Welcome back to Beard on Books. September is the beginning of football, fall, cooler temps, another year around the Earth for my marriage, and home to some of the coolest events to hit your calendar to enjoy the best of Nashville’s literary community.
To start things off just right, you need to clear your schedules and mark your calendar for the return of the artist formerly residing in Nashville – Tiana Clark. On Sunday, September 9, from 4-8 pm, Tiana will be at Ruby (2411 Blakemore Ave.). It is the launch of Tiana’s full-length poetry collection titled “I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood.” There will be a cocktail reception at 4pm. Kendra DeColo, Ciona Rouse, and Kate Daniels will read at 5:15pm. Tiana will sign copies and share cake at 6:30pm. There will be plenty of drinks, food, a photo booth, and more great poetry than you can imagine. You will be able to purchase your own copy of the book on site. Mucho congrats to Tiana, as her bright light continues to shine and travel around this rock like a comet with no end in sight.
And to end the month just right, look no farther than the annual Southern Word Golf Classic. You need to register your team or yourself by Friday, September 7, but the actual fundraiser will take place at the Historic Shelby Golf Course (2021 Fatherland St.) on Saturday, Sept. 29. It’s $60 person (includes greens fee and cart), and it’s a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. There will be prizes awarded after the games conclude, and all proceeds from this event go directly to support Southern Word. You can find out more information and how to register here.
A Celebration of Rowdy Women
From 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 12, a book reading from the author Sarah Hays Coomer is included in a big evening at Nashville Urban Winery (609 Lafayette St.) to raise a glass to the women’s movement and to find “Physical Disobedience” in the heart of our own lives. The night includes free wine and fancy chocolate, a book reading and performances from Nicki Bluhm and Kyshona Armstrong, print-your-own T-shirts by Hip Hues to raise money for Everytown for Gun Safety, and an art exhibit by Wendy Walker Silverman also benefiting Everytown. Headcount will be on site to help you get registered to vote, and books will be for sale by The Bookshop with 10% of Sarah’s personal book profits going to Planned Parenthood and the World Food Programme. This event is free and open to the public. Nashville Urban Winery is donating their space and some munchies. Wine is sponsored by the amazing Love & Exile Wines, and the chocolate is sponsored by Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier.
The Bookshop (1043 W. Eastland Ave.), formerly known as Her Bookshop, will continue to host her weekly Saturday Storytime every Saturday, at 10am, for the month of September.
Also scheduled at Her Bookshop is Made Out of Stars Book Launch with Meera Lee Patel on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6-7:30 pm
Meera Lee Patel is the best-selling author of “Start Where You Are and My Friend Fear.” The Bookshop will fete Meera on the release date of “Made Out of Stars,” a new guided journal filled with her trademark thought-provoking writing prompts and gorgeous artwork. There will be a chat about the book and mingling, and Meera will sign copies. Plus, wine and treats will be served.
Also at The Bookshop, Storytime for Grownups is set for Friday, Sept. 21 from 6pm – 7:30pm., because storytime shouldn’t be just for kids. Featured readers will be Susannah Felts (co-director of The Porch Writers’ Collective), Kendra DeColo (My Dinner with Ron Jeremy), and Rob Rufus (“Die Young with Me”), who will each select a novel (to be revealed at the event) and read, from the beginning of it, for 10 minutes. There will be wine and mingling with fellow bookish folk.
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 Ave.). This month, on Saturday, September 8, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, the series will feature Regan Smith. Open mic signup is at 5:30pm, and readings start at 6pm sharp. The event is free to attend and fills up quickly.
Ciona Rouse, a Poetry in the Brew veteran, will be handling her usual hosting duty this month. Her Writings on the Wall series, which she co-hosts with Dana Malone, had to postpone the big party last month but will be celebrating its 5th anniversary show this month. This literary party will take place at Atmalogy (2320 West End Ave.) on Thursday, September 20, at 6:30pm. The theme of this event will be “wood.” If you want to be a part of this event by sharing your original poetry (up to three pieces), please write Ciona at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be live music provided by the Nashville Pie Holes.
