Page to Plate

Join us for our second annual storied feast. Salt & Vine has teamed up again with The Porch, Nashville's center for writing, to create a four-course menu inspired by great works of literature from the old and new South, with each course taking its culinary and wine-pairing cues from our region's literary trove, which will be shared during dinner. A portion of the proceeds will support The Porch's programming. 

Note: We would be more than happy to offer a vegetarian version of this menu. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the menu we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions. If you have allergy concerns, please feel free to email us directly.

Tickets are $85 per person. Includes four-course food and wine pairings. Spaces limited.  Proceeds benefit The Porch. 




The Band of Poets was a much-loved reading series at Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row in Nashville, TN. From its ashes rises the Idle Hour Reading Series, brought to you by The Porch. 4 times a year, 4 writers, 5 minutes each, countless cold beers. Join us October 20th for the second Idle Hour series reading! Featuring stories and poems by Joe Pagetta, Kerri French, Jenna Dorian, and Stephanie Davis.




Visiting author reading
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Let Us Know You're Coming!

Join us on Sunday, September 10 at Refinery Nashville for a reading with poet and Oxford American Senior Editor Rebecca Gayle Howell. Her debut poetry collection, Render /An Apocalypse, was a finalist for ForeWord's Book of the Year and was praised widely, most notably in a cover review by David L. Ulin for the Los Angeles Times, who called the collection "remarkable." Howell is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation. A Library Journal Best Book of Poetry for 2011, Hagar received critical acclaim throughout the U.S., the Middle East, and India and was shortlisted for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award. Among Howell's honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Howell's latest book, American Purgatory, was selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize; London's Eyewear Publishing released the book to both the United Kingdom and the United States in early 2017.

Howell will also be instructing a one-day workshop before the reading, "We All Write Sentences." For more information, go to our prose workshops page.


Let Us Know You're Coming!

We're partnering with Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling again to guest-curate a portion of their August show! Parnassus Books will also be a partner on this event, and the show will be held at the bookstore.

Theme? WORDS!

Please send your submissions for consideration to susannah (at) Work must be able to be read aloud in under 10 minutes.


We look forward to reading your work!


True Stories
A Reading feat. Angela Palm, author of 'Riverine'

We're thrilled to welcome to Nashville ANGELA PALM, author of RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.

RIVERINE was a Kirkus Best Book of 2016, was selected by as a Powerful Memoir by Powerful Women, and was an Indie Next pick. Palm was a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference fellow in narrative nonfiction and has taught creative writing at Champlain College, New England Young Writers' Conference, The Writers' Barn, The Renegade Writers' Collective. and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Ecotone, Passages North, At Length Magazine, Entropy, Brevity, DIAGRAM, Essay Daily, Paper Darts, apt, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hippocampus Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Little Fiction, Big Truths, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. She works as an editor and lives in Vermont.

Reading with Angela Palm will be local writers KATRINA OTUONYE and CHLOE STILLWELL.

Katrina Otuonye is a writer and editor from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She lives in Nashville, and holds a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MFA from Chatham University. Katrina's work has appeared in Tarpaulin Sky Press, Litro Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and The Toast, among others. She’s currently hard at work on a novel and a collection of creative nonfiction.

Chloe Stillwell is a writer and comedian living in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a writing degree from the New School, and trained in comedy at UCB-LA. She currently covers culture for Playboy Magazine and politics for Paste Magazine, while producing comedy shows in Nashville and touring the South East US.

When: Saturday, June 24 at 6pm

Where: Refinery Nashville

Let us know you're coming!


The Nashville Neighborhoods Project: Closing Celebration


Please join us as we celebrate the wrap-up of our Metro Arts Commission THRIVE-funded Poetry on Demand project! We'll share five of the best poems from the project, including musical accompaniment by Alicia Enstrom of Chatterbird. You'll also get an early listen of the new VERSIFY podcast, launching this summer.

Drinks and snacks will be served, and HIP HUES will be on site so you can make your own commemorative poem print! (Available for the first 50 attendees.)


