Welcome back to the Beard on Books June 2019 Literary Edition.
Welcome back to Beard on Books. The coolness of your AC unit should be rocking this month. The coolness of Nashville’s literary scene is also rocking and ready to blast you in the best of ways. Enjoy this snapshot schedule we have thrown together for your enjoyment below, and feel free to let others know about any and all events that make your reading heart skip a beat.
To start things off right, you first need to know that Nashville writers do more than just write. East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Henry L. Jones sent me word about opening reception for an amazing art exhibition on Friday, June 7. From 5pm – 7:30pm, The Centennial Art Center (301 25th Avenue North) will host InterACTive. The featured artists will be Amy K. Sterling, Nadine Shillngford Wondem, Samantha Drapeaux, Angel Iwanowski, Joshua Wagner, and our very own Henry L. Jones. It will be spectacular, and I’m betting it will inspire you to write something great after you experience it.
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, June 8, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, open mic signup is at 5:30pm, and readings start at 6pm sharp. The host for this event will be the legendary Christine Hall, and the June featured poets are Serge Ray Rodrigo and Sir-Reyna Lucio. 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, June 24, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, at Douglas Corner Café, the theme of the June show is Courage.
Po’Boys & Poets are back at it again with another fantastic open mic session at The Dream Fulfillment Center, INC. The feature for that show will be Kat Marsh. Then, two weeks later on Friday, June 28, same location and times, Po’Boys & Poets will feature Billy H. Po’Boys & Poets will also be celebrating Juneteenth in Murfreesboro. You can find out more information on that celebration and follow Po’Boys & Poets on IG at @Pbnpnash.
Amy Jackson is changing locations for her monthly open mic shindig. She is moving her lit party to Bongo After Hours, above Bongo Java on Belmont Boulevard. The June feature will be Cynthia Ring. Signup is at 2:30pm, with open mic starting at 3pm. This will go down on Saturday, June 22. 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, June 4, from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Ave.) in Sylvan Park, and it will feature none other than the great Ruby Amanfu. Open to all ages, there is a $10 cover at the door, and you can find more information about tickets at @poemotweek.
Ciona Rouse is back at her regular routine of hosting her amazing series Lyrical Brew. This month will feature another round of amazing talent. It will go down on Friday, June 28, from 7pm – 8:15pm, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Ave.).
Scarritt Bennett Center
The Scarritt Bennett Center (1027 18th Avenue S.) will again host its monthly Poet’s Corner series. The June round of Poet’s Corner will feature Barbara Young on Thursday, June 27 at 7pm in Fondren Hall.
Native magazine will be hosting another round of Lit Party on Wednesday, June 26 from 7pm – 10pm, at Analog at Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Ave.). Lit Party is a party where Native’s local literature can let loose and make new like-minded friends. This round will include selections from Be Witched, Southern Word, The Free Nashville Poetry Library, The Porch, Third Man Books, and April Gloaming Publishing. There will be drink specials, a photo booth, and its free entry. Ride share is encouraged, and there is a discounted valet.
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 Jill Biden, Margaret Rogerson, Liz Moody, Janet K. Lee, Alana Mills and more.
Parnassus is pairing up again with Salon@615 this month to put on two special events at Montgomery Bell Academy. On Saturday, June 8, Clay Risen will meet with Jon Meacham. Then on Monday, June 17, it will feature Elizabeth Gilbert. I would highly advise you to get tickets online before the actual day of these events.
This month, The Porch Writers’ Collective continues to have more workshops than I can keep track of in one post, and you’ll have another cool event they are co-hosting in the next paragraph with The Bookshop, but feel free to visit their website to find any and everything they are doing this month. Another grand event they are putting together is their sixth annual fundraiser, an evening of literary glam and fun with a sultry Floridian twist. The party will feature author Lauren Groff, plus the reveal of their inaugural PORCH PRIZE contest winners. You’ll enjoy small bites and drinks while their DJ spins tunes inspired by the Sunshine State, shop the silent auction, pile into the photo booth with friends, and print your own commemorative bookmark with HIP HUES. This fiesta will take place on Saturday, June 8, from 6pm – 9:30pm, at Corsair Distillery & Headquarters (601 Merritt Ave.), and you can find out more about it at www.porchtn.org/events.
The Bookshop (1043 W. Eastland Ave.) will continue to host its weekly Saturday Storytime every Saturday at 10am for the month of June. Also, they have a few other events up their sleeve. On Sunday, June 2 from 2pm – 3pm, The Bookshop will be hosting another round of Lit Chat! at Kettner Coffee Supply, 1041 W. Eastland Ave. This event is a book club of sorts that is based upon having open and engaging conversations about books of interest for those who attend. That said, there will be conversation starters on hand to keep things going, and it’s free to attend.
The Bookshop will also be hosting another round of Storytime for Grownups. On Friday, June 21 from 6pm – 7:30pm, I will be joining a few other featured readers to share selected works with material inspired by a theme. The theme for June is All in the Family (featuring memorable fictional families). I hope to see you there! It is also free to attend.
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in June. On Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm, East Side Storytellin’ 154 will feature Morgan Christopher and Bill Crosby at The Post (1701 Fatherland St.). Then on June 18 at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 155 will feature Trapper Haskins and Jack Silverman. Both events are free and BYOB.
On the outskirts of town
Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Kory Wells will bring people together for the sake of great literature. On Saturday, June 22, at the Murfreesboro Little Theater (702 Ewing Blvd.), Kory and AcTEENg founder Jamie Stevens are joining forces to help make the most of poetry on the page and in spoken delivery. The workshop, “Staging the Page: Cultivating Your Poetic Voice” will be a two-hour session from NOON – 2pm that will offer critique and tips in a small group setting. Following a short break, participants will have the option to rehearse their pieces with workshop leaders. A minimum of $25 donation is requested and will benefit Poetry in the Boro and AcTEENg. Please email email@example.com to pre-register ASAP.
Also, another round of Poetry in the Boro will be hosted by Kory on Saturday, June 9. The June feature will be Denise Satterfield Wilson. This will go down at Murfreesboro Little Theater (702 Ewing Blvd.). It is free to attend and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. After the feature, there’s time to mingle and purchase books before the open mic time begins. Readers can share one piece of poetry, spoken word, or even short short prose, so pick one of your best. 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.
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 biggest firework show in town happens in July. 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.