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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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  • 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, scroll for details. Most free.)

    • September 9 through October 20: The City of Asylum celebrates the opening of Alphabet City, the renovated Masonic Hall on the North Side, with poetry and jazz events from September 9 to October 20. All events at 40 West North Avenue at 8 p.m. except October 5. Generally they want RSVPs.
      A month of events begins Friday, September 10, with talks by Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize winner, with Philip Gourevich. (Not poetry)
        Poetry events, most with jazz also:
      • Sept. 15: Oliver Lake, jazz and poetry.
      • Sept. 16: Israel Centenos and Joy Katz. Jazz by Roger Humphries and Hamniet Bluiett.
      • Sept. 17: Adriana E. Ramirez, Osama Alomar. Jazz by World Saxophone Quartet.
      • Sept. 22: Kwame Dawes, Tuhin Das, Chen Ko Hua, Alice Youssef. Pittsburgh Jazz Jam.
      • Sept. 23: Richard Blanco, Henriikka Tavi. Local jazz.
      • Sept. 30: Ekiwah Adler-Belendez of Mexico and Ritat Malikonyte Mockus. Jack Sooaar Quartet.
      • Oct. 1: Yona Harvey. Jack Sooaar Quartet.
      • Oct. 5: Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers. At 7 p.m. Poets/disability activists.
    • September 9: Toi Derricotte, with prose writers Craig Bernier, Eric Boyd, Sherrie Flick, and Pat Hart. Reading Without a Net. Free Association Reading Series. 7 to 9 p.m., 801 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg.
    • September 15: Michael Wurster talks about poetry. Shaler Library. 7 p.m. 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA.
    • September 17: Versify. See listing below.
    • September 21: Rosaly Roffman. With Jazz Vocalist Carolyn Peteete. Undercroft Gallery, First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Avenue, Shadyside. World Gratitude Day. 7 to 9 p.m. Donation asked for benefit of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.
    • September 22: Ada Limon. Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers series, University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health Auditorium. 130 DeSoto St., Oakland. 8:30 p.m. Free. 412-624-6508.
    • October 1. Starting at 11 a.m. Steppin Stanzas. Paola Corso and Andrew Edwards will perform poetry along the steps in connection with the annual Step Trek up South Side Slopes. Plus music of Aaron LeFebvre and movement of Daniel Dongilli.
    Podcasts of past Hemingway's readings.

    VERSIFY! Selected by Bob Walicki. Usually the third Sat. of the month. At East End Book Exchange (EEBX), 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. 7 to 9 p.m.

    • September 17 John Lawson, Richard St John, Michael Wurster
    • October 15: Aiden Angle, Christine Howey, Jude Fedly Waldo
    • November 19: Jan Beatty, Sharon McDermott, Michelle Gil-Montero, Maggie Smith-Beehler
  • 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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