Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, November 2, 2020
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 572-1359

Bards & Brews Virtual Spoken Word Event to be held Friday, November 6

Birmingham, Ala. – Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library's monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event, will be held virtually at 6 p.m. this Friday, November 6, 2020, on the Bards & Brews Facebook page. Click here for details

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Candice Hardy, BPL's Outreach Librarian and creative director for Bards, says poets who desire to participate can still register for a few slots open by emailing

Preparing to enter its 11th year this fall, Bards & Brews has become one of the Birmingham Public Library’s most successful programs, with its combination of spoken word poetry and craft beer attracting a diverse crowd of patrons of all races, both young and old.

Even after being switched online to the Bards & Brews Facebook page since April, the monthly program has continued to attract a large viewing audience. Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, Bards & Brews rotated the past 10 years between library branches, Birmingham bars and other city departments.

The program has won national accolades, and was featured in March 2018 by Anna Weaver of North Carolina in her blog about her visit to open mic spoken word events in all 50 states. Hardy and participating poets say they are excited to offer Bards & Brews as the art of spoken word poetry has gained nationwide attention since Brandon Leakes was crowned the 2020 winner of NBC's America's Got Talent in September.

Bards & Brews host Voice Porter was also featured in a national spotlight by Starbucks Coffee in August 2019.
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