Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, May 25, 2017
Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746  cell (205) 568-0067
Bards & Brews spoken word poetry event to be part of Birmingham Art Crawl on June 1

WHO:              Birmingham Public Library
WHAT:            Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Performance debuts at Birmingham Art Crawl
WHEN:            Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
WHERE:          Outside Pizitz Food Hall, corner of 2nd Ave. North and 19th Street
 BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Bards & Brews will have a change of scenery for June with its debut performance at the Birmingham Art Crawl on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The Birmingham Public Library’s monthly spoken-word poetry program will be open air and open mic outside the Pizitz Food Hall at the corner of 19th Street and Second Ave North. As you check out the amazing visual artists of the Magic City, join us for an unforgettable night featuring many of Birmingham's best poets sharing their work against the back drop of the city's evening lights. 

BPL will also giving away two $25 gift certificates to Eli's Jerusalem Grill during the event. One will be given away via an Instagram contest and the other via a trivia question at 8 p.m. June 1 during the event. See the library's Instagram (@bplpics) post on May 17 for details.

This is an open mic event, which means that anyone willing to sign the list can get on the microphone to perform their work or the work of another poet. BPL is always encouraging new performers to get on the mic at Bards & Brews.

Regular performer Lee J. Green recalls his first couple of times on the microphone at Bards & Brews: "At first it was a little bit scary. You are doing something that is your own and you are performing in front of people.  How will they react?  Everybody was so warm and has been so warm every time that I have gone up there or anyone else has gone up there. It has been such a great experience."

As always, admission is free. So bring yourself, your friends, and your poetry to share and support some great local artists in the process.
The next Bards & Brews will take place on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Five Points West Regional Library. For more information, contact Brandon C. Smith by phone at 205-591-4944 or email at  You can also visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page or at

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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