Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, May 3, 2013
Angela Fisher Hall                                             
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library                                
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         

Birmingham, Alabama--Due to uncertain weather conditions predicted for tonight, the monthly Bards & Brews event will move indoors to the Avondale Regional Library.  Originally scheduled to take place in Avondale Park's Amphitheater, the festivities are scheduled to get underway in the library at 6:30 p.m. with live music by the Too Tones.  The poetry starts around 7:15 p.m.

Craft beer will be available for sampling courtesy of Avondale Brewing Company and light refreshments will be served.  Attendees must be 18 years or older to be admitted, and 21 years or older to be served. IDs will be checked.

This will be a special edition of Bards & Brews designed to raise funds for BPL's Teen Poetry Initiative. Bards & Brews host Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will welcome Barry Marks, current president of the Alabama State Poetry Society, as a special co-host for the evening. Marks, 1998 Alabama Poet of the Year, has encouraged fellow poets to donate two of their published books of poetry as part of a fundraising endeavor.  Proceeds from sales of the donated books will go toward the Teen Poetry Initiative. Featured poets tonight will include Andrew Glaze, Alabama Poet Laureate; Robert Collins, former director of creative writing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham; and Michael Diebert, poetry editor for The Chattahoochee Review. The poets will read selections from their books.  The line-up also includes powerful performances by area spoken word artists and past winners of the WORD UP! Student Poetry Slam.
Contributions to the event will help send a team of talented teens to the Brave New Voices international poetry competition in Chicago this August.  Additionally, monies raised will fund teen poetry workshops and other poetry-focused activities led by the Real Life Poets in partnership with BPL for one year.

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