Poetry Workshop with The Porch Writers' Collective
Jun
17
2:00 pm14:00

Poetry Workshop with The Porch Writers' Collective

Fusion & Fissure: Experimenting with Form in Poetry

Kenneth Burke states that the notion of “appetite” involves expectations and cravings, which can be understood in the context of form: “Form in literature is an arousing and fulfillment of desires. A work has form in so far as one part of it leads a reader to anticipate another part, to be gratified by the sequence.” But what if you want to interrupt that sense of expectation in a poem and invent something new, or what if the poem demands a deviation? What does it mean to skillfully break form, or, as Harold Bloom says, “swerve away” from our literary predecessors? I find breaking and making new forms to be an exciting, fresh enterprise leading to revelation and most importantly surprise, because, as we know from Robert Frost, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” We will experiment blending and diverging from both received and experimental forms in hopes of starting new drafts out of our comfort zones. Come ready to play and slay the page! 

  • Instructor: Tiana Clark
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date:  Saturday, June 17
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $55 non-members; $50 members (of The Porch)
  • Location: Refinery 

For more details click here & to register click here.

Feb
9
Feb 10

AWP 2017 Schedule // Washington, D.C.

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 // online reading series
Dec
18
7:00 pm19:00

Poets in Pajamas // online reading series

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. 

SAFTA Reading Series
Nov
6
2:00 pm14:00

SAFTA Reading Series

  • Bob Marley

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 Featuring Tiana Clark
Oct
18
6:00 pm18:00

Out Loud HSV Featuring Tiana Clark

  • Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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!

Oct
14
3:00 pm15:00

Southern Festival of Books

  • Nashville Public Library

I'm really pumped to be reader for the first time at SFB. I've been going to the festival since high school! 

Location: Nashville Public Library, Conference room 3

Title: Listen to Me: Bold Poetic Voices 

Time: 3-4pm

Tiana Clark, Jordan Rice

Sep
11
5:00 pm17:00

Rattle Reading Series: Roberto Ascalon, Tiana Clark & Craig van Rooyen

  • pin Show Map Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse

"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

Sep
10
3:00 pm15:00

Southern California Poetry Festival

  • Aquarium of the Pacific

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. 

Poet's Corner/Equilibrium Chapbook Launch Party!!!
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Poet's Corner/Equilibrium Chapbook Launch Party!!!

  • Scarritt Bennett Center

I'll be the featured poet for August at Scarritt Bennett Center.

Admission:
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!

Etal reading series
Jun
4
8:00 pm20:00

Etal reading series

A poetry reading series hosted by Matthew Johnstone @ Sauvage Gallery. I'll be reading with Jan LaPerle and Clay Matthews. 

Writing as Resistance: Performance and Open Mic event
May
13
7:00 pm19:00

Writing as Resistance: Performance and Open Mic event

  • Oasis Center

FREE EVENT:

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

-Featured Readers
-Open mic after

*Coffee and Sweets will be provided

Lyrical Brew
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Lyrical Brew

Location: Barnes & Noble

April 29th, 2016 // 7pm

Featuring the first-year MFA students at Vanderbilt University

Jesse Bertron

Tiana Clark

Kelsey Norris

Mark Haslam

Mixed Messages // Porch Event
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

Mixed Messages // Porch Event

  • Show Map Chauhan Ale and Masala House

Mixed Messages: The Porch x Chauhan Ale & Masala House

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:

Tiana Clark
Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay
David Bersell
Freya Sachs
Max McDonough
Marla Lepore
Melissa Jean
Kana Gaines


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.

 

 

Vespers Jazz Service
Jan
31
6:30 pm18:30

Vespers Jazz Service

 Wightman chapel @ Scarritt Bennett Center

I'll be reading a few poems based on the theme of social justice. 

Theme:
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.

For more info: http://www.scarrittbennett.org/event/vespers-all-that-jazz-67/

Oct
10
8:00 pm20:00

Literary Death Match

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. 

JUDGES: 
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 

READERS: 
Erica Wrightauthor 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 Clark2015 Rattle Poetry Prize-winning poet featured in Best New Poets 2015

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

Where: War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave N, Nashville (map)
When: Show at 8pm sharp, doors at 7:30 and afterdrinks at 9:30pm! 
Cost: $15 (click to preorder)

Check out this link for more details here

Girls To The Moon
Sep
26
10:20 pm22:20

Girls To The Moon

I'll be a speaker for a one day girl's "campference" called Girls To The Moon. My topic will be: Creative Writing: How to explore yourself through words. 

Check out Girls To The Moon for more info! 

SLANT POETRY WORKSHOP
Sep
19
10:00 am10:00

SLANT POETRY WORKSHOP

  • Nashville Public Library

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.

For more information check out & join SLANT

 

BAND OF POETS
Aug
25
9:00 pm21:00

BAND OF POETS

  • Bobby's

@ Bobby's Idle Hour

 

Come hear: Tiana Clark, Simon Han, Rita Bullwinkel and Kelsey Lepperd