A Big Payback potluck

Join us on May 3rd for a Big Payback celebration, featuring homemade food, free beer and wine, giveaways, a raffle with prizes from local businesses, and more. All you need to get in is a suggested Big Payback donation to The Porch of $10 or more between the hours of 5 and 7pm. (Of course, we’re delighted to take donations at any hour, but happy hour gifts will put us in the running for the”Most Unique Gifts given during Happy Hour” Big Payback Prize.)

RAFFLE PRIZES FROM: Sweet 16th — A Bakery, Parnassus Books, Her Bookshop, AshBlue, Woodland Wine Merchant, East Side Story, The Porch, and more!

Can’t make it? You can still attend virtually by making your gift between 5 and 7pm on May 3rd.


Where: Refinery Nashville

When: May 3, 5pm

Let us know you're coming!


The Idle Hour is back! This time we'll welcome to the stage:

--Fiction writers K.K Fox and Korby Lenker
--Poets John Walker (Walker Bass) and Lindsay Tigue

Lindsay Tigue will be our special guest from Atlanta. Tigue is the author of the poetry collection SYSTEM OF GHOSTS, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Julie Suk award (best poetry book of the year by an independent press), and finalist for the FOREWORD Indies Award (best 2016 poetry book by an independent press), among other accolades. Yow!


We're excited to be hosting this guy--Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib--for a reading and workshop on April 8. Registration for the workshop is open now at

The reading will take place after the workshop at 6pm, at Refinery Nashville


Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle  Magazine.  He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. 

Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers. 


Pure Fiction: Reading & Shop-Talk w/ Tobias Carroll and friends

On April 22, we'll welcome to town one of indie-lit's biggest champions and experts, TOBIAS CARROLL. Straight outta Brooklyn, Carroll is managing editor of the literary site Volume 1 Brooklyn, a regular contributor to Literary Hub, and the author of the story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the novel Reel (Rare Bird Books).

Plus, hometown folks! Reading and discussing the fiction universe as we know it alongside Carroll will be locals Odie Lindsey, Vandy prof and author of the story collection _We Come to Our Senses_ (W.W. Norton), and up-and-comer/former McSweeney's digital marketing maven Molly McGhee.

RSVP here

7 - 9 pm
Refinery Nashville


The 4th Annual NASHVILLE READS contest is open for submissions! Brought to you by The Porch, Parnassus Books, and Nashville Public Library

Representative John Lewis was arrested over forty-times—arrested for good, for the sake of change. In this year’s Nashville Reads selection, March, Lewis describes his own part in the Civil Rights struggle. Through acts of civil disobedience—a phrase coinedby Henry David Thoreau—he and other protestors placed themselves in the way of the law for a higher good. In a recent talk in Nashville, Lewis told the crowd to “never give up” in their fight for good and justice.

In an essay of no more than 750 words, tell a story of how you or someone in your sphere has kept the faith, refusing to give up in an effort toward a greater good. 

The winner in each category will receive a $100 Parnassus gift card, with a $50 Parnassus gift card to the runner-up.

Please send submissions to NOTE: Your name should not appear on the manuscript. Please attach a separate cover sheet listing your name, address, email, and telephone number.






Hello Lit. Lovers, you've guessed it, the time has come for another Poetry Book Club! Please join us on April 1st for another afternoon of poems, potables, and companionship. Pick up a copy of Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds, give it a thorough read and come ready with questions to pose, puzzle over, and perhaps even pacify.

For this session of Poetry Book Club we're in for a particular treat: Ocean will be reading at Vanderbilt on March 24th for the visiting writers series. So not only will you have an opportunity to hear Ocean read from his work and get your book signed, but you can also join us for a little literary fellowship on the 1st to talk about your thoughts on the text. Looking forward to a lively discussion, and sharing in each of your literary insights. Hope to see you all soon, and as always, pleasant poeming!

When: Saturday, April 1st @ 3pm

Where: The Refinery
438 Houston St. Suite 263
Nashville, TN 37203


Books Bars and Guitars, a music and literary series sponsored by Parnassus Books and The Porch, present Hari Kunzru reading excerpts from his new novel White Tears, with special musical guest Patrick Sweany at The Basement on March 30th at 7:30 PM. White Tears has been hailed by critics as a “well-turned and innovative tale that cannily connects old-time blues and modern-day minstrelsy” and “a compulsively readable ghost story that features masterly—tour de force—writing about early American blues.” Kunzru will be joined onstage by Nashville-based musician Patrick Sweany who gained a reputation for his “intricate country blues style: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.” Sweany has 6 critically acclaimed albums (two produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) and tours all over the United States and Europe. This event is free and open to the public. The Basement, March 30th, 7:30 PM.


