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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.

    Hemingway's Summer Series, a popular, long-running poetry series, runs weekly on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. from May through July. Jimmy Cvetic, founder and longtime director of the Hemingway Summer Series, hosts. Joan Bauer curates. This series takes place in the back room of Hemingway's Café at 3911 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh's Oakland. Free and open to the public. Meals and beverages available for purchase. After the featured readers for most readings there is open mic.

    • July 5: Lori Jakiela, Dave Newman, Heather McNaugher, Adam Matcho, Bob Pajich.
    • July 12: Sundress Poets: Kelly Andrews, Margaret Bashaar, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Jill Khoury, Erin Elizabeth Smith.
    • July 19: Charlie Brice, Jay Carson, Ann Curran, Timons Esaias, Mary Soon Lee, Judith Robinson, John Stupp.
    • July 26: The Grand Finale curated by Kristofer Collins. Featuring Kristofer Collins, Angele Ellis, Celeste Gainey, Richard Gegick, John Grochalski, John Korn, Jason Mendez.
    Podcasts of past Hemingway's readings.

    Pittsburgh Poetry Review Roadshow readings, celebrating poets who appeared in Issue 2 of the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Generally on Tuesday evenings at the Te Cafe, Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill.

    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.

    • August 13: Charlie Brice, Barry Govenor, MA Sinnhuber, John Stupp
    • 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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