The Poetry Atelier @ The Space Upstairs, Pittsburgh [from 4 March to 2 December]

The Poetry Atelier

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18:00 - 21:00

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The Space Upstairs
214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
Atelier: a place of guided experimentation and shared work.

open writers group: 6p-7:30p | spoken mic: 7:30-9p
$5 suggested donation

Organized by Co-director and Resident Poet John Lambert with longtime collaborator Jason Kirin, this series is a sharing of writings and writing processes, with writers invited to workshop their shared submissions and experiment together in invented group exercises before the open readings occurring at the end of the evening.

The Atelier is half 90-minute open writers group, followed immediately after by an equal 90 minutes for sign-up performances. We offer the quality climate of a respectful forum for the assessment of written work, with practical discussions on improving craft, and the opportunity for hearing personal works read aloud by fresh voices.

Open Writers Group (6pm-7:30pm)

-Written poetry and prose allowed (three pages double-spaced max for prose, or 1-2 short poems

-Bring 7-10 copies to share, or copies can be printed or copied on site for a small cost

-Drop-ins welcome; attendees are not required to offer a work for review

-All selections shared are read aloud to the group by another participant, by participants’ choice or by the host’s selection (thus, no oral tales)

-Only self-authored material as evaluation must be directed to benefit one who is present

-Chalk writing on the walls of The Space Upstairs will be permitted and encouraged

-An original exercise meant to engage the group will be promoted on each occasion between the workshop and reading portions of the evening

Spoken Mic (7:30pm-9pm)

-Five minutes limits (based on attendance)

-Original poetry or prose welcome

-Live musical accompaniment offered, as available

-Video documentation and excerpts may be posted online

-Other city readings advertised and promoted

*This project is made possible by support from The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative and Anonymous
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