upcoming EVENTS

FNPL 1st Poet-In-Residence + DDS Kickoff Event / FEB 18, 2020


 Join us as we kickoff FNPL's 1st Poet-In-Residence: MATHIAS SVALINA & the DREAM DELIVERY SERVICE (!)

"As the Dream Delivery Service I write dreams every day & deliver them to subscribers for a month: hand-deliver via bike before dawn to nearby subscribers & by mail to more distant subscribers." ~ dreamdeliveryservice.com ~

Featuring ~DREAM POETRY~ by:
~Mathias Svalina~
~Kashif Graham~
~Dana Malone~
~Alric McDermott~
~Meg Wade~

"all that dirt for sleeping" by jacob stovall



~BEER: Small-batch Legends of The Fall Lager (!) by Jackalope Brewery (Donations Much Appreciated)~
~SPECIAL THANKS to Channel to Channel (Ft. Dustin Hedrick's immersive, entire-gallery show 'Cutting Edge')~ 

~At The Packing Plant: 507 Hagan St.~


FNPL 1 Year Anniversary Reading / NOV 12, 2019


The Free Nashville Poetry Library, at The Packing Plant, and with assistance from Channel to Channel, is celebrating its 1 year (~& a day~) Anniversary (!)

We're celebrating by throwing (what else) a POETRY READING, having open library hours & checking out books, plus we'll be accepting book donations, and peddling FNPL merch (*all of which is made by commissioning local artists, and proceeds from which pay the poets, and keep the library going*).

Like all FNPL events, entry is ABSOLUTELY FREE (*Donations are very ENCOURAGED*), and all are welcome.

BEER provided by the stellar souls of Nashville’s own JACKALOPE BREWING (*again, donations very ENCOURAGED y’all*).

Join us as we welcome visiting poet MATT HART (OH), new Nashville poet MIKE YOUNG (Formerly of NM), and bonafide Nashville poet GABRIELA GONZALES (!)

MATT HART is the author of seven books of poems, including most recently Radiant Action and Radiant Companion. Everything Breaking/For Good is just out from YesYes Books. Hart’s poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Academy of American Poetsonline, Big Bell, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Jam Tarts Magazine, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY, among others. After earning his BS in Philosophy from Ball State University in 1992, Hart recorded and toured as lead vocalist for the LOOKOUT! Records band Squirtgun. Their music was featured both on MTV and in the Kevin Smith movie Mallrats. In 2001, Hart earned an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety (now celebrating its 25th year without a lost-time accident!), he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Currently, he plays guitar and shouts in the band NEVERNEW. 


MIKE YOUNG is the author of two poetry collections: 2014’s Sprezzatura, and 2010’s We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough, which was selected by readers ofThe Believer as one of the Top 20 Poetry Books of 2010. He is also the author of the story collection Look! Look! Feathers, which Publishers Weekly called "relevant, wise, and immensely enjoyable." Since 2007, he's run Magic Helicopter Press, which puts out chapbooks and full length books and interactive art. MHP has received nice nods from the New York Times, Nylon, The Rumpus, American Book Review, and others. Mike lives in Nashville, TN, but his band, Clementine Was Right, still lives in Santa Fe, NM.


GABRIELA GONZALES is a Nashville based writer infatuated with the beautiful tragedy of human connection. She has had work published in Awakened Voices Literary Magazine, formercactus, Synaesthesia Magazine, and Waxing and Waning journal, and has work forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Lost Balloon Magazine, and Wigleaf. She is a writing mentor with the Nashville non-profit Southern Word. Gabriela really appreciates giraffes, the oxford comma, and babies dressed like hipsters.



Join us for an evening of live jazz music and spoken word poetry at 21c Museum Hotel in Downtown Nashville. Grab a drink, take a seat, and leave with a free book of poetry rented from the Free Nashville Poetry Library. Doors open at 5:30pm, admission is free. 

