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Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange

A community resource for Poets in Pittsburgh

Selected poetry events. Pittsburgh's panoply of poetry will sate the most jaded poetic palate!
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NOTICE: Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange members will read at Hemingway's Cafe on MONDAY, May 22 at 8 p.m. This is a change because the Penguins are in a playoff game on Tuesday.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, PPE holds a discussion of a poetry book chosen by a member, at Coffee Tree Roasters on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh's Shadyside. See our Workshops page for details,including a list of the poetry books to be discussed.

PPE holds a poetry workshop, open to all, on the first Monday of each month at Brentwood Public Library. 7 to 10 p.m. Open to all. A $2 donation is requested. See Workshops page for details.

Selected poetry readings. Most in evening. Most free.
  • The 2017 Hemingway's Cafe Summer Poetry Series. Tuesday nights May-July 8 p.m. At Hemingway's Café, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213.
    Scroll down for details of programs. This is what to do on Tuesday nights!

    Further information.

  • May 31: Yona Harvey, Brian Broome, Cheryl Hall-Russell,and a special performance by Alumni Theater Company. 8 to 11 p.m. $5 cover, proceeds to ATC. brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. The Bridge Series, in which writers support a different worthwhile organization each month.

  • June 3. Judith Robinson. 7 to 9 p.m. Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Blvd. In celebration of Rick Claraval's magnificent Shakespeare Drawings exhibit, Judith will read poetry of Shakespeare and from her own new book, Carousel.
  • June 8. Carole Sineni and Alyssa Sineni. Poetry Bloodlines, a mother-daughter performance of poetry. Michael Wurster hosts. Also, Open Mic: share a work of art or a poem. 8:00 p.m. Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Part of the Art and Inspiration series.

      Hemingway's readings details:

    • May 30: Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop. Rosaly DeMaios Roffman introduces M. Soledad Caballero, Ann Curran, Erin Garstka, Joseph Karasek, Christine Doreian Michaels, Randy Minnich, Pam O'Brien, Joanne Samraney, and Shirley Stevens.

    • June 6: Barbara Edelman, Robert Gibb, Mike Schneider. and Fred Shaw.

    • June 13: Nikki Allen, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Bradley J. Fest, Jason Irwin, Kayla Sargeson, and Emily Mohn-Slate.

    • June 17: Aziza Barnes, Tyree Daye, Aricka Foreman, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Kamden Hilliard, and Jayson P. Smith. Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (aka DJ Halfbreed) DJs. The Next Generation of Black Poets: Cave Canem Fellows and Friends. 6 p.m. Doors open at 5. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh 15206. Sponsored by Pitt’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

    • June 20: Michele Battiste, Jimmy Cvetic, Daniela Buccilli, Gene Hirsch, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, and Adam Matcho.

    • June 27: Ziggy Edwards, Timons Esaias, Walt Peterson, Judith Robinson, and Michael Wurster.

    • July 4: Independence Day / No reading.

    • July 11: Joan E. Bauer, Sheila Carter-Jones, Karla Lamb, Justin Vicari, Arlene Weiner, and Robert Yune.

    • July 18: Jen Ashburn, Michael Albright, Liane Ellison Norman, Fred Shaw, John Stupp, and Bob Walicki.

    • July 25: The Grand Finale, curated by Kristofer Collins. Jason Baldinger, Stephanie Brea, Kristofer Collins, Angele Ellis, John Korn, Bart Solarczyk, Adriana Ramirez, and Meghan Tutolo.
    Podcasts of past Hemingway's readings.

    Pretty Owl Spotlight Series. Featuring readers from Pretty Owl Journal.

  • Red Dog Reading Series. Carlow University's University Commons, Oakland. All-university, all-community. Sponsored by Carlow University creative writing undergraduates.
  • MadFridays. Fridays at 7 p.m. at Delainie's Coffee, East Carson and 18th Streets, South Side, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Carlow University and featuring members of the Madwomen in the Attic workshop. Co-ordinated by Kayla Sargeson.--> During the academic year, University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, and Carlow University all have occasional public events featuring poets.
  • Up for something different? Slam poetry. Check out Steel City Slam's web site for events.

  • Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC), providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network, and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join on Facebook by entering "Morgantown Poets" in the search or join the mailing list: Follow Morgantown Poets on Twitter(@MorgantownPoets) or watch videos of past events on their YouTube channel(

    And don't forget Prosody, WESA-FM's radio program, featuring local and nationally known writers. Now Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. 90.5.

    For further information about Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, phone 412-481-POEM, contact us via email, or send regular mail to:
    Michael Wurster
    Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange
    P.O. Box 4279
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Note: Michael Wurster does not use email; please use the phone number or postal address if your inquiry is specifically for him.

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