Open Mic Guidelines

***in person readings on hold *** * *** join us weekly on zoom***

From July 2011 to February 2020, PitB met monthly in the loft of Portland Brew East. We miss our friends at the Brew and hope to gather there again. Our thanks to Patrick and all the crew who have helped us there through the years.

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206

Second Saturday of the Month

Open mic sign up starts at 5:30pm. The reading is in the loft, and the list goes out on a table near the stage. Sign up is first come, first served, and readers get their choice of open spots.

Each reader on the open mic gets a turn to share one poem in the 1st round, and anyone who places a star(*) next to their name on the sign-up list may have another turn in the 2nd round.

Reading starts at 6:00pm.

Around 7:00, we pass a hat for the folks at Portland Brew East, who stay open late just for us, and the feature poet has a 15 minute set.

The reading ends at about 8:30pm.

Guest hosts:
Keep the sign up sheet close. After introducing each poet, adjust the mic height, making it even with the lower lip of the reader’s mouth.

9 thoughts on “Open Mic Guidelines

  1. Was so very pleased to see this email in my account for I did not know about this place it sounds very exciting! and fun!

  2. Navita Gunter says:

    I too am still excited and I look forward to inviting my friends to join me.

  3. Brad Stephens says:

    Hi, This is Brad Stephens, I read last night for the first time. I was wondering if you still needed readers for the Madison library event. If so I am willing and able to help out any way I can.

    • Hi Brad, thank you! The workshop is open to the community and we’d love for you to come share a poem with us. If you want to speak about inspiration and your writing process as it relates to the piece, you are welcome. Madison public library branch, Saturday, June 25 at 2 PM.

  4. David Weir says:

    Hi I write poetry and prose and I would love to stop by and tell one of my beautiful short poems!

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