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Poet's Corner at Scarritt-Bennett

 

@ SCARRITT-BENNETT

The 4th Thursday of every month
7 - 8P
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. The environment is informal and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged.

Fondren Building at Scarritt-Bennett (2nd Floor)
1008 19th Ave. S. 37212
Most convenient parking is in SBC Parking Lot A which is accessible from 18th Ave. S.

More info: Call 615.340.7540 or email jsohl@scarrittbennett.org

Thanks to Nashville Arts for your support!

2014 POET’S CORNER CALENDAR

JAN 23 ELIZABETH BARNETT & DONIKA ROSS
FEB 27 BRENDA BUTKA
MAR 27 GARY MCDOWELL
APR 24 SARAH NEAL
MAY 22 BILL BROWN
JUNE 26 JENNIE LINTHORST
JULY 24 TIANA CLARK
AUG 28 JEFF HARDIN
SEPT 25 STELLASUE LEE
OCT 23 HOUSTON BAKER
NOV 20 TOM LOMBARDO
DEC 18 KAMILAH AISHA MOON

 

JANUARY 23 - ELIZABETH BARNETT & DONIKA ROSS

Elizabeth Barnett is a poet and teacher. Her poems have recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Slice. View Elizabeth's poetry here.

Donika Ross is a Cave Canem Fellow and received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bloom, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review and Best New Poets 2007.

View Donika’s poetry at: http://vinylpoetry.com/volume-6/page-24/ http://thefeministwire.com/2011/10/spotlight-poet-donika-ross/

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FEBRUARY 27 - BRENDA BUTKA

Brenda Butka practices pulmonary medicine at Vanderbilt. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including The Threepenny Review, JAMA, Chest, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Cortland Review, Slant and Poem.

She and her husband Tom John raised three daughters on Sulphur Creek Farm on the outskirts of Nashville and are part of a community organic farm project, Bells Bend Neighborhood Farms.  She notes that tractors, dogs, cats, neighbors, compost piles, artists, a few pigs and a fairly regular great blue heron can generally be found on the property, plus potlucks and the occasional barn dance or workshop.

View Brenda's poetry here.

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MARCH 27 - GARY MCDOWELL

Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Poetics and American Literature from Western Michigan University. He is the author of Weeping at a Stranger's Funeral (Dream Horse Press, 2013); American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry; They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009), and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005).  He’s the co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner,and Quarterly West, among others. He’s won awards from Prairie Schooner, National Poetry Review, Minnetonka Review, The Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, Dream Horse Press and others. He lives just outside Nashville, TN with his family and is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University.

View his poetry here: http://www.garylmcdowell.com/poems--more.html

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APRIL 24 - SARAH NEAL

****NOTE****

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE APR. 24 POET'S CORNER IS CANCELED. PLEASE JOIN US NEXT MONTH FOR POET BILL BROWN.

Sarah Kai Neal received her MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in December 2011. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in: North American Review, Anthem Journal, Almost Five Quarterly, Wilde Magazine, Stone Highway Review, Wicked Alice, Miller's Pond, Collage, the zine EnterRuption and elsewhere. She read at the 2011 Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival and facilitated a Creative Writing Workshop in prison for male inmates. She now resides in Columbia, TN where she facilitates a Creative Writing workshop for mental health consumers.

View Sarah’s poetry at
http://www.sundresspublications.com/wickedalice/neal.htm, http://drunkpoems.org/2012/10/22/what-on-earth-the-shortest-autobiography-by-sarah-kai-neal/, http://anthemjournal.tumblr.com/post/64173028398/pancake-your-palm, http://drunkpoems.org/2012/10/22/what-on-earth-the-shortest-autobiography-by-sarah-kai-neal/

Sarah blogs at http://divingthewreck.blogspot.com

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MAY 22 - BILL BROWN

Bill Brown is the author of eight collections of poems and Important Words, a writing textbook. His new collection, Elemental, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press, Denver in 2014. He has twice received fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was awarded the Writer of the Year 2011 by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. Brown is a Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a Fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Brown has graduate degrees in literature from Middlebury College and George Peabody College. He has taught creative writing, literature and learning theory at Hume-Fogg Magnet School, Radford University and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He lives on a ridge north of Nashville with his wife, Suzanne and a tribe of cats.

