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Literature Scene is Alive and Well in Nashville

Are you a seasoned poet, an author or an aspiring writer? Do you love to hear the words of other artists, or do you have a passion for storytelling in front of an audience? It’s easy to become a part of Nashville’s thriving poetry and literature scene. By attending regular events like the ones below, you’ll meet other likeminded writers and join a community of creative people.

By Leslie I. Benson, Senior Associate Editor, Nashville, TN

POETRY IN THE BREW: Open mic poetry reading held on the second Saturday of every month.

Sign-up to read your work aloud at 5:30 p.m.

Readings start at 6:00 p.m. and usually last until 8 or past 9 p.m.


Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

Portland Brew East, 1921 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN

More info: https://poetryinthebrew.wordpress.com

EAST SIDE STORY: Nashville’s only all-local bookstore located in the heart of East Nashville helps local writers tell their best stories.

On the first and third Tuesday of every month in East Nashville, Chuck Beard brings together and hosts local writers and musicians in a spectacular show, East Side Storytellin’.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 7 p.m.

The Post, 1701 Fatherland St., Nashville, TN

Reading – Amy E. Hall (http://amyehall.blogspot.com)

Singing – Lauren Farrah (http://www.laurenfarrah.com)

More info: http://eastsidestorytn.com


East Side Story is also publishing an anthology (book/CD combo) titled Based On: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville.

On Monday, June 15, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the community will celebrate its release with a one-night release concert at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall. The evening will be hosted by Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst and include performances by a majority of the contributing artists all to commemorate the launch of this unique project.

Get tickets: $22 each, plus $2.09 handling fee


Pre-order Based On: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville (book/cd combo): $32.78 – $38.24, plus handling fee


All proceeds from the book and event will benefit the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.

More info: http://eastsidestorytn.com/whats-going-on/

Photo from East Side Story

Free Falling (A Poem)

© Leslie I. Benson, 7-8-14; revised 8-19-14

As a boy, he had dreamed
of plucking marshmallows
out of the bright blue overhead,
which he’d save later for S’mores.

He had imagined faces here, the
gentle, pudgy cheeks of old women
and upturned noses of old men
wrinkly in the sky–like moving puffs of smoke.

He had not expected the clouds
to be so light—nearly massless—
not something he could travel to
only travel through.

Falling through soup
on a windy day.
That’s how he had imagined
it would feel.

Like soaring through heaven,
outstretched arms as steady
as the wings of the birds
he could see on the horizon.

But as he felt his body
tumbling forward,
his childhood fantasies vanished, erasing
thoughts of thick soup and gooey S’mores.

Rather, he faced combative resistance
and a terrifying roar,
the pressure pounding against his eardrums,
ready at any moment to … POP!

And his arms weren’t stretched out
gracefully as a falcon;
they were twisting and flailing, fighting every inch,
as he spiraled down, and further …


Would he be forgotten? Tomorrow,
would he be weightless and steady, graceful and pure,
or as heavy as right now—as his breath
mouthing a muted scream—here in the boundless blue?