STEPPIN STANZAS Steppin Stanzas is a grassroots poetry and arts project celebrating Pittsburgh public steps and the city’s heritage, diversity, and distinctive geography. Along with its three rivers, Pittsburgh’s hills and more than 800 public stairways are its most defining characteristics. Steppin Stanzas events take place on city steps to offer a new way for residents to experience the landscape of their neighborhood and bring art to a venue that few other cities can offer. Co-Founders and Resident Artists Paola Corso, a poet, photographer, and literary activist, and Andrew Edwards, a multi-lingual poet, launched Steppin Stanzas in 2016 by creating original poems inspired by city steps and performing them with Guest Artists Sahra DeRoy, a belly dance artist, and guitarist Aaron LeFebvre along the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s 16th Annual Pittsburgh StepTrek route. They were awarded a Sprout Fund Seed Grant to launch the project. Steppin Stanzas at StepTrek 2018, 2017, 2016 Launch, Polish Hill Arts Festival Steppin Stanzas Poetry, Essays, Art Steppin Stanzas News Contact Paola Corso at or Andrew Edwards at
Read Paola’s Ellis Island essay in The New York Times
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Top left to right: Andrew Edwards and Sahra DeRoy. Bottom left to right: Paola Corso and Aaron LeFebvre.
STEPPIN STANZAS poetry & art celebrating city steps
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