I know Sunday December 4th 2011 is an NFL football day.  But really, this has nothing to do with Cleveland’s arch-nemesis in the yellow and black padded uniforms.  I’m talking about poetry, where both teams can be winners and even join forces, forgetting the Super Bowl and instead raising super glasses, mugs and steins to one other while celebrating the art of the written and spoken word.  Still, I’ve been longing to read in Pittsburgh ever since Mom bought me a number 32 Franco Harris jersey in elementary school and I wore it until the numbers wore off and Franco retired and I morphed into a Browns fan before abandoning the pigskin altogether for this lengthy foray into full-contact poetry.  So having this opportunity to take the field and huddle up with such a fine selection of wordsmiths in the Steel City makes me feel like I’ve scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion, both on the same play.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — A Night at the Bar Poetry & Music — Hambone’s Pub
Sunday 12/4/2011 from 8 to 11 p.m. — Special guest Cleveland poets Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs will read in round one.  In round two, six favorite Pittsburgh area poets (Nikki Allen, Renée Alberts, Jason Baldinger, Jerome Crooks, Bobby Pajich and Daniel Shapiro) will read work about the good times they’ve had (or not had) in barrooms. Surely, Dianne and I have a poem or two that will fit their theme (wink).  Plus a kick-ass band, Thee Shopkeepers, will perform. Hambone’s Pub is located at 4207 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  $4 cover.  For more details see the event page on Facebook