole Tepfenhart, professionally known as Lyss Hart, is a poet, writer, and songwriter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Lyss moved to Nashville in 2019 in pursuit of songwriting, but quickly found her home amongst Nashville’s spoken word and poetry scene. Her work is raw and hits topics such as love, abuse, feminism, family dynamics, and mental illness. Lyss is in the process of publishing her first book, The Light Will Reappear Where It Once Left Me, which she hopes to release later this year. Breaking barriers on what society may deem as taboo, she is a spokesperson for the unheard and uses her voice to empower those struggling with self-love.

“Most Days” (excerpt) by Lyss Hart

Sugg. $5 cover. Sustaining members of the Brew Crew on Patreon earn perks. We also accept Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew.

Open mics are livestreamed and archived on our Patreon. Special thanks to our patrons, especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Katie Thompson, and Bonnie Solloway!

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

JUNE AT POETRY IN THE BREW

This Saturday, June 4, we’ll be online and hoping to hear from you!

Zoom session begins 4:45 PM CDT with the open mic starting at 5:00 PM. Each poet has 5 minutes to share their words. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248909827

Sign up for the open mic here:

When you send the form, you’ll receive the confirmation on this page. An email with list order will follow at the end of the week, before the reading.


June 11 Feature Lyss Hart

Alyssa Nicole Tepfenhart, professionally known as Lyss Hart, is a poet, writer, and songwriter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Lyss moved to Nashville in 2019 in pursuit of songwriting, but quickly found her home amongst Nashville’s spoken word and poetry scene. Her work is raw and hits topics such as love, abuse, feminism, family dynamics, and mental illness. Lyss is in the process of publishing her first book entitled The Light Will Reappear Where It Once Left Me, which she hopes to release later this year. Breaking barriers on what society may deem as taboo, she is a spokesperson for the unheard and uses her voice to empower those struggling with self-love.

2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading

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

Sat. June 11
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.


Sugg. $5 cover for online and in-person readings. Sustaining members of the Brew Crew on Patreon earn perks. We also accept Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew.

Open mics are livestreamed and archived on our Patreon. Special thanks to our patrons, especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Katie Thompson, and Bonnie Solloway for helping keep the Brew flowing!

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

MAY 14, 2022 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.

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: http://www.patreon.com/poetryinthebrew. 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: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com


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!

MAY 7, 2022 POETRY IN THE BREW

We’re back for our 1st Saturday online open mic, and can’t wait to see and hear you!

The zoom session begins at 4:45 PM CDT with open mic starting at 5:00 PM. Each poet has 5 minutes to share their words. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn. Keep scrolling for the signup form and zoom link.

Sugg. $5 cover. Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew. Or join us on Patreon to earn perks. We’re streaming videos, sharing exclusive content, and offering membership benefits there now. Special thanks to our patrons, especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Katie Thompson, and Bonnie Solloway for their help with this production.

EDIT. Signup is full. Join the waitlist:

When you send the form, you will receive the confirmation on this page. An email with the list order will follow at the end of the week, before the reading. We’re excited to hear what you have to say, and grateful that you choose creativity, making poetry of this world and sharing your perspective.

Zoom session opens at 4:45 PM on Saturday, May 7, reading from 5-7 PM CDT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248909827

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

JEFF COTTRILL FEATURES AT THE BREW

Our next feature comes to us all the way from Toronto, Canada, and we’re fully giddy to announce Jeff Cottrill appearing live in the loft of Portland Brew East. He’s been a shining fixture of our zoom readings since launching those in 2020, and now he’s making the trip to join us in person for our May 14 event!

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. Jeff likes writing, movies, travel, and puppies.

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

This Is Not Real Poetry

This is not real poetry
Because in the first five words
I have already broken the Koyczan Rule™:
That one must never write poetry about poetry.
The same logic that makes Tom Stoppard a hack
Since he writes plays about plays.

This is not real poetry
Because it has no intended rhythm or metre.
It is just an anarchy of chopped-up prose
With line breaks not random enough to be called “art”.
Best to chuck it down a literary Memory Hole
With William Carlos Williams and his breakfast plums.

This is not real poetry
Because it is devoid of concrete sensory imagery
And poetry is worthless without concrete sensory imagery
Or so the real poets tell me.
The argument I hear tends to go like this:
Um. Poetry is about, like, images, and like, how you sense stuff, and how you, like, make the reader see and smell and feel the same things, but in sort of a poetic way, with words, okay, and like, if you can’t do that, um, then you’re stupid and boring and you shouldn’t write ANYTHING EVER. Stupid.
No way I can win that debate.

This is not real poetry
Because it is about ideas, not emotions
Because it is about thought, not feeling
Because it is about content, not style
Because it is about reason, not passion.
I hope I can build a bonfire big enough
To burn the complete works of Alexander Pope,
Jonathan Swift, Voltaire and the rest of the eighteenth century.

