Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
What: Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Event
Where: Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Friday, Sept. 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
Details: Free and open to the public 18 and older; must be 21 and older to sample beer. IDs will be checked.

BIRMINGHAM, AL-Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library’s popular spoken word poetry event, returns to the Central Library downtown for an open mic event on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Besides craft beer and poetry performances, this free event will offer musical entertainment provided by SamU'Elle Blackspeare.

Read more about Bards  & Brews at the link below:
SamU’Elle Blackspeare is a Birmingham native. On his website,, SamU’Elle Blackspeare  describes himself as a singer/poet and songwriter/composer “in a genre of my own.”
 “I grew up studying the styles of Marvin Gaye, Al Greene, Curtis Mayfield, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Outkast, Common, Tribe Called Quest & Shakespeare to master my artistry,” he says.
As always, Master of Ceremonies Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that may include relationships, politics, social justice, and the availability of eclipse glasses for 2024.

The J. Clyde will be serving locally-based  craft beer available for free samples to attendees 21 and older. SamU'Elle Blackspeare will begin performing at 6:30 p.m. and the poetry will begin just after 7 p.m.  If you would like to make donations to support Bards & Brews, please visit
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