open house & open mic

august 23 at the Porch Headquarters

Join us for drinks, snacks, and readings from some of our instructors, followed by an open mic! Doors open at 5:30, open mic sign-up at 6:15, readings from 6:30-7:45. 5 minute time limit per reader, please.

past events

june 12th — EKPHRASTIC: A celebration of a year at oz


Get EKPHRASTIC with us and OZ Arts on Tuesday, June 12! Join a multi-arts community to hear new poetry, personal essays, and works of fiction inspired by the performances experienced at OZ this season. A Year at OZ writers share their selections in this casual evening packed with fresh creative voices. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. 

*ekphrastic (adj.): refers to a form of writing, often poetry, wherein the author details another work of art, usually visual. It is used to convey the deeper symbolism of the corporeal art form by means of a separate medium. From the Greek ekphrasis or description.

When: Wednesday, June 12th — 6 to 8 pm

Where: OZ Arts Nashville — 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir, Nashville, Tennessee 37209


june 18 — poetry to the people book truck tour (and tin house party!)


This June, House Of SpeakEasy and Narrative 4 will embark on an 1,800-mile road trip from New York City to New Orleans, delivering books to underserved communities and partnering along the way on workshops, story exchanges, readings, and more. The tour will depart from Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Thursday, June 13.

The book truck will be making stops in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Floyd County, *Nashville*, Jackson, Arnaudville, and Lafayette. The trip will conclude in New Orleans to coincide with the start of Narrative 4’s annual Global Summit and will feature a special book giveaway and program at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sunday, June 23.

The book truck will hit Nashville on June 18! Join us at Porch HQ for readings including Nashville's own Meg Wade and TJ Jarrett, a conversation with Tin House founder Rob Spillman, and more. Beverages and light snacks provided. FREE! (Rsvp via Eventbrite is appreciated.)

When: Tuesday, June 18 at 6pm

Where: Porch HQ—2811 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204