Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
Bards & Brews Open Mic poetry performance to take place March 3 at Central Library

WHO: Birmingham Public Library
WHAT: Bards & Brews Open Mic Performance Poetry/Beer Tasting 
WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2017. Music by George Griffin begins at 6:30 p.m., poetry at 7 Where: Central Library, 2100 Park Place Birmingham, AL 35203 
HOW TO DONATE: Call Brandon C. Smith at 205-591-4944. Donations are being accepted at the door, online at or by mail at The Birmingham Public Library, Development Department, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Birmingham Public Library will host its popular spoken word event Bards & Brews this Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown. This event, designed to raise funds to help keep Bards & Brews alive, will be Open Mic, allowing both novice and veteran poets to sign up to share their spoken word talent. 

Like the Feb. 3 Bards  & Brews All-Star event that featured a lineup of past winners, donations will be accepted at the door or online for the March 3 Bards & Brews. Beer tasting will be available courtesy of Grayton Beer Co. of South Walton County, Fla, and The J. Clyde will be serving the beer. Blues guitarist George Griffin will provide musical entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m., with poetry beginning to flow at 7 p.m. with poet Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins serving as host
Hawkins is among several poets and community supporters helping BPL staff raise money for the popular spoken word event. A grant that funded Bards & Brews for six years has run out, and BPL is in need of the public’s help to keep the monthly program going, Hawkins said. 

The public can make donations to support Bards & Brews at or send donations to Birmingham Public Library, Development Department, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203. For more information about Bards & Brews, call Brandon C. Smith of the Eastwood Branch Library at 205-591-4944 or email him at

Follow Bards & Brews on Facebook and look for more news on fundraising efforts on the BPL website at  

Read more about the effort to raise funds for Bards & Brews at the link below that ran in the Birmingham Times: -

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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