Poet Eat Song / AUGUST 2019


A poetry reading often enacts the proximity and overlap between the attention of the audience and the utterance of the poet. *Poem Eat Song* hopes to enact a further threshold - the proximity and overlap between the lyric (as utilized/enacted in music toward a pairing with instrumental/harmonic melody) and the lyric (as it pertains to page, a single person’s utterance, to the poetic 'I' in written form, outside of, or with a different attention to, collaboration).

*Bea Troxel (of Bea Troxel)
*Jacob Milstein (of Jacob Milstein)
*JayVe Montgomery (of Abstract Black)

Bea Troxel (of Bea Troxel) -

CJ Hauser writes in her recent essay "The Crane Wife," "There is nothing more humiliating to me than my own desires." Bea Troxel's latest songs ask questions about rejection and sadness in relation to unrequited love. Doesn't the action of desiring create more strength, more resilience, and more joy even if the object of desire is never found? Can our ability to want change us? Her piece will be an exploration of want through the lens of lyric and sound.



Jacob Milstein (of Jacob Milstein) -



JayVe Montgomery (of Abstract Black) -

“The Negro With The Trumpet At His Lips” is an electroacoustic exploration of Langston Hughes’ poem “Trumpet Player”. Montgomery will trigger sections of the poem and respond with tantara translations, creating sonic clouds in which the listener should ponder the sound at the bottom of a slave ship.


FNPL + Channel to Channel @
The Packing Plant, 507 Hagan St.

8PM, FREE (with Donations Encouraged!)
Objects + Records signed + sold after the reading

THE ELVIS MACHINE: Vodicka, Jayroe, Crawford / JULY 2019


Join us at The Free Nashville Poetry Library on July 30th at 8pm as we host KIM VODICKA, KATE JAYROE, and MEAGEN CRAWFORD, for an evening of poetry, performance, and multi-media exploration, exegesis, and ecstasy.


The spokesbitch of a degeneration and heart-reactionary at the rearguard of the rose arts, Vodicka is the author of three full-length poetry collections: AESTHESIA BALDERDASH (Trembling Pillow Press, 2012), PSYCHIC PRIVATES (White Stag Publishing, 2018) and THE ELVIS MACHINE (CLASH Books, 2020), as well as the creator of several multimedia works, including a poetic comic series and a chapbook of sound poems on vinyl.

A two-time finalist for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, her work can be found in TENDERLOIN, SPORK, QUEEN MOB'S TEAHOUSE, BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING, and elsewhere.

She will be joined in a multi-media performance of THE ELVIS MACHINE by HANNAH BEAUX NEAL.

Cruise her at:



From Little Mountain, South Carolina, and a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, and staff member of the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Kate Jayroe holds a master's degree in fine arts from Portland State University, where she currently lives.

Author of the chapbook PARTS (Dorsa Brevia Press, 2018), her writing can be found in HAYDEN'S FERRY REVIEW, TAMMY, JOYLAND, VOL 1. BROOKLYN, JUKED, and elsewhere.

More at:



A long-time Nashville resident and co-founder and co-editor of the literary and arts journal 'Pider, Meagen Crawford's work has previously appeared in TAGVVERK, ICHNOS, PRELUDE, APARTMENT, and X-PERI.

A multimedia artist as well as a poet, Crawford will be performing CURSED IMAGE, a long poem and video installation exploring the temporal and identitarian displacements and exigencies of social media consumption. 

Et Al. Poetry Reading / JUNE, 2019


The E t A l. Poetry Readings are, at least, one visiting poet, and, at least, one local poet reading an hour of poetry. Be provoked.

This E t A l. Poetry Reading hosts -

Emily O'Neill

Emily O'Neill teaches writing and tends bar in Cambridge, MA. Her debut poetry collection, Pelican (2015), won YesYes Books' inaugural Pamet River Prize for women and nonbinary writers, as well as the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Series in Poetry. Her second collection with YesYes, a falling knife has no handle (2018), was named one of the ten most anticipated poetry titles of fall by Publishers Weekly and was long-listed for the Julie Suk Award from Jacar Press. She is the author of five chapbooks and her recent work appears in Bennington Review, Catapult, Hypertrophic Literary, Little Fiction, Redivider, and Salt Hill, among others.


