In addition to, hopefully, some cooler temperatures, September brings with it one of the hottest Nashville literary events: the Southern Word Classic. An annual golf scramble at the Historic Shelby Golf Course, this year’s will take place on Saturday, September 17. Your $50 per person donation includes breakfast from Alexander’s Catering, cart and greens fee, and prizes for several fun competitions during the round. All of the proceeds for this special event go to Southern Word. You can register and find out more information here.
Poetry Readings and Open Mics
Poetry in the Brew, the open mic series with featured guests, takes place every second Saturday of the month at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue). On Saturday, September 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the event will feature the local legend, James C. Floyd Jr, aka “The Jefferson Street Poet.” The event, which never disappoints, is free to attend and fills up quickly.
This month marks the return of the wonderful event, Life is Boring: A Reading Series, on Friday, September 23, at The New Drkmttr (4003 Indiana Avenue). For the price of $5, starting at 9 p.m., there will be readings from Nashville’s own Nathan Spoon and Joshua Moore, and the featured poet will be the visiting writer, Matt Hart. The event is hosted by Ursus Americanus Press.
Moore will also be reading at another popular event, Et Al. Poetry Reading, on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 8 p.m., at Sauvage (1114b 3rd Avenue South). In addition to Moore, host Matt Johnstone will welcome artists Bill Brown, Kristi Maxwell, and Lain York to share art for the evening. Admission is free, but wine will be available for a small donation.
Michael McRay will host two Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling nights this month. A Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives, each month has a theme, and every month is free to attend. On Friday, September 2, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at The Black Abbey Brewing Company (2952 Sidco Drive), McRay is pairing up with Black Abbey Brewery to celebrate the Brewery’s 3rd anniversary. For those legal drinking age only, $15 gets you beer. For those younger and nondrinkers, $10 gets you non-alcoholic beverages, with all proceeds going to support Tenx9 Storytelling. Come early because the capacity is limited to 100 people. The theme of the Black Abbey show will be “It Bears Repeating,” and will feature 9 of Tenx9’s most seasoned storytellers retelling one of their favorite stories from the last 3 years. Then, on Monday, September 26, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Douglas Corner Café (2106 8th Avenue South), McRay will be hosting the official 3-year anniversary of Tenx9. And like every September show, the stories will be about our city. If you interested in participating with your Nashville story, please contact McRay here.
DNR Publishing is back with their enlightening A Night of Free Speech event on Wednesday, September 21, from 7-10 p.m., at Bearded Iris Brewing (101 Van Buren Street). Hosted by the ever-pervasive Honest Lewis, NOFS offers an uncensored and open environment for everyone, no matter style or subject matter. There are 5-7 minute time slots scheduled on a first-come basis with early sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m. Help spread the word about the event, and bring your own word and ideas.
Ciona Rouse hosts her Writings on the Wall series at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) on the third Thursday each month. This month, on September 15, at 6:30 p.m. the theme is “Choice.” So if you want to be a part of this event, and you’d like to share your poetry (up to 3 pieces), please write Ciona at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ciona is also back at it with her Lyrical Brew event. September’s show will take place on the final Friday of the month, September 30, at 7 p.m., at Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue). It will feature Grace Barlow, David Harris, and Barbara Young. Nashville is a better place with Ciona Rouse in full effect.
East Side Storytellin’
Going on close to four years, I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in August. The first will be on September 6, at 7 p.m. at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street). East Side Storytellin’ 90 will feature writer Jennifer Justus and the band, American Watermelon. Two weeks later, on September 20 at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 91 with Sally Anderson and The Daily Fare. Both events are free and BYOB.
Parnassus and Salon@615
Parnassus has dozen of author events each month, in the store and around town. This month’s calendar includes Robert Hicks, Amor Towles, Gary Slaughter, Adam Rex, and more. In fact, our dear friend Michael McRay, author of “Where The River Bends” and host of Tenx9 Nashville, will have an event on Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. See the complete list at Parnassusbooks.net.
Salon@615, presented by Parnassus, the Nashville Public Library and the Nashville Public Library Foundation, brings some heavy hitters to the area this month. Featured authors include Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn”), Glennon Doyle Melton (“Love Warrior”), Ann Pachett (“Commonwealth”), Jonathan Safran Foer (“Here I Am”), Colson Whitehead (“The Underground Railroad”). See a complete list here.
The Porch Writers’ Collective offers some of the best writing workshops in the region. It will also a very special fall launch party for their program SLANT. On Saturday, September 10, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., at the Downtown Public Library, Teen Space/Studio NPL, there will be open mic, food, program info, and early sign-up for fall workshops. SLANT stands for Student Literary Artists of Nashville, Tenn. Learn more at Porchtn.org.
Books in the ‘Boro
I want to leave you with the news of an event that is just outside of the Nashville city limits but will probably have more than a handful of Nashville regulars in attendance. On Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m., poet Kory Wells will be hosting Poetry in the Boro. Located at The Heritage Center (225 W. College Street, Murfreesboro, TN), this round of fun will feature a September word challenge for all readers. The more listed words you use in your poem you share at open mic, the more everyone will cheer. The listed words are splotch, tomato, shatter, sweat, green, heat, deluge, remember, innervate, and breathe.
I’ll be back on here before everybody starts decorating for Halloween, unless you never took down your decorations from last year. Until then, I hope you have a great month ahead. Remember to be nice to one another out there.
Ed Note: For a comprehensive list of upcoming literary events, be sure to check the Books and Poetry section at NowPlayingNashville.com.