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 Andrew Dillon

ADillon_HiRes_Colin_PottsAndrew P. Dillon earned his BA from the University of Tennessee, and later graduated in their inaugural MFA class. He 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 appeared most recently in Analog Science Fiction and Science FactStirring: A Literary CollectionConnotation PressRivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks, and Public Pool.

He taught for a few years, but now works in healthcare in Nashville while completing his first collection, currently titled Captain for Dark Mornings (after a track on his favorite Laura Nyro album). He is tragically committed to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and Tennessee Vols. He strongly supports the use of semi-colons, em dashes, and the serial comma.


In defining love, every poet becomes a synesthete—
trying to explain why the letter A is red, or rattle
tastes oaky, trying to order the unfiltered mind:
you orbit the dense, central bridge of my mind the way
twelve numbers every hundred form a chronometric solar system.
I cannot visit my friends’ newborn because baby powder
sounds like a man and woman searching for catharsis
in each other’s mouths. I love you as surely as
twenty-two is closer to my heart than fifteen,
and September is more trustworthy than June.
When I taste Korean food, I lose the ability to distinguish
my mouth from my ears, my throat, my navel—
the awareness of my limbs as distinct and specialized.
Or maybe it can be expressed as simply as this—
when I said time with you feels like two galaxies
recklessly merging their satellites and stars, I meant
I’m already torn from the orbit that anchored me.

Keep up with Andrew Dillon on Twitter: @DillonAndrewP



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 Regan Smith

Regan Smith is a writer and poet based in Nashville, Tennessee. Regan is the creator of Introspective Collective, a poetic platform highlighting beautiful words all across the country. She co-hosts monthly write night readings, has been growing her craft of spoken word poetry within the city and assists with poetry workshops for younger writers. She is also the author of her debut poetry collection, Morning Air, Morning Lightwhich is currently available for preorder

September feature poet Regan Smith

Regan Smith’s book Morning Air, Morning Light will be released Sept. 5


Baby blue stitches,
little crossed threads creating denim patterns;
though fading in the elbows.

She paints oranges, develops photos of her sisters,
and captures footage of the Cinquefoil flowers.

She wraps her arms around her brothers,
and laughs loudly;
honeydew hope is held in her eyes.

On a basking blanket between two Cottonwood trees,
with a short story collection between her palms,
her face begins to freckle—
beneath her full eyebrows,
and on her soft shoulders.

She is in the wind, and will grow weary,
belly swells as baby grows—
resting her spine on the bed,
as she pulls splinters from her fingers.

Gray strands emerge from her scalp,
woven throughout her cocoa curls;
it holds the air of the forest,
and unravels beneath streams of warm water.

A lively life looms,
indigenous to encouragement.

Her heart is held,
familiar to a full mind—
but not foreign to today.

I think she understates,
how many good traits she received from her mother;
how they both speak with words that break the bones of death,
and shift tides with a whisper.

Find Regan Smith online at her blog/site introspectivecollective.com, which also accepts submissions.


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 Tricia Schwaab


Tricia Schwaab has written since childhood but had never read at a poetry open mic until coming to Tennessee. Her poetry has been published in journals including Calliope and Dead Snakes.

In addition to poetry, she can also be found writing shorter fiction and plays. Her first one-act, an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Prophetic Pictures, was produced in Maryland. Her first full-length play, When the Letter Writers Have All Died, was part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in 2013.

Tricia is also a past participant of the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage. She’s currently working on a play about life, death, and some of things in between.

Visit Tricia on Twitter: @TASchwaab.


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 Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman, a Nashville native, is a creative writer who weaves introspection into intricate woven rhythmic poetry, essays and short stories. He utilizes his writing to provoke thought and question behavior.

In the summer of 2016, he steered away from the traditional corporate flow to dive deeper into the stream of his creative abilities. “Self expression lives at the core of the human experience; without it we limit life’s offering.”

Soul on Fire.

Life is short
But it’s the longest thing / you’ll ever do /
What will you do / between the line /
Of your time / before night sets on your eyes /

Windsor knot ties / choked the voice
In my mind / blind thoughts
Told me what I ought to see /
Then I smelt the coffee /

Pyramid schemes / stole my dreams /
News screens / say what to think /
I can’t even blink / without clicking on a fake link / So out of sync /

Have to disconnect / from the internet
And introspect / the thoughts of my flesh /
Find faith in every step I take /
Can I find my pace / in this zombie race /

Some days / I can’t recognize my face /
Misplaced masks / followed tasks /
For the cash / as I ash / my burning soul /
For someone else’s high /

How many lives / will it take to see who am I / while I’m alive


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 Corey White

Poetry inspired by Hip Hop and Art.

When I was younger I could draw better than I could write. They wanted me to write ‘A’ and had an apple beside it. I drew the apple. I always learned differently, but poetry and hip hop helped me find joy in writing.

I believe art is about displaying extraordinary emotion. Love, beauty, tragedy, pain, life, death heaven, hell and everything in between. I figured out, you have to display this through your eyes. So, now I call myself an artist. I use many different media. I’m a painter, writer, poet, drummer, hip hop, visual, graphic, and landscape artist. I create.