Courtney Brown

Born in California, raised (mostly) in Texas, and now living in Tennessee, Courtney Sinclaire Brown is a poet and scholar, currently working on a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at Vanderbilt University. She previously studied literature and poetry at Rice University where she was also the editor-in-chief of R2: The Rice Review. Her poems have appeared in R2: The Rice Review and Poets.org, and she is the current Visual Arts & Comics Editor and Co-Poetry Editor for the Nashville Review. Catch her any day spending way too much time chilling with (and writing about) her crazy-anxious dog.


Collins I. Aki

Collins I. Aki studied English rhetoric at the University of Texas at Austin and theology and philosophy at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has independently published two novels on mysticism and love prior to his current release of poems and comments, entitled “This Book Has No Title: The Black Book.”

Aki describes his efforts of Afro-futuristic themes and fast-turning verses as “soul literature.” He is convinced that the strength of the future will be in the freedom of color. He teaches English and the language arts for an independent grade school in Nashville.

(Instagram @soul_lit_writer)

Nashville Mayoral and Metro Council Candidates Poetry Open Mic! / JULY, 2019


This First Saturday Wedgwood-Houston Art Crawl join us at the FREE NASHVILLE POETRY LIBRARY and THE PACKING PLANT as we host our monthly Open Mic Series, this rendition featuring THE NASHVILLE MAYORAL AND METRO COUNCIL CANDIDATES (jJon Sewell, John Clemmons, Fabian Bedne, Howard Jones, Julia Clark-Johnson, and more) (!!!)

Candidates will read both their favorite poems as well as original poetry and will be available for questions and conversation.

Maybe Plato was wrong.. tonight we will lift the ban of poets from the Republic (!)

Open Mic sign-up begins at 6:30 pm, with readers scheduled to begin at 7pm (!)

Poetry Alley Gallery Open Mic / JUNE 1, 2019


Hot Summer Nights(!)
Come on out to the Poetry Alley Gallery OPEN MIC - at The Packing Plant for the Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl (!)

-Sign Up Starts @ 6:30
-Live Poetry @ 7-8PM
(5 Minute Time Limit)

* FEATURED POETRY * By Po' Boys n Boys 



Join us Wednesday, May 22 at 8pm for DREAM EATER, an immersive poetry experience presented by the Free Nashville Poetry Library.

Featuring LA poet Giulia Bencivenga along with local poets Dan Hoy & Crystal Wood, with soundscapes and lights by Doug Lehmann. Bring your own body.


Los Angeles-based poet Giulia Bencivenga is touring the United States to celebrate the release of Giulia Bencivenga is a Maniac (Inpatient Press) and Unreasonable Whole (Gauss PDF). She runs the reading series Two Snake in LA with her best friend, Emily.

Dan Hoy is the author of The Deathbed Editions (Octopus Books, 2016) and several poetry chapbooks, including The Terraformers (Third Man Books, 2017) and The Tree (Solar Luxuriance, 2016). His recent collaboration with Mike Kleine, We R the World, was featured in the 2019 Spring Thing Festival of Interactive Fiction. He lives in Nashville, TN.

Crystal Wood's writing is concerned with the fine line between the surrealist state and human reality. She explores the idea of tapping into unconscious realms and the power held within memory. She self-published her first collection of poems entitled "The Vine" in 2016, and is currently located in Nashville, TN.


This event is FREE (Donations are encouraged!)

