The Nashville Independent Poetry Festival is a Metro Arts THRIVE grant-funded all-day, all-ages, pet-friendly, outdoor celebration of the independent creative writing community of Nashville! 

Join us at The Bongo Java Lot, at East Nashville’s famed 5-Points, as we celebrate with live poetry performances, small presses, local bookstores, independent journals & zines, representatives from reading series & open mics, literary collectives & non-profits! 

Bring a blanket, bust out the lawn chairs, & don’t forget the sunscreen! Food trucks will be on-site, and, for the adult poets, we’ll have a full beer & booze bar! For the young poets we’ll have plenty of activities, including live illustrated caricatures, arts & crafts/jewelry-making with letters, beads, and gemstones, a magnetic poetry wall contest, face-painting/temporary tattoos & poems on demand!