Hello and good day to you, fine fellow fan of the Nashville literary scene. Before we delve into this month’s literary events, time is running out to sign up for the Southern Word Classic Golf Scramble at Historic Shelby Golf Course on Saturday, September 19. For a $50 per person fee, you’ll receive complimentary breakfast from Alexander’s Catering and a round of golf at a beautiful course. All proceeds benefit Southern Word’s work with youth in our community. Sign up your team for the Golf Scramble ASAP. Find out more information, and to register, visit SouthernWord.org.
After the golf outing, Southern Word will host a Slammin’ Poetry & BBQ After Party at Drifters (1008-B Woodland Street) at 12:30 p.m. The $10 per person charge covers your lunch as you bear witness to some epic poetry slams.
September begins on a Tuesday, so I can kick off this month’s preview of literary events by inviting you to the 66th edition of my bi-monthly literary series, East Side Storytellin’. Free to attend and located at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street), the show begins at 7 p.m. and always features a Nashville author paired with Nashville musician or band sharing their original material. This show will feature Amanda Elend and the very talented Pete Lindberg.
On the local poetry tip, make plans to attend Poetry in the Brew with featured guest Joseph Powell on Saturday, September 12. Located at Portland Brew East, the event begins promptly at 6 p.m. and is free to attend.
It’s great to support other writers and poets, but how about sharing your own stories? Luckily, The Porch Writers’ Collective have put together workshop on how to self-publish. On Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Skillery in Germantown, Jennifer Chesak will be instructing and breaking down the differences between mainstream, independent and self-publishing. You’ll learn about publishing setups, platforms, and how to best get your story in the hands of audiences near and far in this ever-changing world that we live in. The cost is $100. Learn more at PorchTN.org.
The 67th edition of East Side Storytellin’ on Tuesday, September 15 (it happens every first and third Tuesday) will feature Nancy Vienneau and the band Kat Milk Blu’. As mentioned above, it is free to attend, located at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) and begins at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m., Ciona Rouse presents another round of Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue). Rouse does a tremendous job of creating wonderful and unique prose and literary events. While unable to host this month’s event – Chance Chambers will be guest host – Rouse requests that prospective participants email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8 if they want to read at this gathering. The writing prompt and theme for this show is to explain what “regret” means to you and your work. Simple enough … now write on!
The Porch Writers’ Collective presents a workshop on Saturday, September 19 that everyone should attend, regardless of if you write or not. Taught by local legend Bill Brown, the class from 2-5 p.m. at the Skillery will focus on memory, fiction and the emotional truth. Brown will guide you through various idea prompts and poetry models, all the while giving strategies and ideas from past experiences. The cost is $50 per person.
On Wednesday, September 23, head over to Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music for a Salon615 special edition with renowned American author Jonathan Franzen. Parking is free in the West Garage. Tickets are $33.50 and include a copy of Franzen’s latest novel Purity. This is a great chance for you to show some love for authors visiting our lit city.
The next night, Thursday, September 24, attend a round of Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center at 7 p.m. East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Amy Wright will be the featured poet and it doesn’t get much better than that folks.
Celebrate Rouse’s return home from vacation when she hosts another Lyrical Brew: An Evening of Local Poetry at Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 W. End Avenue) at 7 p.m. It is free to attend and will feature poets Wyatt Prunty and Nathan Spoon.
September ends with two events you won’t want to miss. First, on Tuesday, September 29, Rita Bullwinkel, a fiction graduate student at Vanderbilt, will host Band of Poets, an evening of poetry and prose at Bobby’s Idle Hour. it starts at 9 p.m. Second, and certainly not least, on the last day of the month, Wednesday, September 30, Salon615 at the Main Library welcomes author Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) to read from her book Furiously Happy. She has great energy in her writing, and it would be a perfect way cap off in your literary fix for September.
Thank you for spending time with me again, and I hope you get a chance to visit and experience a few, if not all, of the events mentioned above. Also, please remember to be nice to one another out there. I can’t say that enough. And if you are near East Side Story, drop by and say hello.
(Ed. Note. This is a Survey of Literary events in Nashville for September. For a more comprehensive list of events in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, please visit NowPlayingNashville.com’s Literary Category Page. And if your event is not listed on our site, please be sure to submit it here.