Special Thanks to Channel To Channel Gallery

Zine / Art Book SHOW & SELL / MAY 2019


Zines, Comics, Art Books, DIY Bookmakers, Self Published Poetry, Riso, Prints, Small Press Books SHOW & SELL + OPEN MIC

-April Gloaming Press
-Crappy Magic Magazine
-Endless Hunger Zine
-Extended Play Press
-Flatrock Poetry Open Mic
-Free Nashville Poetry Library
-Jetpack Stacey's Lemozine
-Nashville Public Zine Library
-Paper Towel Zine
-Po' Boys & Poets
-Risology Club
-SALT Weekly
-Wakeup Comics
-Waxing & Waning Journal

-Benji Anderson (@ kunkysu)
-Grant Gasser (@ grant.gasser)
-Zach Halfhill ( @ guerillabizkit)
-Michael Hampton (@ mampyhikes)
-Kate Madeira (@ katemadeira)
-Ellen Schlabach (@ ellenschlabach_art)
-Maxwell Sebastian (@ maxwellsebastian)
-Lauren Rucker (@ motharucka)
-Chelsea Velaga (@ chelsea.velaga)



-Signups starting at 6PM

* * Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl * *
at The Packing Plant
507 Hagan St.


The Nashville Independent Poetry Festival / APRIL 14, 2019


Nashville The Nashville Independent Poetry Festival is a FREE Metro Arts THRIVE grant-funded all-day, all-ages, pet-friendly, outdoor celebration of the independent creative writing communities of Nashville! 


Join us at The Bongo Java Lot, at East Nashville’s famed 5-Points, as we celebrate with live poetry performances, small presses, local bookstores, independent journals & zines, representatives from reading series & open mics, literary collectives & non-profits!

Bring a blanket, bust out the lawn chairs, & don’t forget the sunscreen! Food trucks will be on-site, and, for the adult poets, we’ll have a full beer & booze bar! For the young poets we’ll have plenty of activities, including live illustrated caricatures, arts & crafts/jewelry-making with letters, beads, and gemstones, a magnetic poetry wall contest, face-painting/temporary tattoos & poems on demand!

Featured Poets:

Christine Hall

Kory Wells (THe Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro)

Nathan Spoon

Frank 'Frizzy' Sykes

Mumina Ali (The 2019 Youth Poet Laureate of Nashville)

Destiny O. Birdsong

(Special Guest Poets: Drew Sevel, C.A. Williams, Caitlyn Parris, Ashley Trabue)

Participating Community Members:

The Porch Writer's Collective

Extended Play Press

April Gloaming Press

Waxing & Waning Journal

The Regenerates: Authors & Arttists

Southern Word

Turnip Green Creative Reuse

McKay's Books

Defunct Books

Wakeup Comics

Fairytales Bookstore

Risology Club

Crappy Magic Experience

Black Dog Beads

A Night of Free Speech

Lyrical Brew

Poetry In The Boro

East Side Storytellin'

Flatrock Poetry Open Mic

Poetry In The Brew

Po Boys n Poets

Nashville Canon Revue

World of Woohoo

SALT Weekly

Cold Lunch Recordings

Banana Tapes

Festival Sponsors:

Vui's Kitchen

I Love Juice Bar

The Porch Witer's Collective

Nashville Fringe Festival

The Wild Cow
Bongo Java Co.

Clawson's Pub & Deli

Flatrock Coffee & Tea

Gardens of Babylon

Third Coast Comedy Club

Accola, Impastato, Rose / APRIL 2019



Rosie Accola is a zine-maker, editor, and poet who splits her time between Michigan and Chicago. Her work has been published in Peach Mag, Hooligan Magazine, and Cosmonauts Avenue, among others. "Referential Body" is her first full-length collection.





Frankie Impastato is a New York native, drummer, and writer affiliated with Hooligan Magazine. She tours with the bands Masceal and Oso Oso. She’s picky about bagels and likes to wear stripes.


Chloe Rose is a Nashville based musician and poet, transfemme fire spirit, and skater brat whose writing explores, confronts, and recalibrates the bodily expectations and demands embedded in contemporary society.

