Pizza Poems PGH is a celebration of pizza and poetry. Our inaugural event took place April 2016 to coincide with National Poetry Month. Thanks to a Grand Ideas grant from The Sprout Fund and additional community support, students from Visual Arts 2: Public Art at Pittsburgh Milliones University Prep (UPrep) in the Hill District wrote poems and made artwork that was inspired by, or in celebration of, one of the most beloved foods – PIZZA!
The poems and art were distributed to the community via limited-edition pizza boxes. The response was so positive, we decided to do it again. We believe that poetry is for everyone, and that it should be fun, accessible, and easy to understand. Why pizza? Everyone loves pizza. It’s easy to get excited about, it’s easy to write about, and it just tastes good.
When you participate, you also get a free slice from SPAK Brothers! (while supplies last)
We are pleased to announce we will be delivering hot, fresh poems on Sept. 10 for @N3DPgh in Garfield. ❤️🍕❤️🍕
— Pizza Poems PGH (@pghpizzapoems) August 8, 2016
Who are the Pizza (Poems) Makers –
Stephanie Brea a writer, teacher, copy editor and event organizer. She has 10+ years of experience designing and implementing creative writing programming for youth. She currently provides enrichment for Pittsburgh Public School’s After School Academy Program. Other clients include: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Winchester Thurston School, Penn Trafford High School, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the Sewickley Public Library. While on staff at Literary Arts Boom she led various Experi-Mondays and NaNoWriMo activities, as well as other National Poetry Month projects including Bio-ery, an interactive science poem installation. She is the assistant manager of Bayardstown Social Club, and part of the team that produces Weather Permitting, Pittsburgh Abides (a Lebowski fest), and Pittonkatonk, Pizza Poems PGH combines these two seemingly different career paths into an interactive community event that celebrates pizza, poetry, and Pittsburgh.
Kyle Kline has 13 years of teaching experience both locally and internationally. He has been with Pittsburgh Public Schools since 2010 and was a faculty member at Pittsburgh Milliones University Prep from 2013 – 2016. He recently joined the faculty at Pittsburgh Brashear as part of their new STEAM Magnet program. As a member of UPrep’s Vertical Design Team, he worked closely with prominent educators and community leaders in developing a civic-minded approach to teaching youth from the Hill District and surrounding neighborhoods. In February 2015, he organized an art installation and musical performance that included the work of over 100 students at Most Wanted Fine Art in Garfield. He helped coordinate the UPrep marching bands performance at Pittonkatonk in 2015 – 2016 and is an accomplished musician in his own right: performing locally and nationally with the Beagle Brothers.