100 Thousand Poets for Change–Birmingham celebrates poetry for social change each year on September 29th.

Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a three-week workshop that offers a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience.

Alabama Book Festival

Alabama Writer’s Symposium

ARC Stories Here, in our little corner of the country, they always come. The South has always marked time by its stories. They carry our history. Our fathers and grandfathers. Wars. Hunting trips. Good dogs. Great loves. Brass badges and bank robbers. Our everyday lives. Arc Stories is the celebration of that great tradition. It is the chance for our stories to move off the front porch, or from around the campfire, or out of the coffee house, and be put on stage in front of friends and strangers alike. True, Personal Stories – Told In Person

InSpero, Magic City Storytellers InSpero’s Magic City Storytellers offers you the chance to experience some of Birmingham’s amazing musicians, storytellers, wordsmiths, and poets.

Magic City Poetry Festival


Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series (currently on hiatus)

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students that is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.

StoryCorps gives people of all backgrounds, typically two at a time, the opportunity to record meaningful conversations and archives the recordings at the Library of Congress.

Story Tellers Live Bham 280 We are a community of gatherings where everyday people share real and personal stories of encounters with God. Some stories are profound and challenging while others are more common and relatable but all reveal God’s transforming love.

UAB Booktalk Whether you are a UAB student, faculty member, or a member of the Birmingham community unaffiliated with UAB who just loves books, please join us at our monthly meetings for informal, insightful, and interesting discussions about books you probably won’t get a chance to read and discuss in classes or other book groups. Books are selected by English faculty members who also lead the discussions.

UAB Writers’ Series The UAB Writers’ Series is an annual offering of the Creative Writing program. Nationally recognized authors are invited to UAB to give readings and participate in Q-and-A sessions. Readings are free and open to the public. Authors and event details are released before the start of the Fall semester.