Local poets and spoken word artists will give short readings every half hour during the Boro Art Crawl at Let's Make Wine on Friday evening, April 13. Poets will also be on hand to help participants write their own "Tennessee tanka" in conjunction with the We Are Tennessee exhibit which opens later in April at the Discovery Center. The Art Crawl hours are 6:00 to 9:00 PM in downtown Murfreesboro and some outlying locations.
Ten minute readings will occur at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.. Two artists will also have their art on display at this venue. For poets interested in reading: We will make an online signup form available through a Facebook post beginning Thursday evening, April 5.
A Japanese form similar to haiku, a tanka is a short 5-line poem with few rules, the most important being that tankas have no conventional capitalization or punctuation, and no title. The form is accessible to people of all ages and levels of writing experience.
On Saturday, April 28, the Discovery Center will open the We Are Tennessee exhibit, an exploration of our state’s cultural diversity through art and writing by Tennesseans of all ages. Murfreesboro’s arts laureates (painter, photographer, and poet) will be leading special activities for kids on this free day at the museum, which is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Tanka writing will also be offered at a Barnes & Noble event on Saturday, April 7, with Murfreesboro poet laureate Kory Wells.
Poetry on the Boro is a monthly reading series with featured poets and open mic time. Find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/PoetryInTheBoro. We use hashtag #PoetryInTheBoro on other social media. Thanks to MTSU Write for their support of our events!
Find the Boro Art Crawl on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BoroArtCrawl/