Welcome back to the Beard on Books July 2019 Literary Edition.
Hopefully, you have been safe from the extreme weather and storms blowing through Nashville this past month. Pun intended, we hope that the following scheduled literary events around town can provide you with some much-needed shelter from the storms to come this month.
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, July 13, from 5:30-8:30 pm, open-mic signup is at 5:30 pm, and readings start at 6 sharp. The host for this event, the eighth anniversary show, will be the legendary Christine Hall. The July featured poet is a traveling poet by the name of Ananda Lima. The event is free to attend and fills up quickly.
Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, hosted by Michael T. McRay, gives nine people 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, July 22, from 7:30-9:30 pm at Douglas Corner Café on 8th, the theme of the July show is snapshot.
Po’Boys & Poets are back at it again with another fantastic open-mic session. On Friday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 24, the open mics will be take place. The specific locations and featured artists are still to be determined, but you can find out more information on that and follow Po’Boys & Poets on IG at @Pbnpnash.
Amy Jackson is once again hosting an awesome lit party at Bongo After Hours, above Bongo Java on Belmont Boulevard. Her July feature will be local great Joseph Powell. Signup is at 2:30 pm, with open mic starting at 3. This will go down on Saturday, July 27. All languages welcome.
PoemoftheWeek.com is continuing their series called Writers in Conversation. Led by poet and Nashville native Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, WIC is PoemoftheWeek.com’s signature event, promoting writers and writing of all genres, from poetry to songwriting to film to journalism to TV. Each episode opens with a performance by the guest writer, followed by an interview with Andrew that probes the writer’s life, their work, and the tools of their trade. The next event will take place on Tuesday, July 23, from 7-8:30 pm at the Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Ave.) in Sylvan Park, and it will feature poet Donovan McAbee. Open to all ages, there is a $10 cover at the door. You can find more information, including about tickets, at @poemotweek.
Matt Johnstone is back with his Et Al. Poetry Reading series. On Saturday, July 13, from 2-4 pm at The Free Nashville Poetry Library (The Packing Plant – 507 Hagan St.), Johnstone will shed light on work from one visiting poet and at least one local poet while they read their work for an hour of provoking poetry. The featured poets will be Emily O’Neill, Collins I. Aki, and Courtney Brown. The event it free to attend, but donations are encouraged. All artists will have their books and poetry objects available for purchase. Johnstone, like so many of us hosting shows, provide free admission in hopes that you spend your hard-earned money on supporting those hard-working artists. A little support goes a long way.
Scarritt Bennett Center
The Scarritt Bennett Center (1027 18th Ave. S.) will again host its monthly Poet’s Corner series. On Thursday, July 25, at 7 pm, at the Fondren Hall, 2nd floor, the June round of Poet’s Corner will feature Joseph Powell.
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. This month’s calendar includes store appearances and readings by the likes of Simon Tam, Margaret Renkl, Rory Power, David Bell, Katija Russell, and more.
This month, The Porch Writers’ Collective continues to have more workshops than I can keep track of in one post, but feel free to visit their website to find any and everything they are doing this month. Another cool event they are putting together is The Porch’s Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series. Located at 2811 Dogwood Place on Wednesday, July 24 from noon-1 pm, writer Amie Whittemore will be leading a conversation about delighting in writing and writing delight. It will cost non-members $15 and members $12 to join, but it will certainly be a delight and worth your time. You can find out more about it and other fun had by The Porch at www.porchtn.org/events.
The Bookshop (1043 W. Eastland Ave.) will continue to host its weekly Saturday Storytime at The Bookshop every Saturday at 10 am for the month of July. Also, organizers have a few other events up their sleeve. First, on Sunday, July 14, from 2-3 pm, The Bookshop will be hosting another round of Lit Chat! At Kettner Coffee Supply (1041 W. Eastland, The Bookshop’s neighbor), this event that is based around just having open and engaging conversations about books of interest for those who attend. It’s a book club of sorts. That said, there will be conversation starters on hand to keep things going, and it’s free to attend. Also on the calendar, The Bookshop will be hosting Meditate & Caffeinate (Yoga Book Club: Lovingkindness) in July. On Sunday, July 21, from 4:30-6:30 pm, Jill Elizabeth (the Cynical Yogi) will host a gentle yoga/guided meditation yoga class followed by a lively book club-style discussion of Sharon Salzburg’s “Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.” You do need to buy a ticket to attend this fun. There are two options. The $32 ticket cost covers the hour-long yoga class, a copy of the book, and coffee and/or tea. If you already own the book, there is an $18 option that covers class, discussion, and tea. Comfy clothes and your own yoga mat or suggested. You can purchase your ticket via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meditate-caffeinate-yoga-book-club-lovingkindness-the-revolutionary-art-of-happiness-by-sharon-tickets-62202491326#tickets
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in July. East Side Storytellin’ 156, on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at The Post (1701 Fatherland St.) features Annette Sisson and Ashley K. Two weeks later, on July 16, at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 157 will feature Ralph Bland and Jess Nolan. Both events are free and BYOB.
On the outskirts of town
Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Kory Wells once again bring people together for the sake of great literature. On Saturday, July 14, at the Murfreesboro Little Theater (702 Ewing Blvd.), Kory will be hosting another round of Poetry in the Boro. The July featured artist will be poet Brandon Amico and singer-songwriter Kelly Ormsby. It is free to attend and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. After the feature, there’s time to mingle and purchase books before our open-mic time begins. Readers can share one piece of poetry, spoken word, or even short short prose, so pick your best, or what you most want to try out on the audience, and go for it. Reading a favorite poem by another writer is fine, too. If your piece is over four minutes, please speak to the hosts to see if we can accommodate that. This is a free event thanks to the support from MTSU Write.
Also down the road, at Hudubam Booktraders (110 Franklin Street, Clarksville) on Saturday, July 6, from 5-6 pm, there will be a wonderful paired reading that will feature work by Amy Wright and Andrea Spofford. It will be enlightening and free to attend.
I hope to see you at everything above, especially all of the events involving East Side Storytellin’ and everything else promoting more love than hate this month. If I don’t, I hope to see you again before the next great Tomato Arts 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 a survey of events. For a comprehensive list of upcoming literary events, be sure to check the Arts > Literary section at NowPlayingNashville.com.