Selected poetry events. Pittsburgh's panoply of poetry will sate the most jaded poetic palate!
(For a more comprehensive listing of literary events, see Pittsburgh Literary Calendar.)
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 Readings and Reading Series:
- VERSIFY. This series, curated by Bob Walicki, takes place on the third Friday of each month in the East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.
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.
Podcasts of the Hemingway's readings.
- May 6: Madwomen in the Attic.
Lisa Alexander, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Kayla Berkey,
Doralee Brooks, Barbara Dahlberg, Teresa Narey, Bonita Lee Penn,
Sarah Williams-Devereux, and Laurin Wolf
- May 13: Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Randy Minnich, Marilyn Marsh Noll, Liane Ellison Norman, Fred Peterson, Shirley Stevens, and Christine Aikens Wolfe reading their own poetry and celebrating the poetry of Marilyn Bates, Anita Byerly, and Dorothy Holley.
- May 20: Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop.
Ann Curran, Erin Garstka, Nancy Esther James, Joseph Karasek, Christine Doreian Michaels, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, and Arlene Weiner
- May 27: Michele Battiste, Joy Katz, Leslie McIlroy, and Lauren Shapiro
- June 3: John Grochalski, Yona Harvey, Peter Oresick, Judith Vollmer, and Michael Wurster
- June 10: Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Michael Albright, Ziggy Edwards, Barry Govenor, Gene Hirsch, Joe Kaldon, Kathryn McGregor, Ed Murray, Steve Pusateri, and Judith Robinson. Introduction by Michael Wurster
- Junee 17: Sheila Carter-Jones, Todd Davis, Diane Kerr, Wendy Scott Paff, and Robert Walicki
- June 24:
Celebrating Caliban Books and Low Ghost Press.
Jason Baldinger, M. Callen, Kristofer Collins, Bob Pajich,
Daniel M. Shapiro, and the Mystery Poet
- July 1:
Judith Brice, Daniela Buccilli, Rina Ferrarelli,
Steve Murabito, and Joanne Samraney
- July 8:
Lori Jakiela, David Newman,
Sarah Shotland, and Adam Matcho
- July 15:
Introducing Free State Review.
Joan E. Bauer, Jason Irwin, Karen Lillis, Scott Silsbe, Brian Tierney, Meghan Tutolo,
and associate editor of FSR, Barrett Warner
- July 22: Jimmy Cvetic, Kevin Finn, Walt Peterson, Kayla Sargeson, and Christine Telfer
- July 29: The Grand Finale, Celebrating The New Yinzer.
Holly Coleman, Mike Good, Kurt Garrison, Taylor Grieshober, Mark Mangini, Don Wentworth,
and Carolyne Whelan
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.
The Hungry Sphinx Reading Series. Tuesdays at 8 p.m. During the Carlow College school year. At the Sphinx Café, a hookah bar, in Oakland, Bates and Atwood Streets. (Upstairs. One nonalcholic drink minimum.) Open mic: usually two pages or two poems. For more information, Jan Beatty at beattyjp AT carlow DOT edu. [Will not meet during the summer.]
Sunday Poetry and Reading Series, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Approximately monthly. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Quiet Reading Room, Main Library, Oakland, first floor. Free.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Morgantown Poets on Twitter(@MorgantownPoets) or watch videos of past events on their YouTube channel(www.youtube.com/user/MorgantownPoets).
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.