This is not real poetry
Because we all know what real poetry is.
Real poetry is never funny.
Real poetry is never affable.
Real poetry is never simple.
Real poetry is never direct.
Real poetry is a harsh, scholarly discipline that one cannot do properly without a lifetime of labour and sacrifice, crafting every word and syllable with the sick obsession of a madman, rewriting and refining every line as if a speck of imperfection would spark the pain of a thousand migraines, suffocating in pain and misery and bile, but always with cool sound-bonding.

Real poetry is no fun.
That is why I never write it.

(originally appeared in the Brownstone Poets anthology)

Upcoming Events:

  • May 7 Open Mic on Zoom
  • 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: http://www.patreon.com/poetryinthebrew. 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.

Here are some photos from our April 9 open mic at Portland Brew East featuring Silence Wordsmith, with Billy H, Brandon Long, Franchesa Kirkpatrick, Black Widow, Sara (Wonder Woman), Carolyn Connolly, Lyss Hart, Beth-Marie, Stacy Tortorella, Blake Matthews, Greg Slade, Tyler Smith, Tara, and Maggie Williams.

Thanks to our patrons, and especially Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Bonnie Solloway, and Katie Thompson for helping produce this event! Watch the video on Patreon (subscriptions start $1/month).

Email Brew host Christine Hall for more info: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com

APRIL 9, 2022 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.

April 9 Feature Silence Wordsmith

Silence Wordsmith struggles with stage fright but powers through it because poetry is her passion. She writes for catharsis and is known to dress to express. Her interest in poetry was sparked at 14 years old after receiving an eloquent love letter. She has been writing ever since. Mostly writing in prose, sometimes she will recite a quick haiku or a lengthy ballad. Pairing performance and poetry, Silence Wordsmith.

Check out Silence Wordsmith’s Facebook group, Writer’s Wart.

If you have witnessed Silence Wordsmith perform her poetry, you’ve felt the way she can make the world spin on her words. If you have not yet, all the more fortunate this occasion. We cannot wait to gather with you this Saturday, for the experience of this feature set, and to see and hear what you have to say.

Sugg. $5 cover. Become a sustaining member of the Brew Crew to earn perks, including access to livestreams and media archive: http://www.patreon.com/poetryinthebrew. 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.

We had an incredible time on our return to Zoom last night. Thanks to our feature James C. Floyd who brought other illustrious figures in the Nashville poetry scene, making for an especially joyous reunion! Thank you all who spoke on the open mic: K H A O S, Mike Sindler, Des Mannay, Fin Hall, Andrew Shillam, Rhoda Thomas, Martin Parker, Carl Lowe, Jeff Cottrill, Hil Hoover, Phil Linz, Nina Adel, Cody Smith, Bonnie Solloway, Franchesa Kirkpatrick, Henry L. Jones. Katie Thompson, Michael Collins, Greg Slade, Ngoma Hill, Doc Janning, Terri Rose Jertson, and Navita Gunter. Thanks to our patrons, and special thanks to Impresario Extraordinaires Rhoda Thomas, Bonnie Solloway, and Katie Thompson. Watch the video on Patreon (subscriptions start $1/month).

Email Brew host Christine Hall for more info: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com

APRIL 2, 2022 POETRY IN THE BREW

We’re back online, thanks to our wonderful new patrons on Patreon! A special shout out to Rhoda Thomas and Katie Thompson, who joined at the Impresario Extraordinaire level, and Hil Hoover, our very first Sustaining Member!

As the first three subscribers, they get full Brew Crew status along with a welcome gift. We’re streaming videos, sharing exclusive content, and offering membership benefits there now, so join us on Patreon!

We’ll be on zoom April 2nd at a slightly earlier start time, and the 1st Saturday of every month going forward. Sugg. $5 cover. Become a sustaining member of the Brew Crew to pay your monthly cover and earn perks: http://www.patreon.com/poetryinthebrew. We also accept Cash App $PitBNash, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, and PayPal @poetryinthebrew.

The zoom session begins at 4:45 PM CDT to allow time for everyone to arrive, get situated and say hi. Reading starts at 5:00 PM. Each poet has 4 minutes to share their words. Practice reading or reciting before the show to check the length of your material. Please be respectful of time so everyone gets a turn. Keep scrolling for signup form and zoom link.

Feature Poet James C. Floyd

James C. Floyd Jr. aka The Jefferson Street Poet is a native Nashvillian educated in its public schools and on its streets of the nineteen fifties and sixties. He is the result of those who tried to kill his spirit when he was lost, and those who prayed for him when he couldn’t pray for himself. He is a writer.

James will read from his new book Random Impulses (a collaboration with Mark McEvoy). Copies can be ordered from jstreetpoet@gmail.com at $35.00+$3.50 shipping.

