Press Release - Detail
Media Advisory
For immediate release Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        

Bards & Brews: Fundraiser featuring all-star poets to take place Feb. 3 at Central Library

WHO: Birmingham Public Library
WHAT: Bards & Brews Performance Poetry/Beer Tasting
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 Music by Clutch starts at 6:30 p.m. Poetry begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
How to donate: Donations via cash, check or credit card will be accepted throughout the evening and online at

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fans of spoken word poetry and craft beer need to put Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 on their calendar. The Birmingham Public Library’s popular Bards & Brews will host a special all-star fundraiser event featuring fan favorites this Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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The fundraiser is designed to help raise money crucial for the survival of the performance poetry/beer tasting event, celebrating its sixth year. Admission will be “pay-what-you-can,” with donations of cash or credit accepted. Donations via cash, check or credit card will be accepted throughout the evening and online at

“The line-up is going to be awesome - some of the best poets and crowd favorites from the past six years of the program will be lighting up the stage with very electric material,” said Brandon C. Smith, coordinator for Bards & Brews for the BPL.

The All Star Bards & Brews will feature previous slam winners and crowd favorites. The poets are: Blaque Diamond, BStucc, Jahman Hill, Jerri Hardesty, JP Da Poet, Lee Green, Michael Harriot, Mojo Mama, Quang Do, Shaun Judah, Shaunteka, Southern Boy Buff, and Voice Porter.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Clutch, beer tasting, and light refreshments. Craft beer has been donated by Grayton Beer Company of Florida. The poetry will begin to flow at 7 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host. Attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to participate—ID is required. For more information about Bards & Brews, call Brandon C. Smith at 205-591-4944 or email him at
Bards & Brews faces three major financial challenges:

* In 2016,  the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill (aka the growler bill) that limited beer donations by Alabama's breweries. BPL has depended on beer donations for the Bards & Brews events for the past six years. Purchasing the beer, which will be necessary going forward, substantially increases the event expenses. Funds for beer will have to be donated, since it is not possible for the library to use taxpayer money to purchase alcohol.
* The grant cycle for this program has run its course. 2017 is the sixth year of Bards & Brews, and grant funding for the current version of the program has ended. 
* The Birmingham Public Library has had to re-prioritize budgeting for programs and there is not enough money to continue Bards & Brews without public and/or private support.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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