First, the Big News
Hello, and welcome back. Before I get started, I would like to share a separate post with some really big news concerning our retail location. Consider this edition of Beard on Books a beginning and an end of something truly special. We’ll be hosting several fun events throughout the month of July to celebrate the closure of the first chapter of East Side Story and transition into what’s next. These are exciting times we live in. There are details on the events below. You can read about our big news here.
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in July. East Side Storytellin’ 110, on Wednesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) features Lance Umenhofer and Dylan Lancaster. Two weeks later, on July 18, at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 111 will feature Nick Rossi and Zach Ryan. Both events are free and BYOB.
East Side Story
Every Saturday in July, we will host something fun with writers and local literary groups with whom we have shared love and respect for during the past five years. Each event will take place at the store location, 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B:
- July 1 from 7-9 p.m. – Nashville House of Poets presents a free and open event that will feature readings from Duncan Barlow, Nick Rossi, Ashley Roth, Amy Jacoby and more. There will be light refreshments provided.
- July 8 from 7-9 p.m. – Grand opening for Riveter: East Nashville Jewelers and Grand re-opening for Defunct Books. Both businesses open their doors to the public with regular hours as of July 8. We will have poetry readings from Ben Burr, Debbie Brown, Kendra DeColo, and more, live music by The Smoking Flowers, Damien Horne, and more, and a lot of other fun things to see once you arrive.
- July 15 from 3-5 p.m. – Our friends at April Gloaming Publishing will be on site to dish out poetry on demand and some of their classics as well.
July 22 from 3-5 p.m. – Rashad thaPoet will be showcasing original work and a special reading and conversation with various adults and teens over 16 who participated in the Civil Composition workshop that morning (talking about the Civil Rights Movement and comparing it to our society today). Also on July 22, there will be a pop-up art show called “Birthday Show” during the entire day and a reception from 5-8 p.m. Works will be by Chip Boles, Jennifer Knowles, Clay Brunton, Shana Kohnstamm, Megan Kelley, Laura Fenwick, and more.
- July 29 from 7-9 p.m. – Our final celebration at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B as East Side Story will be in honor of one of our favorites, Ciona Rouse. She is not only releasing her first published chapbook of original work via Third Man Books, but she is also celebrating her birthday. There will be live music by Carolina Story and others, several great readings from our other local favorites before Ciona hits the stage at 8 p.m., and more birthday/literary fun than you can imagine.
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). This month, on Saturday, July 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the event will feature Kat Marsh. The event is free to attend and fills up quickly.
Ciona Rouse, a Poetry in the Brew veteran, handles her usual hosting duties this month. Her Writings on the Wall series take place at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) on the third Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. If you want to know about this month’s theme, Testimony, or be a part of this event by sharing your original poetry (up to 3 pieces), write Rouse at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue), Rouse also hosts Lyrical Brew. For more information about Lyrical Brew and who will be featured, keep tabs on Facebook.
Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, hosted by Michael McRay, gives nine people 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 Monday, July 24, from 7-9:30 p.m., at Douglas Corner Café on 8th, the theme of the July show will be “Different.”
Matt Johnstone is back on the hosting scene with a very special Et Al. Poetry Reading that will celebrate amazing talent, locally and afar. On Saturday, July 15, at Soft Junk (919 Gallatin Avenue, #14, Nashville), from 8-11:30 p.m., Matt has teamed up with Chet Weise of Third Man Books to release the newest Third Man Books work by visiting poet Erica Lewis titled mary wants to be superwoman. On top of the big release and reading and reception to follow, there will also be readings by local greats Alric McDermott and Thomas Macfie. The readings and music are free, but there is a full bar to accommodate the spirits and a special note that you get a free drink (with ID) with a book purchase.
Scarritt Bennett Center hosts its monthly Poet’s Corner series on Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. The featured poet for this round of reading will be Joseph Powell. It is free and open to the public.
Head out to Austin Audio Visual Design (707 W. Main Street, Murfreesboro) on Tuesday, July 18, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., for the next round of Kory Wells’ Poetry in the Boro. Like Poetry in the Brew, Wells’s evening has featured readers and an open mic for all those who want to participate. It is free to attend and open to the public. You can find more information and updates about the event on Facebook.
The Day the Whistles Cried
Betsy Cross Thorpe will host a reading on Sunday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at Union Station (1001 Broadway) in honor of the 99th anniversary of the worst train wreck in US history. Betsy will read from her book The Day the Whistles Cried: The Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman’s Curve, and will lead a walking tour through Nashville’s Union Station. Union Station is the greatest remaining artifact to the train wreck. You can find out more information about this event and Betsy’s work on her website.
Parnassus and Salon@615
Parnassus has dozen of author events each month, in the store and around town. This month’s calendar includes some heavy hitters, including readings at the Blair School of Music by Roxane Gay (July 13) and Alan Alda (July 18), plus visits from Michael E. Williams, Emily Arrow and more. See the complete list at Parnassusbooks.net.
When it comes to The Porch Writers’ Collective you’re always one click away from finding a workshop to match your wildest writing desires. Visit the PorchTN.org to discover more details about The Porch and the many workshops it offers.
A Mid-Summer Night’s Open Mic
Also of note, on Wednesday, July 19, The Porch, Humanities Tennessee, and East Side Story are teaming up to present A Mid-Summer Night’s Open Mic, featuring visiting author Rafael Alvarez from Baltimore. The reading theme for the evening will be Magic! Prose. Prose and song are all welcome. We’ll also have Poetry on Demand/Versify poets writing haiku from 6-7p.m., with light refreshments provided and the open mic to follow from 7-8p.m. It’s free to attend and participate. The party will be at East Side Story, 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B. (Slots for the open mic are limited, so arrive early to sign up if you’d like to read. A maximum of 5 minutes per reader, please.)
I hope to see you at everything above, especially all of the events at East Side Story. If I don’t, I hope to see you again on this blog before the Tomato Art Fest in August. 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.