On March 11th, join The Porch for an evening of song and story with New York Times #1 bestselling author Wally Lamb and one of Americana music’s most admired artists – Mary Gauthier.

Lamb is the author of four New York Times best-selling novels: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I first Believed, I Know This Much is True, and She’s Come Undone and was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club. Honors for Wally Lamb include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2010 Arts and Letters award from the YMCA of New York City. He was the 1999 recipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. I Know This Much Is True won the Friends of the Library USA Readers’ Choice Award for best novel of 1998, and the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Book Award, which honored the novel’s contribution to the anti-stigmatization of mental illness. She’s Come Undone was a 1992 “Top Ten” Book of the Year selection in People magazine and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best First Novel of 1992. I’ll Fly Away was a 2008 Connecticut Book Award Winner for non-fiction.

Gauthier’s second album, Drag Queens in Limousines won best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song at the Independent Music Awards. It was also nominated for three Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards (GLAMA) and won best country artist of the year. Her first major label release, Mercy Now, was on the top 10 list for the year in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, and Billboard Magazine. She has had her songs recorded by numerous artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Bill Chambers, Mike Farris and Candi Staton, Amy Helm and Bettye Lavette.  Her short stories have been published in several books and magazines, including the book Amplified, released by Random House, and The Blue Rock Review. Her songs have appeared on the playlists of Wally Lamb, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan. She has a book deal with Yale University Press, and is currently writing a book about the Art of Songwriting. She’s a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and currently resides in Nashville, TN.

Proceeds for the event benefit The Porch Writers’ Collective. VIP tickets will include a meet-and-greet reception before the show with wine, beer, a signature cocktail, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets on sale soon!

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A Reading with Jamie Quatro

Please join us for a special apperance by JAMIE QUATRO, award-winning author of I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE and the forthcoming novel FIRE SERMON.

When: Friday, February 17th 6:30-7:30

Where: Refinery Nashville
438 Houston St. Ste. 263

Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More (Grove Press), was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, O, The Oprah Magazine summer reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. The collection was named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times, a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.

Her debut novel, Fire Sermon, is forthcoming in early 2018 with Grove Press (U.S.), Picador (U.K.), Uitgeverij Atlas (The Netherlands), and Anansi International (Canada).

Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, Bomb, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, The New York Times Book Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her stories are anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, Ann Charters’s The Story And Its Writer, and in the 2016 Norton Anthology Mix. She holds graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary (M.A., English) and the Bennington College Writing Seminars (M.F.A, Fiction), and is currently a Contributing Editor at The Oxford American Magazine. In 2017 she will be a visiting professor at Sewanee, The University of the South. Quatro lives with her husband and four children in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.


Quatro will also teach a workshop for The Porch the following day, "When Bad Sex Happens to Good Writers: The Dos and Don'ts of Sex Scenes." Registration is open at

Quatro's reading is free and open to the public, and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.


"Writers Resist: Voices for Social Justice" is Nashville's contribution to a day of events throughout the US and in other countries, during which invited speakers will read from a curated selection of diverse writers’ voices that speak to the ideals of Democracy and free expression. See for more details and a full list of events.

Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.

The flagship Writers Resist event, co-sponsored by PEN America, is being held on January 15, 2017, in New York City. Prominent writers, including American poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove, will gather on the steps of the New York Public Library to “re-inaugurate” their commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy.


November 17, 2016, 6 pm

Salt & Vine (4001 Charlotte Ave., 37209)

A four-course meal inspired by the work of Pablo Neruda, Junot Diaz, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jamaica Kincaid, and Raymond Carver. 

A portion of proceeds benefits The Porch's programming. 

Seats very limited! 







