THURSDAY, February 9th:
Equilibrium signing at Bull City Press, Booth #672 // 3-4pm
Offsite Reading: Four Way Books, Bull City Press, and Persea Books// 7 PM - 9 PM, Location: BUSBOYS AND POETS @ Brookland 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017
FRIDAY, February 10th:
10th Anniversary Reading from Bull City Press at 3 PM - 4:15 PM (Facebook event page: here)
Offsite Reading: Nashville Review/Grist/Iron Horse //7-8pm, Location: Mulebone @ 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Poets in Pajamas: An Online Reading Series from Sundress Publications, Episode 6: Tiana Clark
Knoxville, TN—The sixth episode of Poets in Pajamas, an online reading series presented by Sundress Publications will air on Sunday, December 18, at 7pm EST, featuring Tiana Clark. Poets in Pajamas is a free online reading series that connects readers and writers around the world. Utilizing Facebook LIVE, PiP allows for people to participate in a bi-monthly reading series regardless of location (as long as they have internet). Author Sam Slaughter will host.
The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in February, 2013 by Erin Elizabeth Smith and Joe Minarick at Firefly Farms, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nestled in an old-fashioned "holler" just twenty minutes from downtown, this picturesque 45-acre farm is home to one photogenic donkey (Jayne), a small herd of sheep, and a flock of backyard chickens & ducks. Firefly Farms is the perfect artists' getaway, where visitors can hone their creative crafts as they escape the routine of modern life. Whether you're hiking, camping, or foraging, you can connect with nature and be inspired by a part of the Appalachian landscape that is often forgotten.
The SAFTA Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series that is held monthly at 2PM at Bar Marley just outside of downtown Knoxville.
11/6/16: Tiana Clark, Daniel Shapiro, & Anthony Frame
Out Loud HSV monthly open mic and features creates a space for literary arts and spoken word to grow! Come early to sign up for the open mic, where you will have 5 minutes to share a creative writing piece. Then we will have a 30 minute feature with Tiana Clark!
"A special month at the Rattle Reading Series features the last three Rattle Poetry Prize winners (. The trio will also be reading at the Southern California Poetry Festival the day before (http://www.scpoetryfest.com/), but this encore reading will be more intimate, at our regular venue, and include the usual open mic. Don't miss it!"
Facebook link: here
For more info check out the website: here.
The SoCalPoFest is an annual poetry festival that relocates each year to a different Southern California community. The festival's "theme" will change from year to year. For 2016, our inaugural launch, the event will feature readers hosted by literary organizations, local presses, and local literary journals. The SoCalPoFest is dedicated to preserving the diversity of voices within our community, and this diversity extends across cultural lines and lines related to schools of poetic thought. We want to hear poetry from all who make a practice of it, regardless of poetic affiliation or cultural group. This is how we come to understand and appreciate varying experiences and modes of thought.
*I'll be in a reading with the past three Rattle Poetry Prize winners.
I'll be the featured poet for August at Scarritt Bennett Center.
Free and open to the public.
Advanced copies of the chapbook will be READY and available for sale this night as well.
After party/chapbook launch party: Mellow Mushroom off 21st Avenue, which is within walking distance from the reading. Free Drinks and Pizza!
Featuring youth wrtiers performing poetry and fiction.
“Art—whether it’s creative writing, visual art, performance art, film—is a form of resistance. None of us wants to be invisible, unseen by our community, cast off, marginalized. Art gives us a way to say, “I am here.”
–Terry Thaxton, from Creative Writing in the Community
6:45pm -- sign up for Open-Mic list (first come--first serve).
*We have slots for up to 15 people to read ONE poem or a short excerpt from a fiction or creative non-fiction piece.
Event will start at 7pm
-Open mic after
*Coffee and Sweets will be provided
Tuesday, April 26 at 5 PM - 7 PM
From Susannah Felts:
In honor of National Poetry Month, we're teaming up with Chauhan Ale and Masala House for a happy hour filled with drink & snack specials and readings. Focus: hybridity & "betweenness," whether in theme or form (prose poems! lyric essays! writing that resists easy classification!).
Our readers are:
Nibble on hot chicken pakoras and black-eyed pea tikki, sip a saffron IPA, and celebrate the lyric with us. Psst: It's also Susannah's birthday, so come toast her perpetual betweenness re: childhood and adulthood, immaturity and maturity.
Wightman chapel @ Scarritt Bennett Center
I'll be reading a few poems based on the theme of social justice.
An Inclusive World
Located at: 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
Free and open to the public!
Vespers & All That Jazz is a worship experience using words and music from a variety of sources to encounter the Sacred. We understand jazz to be a process of making music; music which shapes the service and helps us experience the interruptive Spirit of God in ourselves and others. The style is experiential. Open minds, open hearts, and open ears are essential. Justice, compassion, peace, and wonder are hoped-for responses.Vespers & All That Jazz is a non-membership community worship service for all ages. The services are informal and last approximately 45 minutes.
Nashville’s Second Saturday Open Mic Poetry Reading
Portland Brew East
1921 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Sign-up at 5:30
Reading starts at 6:00
Our first feature of 2016 is Tiana Clark, with guest host Ciona Rouse.
For more info: https://poetryinthebrew.wordpress.com
What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.
Literary Merit: TBA
Performance: Dennis Dunaway, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bassist for Alice Cooper, author of Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!
Intangibles: Kwame Alexander, poet, playwright and Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover
* Erica Wright, author of crime novel The Red Chameleon (one of O Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014)
* Harrison Scott Key, author of The World's Largest Man (nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction)
* Alex Sheshunoff, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise, and contributor to National Geographic Adventure
* Tiana Clark, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize-winning poet featured in Best New Poets 2015
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga
Check out this link for more details here
I'll be co-teaching a poetry workshop with Jesse Bertron.
Our topic: Old School/New School
We, as poets, have inherited an incredible wealth of poetic example from our literary forefathers and mothers. But how do we innovate on those classic poems? How do we build on, subvert, refurbish, and electrify the old as to speak to our contemporary lives? In this workshop, we will write from prompts of old-school/new-school poetry pairings (e.g. Gwendolyn Brooks/Terrance Hayes & Wallace Stevens/Danez Smith), to see how current writers are experimenting with the oldies, and to practice using our own techniques, ushering poetry into our present moment and beyond.
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