While not necessarily a literary event, I would be remiss, especially as a living breathing East Nashville resident, if I didn’t start things off with the 13th annual Tomato Art Fest. On Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, Bret and Meg MacFadyen will once again open up their Art and Invention Gallery and The Idea Hatchery to large crowds of people to join in a creative celebration of the beloved fruit/vegetable, the tomato. An estimated 60,000 people came out in 2015, and it appears to get bigger by the year. There will be live music, art, food, books and good people all around.
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, August 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the event will feature the lyrical musings of Leg Liander. The event, which never disappoints, is free to attend and fills up quickly.
There will be an alternative poetry & art performance night called Placebo Theatre on Saturday, August 20, at Sauvage (1114b 3rd Avenue South), A free event from 6-9 p.m., there will be a video projection and poetry reading by Meagen Crawford, a performance by local poet (and Vow of Silence reading series curator) Jacob Bernardi Stovall, and an alternative live poetry performance by multimedia artist Matt Christy.
Michael McRay will once again be hosting his Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling on August 22, from 7:30-9:30 p.m, at Douglas Corner Café (2106 8th Avenue South). 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 of TenX9 has a theme and is free to attend. This month, McRay pairs up with The Porch Writers’ Collective for the them of “Strangers.” If you have a story of an unexpected meeting with a stranger, let McRay know about your idea at tenx9nashville.com/contact/. Five of the stories will come from writers at The Porch.
DNR Publishing is back with their always enlightening A Night of Free Speech on Wednesday, August 17 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.
The Writings on the Wall series, hosted by Ciona Rouse, take place at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) on the third Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. August’s theme is open. If you want to be a part of this even and to share your poetry (up to 3 pieces), write Ciona at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take note that Ciona will not host her other series, Lyrical Brew at Barnes and Noble Vanderbilt, this month, will be back again the final Friday of September.
East Side Storytellin’
Approaching the four-year mark, I will again be hosting two at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) shows in August at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) . The first, East Side Storytellin’ 88, on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m., will feature artists Barry Jones and Woodferd. Two weeks later, on August 16 at 7:00 p.m., East Side Storytellin’ 89 with present Erica Wright and new father Luke Amelang. Both events are free and BYOB.
Parnassus has dozen of author events each month, in the store and around town. This month’s calendar includes Tracy Barrett, Terry Roberts, Cindy Dorminy, Melissa Landers, Linda Thompson, Serena Burdick, Noah Galloway (Salon@615) and more. See the complete list at Parnassusbooks.net.
On Saturday-Sunday, August 28-29 from 8:30 – 5 p.m. at The Skillery, The Porch Writers Collective offers a Screenplay Slam hosted by Rick Reichman. Participants should expect to dive into the art and craft of writing and selling scripts for film and TV. Learn more at Porchtn.org.
East Side Story and other friends
Tiana Clark is one of Nashville’s brightest literary stars. Clark is a distinguished alumnus of East Side Storytellin’ and the author of the forthcoming chapbook Equilibrium, she is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and a current MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University. On Thursday, August 25, she’ll be celebrated with two events. She’ll be the featured poet at Poet’s Corner from 7-8 p.m. at Scarritt Bennett Center (1008 19th Avenue South). Following Poet’s Corner, Clark will host an Equilibrium release party just down the block at Mellow Mushroom. You can be sure we’ll be promoting and selling her work at East Side Story soon thereafter.
I’ll be back on here just before my 7th wedding anniversary next month. 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 theBooks and Poetry section at NowPlayingNashville.com.