We'll be at this inaugural festival, offering our THRIVE-funded literary arts project Poetry on Demand: Nashville Neighborhoods. Come tell our poets a neighbor or neighborhood story, and they'll draft you a poem based on your story—a unique work of art you'll get to keep.



We're also proud to present a Porch showcase at AOTS: TJ Jarrett, Carissa Stolting, and David Bersell will take the stage. The event is free and family-friendly. 




Join us for a reading featuring prose and poetry from local and visiting writers. ***Free drinks with a suggested donation supporting The Porch Writer's Collective. Readers: Poetry- Anders Carlson-Wee Tiana Clark Prose from the Co-founders of The Porch- Katie McDougall Susannah Felts & some very special guests that will be announed SOON!

Join us for a reading featuring prose and poetry from local and visiting writers.

***Free drinks with a suggested donation supporting The Porch Writer's Collective.


Anders Carlson-Wee
Tiana Clark

Prose from the Co-founders of The Porch-
Katie McDougall
Susannah Felts

& some very special guests that will be announed SOON!


Award-winning Nashville songwriters Peter Cooper, Fayssoux McLean and Anne E. DeChant team with Alabama author Frye Gaillard for “Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music,” a unique program of reading and song. In his award-winning book, Watermelon Wine, Gaillard maintains that great songwriters explore the depths of the human heart with all the subtlety and feeling of our finest novelists and poets. Gaillard will present brief readings from his works, setting the literary context for all-acoustic renditions of the artists’ songs. DeChant and Gaillard have appeared together at such diverse venues as Belmont University, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, TN, the University of South Alabama, Auburn University, the Barking Spider in Cleveland, Ohio, the W.C. Handy Music Festival and the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum.

Beer provided by Yazoo Brew!

$10 Suggested Donation

SLANT Fall Launch Party

Open mic, food, program info, and early sign-up for fall workshops

When: Saturday, Sept 10th

             2:00 - 3:30pm

Where: Downtown Public Library, Teen Space / Studio NPL






Curious about our classes? Want to kick back with other writers? Join us at Blackstone Brewery's new taproom on August 26 from 5:30 - 7 pm for drinks, discussion, and raffle action. Enter our drawing for a free class or two, discounts on classes, our popular "Don't Be a Writer; Be Writing" tees, and more! Plus, Porch instructors will be on hand to tell you about their classes and answer any questions you may have.  RSVP ON FACEBOOK









Our next night of true stories at Tenx9 Nashville is August 22, and our theme is "Strangers." We so excited this month to partner with the most excellent folks at The Porch Writers' Collective. Five of our stories will come from writers at The Porch. But for you other four...what are your stories of strangers?

Perhaps you have a story of an unexpected meeting with a stranger? Perhaps an expected meeting with a stranger? Perhaps you were a stranger to a place? Or an idea? Perhaps you wished you'd been more of a stranger at one point? Perhaps you wished you'd been less? What's your story?

Pitch your story here at

Tenx9 Nashville is a Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Each month has a theme, and every month is free.

Kendra DeColo at Parnassus Books

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"More than anything, DeColo's fearless new poems grapple with the complicated here and now, full of, as she writes, 'a tenderness that wrecks me.’"—Keetje Kuipers, author of The Keys to the Jail

"This often humorous, always provocative book puts a neon backlight on what we have to do, and what we wish we could do." —Adrian Matejka, a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

"DeColo manages to coax beauty and meaning from the absurd aching morass of human existence. It’s not every writer who can emerge from these corners with anything approaching grace, much less deft and bracing poems such as these."—The Nashville Scene

"Marvelous poetry … poems that would make great feature films.”—Ron Jeremy, Actor

About the Reader:

Kendra DeColo’s first collection, Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014) was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and named “Favorite Nashville Poetry Book of 2014” by the Nashville Scene. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle Magazine and guest teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Author Reading at Brown's Diner

Parnassus Books and The Porch are delighted to host author Lee Clay Johnson and songwriter Carl Anderson. Johnson will read from his debut novel NITRO MOUNTAIN. The evening promises to be anything but highbrow--story, song, cold beer, and good people. Join us!


