The SQUIRREL HILL POETRY WORKSHOP was started in 1978 to bring together poets in the community for reading and discussion of each other’s work. It was founded by Sue Saniel Elkind at the Squirrel Hill Library, a community branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
In 1991, long-time member Kermit Jackson assumed the directorship for 10 years, until his death in 2000.
At present, Rosaly Roffman, Professor Emerita at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, co-ordinates the workshop with assistance from Shirley Stevens, Joanne Samraney and a steering committee.
Over its history, the workshop has produced two anthologies: THE FIRST DECADE (1988) and PITTSBURGH AND TRI-STATE AREA POETS (1992), the latter of which is still available