The creative spirit of Chattanooga flows through its poets. These events provide a space for the poets, the artists, the music, the people

Join this community of writers for an open mic at 7PM followed by our featured poet, The River City Street Poet

$5- cover, all ages welcome. Gate 11 Distillery is inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street.

River City Street Poet is a queer artist living in Tennessee. Thousands of poems later, River City Street Poet has curated stories that attest to the beauty and pain of the human condition—proving that, as humans, we can find similarities in our tenderness. Attuned to the heart of strangers, River City Street Poet seeks to make poetry accessible to everyone.

River City Street Poet: Website

Watch the discussion with Meredith Jade HERE

Video of the event below on YOUTUBE

Open Mic + Poets in the Round / Thursday, March 9, 7 PM / FREE

Featuring: Allison Satterfield, Casey Cooper, Crow, Roslin Cook, all from the Wanderlinger Poetry Circle (Tuesdays at Wanderlinger Brewing Co.)

May contain adult language and content. Age 18+

Gate 11 Distillery is inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market Street.

7 PM open mic, 7:45 Featured poets

Meet the Featured Poets:

Allison Satterfield / She/Her

Allison lives in Chattanooga, TN with my husband, Grey. She enjoys spending her time hiking in the mountains, eating good food with good people, and has a passion for making beautiful impact through her design firm, Alaray Creative.

Website: and Instagram: @arsatterfield11

Casey Cooper / she/her

Casey has been writing poetry for almost 6 years. She is 31 years and is a member of the Wanderlinger Poetry circle. You can find in their “All voices heard” volume one collection and she working on getting her own book published. She loves living in Chattanooga and being involved with all the fun and unique things the city has to offer. 

Crow / They/Them

Insta: @zealotcrow

“Embrace change, for change is the only constant in this world. Embrace yourself, because you are the only change that you can control.”

Roslin Cook / She/They
Roslin has been writing about everything very loudly to whomever for as long as forever can last to a thirty-something male-bodied woman. She has only recently quit smoking, so measure your present curiosities against the condition of her footwear.

Findme: queerlighthouse on instagram

Open Mic + featured poet: Poetess Phenominal C

Wednesday February 1 @ Gate 11 Distillery, sign up 7:30, words flow at 8. Free

Open Mic theme is, Love. Prizes for audience choice bests of night.

Facebook event: HERE

Poetess Phenominal C:

Carla P. Elliott is a passionate performing poetess, orator, and disability awareness advocate who writes expression from passion, belief, and custom to fit the occasion. Her poetic name is Poetess PhenomInal C. “I am her and she is me.”

Her writings can be found in the 2022 RNC Anthology titled “Reboot,” and readings are shared throughout the Southeastern Region, Internet Radio, during RNC events and for private affairs where a piece has been commissioned. 

She has been a proud Rhyme N Chatt member since February 2009. She received the 2019 Walt Barger Award of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award and was nominated by Black Excellence Chattanooga (BEC) in the 2022 Best Literary Arts Category.

December 28 Open Mic: Featured writer is Kate Landers, President of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild.

Open mic theme: the cold winter is passing and new life coming. Prizes by audience vote.

Kate Landers mainly writes short stories and children’s literature, but every year around the holidays she feels compelled to pen a few poems “celebrating” the season. She’s been published here and there, but it ain’t about the fame or money. When she’s not writing, she volunteers her time with a couple of local non-profits and helps run Vulgar Scullery Maid Publishing, LLC with her husband. You can find some of her writings at

Theme for the night is Dear America. Looking for words on social issues. 1st and 2nd place by audience votes get copies of the 2021 Rhyme N Chatt anthology, Beyond the Mask

Open mic sign up at 7:30, words flow at 8, featured artists at 9:15 to 10

Main X 24 is a 24 hour party on Chattanooga’s Southside centered around Main Street, held on the 1st Saturday of December.

The parade is classic small town fun, with the classic Howard School marching band that is fantastic!

There will be several poetry events starting with this one with open mics from 1 to 4.

Poetry at Wanderlinger Brewery; 6 to 8

Poetry at the Hart Gallery; 8 to 10

Theme for the night and prizes for the creepiest, can’t sleep tonight – poems