Top 10+ Geek-Friendly Bars In and Around Nashville

If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with ’80s toys, video games, pop culture trivia, weird collectibles, cult films, comic books and other such novelties. Pair that with craft beer, and your wicked little heart is content.

If you live in or around Nashville (or are just visiting), here are 10-plus, must-see geek-friendly bars and related venues for all you fellow nerds out there! Fans of Frodo, Daenerys, Daryl, Kirk, Han, and The Doctor – come one, come all! Let’s eat, drink, and be merry. Huzzah!

By Leslie I. Benson, 4/14/17

01. Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville, TN
What: Pub, live music and trivia
Why: Wednesday Trivia Night, presented by Geeks Who Drink and local Fat Bottom Brewing Co., welcomes geeks just like you throughout the year for themed trivia nights (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Disney, etc.) from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for $5, winner-takes all.
Pro Tip: Acme Feed & Seed is located at the end of the famous Broadway strip of honky tonks in downtown Nashville, but it’s far from a country music venue. On Tuesday nights, the local No Country For New Nashville blog curates concerts featuring local and touring up-and-coming indie bands, which is worth a visit.

02. Attack Barcadium From Mars Theater, Murfreesboro, TN (about 30 miles from downtown Nashville)
What: Bar and arcade
Why: Although a bit of a drive, this unique, family-run bar-and-arcade combo serves domestic, craft and imported beers, as well as fat-kid snacks (nachos, hot dogs and chips), all alongside a large selection of rotating retro arcade games, video games and pinball machines. Gaming areas feature Star Wars, Star Trek and other themed machines.
Pro Tip: On Friday nights, they’re packed with high school students. “Family Saturday” features half-price admission from noon to 6 p.m., but they’re open until 2 a.m. if you want to avoid kids and would rather enjoy the 21+ “kid at heart” crowd. You can also rent the space for parties.

Your humble narrator with composer Jason Hubard at Re:Wind ‘80s at Canvas in Nashville, 2017. | Photo by Abbey BeeDay

 03. Canvas Lounge, Nashville, TN
What: Monthly ’80s Dance Night
Why: Every second Saturday of the month, girls (and boys) just wanna have fun at Re:Wind ‘80s Video Dance Night! This gay bar near the heart of downtown Nashville hosts a monthly ’80s-themed dance party featuring New Wave and Alternative music from the era, including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran, Siouxsie, Devo, New Order, INXS, Blondie, The Smiths, Billy Idol, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Tears For Fears, Echo & the Bunnymen, Kraftwerk and much more!
Pro Tip: If you’re too shy to shake it, you can watch the ’80s music videos that play all night on the big screen. If you’re worried about parking, come early by 8 p.m. and snag a spot in the pay lot at the bank across the street. And if things get crazy and you want to bar hop to see a drag show, Play Dance Bar is within walking distance just a few blocks away.

04. The East Room, East Nashville, TN
What: Dark dance night
Why: Fascination Street is Nashville’s monthly off-the-beaten-path destination for current and classic Post-punk, Darkwave, Deathrock, and traditional Goth music. Indulge in a night of dancing, drinks and cult movies. You’ll hear B-sides from Christian Death, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy and a slew of other dark entities. Walking down the dark alley filled with a cloud of incense to the side entrance, and you’ll know you’re at home.
Pro Tip: Don’t expect any futurepop or upbeat industrial synthpop though. The DJs play much darker, cult classic tunes you can lounge, smoke and sway to. The biggest drawback to this converted house bar is their limited selection of beers. Most are heavier brews, and don’t expect to find any hard liquor or mixers. But at least they serve some local bottles from Yazoo Brewing Company. Bonus: Drive by earlier in the day to stop by the oddities shop right next door. Hail, Dark Aesthetics sells taxidermy, vintage medical supplies, jewelry, dark religious relics and other odds and ends.

05. The Green Dragon Public House, Murfreesboro, TN (about 30 miles from downtown Nashville)
What: Lord of the Rings-themed bar
Why: While you’re getting in touch with your inner pinball wizard at the Attack Barcadium in Murfreesboro, you should probably drop by The Green Dragon too. Where else can you dress up like Gandalf or Frodo and feel right at home with a roomful of strangers? This is the perfect place to share a bowl of hummus and play board games with your new friends from Middle Earth! Even hobbits are welcome.
Pro Tip: Don’t show up on Fridays if you want to find a seat! Tuesdays and Wednesdays after work are the best times to drop by.

