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Don’t limit yourself to a single college community for four years. The Nashville area has 21 four year and post graduate institutions. This gives you the chance to reach beyond the boundaries of one school to connect with student writers from all backgrounds and all places. Southern Word convenes this growing poet community for multiple major events throughout the year. Southern Word has been building this Tennessee writer community for the past five years with area colleges, high schools, and middle schools.

Pushed by Poets

We know that other poets provide the best motivation to develop as writers, performers, and people. As Brave New Voices alumni graduate and attend college, it is clear that they have surpassed most of their peers in their writing and performance capabilities. While other schools may offer a few potential collaborators, Nashville area schools attract a diverse set of multi-disciplinary artists for your projects.

Partner Universities

Austin Peay State University – Home of the spoken word student group Spoken Peayce. Located in Clarksville, this is one the state’s fastest growing university. APSU offers the resources of a major university, with a small college feel. Home of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Belmont University – Belmont partners with Southern Word to provide paid poet coaches through federal work study. This student-centered Christian community has doubled to 6,500 students in the past ten years. Belmont is known for its music program and student musician community. Home of the spoken word group B the Word.

Fisk University – Fisk partners with Southern Word to host the individual semifinal slam of the Mid South Grand Slam Final. Graduating African-American intellectual, civic, and artistic leaders of every generation, Fisk is ranked with the top HBCU’s in the country. Home of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the spoken word group GO!

Lipscomb University – Lipscomb partners with Southern Word to host the annual middle school slam Snap & Thunder. A faith-based, liberal arts institution, Lipscomb has strong internship, service-learning, and global studies programs. The College of Education was ranked in the top 4 of teacher prep programs by NCTQ.

Middle Tennessee State University
– MTSU will be hosting Southern Word workshops and open mics this school year. Located in Murfreesboro, MTSU is Tennessee’s largest public university. The world class Department of Recording Industry attracts students from across the country. Home of WordUp! Supreme hip hop performance collective.

Nashville State Community College – Nashville State will be hosting Southern Word workshops and open mics this year. Students earn Associate’s degrees and technical certificates in over 80 programs of study in preparation for the work force or four-year school. Nashville State has online courses that can be taken anywhere.

Tennessee State University – TSU hosts the Soul Fire poetry workshop series and the Mid South Grand Slam Final in the spring. With eight colleges and schools, TSU maintains one of the highest graduation rates among the nation’s HBCU’s and has a nationally recognized forensics team.

Vanderbilt University – Vanderbilt hosts the State of the Word and Arts Education: Mentoring Literacy Through Spoken Word. This private, research university was 17th in the U.S. News ranking of national universities. Home of Vandy Spoken Word and annual State of the Word showcase featuring top college and high school poets.

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