The Poetry Center organizes and presents some 30 public readings, performances and poetry-related talks each year, on the SF State campus and at other Bay Area venues, featuring outstanding poets and writers from across the literary spectrum. The Poetry Center Reading Series, founded in 1954, is one of the longest-running such programs in the country, with roots in the 1950s San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. The Poetry Center houses the American Poetry Archives, an historic collection of over 5,000 hours of original audio and video recordings documenting the Reading Series up to the present.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Since its inception in 1967, the Pitt Poetry Series has been a vehicle for America’s finest contemporary poets. The series list includes Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Lynn Emanuel, Ross Gay, Etheridge Knight, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ted Kooser, Larry Levis, Sharon Olds, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Afaa Michael Weaver, David Wojahn, Dean Young, and many others.
A series of four (as of 2013) houses along a back street in Pittsburgh are each painted as a work of art to honor the exiled foreign literary writers who've lived in them (Pittsburgh's "City of Asylum" project began in 2004).
The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective makes and holds space for self-expression, identity exploration, & social justice via spoken word communities, poetry slam, writing & performance workshops, and poet showcases.
City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. They provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.
Madwomen in the Attic are a group of women writers (ages 21-98) with a range of writing experience, who meet weekly at Carlow to study the craft of writing. The Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops are semester-long, creative writing workshops that are open to undergraduates and community writers. Classes are held on weekday evenings for two hours. Space is limited to 12 writers.
Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange was founded in 1974 as a community-based organization of local poets. They are a service organization and an information exchange promoting poets and poetry. Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange conducts ongoing workshops and produces or co-produces an annual poetry reading, forums, and other special events
A group of local poets who meet twice a month to workshop their pieces and discuss their craft. They read publically both locally in the Pittsburgh area and internationally. The group is open to membership applications for those interested.
Pittsburgh's radio for contemporary literature. Now in its twenty-second year, Prosody was founded by writer Mary Radford. In its early years on the air, Prosody featured only local writers - but as the program grew in stature, writers of national and international note began appearing. Guests have included U.S. Poet Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award writers, and MacArthur Grant recipients.