Congratulations to the winners of our Nashville Reads Writing Contest, 2016. They are:

Adult Category:
Kristi Wilcox, for "How Heaven Fills Us Up"
Runner-up: Amy Roberts, for "With Us"
Honorable Mention: Nancy Posey, for "Daddy Uses Long Distance"

Teen Category:
Lagnajita Mukhopadyay, for "Cosmos"
Runner-up: Isabel Stack, for "When We Understand Each Other"

The winners will read their work at a celebration Sunday, May 1, 2 pm at the Green Hills Library. Everyone is welcome to join us!


In partnership with Parnassus Books, we're pleased to welcome acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Ann Packer (THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER, SWIM BACK TO ME, and SONGS WITHOUT WORDS) to Nashville for a literary conversation with Nashville's own Ed Tarkington (ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART). 

Thursday, April 14

6 pm wine and cheese reception

6:30 event

The Skillery (1323 6th Ave. N, Germantown)




In James McBride’s The Color of Water, the voices of a mother and son are interwoven, ultimately illuminating each of their memories, values, and identities. Write a poem mirroring this style in which a parent and child reveal not only elements of story but also of meaning and identity. Open to teens and adults.  Prizes will be awarded in two categories:

  • Teens (ages 12-18)
  • Adults

The winner in each category will receive a $100 Parnassus gift card, with a $50 Parnassus gift card to the runner-up.  

All winners will be invited to read their submissions at an awards event at the Green Hills Library on May 1 at 2 pm. 

Submission Guidelines:

All entries must be received by April 10.

Formatting: Double-space, 12 pt. font

The attached document should include ONLY poem title and page numbers in header; readings are blind from start to finish.

Please send your submissions to The email will serve as a title page. Be sure it includes your name, the poem title, and your contact information.









Join us for another round of tears in beers! Stories and songs of bad dates, awkward romance, breakup drama, and lots more to stoke your contrarian Valentine flames. Featuring NPR Rock Critic Ann Powers, comedian Michael Hampton, songs by Justin Bailey of the Mythmakers, and readings by Carissa Stolting, John Lavey, Simon Han, Joshua Moore, and Ryne Driscoll. And, of course, muchas tasty Jackalope brews and Zolli coffee.



OUR 2nd annual Fundraiser

kinship: An evening with mary Karr and Rodney crowell


On February 6th, The Porch will bring together the esteemed literary and performing artists Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell for our second annual fundraiser, an evening of story and song like no other. Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist, author ofThe Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. This fall she released The Art of Memoir, further establishing her place in the canon of American memoirists. Not only that, she’s a songwriter to boot. Rodney Crowell, who co-wrote and produced Karr’s first album, Kin, in 2012, has been a celebrated singer, songwriter, and producer for twenty-five years and is also the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. In short, this duo is poised to offer Nashville another magical night of world-class literature and music, all in support of Nashville's one-and-only center for writing. 

VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet reception before the show with wine, beer, a signature cocktail, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 

Tickets on sale now!      

Event Details

  • Green Door Gourmet has two driveways. You'll want to enter at the second entrance, about a half a mile past the first after the stop sign if you are coming from Charlotte
  • The Meet and Greet Reception begins at 6:30. Entrance is at the side door facing the parking.
  • The General Admission program begins at 8:00, but doors open at 7:15. Entrance is at the end of the barn, facing the store
  • Attire is casual. Think country music and barn.
  • We'll be required by law to check IDs, so if you plan to drink, make sure you have your license.
  • The VIP Meet & Greet reception will take place from 6:30-8 and will feature drinks and heavy hors d’eouvres catered by The Food Company. Seats in the front of the auditorium will be reserved for all Meet and Greet guests.
  •  Complementary beer and wine will be available for General Admission ticket holders.



We'll wrap up 2015 with a cozy early evening of twinkle lights, cider, and a program of readings/performances all loosely based around the theme of December. We're accepting submissions now! Just make sure your piece can be read and/or performed in under 5 minutes. 

Deadline for submission: NOV. 16

Send your submission to (.doc or.pdf file preferred; if sending multimedia work, do so in whatever format seems best)

Event date: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, 5 pm












Literscary: a literary costume party

Put together your best literary-themed costume and join The Porch Writer's Collective for our first Halloween social! Enter our costume contest for a chance to win a free one-day workshop, enjoy drinks provided by Jackalope and Little Harpeth Brewing, and listen to scary stories from Betsy Phillips (author of A CITY OF GHOSTS) and Rita Bullwinkel (Spork, The Atlas Review, The Fanzine, Deep South Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Joyland).

