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Nashville Free Poetry Library

Dec. 9, 2019—  At its best, poetry is an ongoing exchange, a gift passing freely from one mind to another. At The Free Nashville Poetry Library, it really IS a gift given—well, lent—freely. The new light-filled library and reading room, housed in The Packing Plant at 507 Hagan Street, has a collection of poetry books, old and...

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Salon@615 featuring Tomi Adeyemi

Dec. 5, 2019—Tomi Adeyemi is a prime example of the phrase “Your gift will make a way for you.” A Harvard grad who sold her first YA collection (along with its film rights) for a comfortable 7 figures, at the age of 23, Adeyemi is a literary wunderkind whose novels Children of Blood and Bone and its...

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Sojourn Theatre Show preview at Vandy

Nov. 22, 2019—How can we speak honestly and fruitfully across cultural and political divides? A new theatre work by Sojourn Theatre will explore that question during two special performances in collaboration with Vanderbilt University Theatre this week. The performances will take place in Neely Auditorium at 4 pm on November 20 and 7 pm on November 21,...

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Review: Todrick Hall

Nov. 14, 2019—Whether you know him from his star-making turn on American idol, his viral YouTube musicals, any number of his Broadway productions, or his role as one of the head choreographers on Drag Race, Todrick Hall, is a consummate performer. And his high-kicking theatrics were on full display last night at The Cowan, where Hall and a...

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Nashville Review & Third Man Books Poetry Reading

Nov. 14, 2019—Looking for some words to ward off this spell of early winter? This Sunday, Third Man Books and Nashville Review will be co-hosting a joint poetry reading at the Nashville Third Man Records shop on 7th Ave. The collaboration between NR, which is run by the writers at Vanderbilt’s MFA program, and the literary arm...

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Preview: Books, Bars, and Guitars: Difficult Women

Nov. 8, 2019—At the heart of Nashville’s literary community is The Porch, a nonprofit literary center that offers everything from community writing workshops and retreats to open-studio hours for Nashville-based authors who want a place to dive deep into their work. Next Thursday night, 11/14, the Porch will host an evening of poetry and song at Analog...

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Review: Salon@615 featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nov. 7, 2019—It was a meeting of the minds yesterday in Nashville, thanks to the Salon@615 author series. Internationally acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down with Nashville Native and Vanderbilt alumna Tiana Clark, to discuss his latest book, and first novel, The Water Dancer. It was a packed crowd at TPAC’s James K. Polk theater as audience members looked on with...

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Review: A talk on “A History of Horror Films” by Vanderbilt professor Nancy Roche

Oct. 31, 2019—Horror films thrill us and make us jump, but they’re also a rich mirror for the cultural and political concerns of every era. Right at the peak of spooky season, a packed Nashville audience was treated to (but not tricked by) a talk on “A History of Horror Films” by Vanderbilt professor Nancy Roche at...

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Li-Young Lee “The Undressing”

Oct. 31, 2019—Any night of the week in Nashville, you can take in world-class musical talent. And though the local literary scene is booming, opportunities to hear some of American Letter’s contemporary greats is still more rare. Which is why you shouldn’t miss the chance to hear poet Li-Young Lee read from his newest collection “The Undressing” this Friday, November 1, 7:30 pm at...

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October Book Club: Review on On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Oct. 28, 2019—“Can art make the impossible thinkable and the knowable felt?” The poet, novelist, and newly-minted MacArthur fellow Ocean Vuong invokes this question in a prelude to a recent published conversation with his one-time teacher Ben Lerner, another poet- novelist. It’s a big question, weighty and boundless enough that it might seem ponderous in many contexts,...

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Don’t Miss the “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism,” Exhibit Up through Sept. 2.

Sep. 30, 2019—This weekend marks your last chance to see the Frist’s comprehensive exhibition “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism,” up through Sept. 2. The exhibition, which includes more than 150 works by Frida, Diego, and their contemporaries and followers from the private collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, presents a unique opportunity in the U.S.,...

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Preview: Americana Fest 2019

Sep. 30, 2019—Next week, from Tuesday, September 10 through Sunday September 15, the streets and venues of Music City will host some of the finest folk, blues, and roots acts in the world. Just like any other week in Nashville—but this is even better, because it’s Americana Fest (and the festival’s 20th anniversary to boot). Along with...

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Review: North Nashville Murals Exhibit at the Frist

Sep. 30, 2019—  Nashville’s myriad murals often tell pieces of the story of the city’s rapid transformation—tourists wait in line to snap selfies within the angel wings in the Gulch, and the “I Believe in Nashville” mural in 12 South has become an icon of the new development in that area. Meanwhile, artists in historically black North...

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Review: Big Freedia at the Cannery Ballroom

Sep. 30, 2019—Certain cultural artifacts help to define the customs of a community — language, painting, cooking, song, and dance. But of all these emblems, music is perhaps the most accessible. An artform that bypasses physical boundary and communicates through sound. They say the best way to get familiar with a culture is to immerse yourself in...

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Introduction to the 2019-2020 Curb Writing Fellows

Sep. 30, 2019—In addition to pursuing their projects at the Curb Center, our Creative Writing Fellows are active in Nashville’s arts community.

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