All Pittsburghers Are Poets

Allegheny County Poet Laureate Program

All Pittsburghers are Poets is a new program of City of Asylum that will name Poet Laureates in several categories, including the first-ever Official Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. We are now accepting applications for the following awards:

All Pittsburghers are Poets will celebrate poets of all ages and abilities through readings by the Laureates and finalists in diverse venues throughout the county. The Laureate announcement ceremonies will take place in April 2020 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

We are excited to continue making Pittsburgh a home for poetry! 

Image from the Poet Laureate Celebration on September 2, 2019 at Alphabet City.
Laureates pictured left to right: Paisley Rekdal, Molly Fisk, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Kim Shuck.

To get updates about this program, email

City of Asylum is grateful for support from the following partners:

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).
Urban Word is the primary partner for the Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County, an official member of the National Youth Poet Laureate Network, led by Urban Word.

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