Poetry on Demand
Who We Are
What We Do
Poetry on Demand is oral history with a twist. Nashville poets travel to neighborhoods across the city, hear stories from people they’ve never met, and then turn those stories into poetry. One of the major objectives of the project is to engage with as broad a selection of Nashville residents as possible and reflect their experiences through art. We're especially interested in sharing the stories of people whose narratives are typically heard less often.
Thus far, we’ve staged Poetry on Demand at major community events such as:
The Nashville Celebration of Neighborhoods
Southern Festival of Books
International Women's Day
During a typical event:
Storyteller & Poet talk for 10-15 min
Poet writes for an hour
Poet & Storyteller reconnect for the poem
We record the process for a podcast.
This entire exchange is recorded by Nashville Public Radio, which has partnered with The Porch to turn this material into a podcast called “Versify” — distributed by PRX, one of the most respected names in radio and podcasting.
ARE YOU A POET INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US? Please fill out this short application form. We'll be in touch.
A goal of this project has always been to create a dialogue between Nashville's diverse communities, and to affirm that whether you're the mayor of the city, or manager of a local grocery store, everyone’s stories are worthy of poetry.
We're always looking for great community partners with whom to stage events. Partner with us!
Poetry on Demand Coordinator
For questions about the podcast, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.