Spring 2018 Events



Join us for the first installment of the Idle Hour Reading Series, 2018! Four readers, five minutes each, cheap beer, good times. Featured readers will be:

Lee Conell
Amie Whittemore
Maddy Parsley
...and The Porch's very own Ryne Driscoll!




Megan Stielstra :: Workshop, Reading, Conversation

The Porch is delighted to bring to Nashville essayist and all-around amazing woman MEGAN STIELSTRA, author of THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, which racked up starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus and was awarded Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 from the Chicago Review of Books.

This Visiting Author appearance is made possible in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Megan will teach a workshop, "Not in Your Head but Your Bones: The Personal Essay" on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2- 5 pm, and will give a reading following the workshop, at 5:30 pm. On Sunday, she will be in conversation with Susannah Felts at Her Bookshop's Sunday Salon, at 4 pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/153602555361979/).

Both the reading and conversation are free; the workshop can be registered for at http://www.porchtn.org/workshops-prod/not-in-your-head-but-your-bones-writing-the-personal-essay.

Some praise for Megan and THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE:

"Stielstra is a masterful essayist."
—Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist and Hunger

“When Megan Stielstra writes you can actually feel her beautiful heart pumping blood through every sentence.”
—Samantha Irby, Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

"Reading this book is like listening to stories from a wise, compassionate, and irrepressibly funny friend—one who allows her empathy to fill every unflinching tale about how fear both plagues and saves us. Whether she's writing about gun laws, a bear attack, or postpartum depression, Stielstra's clear voice calls for us to stay awake, and to pay attention."
—Esmé Weijun Wang, The Border of Paradise



Sunday Salon with Megan Stielstra at Her bookshop

Super excited to share the details about our third Sunday Salon @ Her Bookshop. On January 28, join us for a conversation between The Porch's SUSANNAH FELTS and MEGAN STIELSTRA, writer, educator, and storyteller. They'll discuss Megan's most recent (o-so-powerful) essay collection, THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, which she will also read from. As usual, the salon is free to attend, and wine will be served. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there!
RSVP here

Past Events