06. M.L. Rose, Nashville, TN
What: Craft beer and burgers
Why: With two locations in Nashville, you’ve got two great options for Happy Hours and trivia nights! Order the nachos, dry-rub wings, giant burgers or loaded waffle fries with a local pint of The Rose by The Black Abbey Brewing Company, and test your wits against other trivia geeks every Monday or Tuesday (varies by location) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. They’re also one of the Best Nashville Brunch Spots!
Pro Tip: M.L. Rose is open late on the weekends, so after hitting downtown, grab some drunk food here and sober up.

We love the free arcade games at The Soda Parlor in East Nashville! Pictured: Electric Dream Society, 2017. | Photo by Kidtee Hello Photography

07. The Soda Parlor, East Nashville, TN
What: Ice cream, sodas and arcade games
Why: Okay, there’s no alcohol served here, but you can enjoy one hell of a root beer float, plus all the free arcade games you can handle—including some ‘80s retro classics! And they’re located right beside one of the best local burger restaurants in town (which does serve craft beer), Burger Up!
Pro Tip: One block away, you’ll find the heart of East Nashville, known as Five Points, home to several celebrity-frequented bars, live music venues, restaurants and local crafts shops. (Not that you care, but Lady Gaga and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith recently hung out in this popular hipster neighborhood.) Across the street, be sure to stop by Asphalt Beach Skate Shop for all your roller derby gear needs. Also, you’ll find a little gem called East Side Story, an eclectic bookstore that only sells work by local authors, right down the street.

08. Two Bits, Nashville, TN
What: Bar and free arcade games
Why: Two Bits is a bar within walking distance of Music Row in downtown Nashville, which is full of free vintage arcade games and board games to enjoy with friends.
Pro Tip: During the summer, you’ll often find block parties or special concerts hosted nearby by Lightning 100, Nashville’s longest running independent radio station on 100.1 FM.

09. Vinyl Tap, East Nashville, TN
What: Draft house, lounge and record store
Why: For a casual, living room vibe, this joint caters to hipsters who love shopping for new and used vinyl, as well as drinking local and regional craft beer. Never been before? Check them out on Record Store Day on April 22, 2017, for some steals and deals! Or visit during any of their vinyl listening parties!
Pro Tip: Join Vinyl Me, Please (record of the month club) for special events and releases. Need extra gas money? Sell them your used vinyl.

10. Wild Wings Café, Franklin/Cool Springs, TN (about 16 miles from downtown Nashville)
What: Wings, live music and trivia
Why: On semi-regular Friday nights, local cover band Rubiks Groove (pictured above) brings an ’80s/’90s Dance Party to the restaurant. On Tuesdays, enjoy trivia night starting at 7 p.m. Happy Hour specials last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring 33 buffalo wing flavors made from scratch, as well as burgers from grass fed chuck.
Pro Tip: If you come to see Rubiks Groove, keep an open mind. You’ll hear a wide variety of music genres from the ’80s and ’90s as performed by a costumed cast of characters led by a singer who looks like a cross between Pee Wee Herman and George McFly. It’s a ton of fun! Next show: Friday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. (Central). #FridayFlashback

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Want More? Here Are 10 Geek-Friendly Meetups!

01. A Night of Free Speech
What: Monthly open mic night (poetry, prose, rants, etc.)
Why: Nashville’s renegade spoken word open mic night, presented by DNR Publishing, an independent local publisher, takes place once a month on a Wednesday. Performers can play music, read poetry or present other works in an uncensored and open environment from 7-10 p.m. at Bearded Iris Brewing in the Germantown neighborhood. Sign-up starting at 6:30 p.m. for a 5-7 minute slot.
Pro Tip: This is an artist’s safe haven, so bring your manifesto! The next event takes place on April 19, 2017.

02. Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Friends Meetup, Nashville, TN
What: Film geek meetup and more
Why: Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek fans unite for this meetup, which includes over 1,000 local members. Events and dates vary but may include movie nights, book clubs, ghost tours, presentations, art shows and trips to sci-fi, horror and fantasy conventions.
Pro Tip: From classic horror film appreciation outings to day trips to events like the annual Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival, returning Oct. 27-29, 2017, this group has versatile interests.

03. Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group, Nashville, TN
What: Monthly synth club meetup
Why: The Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group welcomes anyone passionate about all types of vintage and current synthesizers and electronic music production. The group meets once a month at the SAE Institute to network, share and swap gear, demonstrate new technology, listen to synth experts in the industry (including the founder of Dave Smith Instruments) and more!
Pro Tip: This friendly group of synth geeks loves to collaborate. In 2016, they released their first free double volume compilation album on Bandcamp, featuring 30 tracks showcasing electronic music artists of all varieties and styles from the Nashville area.

04. Nashville Girl Geek Dinner, Nashville, TN
What: Technology Networking Events for Women
Why: The Nashville Chapter of Girl Geek Dinner meets regularly to eat, drink and network with fellow Nashville-based young women and girls pursuing professional technology careers.
Pro Tip: Meetups include freebies from sponsors and workshops on varying topics, including learning how to code.

05. Nashville Grown-up Geeks, Nashville, TN
What: Meetup for Geeks Over Age 25
Why: From tabletop gaming to anime club to bar trivia meetups, this group of over 500 members welcomes anyone over age 25 who shares their common love of geekery. Event dates and locations vary.
Pro Tip: The slant here seems to be people who are passionate about anime.

06. Nashville Mini Maker Faire, Nashville, TN
What: A gathering for do-it-yourself inventors
Why: Each fall, the Nashville Mini Maker Faire takes place at the Adventure Science Center — a special one day exhibition of creative projects by local grassroots makers, craftspeople and inventors. You’ll find exhibitors, vendors, workshop teachers, panelists and performers from around Tennessee.
Pro Tip: Learn a new skill or showcase your unique project at this one-of-a-kind event! Local maker and Star Wars‘ superfan Chris Lee, a frequent exhibitor and panelist, is certainly a shining example of the talented artists you may find at this event.

07. Poetry in the Brew, Nashville, TN
What: Open mic poetry reading and coffee
Why: The monthly Poetry in the Brew event, held on the second Saturday of each month, is a unique gathering of some of Nashville’s most talented creative minds including spoken word artists, poets and storytellers in an open mic forum. Located in the upstairs loft of the cozy Portland Brew East coffeehouse, this is a well-attended event featuring rotating featured poets in an intimate setting. Signup starts at 5:30 p.m. Reading takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pro Tip: Check out the featured poets and guest hosts on the event’s calendar. The next event takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Nashville maker Chris Lee revisits his TEDxNashville ‘Star Wars’-themed speech about building a full-scale Millennium Falcon, 2015. | Photo by Leslie I. Benson

08. TEDxNashville, Nashville, TN
What: TEDx speaking event
Why: This annual, independently organized TED speech event features community leaders and professional guest speakers who present their research and discoveries in the spirit of sharing ideas. The highly inspiring event showcases a variety of subjects every March, ranging from education to the environment to entertainment to healthcare and more.
Pro Tip: This event lasts all day for several days, so pace yourself! Do your research on the guest speakers in advance to decide which day you want to attend. Watch past speaker Chris Lee’s “Robots, Spaceships, and Greeblies: Build Your Dream” 2015 TEDxNashville presentation.

09. Way Late Play Date, Nashville, TN
What: 21+ themed science museum outings and beer
Why: This adults-only, pop culture-themed event gives working professionals the chance to experience the local Adventure Science Center without being bothered by screaming kids. Take part in cool science activities, tour the exhibits, and relive your youth!
Pro Tip: Past themed nights have focused on Doctor Who and Star Wars. The next event, Marvel vs. DC, will take place on Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Explore the science behind comic books – from high-tech gadgetry to super powers. The event includes admission to all exhibits and activities, beverage tickets and a planetarium show.

10. Zombie Run 5K, Nashville, TN
What: 5k race with “zombies” chasing you
Why: Tired of the same old boring 5K fundraisers? Are you fitness-minded but never felt inspired to get out and really get physical? Maybe you’ll feel better being chased by zombies! Zombie Run is a unique 5K race away from volunteers dressed as brain-eating, bloody zombies. The immersive experience will not only awaken your zombie geek nature, but also get your adrenaline pumping!
Pro Tip: All participants get a medal upon finishing the race, and kids can enjoy a special Kids Zombie Zone featuring foam machines and bubble soccer. Although this isn’t a beer-drinking event, running from zombies will surely make you thirsty for some ale by the time you’re done! The Nashville event takes pace on June 3, 2017. Register now at the link above!

