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.):
Pittsburgh Poetry Review Roadshow readings, celebrating poets who appeared in Issue 1 of the Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
March 1: Literary reading from Autumn House Press books. 7 p.m., Brentwood Public Library, 3501 Brownsville Road. Michael Wurster and Alison Taverna will read from the most recent AH poetry book winners, Brian Swann's St. Francis and the Flies and Ellery Akers's Practicing the Truth. Michael Simms will read from Ruth Schwartz's Dear Good Naked Morning. Christine Stroud and Sharon Dilworth will read from memoir and fiction titles. Q and A follows. Admission is free and open to the public. AH books will be available for purchase.
March 1: Aaron Smith and Aiden Angle.
7:00-8:00 p.m. Red Dog Reading Series. Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue. University Commons, 2nd floor University Space.
Plus open mic. (2 minutes per reader.)
March 3: David Adès. Farewell reading of his poems related to Pittsburgh before he returns to Australia. 7 p.m. Classic Lines, 5825 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill.
March 5: Celebration of Sonia Sanchez. United Black Book Clubs presentation. Bring your own favorite Sonia Sanchez poem to read. 2:00-5:00 p.m. At 720 Music, Clothes and Café, 4405 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
March 9: Toi Derricotte. 12 noon. Celebrating Women's History Month. Community College of Allegheny County, North Side. SSC (Student Center)
March 21: Poetry and Race in America. University of Pittsburgh Poets. Terrance Hayes, Moderator. Readings and discussion. 7 p.m. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, Oakland. Toi Derricotte (co-founder, Cave Canem), Ross Gay (2015 National Book Award Finalist), Rickey Laurentiis (2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Winner), Nate Marshall (2014 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Winner), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Afaa Michael Weaver.
March 22: James Fenton. University of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series. 8:30.
March 24: Gregory Pardlo and Yona Harvey. Poets on Tour. Carnegie Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library, Oakland. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pardlo won the Pulitzer Prize and Harvey won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for their poetry books.
- February 27: Arlene Weiner, Randy Minnich, Fred Shaw, M. Soledad Caballero, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman. 1 p.m. C.C. Mellor Library, 1 Pennwood, Edgewood. (In the Edgewood Club building.)
- February 27: Ellen McGrath Smith, Michelle Maher, Philip Terman, Shannon Sankey, Kelly Andrews. East End Book Exchange. 4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. 7 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.
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.
A preview, subject to change:
- 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.
- March 19: Kelly Andrews, Sarah B Boyle, Ziggy Edwards, Deena November
- April 16: Stefan Lovasik, Bruce Weigl
- May 21: Jason Baldinger, Chuck Joy, John Korn, Cee Williams
- June 18: Ruth Foley, Lawrence Wray, Daniel M. Shapiro
- 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,
Podcasts of past Hemingway's readings.
- May 3: Madwomen in the Attic.
Tess Barry, Julie Cecchini, Amy Lee Heinlen, Michelle Maher,
Emily Mohn-Slate, Marilyn Marsh Noll, Michelle Stoner.
- May 10: Pittsburgh Poetry Society.
Jeen Shang Lin, Christine Doriean Michaels, Randy Minnich, Christine Pasinski, Fred Peterson, Joanne Samraney, Shirley Stevens, Christine Aikens Wolfe, Judy Yogman.
- May 17: Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange.
Ziggy Edwards, Barry Govenor, Karla Lamb, Aaron Novick, Nick Romeo, Stuart Sheppard, Jenny Smith, David Joel Villaverde. Introduction by Michael Wurster.
- May 24: Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop.
M. Soledad Caballero, Erin Garstka, Nancy Esther James, Joseph Karasek, Pam O'Brien, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, Arlene Weiner.
- May 31: David Blair, Jeff Oaks, Ellen McGrath Smith, Bob Walicki, the Mystery Poet.
- June 7: Toi Derricotte, Richard St. John, Philip Terman, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.
- June 14: Tribute reading: Bottom Dog Press. Jeanne Bryne, Jim Daniels, Liane Ellison Norman, publisher Larry Smith, and Jimmy Cvetic.
- June 21: Joan E. Bauer, Daniela Buccilli, Joseph Fasano, Rina Ferrarelli, Rachel Mennies.
- June 28: Craig Czury, Sheila Carter-Jones, Roberta Hatcher, Nancy Krygowski, Michael Wurster.
- 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.