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January Book Club: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jan. 24, 2020—In the introduction to Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino writes that “A well-practiced, conclusive narrative is usually a dubious one.” This is an interesting claim for a writer to begin her first collection of essays with—for what is a published think-piece, most of the time, but a well-practiced, conclusive narrative designed to express opinions the author...

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Portfolio Day at One Drop Ink

Jan. 23, 2020—North Nashville’s arts community has come to greater prominence in recent years with the success of neighborhood mural projects, monthly stagings of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl, and a recent spotlight in the Frist’s Murals of North Nashville exhibit. This Sunday, January 26, at 6pm, at One Drop Ink, North Nashville artists will offer their expertise...

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Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay Says Goodbye to Nashville With a Poetry Album

Jan. 18, 2020—This Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 6 pm Nashville’s 1st Youth Poet Laureate and Belmont University alumna Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay will bid farewell to her adopted home town with a poetry album entitled i don’t know anyone here. This is the first spoken-word album for Mukhopadhyay, who published her second collection everything is always leaving in 2018. The show will feature...

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Form of Reform Opening

Jan. 16, 2020—Friday afternoon, from 4 to 7 pm, the Curb Center will host an opening reception for its Spring 2019 art installation, The Form of Reform, which showcases art and writings by individuals incarcerated on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Oftentimes, in the midst of political and academic discourses about incarceration and...

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Vanderbilt Creative Writing: Visiting Writer Series

Jan. 14, 2020—A slate of literary luminaries will be coming to Nashville this spring as part of the ongoing Gertrude & Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writer Series, hosted by the Creative Writing department. This year’s readings, which are all free and open to the general public, will kick off on February 13 with a visit from Lysley...

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Let Freedom Sing Concert

Jan. 13, 2020—The Nashville Symphony will host the 27th annual Let Freedom Sing Concert on Sunday, January 19th at 7:00 pm. The event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the achievements of the civil rights movement. The symphony will be joined by Celebration Chorus and Celebration Youth Chorus in a performance of select classical...

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Cheekwood Holiday Lights & Other Holiday Festivities

Dec. 13, 2019—One of the hallmarks of the holiday season in Nashville is the Holiday Lights show at Cheekwood, where you can wander in a happy daze under the lit-up branches of the expansive gardens, taking in constellations of colorful light. It’s a transporting experience, and feels a bit like stepping outside of time – though it’s...

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Event Preview: Southern Word’s Annual State of the Word

Dec. 12, 2019—In the field of creative writing a writers’ only competition is his or her own anxiety. It’s a bit different in the spoken word arena, where writers must pit their language and oratory skills against seasoned wordsmiths, all vying to see whose grasp on delivering the written word is best. Spoken word combines a writers’...

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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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