May 1 Back Door!

Friday, May 1 at 7:30 (doors open at 7pm)


Prose, Poetry and Music


Deanna Graves

2014 William Faulkner Writing Award winner Deanna Graves

Join us on this special night of prose, poetry and music as we welcome these writers to our stage for an eclectic blend of short, original pieces. 2014 William Faulkner Writing Award winner Deanna Graves will be reading along with poets Josiah Lawrence and Meagan Smith. We will hear short fiction work from writer Jeanna Graves, as well.




The Squid and The Whale


The Squid and The Whale will be our featured musicians. The band consists of members Sarah Bryan-Lewis, Jaime Jimenez, David Meigs and Dusty Weiss. They will be performing songs from their new CD and available for signings as well.  Presented live on WUSM RADIO.




Mark Your Calendars!

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Back Door Coffeehouse dates.


July 10 OH JEREMIAH in concert, plus readers
August 7 (TBA)
September 4 SARAH MCQUAID in concert
October 2 NATALIE KIRCK in concert, plus readers
November 6 TRIPOD night with SUSAN ISAACS and TOM KIMMEL for a concert & play
December 10 9,000 MILES with TOBY BARKER & SHARON MILES. Also Klatu Players
January 8 (TBA)
February 5 (TBA)
March 4 THE WAYMORES! in concert
April 1 (TBA)
May 6 CHUCK CANNON in concert


Big News!

The Back Door Coffeehouse is now a live-broadcast radio show thanks to our good friends at WUSM 88.5 FM. Be sure to come early and help us make our first broadcast event a special night!

The Back Door opens at 7pm and Radio broadcast starts at 7:30. That gives you time to get your coffee, coke, treats, and find a table near the stage. We welcome bringing in your own pizza, burger or filet mignon as well! We have silverware and your drinks. Remember we’re still donation only, but those donations make the difference!







Location: 3200 Arlington in back of UBC


  • Free Gourmet Coffees
  • Free Coca-Cola Drinks
  • Free Homemade Cakes
  • Free treats & popcorn
  • Free baby sitter in Nursery

BYOF policy invites you to bring your own supper to your table.
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Suggested donation: $10
Student donation: $5
All donations appreciated

Thanks always to our kind sponsors:

  • Vardaman Honda
  • JavaWerks
  • Coca Cola
  • Moore’s Bike Shop
  • Anderson Design
  • K&B Sales
  • Downtown Tonsorial Parlor
  • Golden Eagle Sound & Production
  • WUSM Radio


About the Back Door Coffeehouse

Back Door Coffeehouse logoUniversity Baptist Church has served as the host of the monthly Back Door Coffeehouse since 1992. The Back Door is a unique ministry of community where local writers, musicians, and poets are featured in an intimate and relaxed candlelight and coffee atmosphere typically held on the first Friday of every month from 7:30 – 9:30P.M. There is no charge for admission, although donations for soft drinks, candy, coffee, etc. are appreciated.

Periodically, various nationally known musicians and performers are secured by donations from patrons and neighborhood sponsors for special concerts to promote this unique artistic venue to a larger audience. Such acclaimed recording artists as Kate Campbell, Pierce Pettis, Caroline Herring, Tracy Grammer, and Steve Forbert have graced our stage, though we are also proud to promote the talents of our own regional musicians and writers. Performers often portray a wide variety of ideas and styles. In supporting the open and honest artistic expression of our neighbors, there will at times be some readings neither intended nor appropriate for children. A nursery worker is provided for parents without additional cost.

If you wish to receive our monthly Back Door Coffeehouse e-mail messages, please contact us at We open the back doors of the UBC fellowship hall by 7:00pm and the show (usually 3 live sets of music and/or readings) begins at 7:30.