Since 1999, Rhyme n Chatt has been a staple in the poetry community in Chattanooga, TN.

Standing Left to Right: Rebecca Tolbert, Marsha Mills, Rah Karim-Kinsey; Kneeling Left to Right: Terry Tisdale, Tyrone Waller and Vincent Phipps (former president & founder) (2001)
Standing Left to Right: Tongeia Farmer, Sararetha King,Tammy Bostick McClintock, Caprice Wofford, Joel Martin, Mark Anderson, Jhosa Moore and Chuck Beard.
Kneeling Left to Right: Marsha Mills, president and Jada Mills. (2021)

Rhyme N Chatt is a rich part of Chattanooga’s creative history being the longest running poetry organization in the city. We have established a strong reputation of ethical practices and of sharing PG-13 rated poetry in all environments. We believe it is important to challenge the writer to express strong and deep emotion in a way that stretches the vocabulary without offending the audience.

We also believe in valuing the individual. We enjoy poetry while loving on people…not the other way around. It is our hope that through sharing in the safe environment that Rhyme n Chatt provides, writing and speaking skills are enhanced and confidence in one’s self is elevated. We are a poetic family.

Image from Fresh Out the Shoebox Poetry Session held on Dec. 7, 2021 at the Edney Building.

Your investment in Rhyme N Chatt allows for:

  • Afterschool, spring break and summer writing sessions for area youth
  • Workshops and conferences to build writing and presentation skills
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Poetry events and presentations throughout the city
  • A home for RNC sessions and events
  • Materials needed to support poets in their creative development
Local artist, Demond Moultrie, is pictured sharing and discussing poetry he wrote as inspired by a painting he created.

Business & Strategic Plan


Board of Directors

Marsha Mills
Executive Director
Tongeia Farmer, Secretary
KB Ballentine
Jerod “Swayyvo” Morton
Valerie Phillips, Treasurer