EDIT. Signup is full. Join the waitlist here:

When you send the form, you will receive the confirmation on this page. An email with the list order will follow at the end of the week, before the reading. We look forward to seeing and hearing you soon!

Zoom session opens at 4:45 PM on Saturday, April 2, reading from 5-7 PM CDT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248909827

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

MARCH 12, 2022 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.

March Feature Liz

“My name is Liz, I am 20 years old and I am an artist and a poet. I write about real, heavy, and emotional things and I hope my writing will spark conversations about mental health and help people feel seen.”

Liz’s poem PTSD is an example of this excruciating realness put into an exquisite performance, which you can watch on Instagram:

We cannot wait to gather with you this Saturday in the loft. 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. The suggested $5 cover can be paid in cash or via Paypal @poetryinthebrew, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, or Cash App $PitBNash.

Contact Poetry in the Brew host Christine Hall: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com

The video of our February event, featuring K H A O S, is available on our Facebook page. We’re launching our Patreon this month, and will be livestreaming our readings there, with a few levels of access and Brew Crew membership perks.

FEBRUARY 12, 2022 POETRY IN THE BREW

Happy Black History Month, which is every month, since Black history is History, as revered Nashville poet K H A O S recently reminded me. This month especially we have much to recognize, learn, and appreciate, in spite of efforts to suppress historically accurate education. There are living legends in our midst, storytellers who participated in momentous civil rights demonstrations, sharing the truth of their vision and insights through their artistry, continuing the work through their activism to this day. Beloved community leader K H A O S is one such figure, and we have the opportunity to listen to him at this month’s 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 wear your mask unless you’re enjoying food or drink from Portland Brew East, or speaking on the mic. We’ll have alcohol wipes on hand. Respect physical distancing, and establish consent before contact.

Thanks to Patrick and the Portland Brew East crew who stay open late for us. Tip them in cash. Donate to Poetry in the Brew through Paypal @poetryinthebrew, Venmo @ChristineRaquel, or Cash App $PitBNash.

February Feature K H A O S

The poet K H A O S is a mixture of old school griot and modern day storyteller. An oral historian, writer, actor, teacher, mentor, and political activist in Nashville, Tennessee, K H A O S is a board member of Gideon’s Army for the Defense of Children.

Raised in Nashville, K H A O S attended both Catholic and public schools there⁠—St Vincent de Paul and Father Ryan on the Catholic side, Pearl High on the public school side. He served in the Army in Vietnam from 1964 until 1968. Upon his return, he attended Columbia State College and Tennessee State University. K H A O S worked at various occupations involving nonprofits connected to youth development and accessing public assistance for a disenfranchised populace. He also started and ran a construction cleanup company for over 20 years, employing and teaching trades to hardcore unemployed minorities. K H A O S started writing and sharing his poetry as a means of venting and working his way through demons haunting him in the aftermath of Vietnam. He has been associated with music and performing artists since high school, including a stint as a mentor, oral historian and storyteller at the now defunct Village Cultural Arts Center. In 2015 he was awarded an honor as an unsung hero for public service in poetry by MTSU.

In K H A O S, we are met head on with a mixture of old school logic and futuristic prophecy. He strives to merge the experience of his age and generation with a freshness and modern day outlook on current events and their cause and effect upon today’s society.


This Sunday, February 6, visit the Parthenon in Centennial Park from 1:30 – 3:30pm for Ekphratic Poetry Day. Meet artist Henry L. Jones, view his exhibition Kindred Links by Omari Booker and Henry L. Jones, listen to music by Dream 7 Singers, and be inspired to write ekphratic poetry!

Kindred Links: Omari Booker and Henry L. Jones is a interactive display of art, videos, and conceptual sculpture that continues to connect with many museum guests. The exhibit is open through February 13, with a closing reception on February 10 at 6pm. This free public closing reception will include a gallery talk by the artists to begin at 7pm.

Poet and Sinew contributor Dr. Destiny O. Birdsong’s heralded first novel Nobody’s Magic is coming February 8, and Parnassus Books hosts the celebration at 6:30pm. Dr. Birdsong’s conversation with Stephanie Pruitt Gaines will stream on Parnassus’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Destiny O. Birdsong’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, African American Review, and Catapult, among other publications. She has received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Richard G. Peterson Poetry Prize. Her critically‑acclaimed debut collection of poems, Negotiations, was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Voelcker Award and published by Tin House Books.

“My Dream” from K H A O S’ debut book of poetry Khaotic Verse: Musings (cover art by Henry L. Jones, edited by Brew host Christine Hall), now available. K H A O S will share poems from the book and have copies for purchase at the Feb. 12 Brew.

Contact Poetry in the Brew host Christine Hall: poetryinthebrew@gmail.com