  • Purchase your tickets Here
  • $15 / $10 for Members
  • Friday, October 30th
  • 7:30pm @ The Skillery


Reserve your seat here. 

We're thrilled to welcome Justin Taylor to town—first for a reading and signing at Parnassus, and the following night, for a craft talk about organizing a short story collection, and a Q&A about his writing process. Taylor's first story collection, Everything Here Is The Best Thing After, earned him comparisons to Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, and Philip Roth. The New York Times Book Review recognized "a new voice that readers—and writers, too—might be seeking out for decades." Taylor's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Five Chapters, Lucky Peach, and other publications.  

Praise for Taylor and Flings:

"Taylor is equal parts hilarious and prescient, capable of finding the sublime in the most prosaic, diverse material." —The Millions

"Justin Taylor somehow makes available to us just how strange we are, here in late-capitalist early 21st-century America. Taylor's stories chart a path through the truth, and the result is that Flings is urgent, necessary, funny, and amazing. A writer we need to read." —Alexander Chee

"In this luminous collection of short stories, Taylor takes on the theme of the constancy of self amid the ephemeral relationships that make up our lives...Academics and pizza shop employees, the self-aware and the painfully deluded, a retiree, children at play in a Florida swimming pool—Taylor shows them all struggling with the daunting task of understanding love before it escapes them. The result is contemporary, intelligent, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. These stories, by turns witty and piercing, together form an uncommon portrait of the human heart." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review



Join us for a celebration of the release of local writer Rosie Forrest's prize-wining chapbook, Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan. Enjoy artwork inspired by the stories, theatrical renderings of Forrest's work, and cello accompaniment by Joshua Dent. 

Big thanks to Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Steadfast Coffee, and Yazoo Brewing for donating treats for the evening!


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Click on image to purchase your tickets. Members, choose the member option. Nonmembers, we hope you'll consider joining!

Paths to publishing: a panel discussion

The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and The Porch are hosting a panel designed to offer direction to writers interested in learning more about the various paths to publishing their books.

Panelists Include: 

Todd Bottorff of Turner Publishing

Julie Schoerke of JKS Communications

Jen Chesak of Wandering in the Words Press

Ann Shayne, author of Bowling Avenue.

When: May 21st, 12:00-1:15

Cost: $10 for ABC members and $15 for nonmembers 

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PoeTREE Reading

In collaboration with Poetry Church, a group of Nashville poets who gather on Sundays, The Porch Writer's Collective invites you to join us for an outdoor reading in celebration of spring, earth and poetry! Throughout April, National Poetry Month, the Nashville community is writing verses on poetry flags at different locations throughout the city. These flags will all come together hanging in full bloom on the trees at this special event, featuring some of Nashville's brilliant bards.

Featured poets:

Christina Stoddard, author of Hive, winner of the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry 

Tamarind Jam poetry duo

Poetry Church (Patricia Alice Albrecht, Walker Bass, Chance Chambers, Tiana Clark, Leslie LaChance and Ciona D. Rouse)

Maybe money doesn't grow on trees, but sometimes words do.



Literary Death Match made a slam-dunk Nashville debut in October 2014 at Third Man Records during the Southern Festival of Books. Now we're bringing them back for an all-local show at Stone Fox, featuring writers Adam Ross, Gary McDowell, Tiana Clark, and Melanie Vare, and judges Caitlin Rose, Andrew Maraniss, and Mary Laura Philpott. We promise it'll be like no other literary reading you've been to before. Get your tickets now. A portion of ticket sales will help keep our Porch lights on! 


Where: The Stone Fox, 712 51st Ave. N

When: Wed., April 15; doors at 8 pm, show at 8:35 pm sharp

Tickets: $7 presale, $10 at door

For more info: LDM Nash Ep. 2 on Facebook

Announcing the 2nd Annual Nashville Reads Writing Contest! 

