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.
PAST PORCH EVENTS, 2015 and 2016
WATERMELON WINE: THE POETRY OF AMERICANA MUSIC
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!
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
BACK TO SCHOOL HAPPY HOUR
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
TENX9 NASHVILLE STORYTELLING: "STRANGERS," WITH THE PORCH
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 tenx9nashville.com/contact/.
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
My Dinner with Ron Jeremy NOW AVAILABLE from thirdmanbooks.com
"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!
ANNOUNCING THE NASHVILLE READS WRITING CONTEST 2016 WINNERS:
Congratulations to the winners of our Nashville Reads Writing Contest, 2016. They are:
Kristi Wilcox, for "How Heaven Fills Us Up"
Runner-up: Amy Roberts, for "With Us"
Honorable Mention: Nancy Posey, for "Daddy Uses Long Distance"
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!
ANN PACKER in CONVERSATION WITH ED TARKINGTON
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
The Skillery (1323 6th Ave. N, Germantown)
THIRD ANNUAL NASHVILLE READS writing CONTEST : PARENT AND CHILD
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will serve as a title page. Be sure it includes your name, the poem title, and your contact information.
THE THIRD ANNUAL HEARTBREAK HAPPY HOUR
SUNDAY, FEB. 21
DOORS 6, SHOW 6:30 PM
JACKALOPE BREWING TAPROOM / ZOLLI KOFFEE
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION
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.
- 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.
DECEMBER: A JURIED READING
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 email@example.com (.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
A CRAFT TALK WITH JUSTIN TAYLOR
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
GHOST BOX LAUNCH
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!
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.
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
Thanks for sharing this! Here's a ticket link: http://www.abcnashville.org/register
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.
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, NASHVILLE EP. 2 : APRIL 15, 2015
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
THE RETURN OF HEARTBREAK HAPPY HOUR!
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
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O' Brien
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.
PAST PORCH EVENTS IN 2014
Heartbreak Happy Hour
A Contrarian's Valentines Celebration with readings and performances from a number of Nashville's talented writers, poets, and songsmiths.
AND THE WINNER IS...
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
In addition to the contest, The Porch participated in the Nashville Reads event series by hosting a book club discussion at Yazoo Brew.
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."
Books + Beers Book Club Selection:
The Tilted World, August 21, Jackalope Brewing Company, 701 8th Ave. S, 6-8 pm
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!)
Frothy Monkey DOWNTOWN LOCATION
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.
FALL BOOKS AND BEER BOOK CLUB: OCTOBER 29TH
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 …"
—LIBRARY JOURNAL BOOKSMACK!
“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 CHAPTER16.org / Humanities Tennessee
AUTHOR RON RASH AT THE SKILLERY NOVEMBER 4TH FOR THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW COLLECTION, SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE.
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!