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

Plus Open Mic

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



In the interest of everyone’s safety and with gratitude to Portland Brew East, we are rescheduling tonight’s show for next week. Hope to see you all on the 20th!



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 Angie Gonzalez

Angie Gonzalez

Angie Gonzalez grew up as a Houstonion, but left at 18 to the Big Easy. After two formative years of the city she vowed to create music to connect with others and challenge herself. She resides in Nashville pursuing not only the creative outlet of music, but poetry as well. She has met many people across the country, and she tries not to miss them all at once. Her favorite word is almonds.



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.


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
on her bench
and you
life’s gallows-paths
have trod,
and obtained
the one-eyed wisdom
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.


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.