In collaboration with the Nashville Public Library, The Library Foundation, The Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Humanities Tennessee, and Parnassus books, The Porch Writers' Collective invites Nashville's writers to its second annual writing contest.


Prompt: There is not one history, but many. Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray addresses a little-known chapter in history; through Lina’s eyes, readers experience its horror and its lessons. In a first person narrative of 750 words or less, describe a history that is significant to you, whether it be a personal history, a history of family or heritage, or a social or cultural history. What were its lessons? Include a photo that is representative of the experience to complement the narrative. Entries will be judged on the combined impact of the essay and the photo.

Categories: Adults and Teen (12-18)

Contest Deadline: March 29

Submission Guidelines:

  • Word Count: max, 750
  • Formatting: Double-space, 12 pt. font
  • The attached document should include ONLY story title and page numbers in header; readings are blind from start to finish.
  • Please send your submissions to The email will serve as a title page. Be sure it includes your name, category (teen or adult), the story title, photo attachment, and your contact information.
  • All winners will be invited to read their submissions at an awards event on April 19th at Parnassus Books.





Feb. 8,  5 p.m. sharp - 8 p.m.


Time to get jilted and tilted: We're sidling up to the bar and spilling our tales of bad romance, disastrous dates, breakup woe...and more, as long as it ponders--in the immortal words of Tina Turner--what love's got to do with it. This event is brought to you by us and the Nashville Scene

Our readers will include Scene writers Abby White, Kim Green, and D. Patrick Rodgers, alongside other fine local writers and poets: Jennifer Justus, Tiana Clark, Sandee Gertz, William Scott Lyon, and Knight Stivender

But it gets better: A panel of expert judges, wise in the ways of words and heartache, will assess our readers' performances and award a prize to the heartbreakingest among the lovelorn. Our esteemed judges include designer Amanda Valentine, musician and songwriter Korby Lenker, and bookstore impresario Chuck Beard. There'll be a People's Choice Award, too. 

It'll be the most fun you've ever had while crying in your beer, we promise.





A Tale of Two TimS: A Celebration of Literature and Lyrics 

Join The Porch for an exciting night of storytelling camaraderie. Tim O’Brien—National Book Award Winner, author of The Things They Carried, and one of America’s most respected literary voices—will share the stage with Tim O’Brien, Grammy-winning Americana and bluegrass legend. They've received each other's fan mail for years. But they've never met—until now.

A Meet & Greet reception with the two Tim O'Briens will take place prior to the main event, and will feature drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Lisa Donovan, former pastry chef for Husk and creator of the Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers. Seats in the front of the auditorium will be reserved for all reception guests. 

Our general admission program will feature the two Tims in performance and conversation, with Andrew Maraniss, author of Strong Inside, serving as moderator for the discussion. In addition, Minton Sparks with John Jackson will open,. and singer/songwriter Korby Lenker just might play a song or two for us as well.   

We hope you'll join us! In doing so, you not only enjoy a uniquely "Nashville" night, star-studded with creative people who are masters in their storytelling crafts, but you also help The Porch in its mission to promote a vibrant and diverse literary culture in Nashville through educational, inspiring, and community-building events.

Winter Books + Beer Book Club: Monday, January 12

The Skillery, 6-7:30


In honor of our upcoming guest, our next selection is Tim O' Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED. We guarantee this book will revolutionize the way you think about fiction, and maybe about war too.

"THE THINGS THEY CARRIED is as good as any piece of literature can get." - Chicago Sun-Times

"This is writing so powerful that it steals your breath."- Milwaukee Journal

"A book so searing and immediate you can almost hear the choppers in the background… This is prose headed for the nerve cents of what was Vietnam."- Boston Globe

"Rendered with an evocative, quiet precision, not equaled in the imaginative literature of the American war in Vietnam."- Washington Post


Purchase your copy at Parnassus Books and get 10% off by mentioning The Porch Books & Beer Book Club.

Beer provided by our friends at Yazoo Brew.





Heartbreak Happy Hour

A Contrarian's Valentines Celebration with readings and performances from a number of Nashville's talented writers, poets, and songsmiths. 

February's Porch Stories Event

February's Porch Stories Event

Our first story contest.

Our first story contest.



