NYC Book Launch
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

NYC Book Launch

NYC BOOK LAUNCH! Woot!

In conversation with this amazing lineup: Mahogany L. Browne, Cortney Lamar Charleston, and Donika Kelly!!! 

Hope to see you there. This will be my first time reading in New York City. I'm pumped and scared. Please come out and give me a hug. 

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Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Teaching a workshop at The Loft

Breaching the Boundary: Breaking Out of Form and the Fourth Wall in Poetry

Date: 11/10/18 | (Saturday) Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm | Ages: Adult | Class Level: Open to All Levels | Genre: Poetry

Pricing:
• Regular: $70.00
• Member: $63.00
• Low-Income: $49.00

More details and register here.

Kenneth Burke states that the notion of "appetite" involves expectations and cravings, which can be understood in the context of form. He continues, "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 how do we meaningfully interrupt that sequence, that sense of expectation and patterning in a poem? How do we invent something new, or what if the poem itself demands a deviation?

For this class, we'll examine what it means to skillfully break out of form, or, as Harold Bloom says, "swerve away" from our literary predecessors. Making and breaking and blurring forms is an exciting, fresh practice that often leads to revelation, and, most importantly, surprise and transformation by toggling release and restraint.

We'll experiment blending and diverging from received, experimental, and free-verse poems in hopes of starting new drafts out of our comfort zones. This class will help you to investigate and question your own habits as well as your relationship to the psychology of poetic form. We'll look to poems from Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Jennifer Chang, Danez Smith, Terrance Hayes, Denis Johnson, Elizabeth Bishop (and more!) as we discuss the idea of "breaking the fourth wall in poetry"—meaning the performance of the poem is thoughtfully disrupted by directly referencing the reader or imagined other.

In this class, you will write, share, and offer thoughtful feedback. Come ready to play and slay the page! Make sure to stick around Open Book for an author reading and book signing with Tiana Clark and Julian Randall, presented by Milkweed Books in the performance hall at 7 p.m. on the night of the class.

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Tiana Clark Book Launch
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

Tiana Clark Book Launch

Please come celebrate the launch of my first full-length poetry collection, I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the Pitt Poetry Series. I had to come back to my beloved hometown of Nashville, TN and throw a big party. 

4:00pm // Cocktail Reception

5:15pm // Reading
with Bill Brown, Kate DanielsKendra DeColo, & Ciona Rouse 

6:30pm // Book Signing & Cake

Drinks! Photo booth! & Food! Plus, the book will be available early for purchase from the amazing folks from Parnassus Books.

Please RSVP via Facebook or my email. I hope you can make it. I want to give you a hug. I miss y'all so much.

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Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop @ The Porch Writers' Collective

POETRY 2: "WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF PLEASURE & PAIN: CENTERING & DECLARING THE BODY IN POETIC LANDSCAPES"

from 50.00 // Date: Saturday, Sep. 8 // Time: 2 - 5 pm

Poems are bodies that remind us we have bodies. But what if you feel erased in your own body or blurred on the margins? Do you have a fraught relationship with some part of your body? What even is a body, and how do we, as Mary Oliver writes keep, “announcing [our] place in the family of things” through these somatic intersections between the page and poet?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the body as a big ship on a voyage through these various landscapes, both physical and psychological. In this workshop, we will explore these various sites of pleasure and pain by examining techniques and strategies for situating the body to the forefront of the page, instead of the periphery, by exploring our own origins and myths, rethinking our relationship to history via received forms, avoiding terminal closure, toggling grief and gratitude, and the interrogative mood. We will examine an essay from Robin Coste Lewis as well as poems from Linda Gregg, Jennifer Chang, Evie Shockley, Lucille Clifton, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Monica Youn, Kendra DeColo, Sharon Olds, Melissa Broder, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Danez Smith, and more. All aboard!

For more details and to register for the workshop click: here.

Instructor: Tiana Clark // Length of workshop: 3 Hours

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Feb
9
to 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

 

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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. 

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SAFTA Reading Series
Nov
6
2:00 PM14:00

SAFTA Reading Series

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

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Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

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

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"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

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Sep
10
3:00 PM15:00

Southern California Poetry Festival

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. 

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Poet's Corner/Equilibrium Chapbook Launch Party!!!
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

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

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!

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Writing as Resistance: Performance and Open Mic event
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Writing as Resistance: Performance and Open Mic event

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

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Mixed Messages // Porch Event
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Mixed Messages // Porch Event

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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.

 

 

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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/

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