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Steel City Grand Slam 2020

March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Steel City Slam is bringing the city’s top 13 poets together to battle it out at City Of Asylum in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside. This is the poetry show we wait ALL year for! The top 4 scoring poets from this annual GRAND SLAM show will create a team to represent the Steel City in our regional tournament – RUSTBELT. The Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam is a 2-day poetry competition bringing poets from around the country to the Midwest to share poetry and camaraderie. This year’s event is June 2020 in Cleveland OH and Steel City Team plans to bring BRING THE HEAT! This is your chance to see first-hand the amazing and diverse performance poets Pittsburgh has to offer! Seating is limited and nearly always a sell out! Get your tickets early for the low low price of $10

Doors Open At 5:00 pm
Show Starts At 6:00 pm
Seating is First Come First Serve! (So get here early!)

Little Owl Creative
Blue Sketch Press
Full Pint Wildside Pub
City Of Asylum

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


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/


March 29, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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City of Asylum
(412) 435-1110


City of Asylum
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA United States
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(412) 435-1110