The Porch was thrilled to announce the winners of our first Nashville Reads short story contest:

First Prize: "Bless This Home," by Rosie Forrest

Honorable Mention: "Today is the Day," by Sarah Abbott

Honorable Mention: "Brother Moon," by Alease Robertson

"Bless This Home" is published in Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee's online home for literary culture. Winners read from their stories at a celebration on Sunday, March 30 at Parnassus Books

In addition to the contest, The Porch participated in the Nashville Reads event series by hosting a book club discussion at Yazoo Brew.

April Porch Stories Event

April Porch Stories Event


Poetry, Printing, and Popsicles: A Celebration of National Poetry Month!

Featuring readings by local poets Bill Brown, Kendra DeColo, and Amy Wright. 








We partnered with Green Fork Academy to bring you EAT YOUR WORDS, a vegetarian, locally sourced brunch with a twist. While attendees enjoyed a delicious meal featuring produce from Delvin Farms and a cocktail, we shared morsels of literature paired to the foods and offered a few fun writing prompts to get people thinking about the role food plays in family, memories, and culture. 

This event benefited the Porch and Green Fork Academy, a fellow local nonprofit that helps Nashville communities gain access to healthy, real food and teaches families how to cook and enjoy these foods on a budget, in an effort to decrease food-related health issues. 




The Porch's Inaugural Book Club

at Fat Bottom Brewery


From the New York Times review: "It opens like a movie; you can almost hear the swelling soundtrack, promising a good old-­fashioned, escapist story, even as it is imbued with a knowing — and often hilarious — satirical edge. And it ends like a movie, too, with a heaping helping of tied-up satisfaction, leaving at least this reader with a song in her heart and a yen for Chinese food. But if you’re not hooked, I bet you’ll like 'Beautiful Ruins' even more — because the surprising and witty novel of social criticism that flows from its lush, romantic opening offers so much more than just entertainment in terms of scope, emotional range and formalist invention."

Available in paperback. We recommend purchasing it at our local hero, Parnassus Books.

Available in paperback. We recommend purchasing it at our local hero, Parnassus Books.


Books + Beers Book Club Selection: 

The Tilted World, August 21, Jackalope Brewing Company, 701 8th Ave. S, 6-8 pm


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Writers Read! 

Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and other forms of prose writing will gather to read in the round. So, come on out, and enjoy words in the company of wordsmiths. (We're full for this event, but we'll be offering this opportunity regularly, so check back often!)


Avenue of the Arts 

235 5th Ave North 

Nashville, TN 37219




Write & Publish Your Kid-Lit Book! A Panel and Q&A session with local experts. 






THAT SOUNDS GOOD!, a smorgasbord of stories inspired by food, Sunday, October 5, at the Stone Fox. 

Come just to listen or...tell your story! We're on the hunt for food stories that are funny, poignant, surprising, uproarious, astonishing, and stupid-good. These can be written down, but they should NOT be read from the page. You will tell -- perform -- your story. 












Good news: Yazoo Brewing Company has generously offered to sponsor our bimonthly book club (i.e., keep us stocked with their good stuff). Even better: Next month, local songwriter, dancer, singer, and metal detectorist Whit Hill will on deck for our discussion of her memoir, NOT ABOUT MADONNA. Grab your copy at Parnassus Books orEast Side Story and join us at our Skillery digs on October 29 from 6-8 pm for a lively discussion.
“The story of Hill’s transformation from New York City schoolgirl and struggling performer to confident mother and artist is the real attraction here. … a satisfying memoir …"

“Not About Madonna is Whit Hill’s funny, poignant memoir about her not-yet-famous college roommate—and about her own transformation into an artist, dancer, choreographer, and mother.”
Read the interview at / Humanities Tennessee









Click here to learn more about Ron Rash.

Click here to learn more about Ron Rash.

Our good friends at Parnassus Books are sharing the literary love by inviting The Porch to join them in welcoming icon of Southern Literature, Ron Rash, on the publication date of his new book of collected stories.

Join us for wine and nibbles with the author at 6:00 on November 4th at The Skillery, 1323 6th Ave. N, followed by a reading and signing.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of his book will generously go to The Porch. Thank you, Parnassus!