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For immediate release Friday, April 29, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us                 

Bards & Brews Poetry Slam returns Friday, May 6 to the Central Library

WHO:              Birmingham Public Library
WHAT:            Bards & Brews Performance Poetry/Beer Tasting
WHEN:            Friday, May 6, 2016
WHERE:          The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
TIME:              Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and poetry performances begin at 7 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama —If you love spoken word poetry, craft beer and a spirited competition, then put Friday, May 6 on your calendar and visit the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) downtown for the return of its Bards & Brews poetry slam.

BPL popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series is held monthly, and for the first time since January 2016, the event will feature a poetry slam with artists competing for cash prizes on Friday May 6 at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the event will feature free craft beer sampling provided by Yellowhammer Brewing Co. The J. Clyde will handle the pouring.
 
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Susan Lawrence, beer tasting, and light refreshments. The poetry begins to flow at 7 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host. The event is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public; however, attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to participate—ID is required.

Poets wanting to participate in the slam can sign up on site for $5 each beginning at 6:30 p.m. The following month, Bards & Brews will take place at the Avondale Library, 509 40th St. South on Friday, June 3 with an open mic poetry night. For more information, call 205-226-3670, e-mail hm@bham.lib.al.us, visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page, or go online to www.bplonline.org/bardsbrews.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BPL
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org 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 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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