The Et Al. Poetry Readings, Nashville, TN
The Et Al. Poetry Readings open up an important dialogue. A dialogue between visiting poets and local poets in which each shares a different regional, sociopolitical, aesthetic set of concerns, and priorities through their writing.
82 people move to Nashville every single day!
Over the course of the past year, I've seen resourceful poetry events spring up all over Nashville: in obscure houseshow events, via Vanderbilt's surging MFA program, even at the new literary wing of Jack White's Third Man Records, Third Man Books, which put on a series of music-poetry events, published a local music-poetry anthology, and has plans for several more poetry collections.
Long story short: amid the already thriving visual, culinary, and musical arts scenes, poetry is now more essential to the increasingly dynamic, entangled creative arts landscape (and to the citizens!) of this new Nashville.
'The Poetry Reading' (…)
In October, Et Al. Poetry Readings at Sauvage began featuring local visual artists in an effort to recontextualize the space of, and make more immersive, the traditional poetry reading.
The reading room at Sauvage is an almost blinding gallery-white, lit from a low perimeter of several lamps shining upward. The physical space instantly re-orients your expectations for the standard, near-silent 'poetry reading' (where the height of the event is just someone reading to you). Each poet (and each present person) is re-presented in this inclusive immediacy that joins, and alters the affect of, the visual, the sonic, and the intimate.
Visiting Poets + Local Poets = Et Al.
The 2015 Et Al. Poetry Readings were held at the oldest bar in East Nashville, Dino’s, and, beginning in October, at Sauvage Gallery, in the Wedgewood/Houston arts district of Nashville.
Visiting poets have included:
- Amy Wright
- Hannah Gamble
- Deborah Bernhardt
- Edwin R. Perry
- Andrea Spofford
Local poets have included:
- Beth Bachmann
- Gary L. McDowell
- Lisa A. Dordal
- TJ Jarrett
- Tiana Clark
- Meagen Crawford
- Ben Burr
- Spencer Connell
- Marie Claire Bryant
- Jesse Mathison
- Lucca Soria
The Fall 2016 Et Al. Poetry Readings
This campaign - to compensate a diverse range of original, contemporary poets for their travel to Nashville - also lets us seduce even more exciting, unorthodox poets to Nashville in the Fall! This lets us broaden the channels of real, artistic exchange, and cultivate some sincerely profound relationships.
Here are the astounding lineups we have set for Spring 2016!
March 7th, 2016
- Artist - Casey Pierce (Nashville, TN)
April 10th, 2016
- Artist - Ellie Caudill (Nashville, TN)
May 7th, 2016
- Artist - Daniel Holland (Nashville, TN)
What if you could travel to share your art with different communities, and not lose money doing it?
Help bring an entire year’s worth of visiting poets to Nashville by taking advantage of these super literary, and, c'mon, very rad rewards!
- Cute-Top- Most people wear clothes, not everyone wears poems! An entire poem from an Et Al. poet! On a T- shirt!
- You-Used-To-Call-Me-On-My-Cell-Phone- Receive a reprieve from your daily dregs by answering the phone and having a poem read to you by an Et Al. poet!
- Give-It-Away-Give-It-Away-Give-It-Away-Now- Copies of VISITING + LOCAL poets' most recent books (or Chapbooks)!
- The Grateful Read- High-resolution event posters designed by featured artists!
- Poet-Hangs- The chance to talk turkey, & schmooze with the poets after the reading at a different location!
- Pump-Up-The-Volume- an E-anthology of personally selected poems from the 2015 Et Al. poets + A downloadable mp3 playlist of them reading (maybe one of their poems, maybe a cover?)!
- We're Not Worthy!- Workshop that one poem with one of the 2016 VISITING or LOCAL Et Al. poets!
- Plus a bunch of other awesome rewards! There's an option for every wallet and/or purse!
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