Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Service & MANIFEST VII

Join us for MANIFEST VII: The Love & Its Opposite Poetry Slam. Bring at least two of your best poems about how much you love love (or hate it) and you can win a cash prize at the end of the night. Also, it’s taking place on FRIDAY the 13th, so we MIGHT just have some very special guests in the house.

We’ll be getting down at The Camp House (1427 Williams St.). Doors open at 8. If you’re a poet planning on slamming, admission is $5. Admission is $8 for everyone else.
If you’re interested in pre-registering, or would like to know more about rules, message Christian or e-mail

Also, I just uploaded a new poetry addition to my Soundcloud page. It's my set from the MANIFEST: Love & Other Struggles poetry show in February. You can peep it here:

Monday, April 11, 2011


Here are some eerily accurate horoscopes that I just caught up on.

Thursday, Apr 7th, 2011 -- Your emotions are out of whack now and you aren't sure how to get them back to where they belong. You may be feeling very spiritual and want to connect with your friends, but you aren't receiving positive responses to your overtures. You prefer a warmer reaction and without encouragement, you cannot keep expressing yourself in such a vulnerable way. Nevertheless, remember that it's not about how you are loved; it's about how you love that really matters.

Saturday, Apr 9th, 2011 -- You have been pulled out of your natural habitat today, yet are able to quickly adapt by remembering a time when you were more comfortable. Later in the day, the tides shift, inspiring you to rediscover your misplaced connections with those around you. Unfortunately, things might not be as easy as you wish. Acknowledge where reality falls short of your expectations in such a way that relieves everyone else of being responsible for your happiness.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Service pt. 2

You can check out my latest live upload on my Soundcloud page here:


Saturday, April 9, 2011

On the Grind in April

I have managed to stay busy every single day of this month. Busy in a good way though. That makes ALL the difference.

A lot of people have been asking me about the status of Speakeasy (which I sincerely appreciate). I should have some news either next week or the week after that at the latest. Stay tuned, boys and girls. It’s all just a matter of time.

I’ve mentioned on here that I’m going to be hosting CD release party for The Hearts in Light on April 23rd. It gets under way at 8 and is being held at Create Here (55 E Main Street, Suite 105) If you’re unfamiliar with Create Here, you can check their website out here:

Kyle from THIL asked me to perform an environmentally-themed poem for the occasion, so I took it as a personal challenge. A few days later, I managed to bang out a brand spankin’ new piece. It’s called Mr. Hayward and I’m really looking forward to breaking it out and performing it at the release party.

Also, I’ve been preparing for the jazz celebration at The Hunter on the 17th, too. I’m planning on reading a piece called Indigo that I wrote in 2006. It was one of the first poems that I wrote upon moving back to Chattanooga from Tampa. It’s an ode to Nina Simone.

Well kids, stay up. Keep in mind that you can follow me on Twitter. I’m @IChristian3030 on there. Tomorrow, I’ll be uploading a new poem that you can download if you so desire for National Poetry Month.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"We've Got the Jazz"

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the month of April. This year isn’t messing around. Let’s get into my first update of the month on here.

We did Strange Bedfellows this past weekend. We faced some pretty stiff competition and some challenges, but it was still a good show. I’ll gladly keep everyone posted on the next one we do.

On Sunday, my very dear friend Shane Morrow put on a jazz celebration outside The Hunter Art Museum. It was absolutely beautiful. The Ben Friberg Trio, The Undoctored Originals, Shane Morrow along with a few guest vocalists, and the UTC jazz ensemble performed. I had the privilege of being one of five poets to rock the microphone with The Undoctored Originals. It truly was a tremendous time.

Later this month, there will be another jazz event at The Hunter. Shane is at the helm of this one as well. It will be from 6 to 8 PM on April 17th. If you are reading this, consider yourself to be cordially invited. The theme is going to be Women in Jazz, so it definitely will be something special.

As a personal project for April, which is National Poetry Month, I’m going to post live mp3s each Sunday on here and on Twitter ( I just uploaded my new poem Passage this past Sunday. You can download the performance here:

We’re less than two weeks out from MANIFEST VI. I spoke to Tom Cordell on Sunday and he’s very much looking forward to playing. I am also eager to both see and hear Chase and Sean from Two People Playing Music again. They are great guys with a phenomenal sound.

Also, I am very pleased to announce that members of The Undoctored Originals will be performing with Tom Cordell on the 15th. MANIFEST is DEFINITELY going to be something to see. We’ve got a SHOW on our hands, ladies and gents!