Poets from across the country will perform with local poets and songwriters in December at TPAC

Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org

Top poets from across the country will perform alongside local poets and songwriters representing diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds at the Minton Sparks Lyrics and Poetry Festival, held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on 2 to December 4.

Directed by Minton Sparkspoet, performance artist, novelist, teacher and essayist, the festival includes performances by Lonnie Holley, Derrick C. Brown and artists from the youth organization southern word. Between poetry and music, these three performances highlight the power of speech.

Single tickets are available sale now at TPAC.orgby phone at 615-782-4040 and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. Customers are encouraged to have their tickets delivered on the TPAC Concierge app.

About Minton Sparks

Minton Sparks was born in a college town in Tennessee and grew up in and around Arkansas. She is a graduate of the University of the South and Vanderbilt University. His appearances range from the prestigious Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival to the Grand Ole Opry and the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in New York. Mary Houlihan of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “Sparks has a unique niche that emotionally marries the tradition of southern storytelling with the strains of early music for a hybrid all its own.

“Not since Whoopi’s first one-woman show have we seen such clever humor, insight and exuberance on stage,” says Kelly Falzone of Poet People.

About Lonnie Holley

Since 1979, Lonnie Holley dedicated his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle and hardship, but perhaps more importantly, furious curiosity and biological necessity, manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from materials found in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. He also found success with a spoken word album that was named Top 10 of 2018 by The New Yorker and Newsweek. The Huffington Post calls Holley “the mother universe’s most authentic performance artist”.

About Derrick C. Brown

Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award winner for poetry, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, and the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” Brown has also written eight poetry books and four children’s books. The New York Times says her work is “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, and beautiful power of words.”

About the South of the World

Through literary and performing arts, southern word offers creative solutions for young people to develop their literacy and presentation skills, reconnect with their education and their lives, and act as leaders in improving their communities. They are committed to providing young people, especially in underserved communities, with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly present their voices both live and in print, video, audio and digital media.

If you are going to:
Minton Sparks Spoken Word and Poetry Festival
December 2-4, 2022
TPAC’s Johnson Theater
505 Deaderick Street

Tickets: TPAC.org Where 615-782-4040

For event-specific policies, visit TPAC.ORG/Show updates. For full entry policy and health protocols, visit TPAC.ORG/PatronHealth.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. TPAC’s institutional sponsors include Official Health and Safety Partner, HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, Amazon and Nissan North America. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

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