Books, Bars, & Guitars: Writes of Spring

writes of spring.jpg
writes of spring.jpg

Books, Bars, & Guitars: Writes of Spring


The Porch presents BOOKS, BARS & GUITARS, back at Analog again for a special spring evening of verse. Our featured poet, Jericho Brown, will perform work from his new collection, THE TRADITION. Also featured will be poet Destiny Birdsong, musical talent Jason Eskridge Music, and John Shakespear. Your host for the evening will be Jakob Lewis, OZ Artist-in-Residence and creator of Neighbors Podcast.

Analog at the Hutton Hotel
May 4

Doors 6 pm
Show 7 pm

Suggested donation: $10

LIMITED VIP SEATING AVAILABLE: Enjoy the show from a cocktail table or comfy couch:

Add To Cart

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer's Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

DESTINY BIRDSONG is a Louisiana-born poet, essayist, and editor who lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in African American Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle, Indiana Review, Bettering American Poetry Volume II, The BreakBeat Poets Presents: Black Girl Magic, Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week, and elsewhere. Her critical work recently appeared in African American Review and The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature. Destiny has won the Academy of American Poets Prize, Naugatuck River Review’s 2016 Poetry Contest, Meridian’s 2017 “Borders” Contest in Poetry, and the Richard G. Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review (2019). She has received support from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Pink Door, The MacDowell Colony, The Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House, where she was a 2018 Summer Workshop Scholar. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University, where she currently works as a research coordinator.

JASON ESKRIDGE is a Nashville-based musician where he has served as a studio vocalist for such acts as: Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Jonny Lang, Nicole C. Mullen, Marc Broussard, eLi, Micah Dalton, Grits, Verbs, Circadian Rhythm, Sammy Ward, DJ Maj, and Toby Mac. Jason has also traveled opening or singing backup for Lyle Lovett, Nicole C. Mullen, eLi, Micah Dalton, Grits, Knowdaverbs, and Pigeon John. Jason hosts a regular musical series called Sunday Night Soul at the Five Spot in East Nashville where he headlines and collaborates with local artists. Jason’s desire is to create music that causes the listener to love themselves, love their fellow man, think harder, think deeper, think broader, laugh until they cry, laugh when they want to cry, try something new, remember something old, and ultimately live life to the fullest.

As the child of an Argentine immigrant and a Boston-Irish mother, as a doubting boy in a Catholic choir school, and as an aspiring artist in the business-oriented world of the Ivy League, JOHN SHAKESPEAR has always been between identities and worlds. Before moving to Nashville in 2017, he developed a robust following in Boston’s diverse DIY music scene, both as a solo artist and a member of several bands, including local indie stalwart Atlas Lab, and performed with acts such as Henry Jamison, Lewis Del Mar, and Busty and the Bass. Amidst regional praise for his first two EPs, Shakespear toured all of New England and Canada before taking his songs nation-wide in a beat-up Honda Element. In his other life, John writes fiction and essays, and his studies with writers like Edmund White and Lorrie Moore have left an indelible mark on his songwriting. His writing and interviews have been published or are coming soon in Boston Review, Split Lip, Grist, BULL, The Afro-Hispanic Review, and elsewhere. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nashville Review. Shakespear is releasing his debut full-length record, Spend Your Youth, on May 10. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Devon Dawson (Local Natives) with additional mixing from Greg Giorgio (The National, Sharon van Etten, Kurt Vile), it's a coming-of-age record tinged by the times, capturing the experience of coming of age in a time of national division and social unease. With a poet’s eye for detail and a persevering warmth that transcends national and political boundaries, Shakespear’s lushly orchestrated indie-folk songs question what it means to find personal happiness and identity in a fraught, complicated world.