At The Packing Plant


Poetry Alley Gallery Open Mic / APRIL 2019


It's National Poetry Month (!) & The Nashville Independent Poetry Festival is ~1~ week away(!) So come out & share us a poem as we re-unveil the Design Art for *THE NASHVILLE INDEPENDENT POETRY FESTIVAL* with a Poetry Alley Gallery OPEN MIC - at The Packing Plant, as part of the Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl(!)

-Sign Up Starts @ 6:30
-Live Poetry @ 7-8PM
(5 Minute Limit)

* FEATURED POET * - Ashley Trabue

Also presenting *HUGE Bookmarks!*, a poem each from Nashville poet Nathan Spoon, & Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Kory Wells - These super-enhanced mockups will be made into regular-sized bookmarks & available at *THE NASHVILLE INDEPENDENT POETRY FESTIVAL* (!)

ALL FEST ART & DESIGN by: Nashville artist Caroline Bowman is responsible for the art & design behind Cold Lunch Recordings’ Spew Fest, Bob Fest, Halloweird, East Nashville Crawfish Bash, and has designed for Sad Baxter, TWEN, Whoa Dakota, Record Store Day, & SXSW showcases (!)


Poem Eat Song / MARCH 2019

Poster by Grant Gasser

A poetry reading often enacts the proximity and overlap between the attention of the audience and the utterance of the poet. Poem Eat Song hopes to enact a further threshold - the proximity and overlap between the lyric (as utilized/enacted in music toward a pairing with instrumental/harmonic melody) and the lyric (as it pertains to page, a single person’s utterance, to the poetic 'I' in written form, outside of collaboration).

-Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz)
-Daniel Lucca Pujol (of Pujol)
-Lauryn Peacock (of Lauryn Peacock)
-Lauren Turner (of Styrofoam Winos)

SPRING & ALL Poetry Marathon / MARCH 2019


IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING & we're celebrating with a POETRY MARATHON!


NEW poets every 15 minutes

BRING a lawn chair, BLANKET, your PUPPY, your KIDS, & YOUR OWN CUP for MAX ECO-FRIENDLY beer drinking!

Or DAY OF sign up at the event! (We want everyone to have the chance to read but SPACE is limited!)

Special GUEST Poets:



& MUSIC by:



Right Here / RIght Now / FEB 2019


Join us at The Free Nashville Poetry Library for an evening that aims to explore the intersections of self expression in the form of poetry, the historical & cultural shape of these Nashville poets as it relates to their writing in, and of, the region, and the urgency of hearing & being heard by a wider array of communities.

Featuring live poetry performances, & a presentation/commentary of an influential piece of art in these poets’ voices:

Joseph Powell presents his poetry in relation to “Love Supreme,” recorded by iconic bandleader, and saxophonist John Coltrane. “Love Supreme,” Coltrane’s legendary 1964 album, was recorded in one take on December 9th, 1964, and continues to be revered for its transcendent evocation of the spiritual and the sublime. The album is considered by many critics, and music historians to be the greatest album ever recorded.

Kat Marsh presents her writings as they relate to the visual work of Thomas Miller, best known for his collection of mosaics of the founders of DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago; The historical, political artifacts of yearbooks in their depictions of race, and identity; The invention of the gas mask, then called a “smoke hood,” by African American inventor, politician, and businessman Garrett Morgan Sr.

Frank 'Frizzy' Sykes presents his performative poetry in response, and engagement with, Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered at The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28th, 1963. Considered the most influential speech of the 20th century by many historians, Dr. King famously departed from his pre-written speech at the call to "Tell them about the dream" from Mahalia Jackson, forming one of the most important, inspirational moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

- Guest Performance By JayVe Montgomery-

JayVe Montgomery will present a brief lecture on the life and work of James Weldon Johnson, Literature and Creative Writing Professor at Fisk University, and author and co-composer of the alternative national anthem for the United States of America, 'Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing'. Underscoring and amending the social erasures experienced by members of the black diaspora in post-colonial apartheid societies, he'll perform a rendition of 'Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing 'on saxophone.



