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New York! Chicago! Boston! Bring a year’s worth of visiting poets to Nashville for the 2016 Et Al. Poetry Readings!
New York! Chicago! Boston! Bring a year’s worth of visiting poets to Nashville for the 2016 Et Al. Poetry Readings!
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The Et Al. Poetry Readings, Nashville, TN

Photo by Chelsea Velaga
Photo by Chelsea Velaga

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.

Nashville 

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' (…)

Photo by Chelsea Velaga
Photo by Chelsea Velaga

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.

Featured artists have included: Chelsea Velaga, Alexine Rioux.

Visiting Poets + Local Poets = Et Al.

Photo by Todd Michael Rogers
Photo by Todd Michael Rogers

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

 April 10th, 2016

May 7th, 2016

What if you could travel to share your art with different communities, and not lose money doing it?

Photo by Jesse Mathison
Photo by Jesse Mathison

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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    The cummings! A mystery poetry item: A framed, hand-written poem? A postcard-poem? Who knows!

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    The Kerouac! A copy of my (Me) most recent chapbook of poems, 'Note on Tundra' (DoubleCross Press), personally signed over to you!

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    The Bukowski! A never-ending, refillable drink chalice (Unlimited beverage!) waiting for you at every Et Al. Poetry Reading. EVER!

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    The O’Hara! A bundle of high-resolution event posters (3) from the Spring 2016 Et Al. Poetry Readings (Signed by the featured artists, and each poet)!

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    The Rilke! A one-of-a-kind T-shirt featuring a full poem by one of the Et Al. poets!

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    The Plath! A copy of a local poet's most recent book (Or chapbook) of poetry, personally signed over to you! *If no book, then a book of influence and significance taken from their personal library!

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    The Lorca! A bundle of high-resolution event posters from each and every 2016 Et Al. Poetry Reading (Signed by the featured artists, and each poet)! + A one-of-a-kind T-shirt featuring a full poem from one of the Et Al. poets!

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    The Blake! A signed piece of art or illustration by a featured Et Al. artist! *To be determined by the artist.

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    The Li-Po! An invitation to schmooze with the poets, and the featured artist (Plus me!) after the readings, at a different location. *Not every poet, artist may be able to attend. + A copy of the visiting poet's most recent book (Or chapbook) personally signed over to you!

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    The Ginsberg! An e-anthology comprised of the best poems from each and every poet of the 2015 Et Al. Poetry Readings (Entirely subjective, & hand selected by me)! + A downloadable playlist of each poet reading a selected poem (Maybe one of theirs, maybe a cover?)! + A visiting poet's (from the 2015 readings) most recent book (Or chapbook)!

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    The Stein! A rare opportunity to workshop a single poem, or piece, with a LOCAL poet of the 2016 Et Al. Readings (Via email, Skype or Facetime)! + A copy of the local poet's most recent book (Or chapbook) of poetry *If no book (Or chapbook), then a book of influence and significance taken from their personal library!

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    The Rankine! A rare opportunity to workshop a single poem, or piece, with a VISITING poet of the 2016 Et Al. Readings (Via email, Skype or Facetime)! + A copy of the visiting poet's most recent book (Or chapbook). *If no book (Or chapbook), then a book of influence and significance taken from their personal library!

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    The Berryman! A bundle of the newest books (Or Chapbooks) from each and every 2016 Et Al. VISITING poet. + Includes a mystery poetry item from one of the visiting poets (Postcard poem? A framed, handcrafted poem? Who knows!)!

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    The Clifton! Poems read to you over the phone! A series of phone calls made by VISITING and LOCAL Et Al. poets to you at random (Spaced out over a month-long period, 2 phone-poems a week!)!

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    The Whitman! A bundle of the newest books (Or Chapbooks) from each and every 2016 Et Al. VISITING & LOCAL poet. *If no book (Or chapbook), then a book of influence and significance taken from their personal library! + Includes a mystery poetry item from one of the LOCAL poets (Postcard poem? A framed, handcrafted poem? Who knows!)!

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