The International Poetry Forum (IPF), which was committed to introducing the community to the world’s finest poetry from 1966 to 2009, brought more than eight hundred poets and performers—representing thirty-five countries—to Pittsburgh. As one of the only independent organizations of its kind, the International Poetry Forum enhanced the role of poetry in the cultural life of Pittsburgh. Today, the International Poetry Forum Archives are a renowned history of American and international poetry and consist of more than 360 audio/visual reels, audio/visual tapes, and scrapbooks.The Archives are housed at Grace Library, Carlow University, and are open, by appointment, to the public.
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Littsburgh is an online destination for the writers, publishing professionals, organizations, and readers who make Pittsburgh one of the world’s most literary cities.
Littsburgh aims to showcase Pittsburgh as a hub of literary talent and activity, and to serve as a resource to foster further collaboration and connection within this community. We hope you join us by browsing our news, events, and literary roster (which features authors, publishers, booksellers — and more! — with strong ties to Pittsburgh).
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The Madwoman in the Attic was Susan Gilbert's and Susan Gubar’s ground-breaking study of the 19th-century woman writer. The women of the Carlow Creative Writing Center have adopted this term with good humor and a healthy dose of irony. The Madwomen in the Attic workshops have more magic than madness in them, and they are designed to help women writers tap into their ability to communicate through poetry and prose.
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Pittsburgh Poetry Collective
"To use poetry as a vehicle to express ourselves, explore our identity(ies), enhance literacy, increase critical thinking skills, increase self-confidence, and become agents of social change in Pittsburgh and the World!"
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The Steel City Slam is the only PSI Registered Poetry Slam venue in the city of Pittsburgh. Each year we select a team from open competition that represents Pittsburgh at the National Poetry Slam and any other regional slam tournaments. We hold a monthly slam (information below) year-round, although the official slam rankings begin in August and run through April, with a Grand Slam in late April or early May to determine the team. The first and second place slammers receive a cash prize.
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