I’m passionate about showing the beauty in the world. It is the beauty seen as I see it.
So when someone likes, hates or loves my art, they connect to me somehow. One of the most important things I’ve learned to do as an artist is to create something new. Not necessarily new to the world, but new to you.

Love Poem

A poem to love

I love you Love

I love you Love

It’s the meaning of life.
It’s always right.
It’s there in the air as we always knew it to be.
It’s in you it’s in me
It’s what we should be.
We can have it whenever you want it.
Because it’s in us all,
but we stall, we pause,
We run, we hide.
We decide to not take the risk.
We’re basically running away from bliss.
If you ever had any questions,
It truly does exist.

It’s God. It’s good all the time.
It’s what keeps me whole and saves my mind.
It gives me what I need at the right time.
It’s the only thing
that has ever really gotten me out of a bind.

It’s creation over destruction.
It’s my foundation and my function.
It’s forgiveness for malfunction.
It’s willpower over seduction.
It’s a whistleblower in corruption.
It’s a baby that’s been breastfed.
It’s a servant of God that has been led.
Always giving of its self
& it has unlimited wealth.
But not flashy or popular
Because it moves in stealth.
It’s freedom in the face of death.
It will be all that is left.
It’s as simple as feeding a hungry child
As complex as saving animals in the wild
It’s in the strongest person you know
It’s the only thing that ever allows you to grow
It’s that real planted seed.
It’s that forgiveness that you need.
It’s that miracle that only you see.
It’s the fact there is a me.
It’s that sacrifice no one believes
The same way the trees lose their leaves
The sun yields to night
How you started out wrong,
But you’re going to end up right.
You know the person that helped you
And it wasn’t even their fight.
It is the strength that gets you through
If you only knew how it would help you
If you let it,
it will make every part of you anew.

Please… just, let it do, what it do.
It’s the best thing that ever happen to you.
It’s the best thing you’ve ever known
It’s proof that you’ve grown.
It’s telling the truth to your friends
It’s the only thing that never ends
It will satisfy your soul
It’s the thing that…
Finally, makes you whole.
It is…
Lord knows it is
You know & I know it is.
It is
It is the only reason why
there is
infinite, infinite infinite power
in the words words words
I Love you…
Love, I Love you

Follow Corey White on facebook, and keep up with community happenings in the Nashville Poetry Events and Nashville Visual Arts groups.


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 Sommer Jade 

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Sommer Jade was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where she found her love for creative writing. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music, and currently pursuing a Master’s in Poetry from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jade began singing at the age of 4 and writing at age 9. Her inspiration comes from life experience. Jade has performed at many functions, mostly at Fifth Fridays, an event hosted by Mount Zion Baptist Church. She has worked artists such as Irocc Williams, Nashville’s Andre the Poet, Atlanta’s Terri Davis, and her father, Ronald Adwaters. Well known for her authentic and sincere verses, Jade credits the Infinite, who she considers to be the Real Poet. 

Catch a preview of Sommer performing in this video from the Brew (July 2017):



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 Andrea Pilot 

20160804_210528Andrea Pilot is the offspring of a fundamentalist preacher and a teacher of languages. She no longer settles for small gods or for others’ definitions of truth, and writes as a means of unflinching self-possession. Andrea still has hope for a world that is compassionate rather than assaultive, innovative rather than staid, and big enough to require more than five senses to experience.
For more from Andrea, check out her blog and read her poem marrow. Also find Andrea on Instagram @justsaynotoapocalypse.



Special Event:
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sign-up begins at 5:30
Music begins at 6:00

Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206


These days, almost every Poet has her Perch.  In a diverse, artistic city like Nashville, there are now many Open Mics for Poets.  This is in large part due to the hard work done by organizers like Ruth Hairston and Larry Pacheco of the original Windows on the Cumberland crew from the 80s, their successors D. Phillip Caron and C Ra McGuirt, and more recently, Michael “Map…” Pierce and Christine Hall of Poetry in the Brew.  And yet in this, the Music City, the old-school original songwriter is often left out in the cold.  We aim to fix this, at least for the month of March, by holding an open mic for songwriters, singers, and musicians at Portland Brew East on Saturday, March 24.

Live Local Words & Music


and very special Guest

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Free Admission!

Free CDs!



Special Event:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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, 25 years later, Ra hosts the 4th 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 Cynthia Ring


cynthiaringCynthia Ring has been writing poetry since the age of 14. Cynthia’s poetry rises directly from her unconscious mind. When asked how she came up with this or that image, or scene, she can never really answer the question. She phases into a zone of creativity, reshaping the chaotic blur of surrealism into narrative sequences that can be analyzed and understood. Her work has appeared in Contemporary American Voices, Haggard and Halloo, And/Or and BlazeVOX, among others. In 2017, she published her first book of surreal romantic poetry. In the future, Cynthia plans to push poetic boundaries by incorporating augmented reality into her work, but does not desire to be forced into any particular direction. Cynthia wishes for her work to be free, without constraint or mandate. Her work is growing, maturing; it is in full bloom. [Introduction by Dr. Louis Gallo, edited by Cynthia Ring]
Read a sample of Cynthia’s previously published poetry at: www.cynthiaringpoetry.tumblr.com
Follow Cynthia on Instagram @cynthiaringca