Welcome to the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective!
After a long and symbiotic relationship we’ve made it offish, y’all … Poetry & Pints is thrilled to join the Steel City Slam and Liner Notes in the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective family!
Poetry & Pints was started in Spring 2016 by GS Murphy at East End Brewing Company with a handful of readers lured by the no-pressure environment that encouraged seasoned AND new poets to step up to the mic. When GS moved to central NY in Autumn 2017, he was looking for volunteers to continue the reading circle that had grown to about fifteen consistent attendees. He got two, and that’s when Lori Beth and Merrick (then known as Shan Soleil) took up the mantle of co-hosting!
Through monthly open mics for the next two years, Poetry & Pints built a community of readers and listeners who followed when P&P moved from the Larimer location of EEBC to the Strip District Taproom in June 2018 as the brewery’s home-base transitioned the space to include a restaurant. By this time approximately 40 folx were coming out to share, listen, and cheer on our now multi-genre open mic. No longer just poetry, P&P has songwriters sharing lyrics and prose writers sharing short stories and novel excerpts! We were deeply saddened when EEBC closed the Taproom in July, and P&P took a small, well-timed hiatus with a single pop-up event at Kingfly Spirits. We’re therefore also excited to announce our new home has been found!
Poetry & Pints will now be the first Monday of each month (with some changes depending on holidays) at Burgh’ers in Lawrenceville beginning Monday, January 6, 2020! Burghers offers a wide variety of adult and non-alcohol beverages, as well as having a kitchen menu that includes gluten-free, vegetarian options. The space is mobility device accessible, and while not sensory-free, the space is more chill on Mondays making it a more sensory-friendly environment for folks (including our Autistic co-host, Merrick)!
Add it to your calendar so you can help us celebrate the re-launch of Poetry & Pints:
Monday, January 6, 2020 | sign ups begin at 5:30PM | show from 6-8PM
Burgh’ers Lawrenceville location | 3601 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201