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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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  • April 5. M. NourbeSe Philip. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh, 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 7 p.m. Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving. With presentataons by Ibrahim Seck and Sonya Posemntier. Center for African-American Poetry and Poetics. Moderated discussion to follow.
  • April 6: Judith R. Robinson reading from her new book, Carousel (Lummox Press). Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, North Side. 7 p.m. Free.
  • April 8: Jan Beatty, Gerry LaFemina, Sheila Squillante. 7 to 9 p.m. Versify! series. White Whale Bookstore, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh 15224 (Bloomfield).
  • April 20. Judith Robinson and Hiram Larew, "one of the tallest poets in the Washington, D.C. area." 6:30 p.m. Art and Inspiration Series. Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
  • April 21: Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and the Southside Presbyterian Church Coffee House present a National Poetry Month poetry reading featuring Hiram Larew, Judith R. Robinson, and Lawrence Wray. 7:30 p.m. 1926 Sarah St. South Side. Refreshments! Books available for purchase. $5 donation requested. Info: 412-431-0118.
  • April 22: Jennifer Jackson Berry and Jay Carson. 7 p.m. City Books, 908 Galveston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (North Side).
  • Pittsburgh Poetry Review (PPR) celebrates National Poetry Month. Readings at 7 p.m. White Whale Bookstore, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield.
    • April 6: Jan Beatty, Kayla Sargeson, RB Mertz, Jill Khoury. Benefit reading for Planned Parenthood.
    • April 13. Leslie Anne McIlroy, Rachel Mennies, Nicole Lourette, Jason Irwin, M. Soledad Caballero, Celeste Gainey. Benefit reading for Planned Parenthood.
    • April 15: Leah Poole Osowski, winner of the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize; Nicole Robinson; Jennifer Jackson Berry.
    • April 27: Barbara Edelman, Nancy Koerbel, Lynn Emanuel.
  • Pittsburgh Poetry Review Issue Five Launch Party. Nied's Hotel, 5438 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Readers include Daniela Buccilli, Ava C. Cipri, Darren Demaree, Angele Ellis, Mike Good, Kara Knickerbocker, Deena November, Zana Previti, Terrell Jamal Terry, Vivian Wagner, and more!

  • 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.

    Podcasts of past Hemingway's readings.

    VERSIFY! Selected by Bob Walicki. Usually the third Sat. of the month. At White Whale book store, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. 7 to 9 p.m..

  • 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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