And on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7pm, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Ave.), Lyrical Brew is going on. You can find out more information about this event and future dates here.
Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, hosted by Michael T. McRay, gives nine people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Each month has a theme, and every month is free to attend. On Monday, Sept. 24, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Douglas Corner Café on 8th. The theme of this show is Nashville, and it’s the fifth anniversary celebration show, too! Come join the party and find out how easy it is to be enlightened by these stories and Michael.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Amy Jackson will once again put together another round of Flatrock Poetry Open Mic. With an early afternoon 2:30 pm signup and 3 pm open mic, you have plenty of time to experience this round of fun before taking a nap for the nightlife. This round will feature poet Christine Hall and will, as usual, go down at Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More (2640C Nolensville Pike).
Scarritt Bennett Center
The Scarritt Bennett Center (1027 18th Ave. S.) will again host its monthly Poet’s Corner series on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 pm. The featured poet for this round of reading will be Richard Nelson.
Parnassus Books will be bringing some big-name authors from out of town to your back porch, per usual. Parnassus Books has dozen of author events each month, in the store and around town as part of the Salon@615 partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. This month’s calendar includes store appearances and readings by the likes of Charles E. Smith, Brandon Rich, Abby Geni, Kevin Wilson, and many more. On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:15pm, Salon@615 Special Edition will go down with the actress Sally Field.
This month, The Porch Writers’ Collective continues to have more workshops than I can keep track of in one post, but you’re one click away from finding whichever one matches your wildest writing desires. Visit the PorchTN.org to discover more details about The Porch and the many workshops it offers. O
The Porch has put together a very special package, with our friend Ciona Rouse, and is something you need to know about ASAP. If you’d like to join a writing retreat in San Miguel De Allend, Mexico, The Porch can take you there with the help of Atmalogy and Ciona. They are offering a six-day writing retreat that will include five night’s accommodation, daily communal craft conversations/writing prompts, one-on-one writing sessions with Ciona or Susannah Felts, lots of space and time for writing, shopping and exploring, daily breakfasts and drinks, and a day trip to Sanctuary of Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo. Check your schedule and bank account now to get in on this wonderful adventure. You can find more information about the trip here.
April Gloaming Publishing & Cheekwood Harvest
One of the finest indie local publishing companies, April Gloaming Publishing, will be setting up a mini-residency of sorts at Cheekwood each Saturday from Sept. 22 – Oct. 21 during the Cheekwood Harvest series. More times and details will soon follow, but look out for at least one featured author from April Gloaming Publishing to feature familiar classics and new original works inspired by the gardens at Cheekwood. You can stay tuned to all of the information as it pours in here.
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in September. East Side Storytellin’ 137, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7pm at The Post (1701 Fatherland St.) features Massey Armistead and Nick Nace. Two weeks later, on Sept. 18, at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 138 will feature Laurie Perry Vaughen and The Danberrys. Both events are free and BYOB.
On the outskirts of the city limits
Kory Wells and Poetry in the Boro will be celebrating their monthly literary party on Sunday, Sept. 23. Nick Bush will guest host the usual open mic at Murfreesboro Little Theatre (702 Ewing Blvd.) at 6:30 pm with the featured poets Travis Mossotti and Adrian Blevins headlining the night. This is the official kickoff to this headlining duo’s “Run Amok Americana” reading tour. This show is also a departure from the usual 2nd Sunday of the month schedule, but for good reason. The Poetry in the Boro page on Facebook will share complete details about all of their events as they’re available.
I hope to see you at everything above, especially all of the events involving East Side Storytellin’, the book launch for Tiana Clark, and everything else promoting more love than hate this month. If I don’t, I hope to see you again before Halloween. Until then, I hope you have a great month ahead. Remember to be nice to one another out there.
Ed. Note. Beard on Books is survey of events. For a comprehensive list of upcoming literary events, be sure to check the Arts > Literary section at NowPlayingNashville.com.