View Bill's poetry at http://nashvillearts.com/2010/06/03/poetry-bill-brown/
http://www.rattle.com/poetry/2012/04/the-rubber-by-bill-brown/
http://potomacreview.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/one-thing-ive-learned-bill-brown/

 

JUNE 26 - JENNIE LINTHORST

Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF, is the founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy, working privately with individuals and groups to explore their personal histories through reading and writing poetry. Jennie is the author of two books of poetry published by Cardinal House Publishing.  Her newest book, Silver Girl, captures the legacy of Jennie's early loss of her mother in childhood and the sturdy adult life built from that experience. Her first book, Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, chronicles her first years as a mother of a child with special needs. Her poetry has been featured in Edison Literary ReviewForge, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Kaleidoscope and Bluestem magazines.  Her work has been featured online at Hopeful ParentsOur Journey Through Autism, Wellsphere, The SPD Blogger Network, and WOW! Women on Writing. More information can be found at www.lifespeakspoetrytherapy.com.

View Jennie’s poetry here.

 

JULY 24 - TIANA CLARK

Tiana Clark has written poetry since childhood, but it was in Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Academic High School where her craft was honed under the tutelage of creative writing teacher Bill Brown. She continued to be mentored under Brown for a semester at Middle Tennessee State University’s Writer’s Loft program. Clark’s poems have appeared in Sisterhood, Southern Voices: Volume 8, The Southwestern Review, and All The Livelong Day: Motif Anthologies, Volume 3

Tiana lives in Nashville and is a proud member of the Lucille Clifton Collective, a women's writing group that meets monthly at the Global Education Center. She is actively involved in the burgeoning poetry scene in Nashville, performing regularly in the following monthly reading series: Writings on The Wall, Poetry in the Brew, and Lyrical Brew.

View Tiana's poetry here.

 

AUG 28 - JEFF HARDIN

Jeff Hardin is the author of two collections of poems:  Fall Sanctuary (2004 recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize) and Notes for a Praise Book (Jacar Press, 2013).  His third collection, Restoring the Narrative, recently received the Donald Justice Poetry Prize and will appear in 2015.  His poems appear in The Southern Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, Poem, The Laurel Review, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. 

View Jeff’s poetry here: http://jeffhardin.weebly.com/poems.html

 


SEPT 25 - STELLASUE LEE

Dr. Stellasue Lee's work is published in numerous literary journals. Two of her books have been entrants for the Pulitzer Prize: Firecracker Red, a powerful collection of poems set squarely in the earth and Crossing The Double Yellow Line, a journey of sharp turns and hair-pin curves. Her work has appeared in three more volumes, After I Fall, a collection of four Los Angeles poets, Over To You, an exchange of poems with David Widup and 13 Los Angeles Poets, the ONTHEBUS Poets Series Number One (Bombshelter Press). Dr. Lee is the recipient of the grand prize in Poetry To Aide 2013 by Humanity Al Falah in Malaysia. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University. Now Editor Emeritus at RATTLE, a literary journal, she works privately with students all over the U.S. Stellasue was born in the year of the dragon.

View Stellasue’s poetry here.
To learn more: www.stellasuelee.com

 

OCTOBER 23 - HOUSTON BAKER

Houston A. Baker was born in Louisville Kentucky. He received his BA from Howard University, and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught at Yale, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His awards and honors include: Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, resident fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the National Humanities Center and honorary degrees from a number of US colleges and universities. He has served as President of the Modern Language Association of America and is the author of articles, books and essays devoted to African American Literary Criticism and Theory. His book Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era received an American Book Award for 2009.

View Houston's poetry here.

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NOVEMBER 20 - TOM LOMBARDO

Tom Lombardo is poetry series editor for Press 53, which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His first collection of poetry What Bends Us Blue was released by WordTech Editions in 2013. He was editor of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life Shattering Events (2008), an anthology featuring 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 nations. Tom's poems have appeared in journals in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and India (translated to Hindi and Mayalayam), including Southern Poetry Review, Ambit, Subtropics, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, Atlanta Review, New York Quarterly, Chrysalis Reader, Pravasi Duniya, Thanal Online, Ars Medica, and others. His nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Small Press, 2009. His criticism has been published in New Letters, North Carolina Literary Review, and South Carolina Review. He earned a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. Tom was also the founding editor-in-chief of WebMD and lives in Midtown Atlanta.

To learn more about Tom’s collection What Bends Us Blue visit: www.facebook.com/whatbendsusblue or here.

Tom blogs at www.poetryofrecovery.blogspot.com.

 

DEC 18 - KAMILAH AISHA MOON

Kamilah Aisha Moon is a recipient of fellowships to the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Cave Canem and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat, Sou’wester, Oxford American, Lumina, Callaloo, Gathering Ground and Villanelles.  Her poetry and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A native of Nashville, TN and a graduate of Hume Fogg Academic High School, she currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books).

For more information: www.kamilahaishamoon.org

View Kamilah’s poetry: http://www.jubilat.org/jubilat/archive/vol19/borderless_country/
http://kwelijournal.org/Kamilah%20Aisha.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACTS

Joyce Sohl
615-340-7540
jsohl@scarrittbennett.org