Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with family, friends, or at all, we can all agree on the value in taking a deep breath this month and being thankful. So before we get to the many events I recommend attending this month, let’s take a second to be thankful that we live in such a great city at a time that gives us the opportunity to appreciate each other and the written word so much.
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, November 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the event will feature Ami Mattison. The event is free to attend and fills up quickly.
Writings on the Wall, hosted by Ciona Rouse, take place at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) on the third Thursday, this month on November 16, at 6:30 p.m. If you want to be a part of this event by sharing your original poetry (up to 3 pieces), and find out what the theme of this show will be ahead of time, please write Rouse at email@example.com.
On Tuesday, November 14, from 5-7 p.m., at The Bowery Vault (2905 Gallatin Pike C), The Muse’s Mouth will be a female spoken word open mic event where the subject matter is open for discussion and all will be heard. Now, more than ever, everyone needs to be heard. If you are a female and want to be heard, you can sign up to read anytime between 4:30-5 p.m.
On Saturday, November 4, from 8 p.m.-midnight, at Carol Ann’s Home Cooking Café (407 Murfreesboro Pike), Wine and Rhymes Nashville will be hosting an open mic night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m, and you can enjoy an evening of fine wines, creative arts, and open mic sessions. Learn more and get tickets here.
On Sunday, November 19, at 5 p.m., Kendra DeColo will showcase poets taking part in the Fall 2017 Third Man Books poetry workshop. Featured readers from Irreverent Joy, The Reading That Gives No Fucks, are Joseph Fulkerson, Jaclyn Emmons, Lindsey Rome, Charlie Waddle, Barbara Young, Jonah Eller-Isaacs, Jason Overton, Alicia Brandewie, Rosie Forrest, Ariana Dicks, and Chance Chambers. This event is free to attend, and it will be located at the Third Man Records storefront (623 7th Avenue South).
Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, hosted by Michael McRay, gives nine people have 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, November 13, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Douglas Corner Café on 8th, the theme of the November show will be “When I Was Young.” Interesting note, all storytellers will be under 20 or over 65 years young.
DNR Publishing presents A Night of Free Speech on Wednesday, November 29, from 7-10 p.m., at Twin Kegs 2 (413 Thompson Lane). Hosted by 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.
Matt Johnstone is back on the hosting scene with another epic Et Al. Poetry Reading. On Friday, November 3, at Sauvage (1114b 3rd Avenue South, Nashville), at 7 p.m., Matt Johnstone hosts Et Al. Poetry with Alric McDermott and Carlina Duan (both from Nashville) and Caitlin Scarano from Washington. There will be books and poetry objects available for purchase after the readings. The event is free to attend, and all of the money from the bar goes to keep Sauvage open. Thanks for your help.
Scarritt Bennett Center hosts its monthly Poet’s Corner series on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. The featured poet for this round of reading will be Barbara Russell. It is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, November 12, from 6:30-9 p.m., with open mic starting at 6:30 p.m., Kory Wells will host another Poetry in the Boro at Murfreesboro Little Theatre (702 Ewing Blvd, Murfreesboro). The featured readings will begin at 7 p.m, with the open mic to follow, and this month’s word challenge will be: squirm, raft, and purple.
The Porch Writers’ Collective is a nonprofit that depends on the charity of literary appreciators such as yourself. It will be hosting Page to Plate: A Literary Dinner, on Tuesday, November 14, from 7-10 p.m. at Salt & Vine (4001 Charlotte Avenue) This will be The Porch’s second annual storied feast. With a ticket purchase, you will receive a four-course meal inspired by old and new South works of literature. A portion of the proceeds will support The Porch’s programming. Visit the PorchTN.org to discover more details about The Porch and the many workshops it offers.
On Tuesday, November 14, from 6:15-8:15 p.m., Parnassus Books, BookPage, and Nashville Public Library Foundation host a special edition of Salon@615 with Dan Rather at War Memorial Auditorium discussing his new book, “What Unites Us.”
On Monday, November 6, The Decemberists’ frontman, Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis will read from their new book, “The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid.’
On Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Montgomery Bell Academy, Salon@615 presents a lecture by author Elizabeth Gilbert with Ann Patchett. There will be only 100 tickets available, and this is a free event, so you may want to get your ticket now.
In addition to its partnership and support of Salon@615, Parnassus Books hosts dozens of readings each month. In November, authors appearing at the store include John Boyne (The Heart’s Invisible Furies) on November 1, Carson Morton (Hunting Mona Lisa) on November 5, Maggie Smith (Good Bones) on November 10 and many more. Learn more on Parnassus’s web site.
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in November. East Side Storytellin’ 118, on Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) will double as a 5th Anniversary celebration and feature Dana Malone and Solar Twin. Two weeks later, on November 21, at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 119 will feature they dynamic duo of Ashley Roth and Dale J. Gordon. Both events are free and BYOB.
I hope to see you at everything above, especially all of the events involving East Side Storytellin’, Third Man Books, and the fun to be had at Defunct Books every single day. If I don’t, I hope to see you again on this blog before you go out to buy or make your next Christmas gifts. 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.