An evening of electronic sound art that utilizes the textual or spoken word as an experimental dynamic in performance. With Eve Maret, Linda Heck, and visiting writer/artist Haydyn Marina Jackson.


Eve Maret

Eve Maret is a multimedia artist and musician who employs a wide array of electronic and experimental techniques in her various disciplines, exploring the possibilities of personal and communal healing through art. Living in Nashville Tennessee, she is a co-founder and facilitator of the Hyasynth House, an electronic music collective and education center for female, trans, and non-binary musicians, artists, and producers.



Linda Heck

Linda Heck, of Memphis , TN , is a multimedia artist, musician, writer and founder of Electric Arcadia, a recording-based therapy retreat in Sewanee, TN that seeks to uncover  the language of non-violent communication through the creative process and immersion in nature. Examining intersections of the occult, musical and literary tropes of the world canon, chance-based compositional procedures, and temporal re-alignment, Linda Heck’s multiple practices usher in a reunion of the lyric and the lyre, bridging the literary and musical divide, currently probing into the folk music of the computer.



Haydyn Marina Jackson

Haydyn Marina Jackson is a multimedia poet currently situated in Asheville, NC, whose work speaks to a sense of new life in industrialized thought processes as they rub up against subtle naturalism and primal landscapes. Through allusions to expansiveness, location, and the body she investigates avant-garde romanticism, tactile textures, and spiritual trust in memory and modernism. She is the author of “Storm Surge Interlude” and “Sleep with Lava Inside” published by sensu____speak press of New Mexico.


RAE DAY (!) / JAN 13, 2019


A Celebratory Event of & For The Poetry of Rae Armantrout

A celebration the indomitable poetry of Rae Armantrout! Readings of her work by Nashville poets, readings of original poetry written in response, a presentation of recordings from poets outside of Nashville, a discussion of her writing, FOLLOWED by a live SKYPE chat with the poet Rae Armantrout herself (!)



Rae Armantrout is the author of 14 books of poetry, and a Pulitzer Prize winning poet whose books have repeatedly been finalists for The National Book Award.

THE WRITER'S GYM / JAN 6, 2019 + Ongoing


Come to write. Need not consider yourself a writer. The session will last approximately 90 minutes, and feature unique prompts to respond to. Take as long or as little time as you'd like with each prompt. The prompts are there to be helpful; feel free to reinterpret them, flip them, or do your own thing entirely. Explore your mind, compose specific poems or stories on the spot, reorient your thinking pattern through unorthodox entrances, or edit something you’ve already written — It’s your gym.

If anyone would like to read something they’ve just written, that’s how we’ll finish the session.

Et Al. Poetry Reading / NOV 2018


The E t A l. Poetry Readings are, at least, one visiting poet, and, at least, one local poet reading an hour of poetry. Be provoked.

Evan Kennedy //

Evan Kennedy is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Jerusalem Notebook (O’clock Press), The Sissies (Futurepoem), and Terra Firmament (Krupskaya).


Olatunde Osinaike //

Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer from the West Side of Chicago. A Best of the Net and Bettering American Poetry nominee, his poem 'Mercy, Mercy Me' was recently selected by Kyle Dargan for inclusion in the 2018 Best New Poets anthology. An alumnus of Vanderbilt University, his most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Kweli, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, Lunch Ticket, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications. His manuscript, The New Knew, was shortlisted for the 2018 C&R Press Winter Chapbook Series. He is currently on poetry staff at The Adroit Journal and you can find him at www.olatundeosinaike.com.


Maggie Wells //

Maggie Wells is the author of Pluto (The Wrath of Dynasty) and co-founder of Press Body Press. Her work has been featured in Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present, The Cadence of Hooves Anthology, Nailed Magazine, Free Lunch, Dick Pig Review, Inquisitive Eater and others. She currently co-produces an art, music and literary event series called, Be Witched. Maggie writes an advice column under a pseudonym and currently lives in Nashville.