Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, February 27, 2012
CONTACT:  Charla Draper
Public Relations Dept. Head
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746

A Fact Sheet Regarding Our Poetry Programs

The Birmingham Public Library offers a variety of poetry programs throughout the year to appeal to a broad-based audience with diverse demographics.  BPL poetry programs include the following: 

• “WORD UP! Poetry Slam” for high school students (grades 9-12) is marking its Fifth Anniversary in April 2012.  Students at participating high schools throughout Jefferson County will write and perform an original work inspired by the theme “Milestones.”  Winners of each school’s contest will compete in the WORD UP! Poetry Slam on Sunday, April 1, at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

• “WORD UP! The Art of the Word” series on Tuesdays beginning March 6 through March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library. The series will showcase the talents of noted poets throughout the Southeast.

• First Saturdays Free Teen Poetry Workshops with non-profit partner Real Life Poets, Inc. is from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Story Castle at the Central Library. The monthly workshop focuses on engaging youth and fostering creative expression.

• Bards & Brews is the popular poetry performance and beer tasting series held the first Friday of each month (except in December) at Central Library. Musical entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.  Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins is the emcee who guides both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verbal banter ranging from comic to social commentary starting at 7:00 p.m.

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 eighteen locations and serving the community for 125 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast. For additional information, visit the website at or follow us at
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