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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.

    Quick guide to upcoming poetry readings(all in eve, scroll for details. Most free.):
    • August 6: Uppagus Speaks. Poets and flash fiction writers who have appeared in Uppagus. Outdoors at Biddle's Escape, 401 Biddle Ave, Regent Square (Wilkinsburg). 7 p.m.
    • August 8: Kathleen Ossip, Greg Bell, and Daniel Shapiro. Under the Sign of the Bear. Classic Lines, 5825 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. 7 p.m.
    • August 10: Angele Ellis, Taylor Grieshober, Deena November, Jess Simms, Christine Stroud, and Stephanie Brea (host). Girls Get Lit. Outdoors at Bayardstown Social Club, 3008 Penn Avenue. Potluck contributions welcome. Rain or shine. 7-10 p.m.
    • August 14: Charlie Brice and Judy Brice reading at Rich Clavarel's art opening. Spinning Plates Gallery, 5821 Baum Boulevard. The Brices will read at about 8 p.m.
    • August 15: Margaret Bashaar, R.J. Gibson, Sandra Marchetti, and T.A. Noonan. 7 p.m. VERSIFY. East End Book Exchange, 7 p.m.
    Reading Series:
    • VERSIFY! Selected by Bob Walicki. Usually the third Sat. of the month. At East End Book Exchange (EEBX), 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield.
    • Pretty Owl Spotlight Series. Featuring readers from Pretty Owl Journal.
    • 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 past Hemingway's readings.

    • VERSIFY. This series, curated by Bob Walicki, takes place on the third Saturday 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.
      • September 19: Jennifer Jackson Berry, Christine Stroud, Amanda Brant, Michael Albright.
      • October 17: Jenny Johnson, Jeff Oaks, Noah Stetzer, Kerrin McCaddin.
      • November 21: Andrea Laurion,Jason Irwin, Jenny Ashburn.

      • 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.]

      • Under the Sign of the Bear. Local and out-of-town poets. Selected by Michael Albright. At Classic Lines, 5825 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill.

      • 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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