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For immediate release Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Angela Fisher Hall                                             
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library                                
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         
E-mail: ahall@bham.lib.al.us                          
 
May Bards and Brews Moves to Avondale Park
Added Component to Benefit Library’s Teen Poetry Initiative (TPI)

Birmingham, Alabama—Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series will travel to the amphitheater at Avondale Park on Friday, May 3, 2013. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the May event will feature a fundraiser for the library’s Teen Poetry Initiative (TPI). The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with live music and poetry performances start at 7:00. In case of inclement weather, the event moves inside to the Avondale Regional Library located at 509 40th St. S. The program is free and open to the public.

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.

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, is encouraging 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 include Andrew Glaze, Alabama Poet Laureate; Robert Collins, former director of creative writing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham; and Irene Latham, award-winning poet and children’s book author. 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.

Bards & Brews is usually held on the first Friday of the month at various locations around town. Look for us on June 7, 2013 at the North Birmingham Regional Library located at 2501 31st Avenue North. Check out the Bards & Brews page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 126 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.  For additional information, visit the website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  
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