ersify is a show where a person tells a story, and in a matter of minutes, that story becomes a poem.

In each episode we guide listeners through this journey. It can surprise or make you cry — and it proves that your life experiences are worthy of poetry.

Versify is a production of Nashville Public Radio, The Porch writers' collective and PRX, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The podcast launches Aug. 25 — when we'll drop the first three episodes at once. Subscribe now so you won't miss a thing.

Versify #5: Don’t Try This at Home

2 hours ago

Ambushed by a menacing dog, Nashville  physics teacher (and standup comedian) Bob Clark taps into some unconventional wisdom in his attempt to flee. Bob slyly reveals his story to poet Destiny Birdsong. She’s caught off guard, but weaves the compelling tale into an original poem about physics, relationships, and survival.


Tasha Lemley

For much of her life, Ali Russell has been uncertain about religion. Even as a little girl, she’d ask her parents, “How do we know we’re worshiping the right God?” She even had a Jesus dream that still lingers with her today. In this episode, Ali shares her story to her longtime friend and Nashville poet Dana Malone, who takes Ali’s religious odyssey and transforms it into poetry.

Versify #3: Bone Deep

Aug 24, 2017
Tony Gonzalez

Serg Rodriguez hasn’t seen his family in years. He was excommunicated by their church and grew apart from his parents and siblings. But now as a writer in Nashville, his little sister is never far from his mind. Without warning, she troubles his thoughts and finds here way into everything he puts on paper. In this episode, we find out how family rejection has actually helped Serg to better understand unconditional love. And then Nashville poet Ciona Rouse turns Serg’s story into an original poem.

Versify #2: Why We Will Never Forget April 1994

Aug 24, 2017
Tony Gonzalez

Ebralie Mwizerwa is a mother of five, an accountant, a devoted church-goer — and a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She fled with her family while pregnant and now runs a nonprofit that assists incoming refugee families in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ebralie shares the story of her harrowing escape to poet Destiny Birdsong, who takes up the challenge of crafting an original poem for Ebralie — “trying to figure out how to speak the unspeakable,” as Destiny says.

Versify #1: There's No Cure

Aug 24, 2017

Fred Bailey grew up blind on a farm in Gallatin, Tennessee — except he didn’t actually know he was blind at first.

Through a run in with a teacher, a visit to a doctor, and a confrontation with his father, he learned how to find strength in his limitations. And now he strives to pass on a similar tenacity to children through his after-school program, Children Are People.