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Pgh Poetry Collective Presents: Liner Notes – Dirty Computer

December 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Join us for LINER NOTES | Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe!!!

Tuesday January 21
7PM – 9PM
All Ages!

Every once in awhile, the Steel City Slam takes a break from competing with each other and working on competitive performance to sit back, appreciate some music, and write some new shit. (NEW SHIT!)

It works like this:
The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective picks an album; poets sign up in advance to be randomly assigned a song from that album; and they then compose a new piece inspired by that song and read it in our Liner Notes showcase! To participate and receive a track assignment, please email info [at] pghpoetry.org or message this event!! Participants receive 2 points towards the Steel City Slam season standings. New sh!t is priceless.

current points standings: https://pghpoetry.org/grenada_portfolio/pittsburgh-poetry-standings/

January 2020’s album is:
Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

Venue Address: 701 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
There is a parking lot behind the coffee shop or you can catch the 20, 21, or 24 buses. If there is a different transportation obstacle or any accommodation that we are able to provide in the space please reach out to us and we will do everything we can to help.

BYOB! – Black Forge has graciously offered us their BYO wine & beer policy. There will be a $3 BYOB fee per individual payable to the venue on-site. Please bring proper ID to receive a wristband to imbibe.

Liner Notes is a celebration and poetic tribute of the artist’s album and a showcase of new work by local poets. Liner Notes began in Seattle, WA at Rain City Slam in 2011 and is inspired by a show in Vancouver B.C. titled “Mashed Poetics”, in which a classic album is chosen and each song is assigned to a poet as writing prompt to create new work to perform at the show, as well as a live band that covers the entire album, with costumes.


The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and all of its projects are committed to maintaining free speech zones within their venues by the construction and preservation of a Brave Space and practicing mandatory consent.

Our Free Speech Zone is maintained by allowing safe expression, not just for the person on the mic, but for everyone present in the space. This means you may hear: mature language, mature themes, or difficult and/or triggering content on our microphone. However, our audiences are also empowered with free speech, and are encouraged to respond accordingly to content presented on the mic, as freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.

In our Brave Spaces free speech ends when other people are silenced. If someone advocates violence, threatens, harasses, or in some other way silences someone else, the free speech zone is destroyed. This violence will not be tolerated. All visitors to our space can say what they want, but no one in our space is obligated to like them for it, support them for it, or give them a platform for it on or off our stages.

We advise our board, staff, poets and audience to be respectful to one another and engage each other in conversation about the content of the poetry and behaviour presented on and off our stage to allow the individuals within the community as well as the community as a whole grow and learn from our successes, our mistakes, and each other’s experiences.

The use of gender-inclusive language by all readers is strongly encouraged. This includes using the singular they/them, folks, “Hi everyone”, and other variants as opposed to gendered and/or binaried introductions such as “Ladies and Gentlemen” or “hey guys.” Our events are attended by people all over the gender spectrum, and should not be exclusive or marginalizing.

In order to maintain freedom of speech, and our brave space, Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and all of its projects also practice and enforce mandatory consent in our venues and at our shows. Performers, audience, and guests will seek and respect the bodily and creative autonomy of other community members; this includes but isn’t limited to unauthorized touching or affection, or unauthorized reproduction or communication of onstage work.
Pittsburgh Poetry Collective asks that any venue our events are held at be respected. Be aware that Pittsburgh Poetry Collective may have events where alcohol is available. We ask that you drink responsibility and seek alternative forms of transportation if you are unfit to drive.

Absolutely NO ONE is above the rules expressed here, and destruction of free speech and breaches of consent are unacceptable for the entire community.

We have a conflict resolution procedure in place. For details, please visit: https://pghpoetry.org/get-up-on-stage-and-read-poetry/

Find us on meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Poetry-Calendar/events/


December 18, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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