LeVar Burton’s ultimate ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ selfie, taken before Wizard World Chicago, 2014. | Photo courtesy of @LevarBurton

Soak in the ‘Con Funk’: 4 Geek-Friendly Conventions

01. Con of Thrones, Nashville, TN
What: Game of Thrones fan convention
Why: Con of Thrones is the largest-ever convention for fans of Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire by fantasy author George R. R. Martin. Special guests will include the actors who portrayed Ramsay Bolton and others. Con of Thrones will take place at Nashville’s historic Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Rally the realm and attend this con on June 30 to July 2, 2017.
Pro Tip: The con will feature a vendor marketplace where you can get all the Game of Thrones-themed collectibles you could ever want. Bring your friends!

02. GMX (Geek Media Expo), Nashville, TN
What: Multi-fandom convention
Why: While the next Geek Media Expo probably won’t be scheduled again until 2018, the annual event is the Nashville area’s next generation multi-fandom convention, representing all things pop culture.
Pro Tip: This is a celebration of fandom for tech-lovers, makers, tabletop gamers, pop culture enthusiasts, cosplayers and more!

03. The Walker Stalker Convention, Nashville, TN
What: Sci-fi and horror convention
Why: The Walker Stalker Convention, an annual event that tours the U.S., has its local podcast, The Walker Stalkers, headquarters on Main Street in nearby Franklin, TN. The con celebrates the best in horror, fantasy, and sci-fi books, TV and movies, featuring celebrity panels, meet-and-greets, costume contests and vendors. While this isn’t really a beer-centric event, you’re sure to find beer vendors nearby.
Pro Tip: On June 3 and 4, 2017, Nashville’s Walker Stalker Con will feature VIP photo ops with many members of The Walking Dead cast, including Daryl, Negan, Carl, Glenn, Morgan, Abraham, Eugene and more!

04. Wizard World, Nashville, TN
What: Comic convention
Why: This annual convention for comic, film, TV and anime fans features panels with artists, actors and creators, cosplay enthusiasts, VIP photo ops and tons of vendors to meet all your geeky needs. The next event takes place at Nashville’s Music City Center from Sep. 8 to 10, 2017.
Pro Tip: Past year’s celebrity guests have included the entire cast of Star Trek: Next Generation, except for Patrick Stewart. Luckily, that year also featured another very special captain – Kirk (played by William Shatner), who all spoke in guest panels and sat in for photos with fans. Who knows what this year will bring?

Alrighty, Nash-villains (and yes, I said villains), what other geek hotspots am I missing? List your faves in the comments below!

Why I’m Obsessed with ‘Back to the Future’

I remember the magic moment when I watched; gripping the edge of the seat as my preteen crush Marty McFly stood on the gas and hit 88 mph. The Flux capacitor lit up in all its glory—sending him back in time. I was hooked.

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

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Something about the way the DeLorean transported Michael J. Fox’s character through time stuck with me from the first time I saw the Back to the Future movies as a kid. When I was 12, I even won a poster of the actor wearing a pink shirt that I pinned to my bedroom wall, in lieu of other ’80s celebrities like Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze.

In the ’90s, I remember how thrilled I was the first time I saw a DeLorean (DMC-12) parked at Universal Studios Florida, when all I wanted to do was jump inside and jam that pedal to the floor—just to see if time travel was real. They even had the Back to the Future: The Ride (sadly, now closed), which I rode two times in a row, despite the long lines.

I also started collecting as many film souvenirs as possible. Maybe one day my mint condition 1/15th scale replica DeLorean—still in the box—will be worth more than the $50 I paid for it.

Years later, I was overjoyed when I heard Nike was designing high top sneakers just like McFly wore in Back to the Future II. In 2011, the company released the limited edition Nike Air MAG sneakers, which featured an electroluminescent sole, space age materials and a rechargeable internal battery. They didn’t have self-tightening laces, but they looked exactly like the shoes worn by McFly.

