The #BigPayback, an annual day of giving to Middle Tennessee nonprofits, is coming up MAY 3. In a time when local funding of the arts is more crucial than ever, we hope to see lots of #Nashville love through donations of just $10 or more. Please consider giving what you can on May 3! Also, mark your calendar to JOIN US on the big day, May 3, for a Porch People Potluck, from 5 to 7 pm at the Refinery Nashville. A suggested Big Payback donation to the Porch on that day of $10 or more gets you into the party. We'll have free beer, snacks, a raffle, giveaways, and more. Expect raffle prizes from Sweet 16th BakeryEast Side StoryParnassus BooksAsh BlueHer Bookshop, Gift Horse NashvilleWoodland Wine Merchant, and more!  AND: We're excited to announce that all party-goers will receive a gift bag of goodies from Aesopa skincare brand that will be opening a Nashville location in Edgehill Village this summer. They have a literary bent, including their own literary magazine, The Fabulist—check them out!

We all know that it's PEOPLE who make The Porch great—so, to get amped for the Big Payback, we’re celebrating some of our #PorchTNPeople. Today we're featuring none other than our wonderful Program Assistant, Ryne Driscoll, an indispensable member of our team! We're so glad she's on the Porch with us. 

In six words, describe your writing: Sporadic bursts of kinda all right stuff.

My favorite thing about the Porch is…the community that’s grown around it, and because of it. There aren’t many other places where you can find a group of people who so genuinely want to see and help others succeed. 

Faulkner or Hemingway? Hemingway

Best thing that's ever happened to you on a porch: Every lengthy, beer-fueled conversation with old friends. The especially good ones included a steamy, summer rain and ice-cold High Life. 

Your favorite quote about writing/books: "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."

Tell us why you think The Porch should get lots of love during the Big Payback: The arts in any capacity help people see into worlds that aren’t their own. They widen perspectives, and fuel empathy. More room needs to be made for any program that encourages and grows our creative community, and The Porch absolutely does that. 

What you’ll bring to the Porch Potluck on May 3 (if you can make it):  Either fried cauliflower or vegetarian chili.