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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!
(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:
      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 does publicity and much more. 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.

      NEW! Podcasts of the Hemingway's readings.

      • March 8: Judith Robinson, Julie Cecchini, Christine Telfer. Celebrating International Women's Day. Light refreshments & gathering at 2:00 p.m., reading starts at 2:30 p.m.
        117 Edgewood Avenue (across the train tracks from C.C. Mellor Library, Edgewood). Special guest appearances by ESL students Veronica Adi from Nigeria and Liang Zuo from China. The first of a new reading series, Readings from the Edge of the Earth. Sponsored by AF Booksellers, 119 Edgewood Avenue. (412-735-6756) Free and open to the public.

      • March 27: Judith Robinson, Don Wentworth, Ann Curran, and Jennifer Jackson Berry. Reading from the latest issue of East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

        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.

          Information: Don Wentworth.

          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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