To help raise money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Nike auctioned 1,500 pairs of the sneakers. There have been recent rumors that Nike may bring back the sneakers in 2015—this time adding auto-lace technology like shown in the film. I’m so excited!

And this summer, UK-based Secret Cinema is planning to rebuild McFly’s hometown of Hill Valley, Ca., for a limited run of Back to the Future screenings from July to August. I. am. so. there.

Wait. Hill Valley is being recreated in a secret London location. Looks like I won’t be going after all. At least there are still those Nike power-lace sneakers I can look forward to….

Still, even without those awesome kicks, I still instantly become a soul singer every time I hear “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News from the movie’s soundtrack, and all I can think about is how bad I want to ride beside McFly in that DeLorean, accelerating through the night.

Why Now is the Best Time to be a Freelance Writer

And How to Make It Happen (from an Editor’s POV)
By Leslie I. Benson, Senior Associate Editor, Nashville, TN

So I’ve seen this debate from both sides.

Ten years ago, I would’ve said that making a living off freelance writing alone was impossible. As a college student then, I had my hand in many pies. Along with unpaid (or low-paid) summer internships at various local magazines and newspapers, I also sent out my resume to online “job postings” for freelancers, landing “gigs” writing weekly restaurant and CD reviews. My big payoff: $50 per article (at most), or a big pat on the back, free concert tickets and a clip to add to my portfolio.

Fifty bucks a week is hardly enough to live on. Four grand a month or more—now that’s a different story. How times have changed….

In the early 2000s, being a full-time student, an intern, a freelance writer, and juggling a paying part-time job was all necessary—and (almost) doable. Now, $50 won’t even cover the gas bill to get around to all those gigs.

So what’s the deal? How are all these writers making a full-time living on freelance pay alone?

From the editor’s chair, I can tell you. It’s all about relationships, research and proactive pitching, and above all else, self-promotion and marketing.

Freelance Shouldn’t Mean ‘Free’
First, know that freelance writing shouldn’t be “free,” unless you’re doing someone a short-term favor. Your time is worth money, too. Know what you’re worth and what a publication is willing to pay for your work. After all, you’re saving them time and money. Otherwise, they’d have to hire a writer full time, and that sort of thing is rare these days!

Before you begin freelance writing, find out how much the publication pays per story, or per word. A fair rate for beginning freelance writers is around $.52 and up per word (all the way up to $1 per word or more for seasoned journalists with big-name magazines to their credit). Pay also depends on experience and history with the publication, as well as the notoriety and budget of that particular publication. (i.e., A local paper will pay much less than a national magazine, naturally). Some feature stories can run over 2,000 words. You do the math. Write two or three of these stories a month, and you’ll be making more than most college graduates in their first job out of school.

Relationships Matter
Editors first look to their journalism network—their circle of friends, past co-workers, writers who have personally wowed them, etc.—when considering writers for a freelance assignment. They also like to stick to their current pool of freelancers. It’s hard for an outsider to swim into that tank.

And like actors who get typecast into a specific role over and over again, editors also pigeonhole freelance writers into roles based on their past (or current) work. (i.e., You might get lumped into the “breaking news” writer category; the “reviewer” regime; or the “features” or “cover story” candidate group—that last one’s the most rewarding, in my opinion).

So how do you break in? If you went to journalism school or interned at a local newspaper, find your old peers on LinkedIn and connect with them. Say hi. Congratulate them on promotions. Keep up-to-date on who’s working where, and use those connections to your advantage. And eventually, offer your services to them if they are in an editorial position, or get a reference from them.

Once you’re in, the number one rule to maintaining a good relationship with your editor—and getting more work from them—is to make yourself valuable. Don’t make an editor’s job harder than it already is. Find the best sources. Make sure they are credible. Only include the best, most colorful quotes. Include sidebars. Suggest headlines and decks, saving the editor time and effort later. Be flexible. Make time to do the assignment justice. Double-check your work (that means first edits and fact-checking). Revise, revise, revise. And don’t ever miss a deadline.

Research and Proactive Story Pitching Matter
Call and talk to your editor regularly (if they’re into that sort of thing) to strengthen your relationship, joke about life, commiserate, share and get story leads, and hear buzz about possible future assignments. Outside of that, find out about innovations and breaking news affecting the industry, and then pitch exciting, timely and exclusive story ideas to your editor regularly. After you throw the bait enough times, you’ll eventually get a bite.

