BPL to Hold 1st In-Person Bards & Brews in 15 Months on June 4 at Central Library

Poetry lovers, rejoice. 

Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library's popular spoken word poetry/craft beer program, will hold its first in-person event in 15 months on June 4, 2021.  Bards & Brews will take place live beginning 6:00 p.m. inside the Central Library, with some of the nation's most talented poets sharing their voices.

Space will be limited, with only 30 allowed to attend in person. For those unable to enjoy Bards & Brews on site, you can still watch it on the Bards & Brews Facebook page from the comfort of your own home or via smart phone devices on the go.     

Poets interested in registering for this event should forward their contact information to Bards.Brews@cobpl.org. 

Candice Hardy, BPL Outreach Librarian who serves as Creative Director for Bards & Brews, said, "I am appreciative of the continued support and monthly attendance of our virtual program. Bards & Brews will return to home in June with future partnerships in the making. Thank you for your continued support of literary arts, Bards & Brews and the Birmingham Public Library System."  

Lee Green, a veteran Birmingham poet and member of the Bards & Brews Committee, said he is excited that the poets will be able to perform before a limited crowd again on June 4. He  thanked BPL for offering educational, inspirational, and entertaining online programs for the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. 

"By having Bards & Brews online the past 15 months, poets and viewers across the nation got to experience what a unique program this is," Green said. "I commend this wonderful idea of a hybrid event that allows that outreach to continue as those who are able return to the Birmingham Public Library."  

Bards & Brews will again be hosted by Birmingham poet Voice Porter, who gained national attention when he was featured in August 2019 in its Starbucks Stories spotlight.

In its 11th year, Bards & Brews has gained positive recognition for its ability to bring patrons of all age and races together, to promote the Birmingham area craft beer industry, and as a vehicle for spoken word poets to share their talents.

Bards has also become known as an event that unifies the metro Birmingham cultural arts community, as highlighted in this April 2019 Birmingham Times article.