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All Pittsburghers are Poets

City of Asylum's RADical ImPAct project celebrates poetry in Pittsburgh with its new program, "All Pittsburghers Are Poets."


City of Asylum

Grant Amount



City of Asylum believes that All Pittsburghers are Poets. Beginning in May 2020 and running through April 2021, poems by residents of Allegheny County of all ages and levels of experience are published weekly at Sampsonia Way Magazine.

City of Asylum will also be awarding Poets Laureate in four categories: 

  • City of Asylum Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
  • Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County
  • Emerging Poet of Allegheny Count 
  • American Sign Language Poet Laureate


City of Asylum has concluded the judging process for the Poet Laureate awards for Allegheny County; the winners will be announced online in June. We look forward to celebrating with them at a future date!

In the meantime, All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week is up and running through April 2021. Find the poems here at Sampsonia Way, City of Asylum's online magazine.


NEXTpittsburgh - January 29, 2020

WESA - February 17, 2020