Self-Promotion and Marketing Matter

Have an online presence. Blog to find your voice. Read other people’s writing to stay “in-the-know” and to improve your own writing style.

Spread out the love: Secure freelance work with more than one publication. Send your newly published clips to your editor at the other publication to show them the great work you’re doing as a freelance writer. Let them know, without telling them directly, that you’re “in demand,” but that they’re your favorite editor (client) above all others.

And always have a killer resume and portfolio.

The last thing to remember is: Don’t be afraid of your editor. If they could figure out how to do what you do to make a living, they’d probably rather be in your shoes anyway.

Finding Myself in Nashville’s Thriving Poetry Scene

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

This year, I celebrated International Woman’s Day (Sat., March 8) by stepping outside my comfort zone and returning to the stage to bear my soul to the world. I discovered my first open mic night in Nashville, TN—Poetry in the Brew, held every second Saturday at the Portland Brew East coffee shop in East Nashville. …

The last time I remember reading original work on stage—other than some one-offs hosted by Wright State University’s Nexus literary journal—was in 1998. The Dayton Voice (now known as the Dayton City Paper)—the alternative newsweekly in Dayton, OH, held a poetry slam at the local Barnes & Noble. I encouraged my high school friends to get involved.

Then an avid reader of Beatnik works—anything I could get my hands on by Allen Ginsberg or Jack Kerouac, I had written two poems in tribute to their stream-of-consciousness, no-holds-barred style: “Mind Dribble” and “Crooked Crag Bridge.” Armed with my high school friend Jessica Little on percussion (she played bongos), together, we presented the poems. I was 17 years old at the time. …

Last weekend was a reminder of inner strength—of learning not to let fear overwhelm you and keep you from taking risks. So, with hands sweaty and heart racing, I approached the stage at Poetry in the Brew and faced my biggest audience since the days performing with piano-pop band Irene & Reed. I professed my Nashville newcomerism to the crowd.

What followed was my reading of three original poems, none of which had ever been practiced aloud, debuting in front of a roomful of strangers: “Of a Mockingbird” (the newest poem); “The Choir of Flight” (written for my friend Rob Benson) and “Welcome to My Wonderland.” I steadied my pace. My voice was clear and feminine—strong. Applause, nod and sit down.

I realized that day that 15 years ago as a teenager, my poems dealt with subjects of love and lust, adventure and confusion, and loneliness. As an adult, my poems still resound with a vulnerability—a loneliness wrought from human loss and disenchantment. The metaphors still engage images of nature—mockingbirds, crows, and hummingbirds—like earthly angels with dirty wings evoking fantasy and freedom.

In listening to the others’ poems at the Brew, I learned four things:

– “Art is poison.”

– “You do not choose art, art chooses you.”

– “Poetry is critically needed medicine.”

– And poetry will help you find yourself.

Thanks to the Poetry in the Brew writers for allowing me to share in their vulnerability. Thanks especially to Voll (an 18-year Nashville poetry-cowboy veteran) for welcoming me to Nashville and to host Walker Bass for writing a haiku for every presenter that night. And thank you to March feature Patricia Albrecht, who melted the hearts of the audience by revealing herself fully—childhood traumas and all. Her honesty felt so refreshing and well-spoken.

Time to write another poem….


Links for Nashville Writers/Poets:

Follow Poetry in the Brew on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

Follow Portland Brew East coffee shop on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Nashville Poetry Writers on WordPress. The group usually meets the first Wednesday (or sometimes Tuesday) of each month at Panera Bread near the Target in Brentwood, TN (Old Hickory Boulevard, near I-65). More details on

Follow East Side Story, Nashville’s only all-local bookstore located in the heart of East Nashville. Read the Blog, CalendarContests/Submissions, Twitter and Facebook. The bookstore also hosts the bi-monthly East Side Storytellin’ (live podcast/radio show).

Read more of my original poems here.


NOW—3-8-14 at Poetry in the Brew, Nashville, TN:

2014-3-8-LIB at Portland Brew East Nashville

THEN—1998 at the Dayton Voice Poetry Slam, Dayton, OH:

1998-Dayton Voice Poetry Slam-LIB