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In addition to regular workshops and open mics throughout the year, Southern Word performs at schools, businesses, and civic events. We have received standing ovations at TEDxNashville at TPAC and Montgomery Bell Academy, Davidson County School Board, Nashville Teaching Fellows Opening Ceremony, Leadership Nashville, and Davidson County Drop‐out Prevention Conference. Contact us at to feature spoken word at your event, business, or community organization.

Upcoming Events

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LeeConell_2017 Nashville School of the Arts and Southern Word Present: An Evening with Lee Conell
Wednesday, November 29
Barnes and Noble Bookstore – West End 

Come celebrate Southern Word writer mentor Lee Conell and the release of Subcortical, her book of short fiction. Lee Conell’s writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Guernica, The Collagist, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been awarded the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, the Guy Goffe Means Prize, and was Longform’s Fiction Pick of the Week. She earned her MFA from Vanderbilt University, where she also teaches creative writing.

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Rcktwn_Dec2017_OpenMic Teen Open Mic
Friday, December 01

The mic is open to all teen poets, writers, rappers, spoken word artists, singers, and emcees.

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December2017_OpenMic Teen Open Mic
Friday, December 15
Nashville Public Library – StudioNPL 

The mic is open to all teen poets, writers, rappers, spoken word artists, singers, and emcees.

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SOTW_2017_FinalEdits 2017 State of the Word
Saturday, December 16
Blair School of Music
2400 Blakemore Ave 

Stories have the power to heal, to dispel misunderstandings, to inspire, and to build community. Join us for an evening celebrating Southern Word’s 10 years of lifting youth voice at the Tenth Annual State of the Word. The State of the Word will feature the region’s top college and high school writers, poets, emcees and spoken-word artists. Come out for a night of Stories That Bend Us.

A panel of judges will also select the fourth Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, a program which aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and tolerance, and youth voice across Nashville.

This event is executed in collaboration with Vandy Spoken Word and made possible through the generous support of the Blair School of Music, The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt Writing Studio. Performers emerge from Southern Word’s programs sponsored by Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Metro Nashville Public Schools, LEAD Public Schools, Memorial Foundation, Humanities Tennessee, Dugas Family Foundation, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Foundation, and the Nashville Office of the Mayor.

Tickets: $10 general admission, $3 students with ID. Proceeds benefit Southern Word and the placement of writer mentors in Middle Tennessee’s public schools.

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