Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter, August 20, 2015

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Images of Being and Night Sweat (forthcoming in January, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, she currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review.

g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Nine collections of his poetry and fiction have been published, most recently a collection of short stories, Thugs, Con-Men, Pigs and More released in 2014. His new book, From the Valley—Poems will be released in 2016.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Pi Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (and even more, if you bring some to share) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Sarah Pemberton Strong, Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sarah Pemberton Strong is the author of a poetry collection, Tour of the Breath Gallery, and two novels, The Fainting Room and Burning the Sea. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, River Styx, and The Sun. She is the recipient of the Walt McDonald First-Book Award, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review. Sarah holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and is currently a poetry editor at New Haven Review. As a teacher, facilitator and editor, she works equally well with widely-published authors and with novices sharing their work for the first time. Sarah will be conducting an eight-day poetry workshop this summer that replicates the intensely focused environment of a writing residency, but without requiring you to leave home for a week or to spend your entire paycheck. The emphasis is on creating lots of new work. Participants will write a poem a day for five days, starting on Saturday, July 18. For more information, go to Sarah’s website, www.sarahpembertonstrong.com. On the third Thursday of each month, The Pi Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (and even more, if you bring some to share) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library 847 Chapel Street New Haven, CT right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Brendan Walsh, Thursday, June18, 2015

Brendan’s poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Off the Coast, Connecticut Review, Anak Sastra, Lines+Stars, and Cobalt Review.  He has been an English Instructor in South Korea, a Fulbright English teacher in Vientiane, Laos, and an aimless vagabond throughout the United States.  Brendan has been a featured reader at The New American Writing Festival, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Connecticut Young Poets Day.  His first poetry collection, Make Anything Whole, was published by Five Oaks Press. He received his MFA from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, where he now works in International Education.  When he is not training for amateur Strongman competitions or writing poems, his life is a cycle of existential crises and brilliant epiphanies.  His website is http://brendanwalshpoetry.com/.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Pi Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (and even more, if you bring some to share) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Izikhotane Thursday, May 21, 2015

Izikhotane
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Izikhotane is a Connecticut-based poetry/music project that sometimes borders performance art. Musician Karl Warner utilizes a wide-range of instruments including keyboard, computer, guitar, harmonium, and toy piano. Poet Jim Whitten reads from his books of poetry including his newest title, Benjamin Banneker’s Almanack. Together they create the Avant-Garde in the Age of Auto-Correct!

On the third Thursday of each month, The Pi Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (and even more, if you bring some to share) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Poetry Reading, April 16, 2015, featuring Alfred Corn and Leslie McGrath

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

 

Featuring

Alfred Corn and Leslie McGrath

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alfred Corn’s eleventh book of poems, titled Unions, appeared in April 2014.  He has published a novel, titled Part of His Story; two collections of essays; and a study of prosody. Prizes for his work as a poet include the Guggenheim fellowship, the NEA, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, and UCLA.  In 2011 Pentameters Theatre in London staged his play Lowell’s Bedlam, and in 2013 he was made a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he worked on a translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies. This past November, Eyewear published his second novel, titled Miranda’s Book.

Leslie McGrath is a poet and literary interviewer. She is the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, a poetry collection, and two chapbooks, Toward Anguish, and By the Windpipe.  McGrath’s latest book is a satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades, about a girl who becomes a bully. She teaches creative writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works press in Washington, DC.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Pi Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  Free.  Refreshments.  (and even more, if you bring some to share)  Open mic.  Outstanding featured readers.  In a casual setting.   Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT

right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30.  Reading starts at 7:00.

Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!  

 

 In a Warm, Friendly Environment

http://thepoetryinstitute.com

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

March 19, 2015 Poetry Reading

March 19, 2015 Poetry Reading

features

Terri Klein and Stephanie McKenzie

 Terri Klein is a performance poet, actress, and playwright. Her current project, You Can’t Be Serious, will be performed at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown April 2326, 2015. This program of Terri’s short, funny plays also features five of her comic songs. Terri’s first forays into poetry were song parodies, which she still enjoys composing, although she has recently begun setting her poetry to original tunes. Terri has toured with her solo poetry-and-song act, Six Unforgettable Women, as well as with the Not Just Any Tom, Vic, and Terri trio, and the Artemis Rising poets. Terri’s poems have been published in numerous journals and included in four editions of East Haddam Stage Company’s “Plays and Poetry.” She served on the board of Riverwood Poetry Series from 2009-2014 and edited CTPoetNews from 2008-2014. She has written and directed one-act plays featuring poetry for the Hill-Stead Museum and Vintage Players. Two of her 10-minute plays were featured as part of Gallery on the Green’s “Word-Art” 2011 and 2013 (Canton) Terri’s first full-length play, What Next, was produced in Middletown in May, 2014. Terri will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in June, and is very grateful to Poetry Institute for giving her the opportunity to feature one more time in Connecticut before she heads west.

Stephanie McKenzie is the author of Saviours in This Little Space for Now which brings together two greats artists —Emily Carr (1871-1945) and Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890). Their spiritual yearnings and frustrations with societies that did not understand them seem to find a home together. Saviours in This Little Space for Now suggests that true salvation can be found in the greatest paintings and creations of our time.

Stephanie has also published two other collections of poetry, Cutting My Mother’s Hair (2006) and Grace Must Wander (2009), and a monograph, Before the Country: Native Renaissance: Canadian Mythology (2007). She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto. McKenzie was born and raised in British Columbia but lives on the opposite Canadian coast now in Corner Brook, NL. She teaches in the English Programme at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, where she is an Associate Professor.  In addition to her academic and literary work, Stephanie is the International and National Artistic Director of The March Hare (Atlantic Canada’s largest literary festival) and Interviews Editor at Postcolonial Text.

Third Thursday Poetry

Doors Open at 6:30.  Reading starts at 7:00.

Where:  The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading. 

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  

Free. Refreshments. Open mic.

Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting.

February 2015 Poetry Reading

February 19, 2015 Poetry Reading

features

Victor and Laura Altshul

Laura Altshul is a long-time educator (kindergarten to college). She has been written essays and short stories a turned to poetry three years ago, inspired by her husband’s enthusiasm for the genre. One of her poems won an honorable mention in the 2013 Connecticut Poetry Contest.

Victor Altshul has been practicing psychiatry for over fifty years.  He writes, “I was an English major in college. I liked poetry, but didn’t understand most of it. I didn’t think I was smart enough to be an English teacher, so I went to medical school and became a psychiatrist.”

A few tears ago, a lecture on Elizabeth Bishop’s famous villanelle, “One Art” made Victor wonder if he “might be able write beautiful things too – even now I would hesitate to make that claim.”  His book of forty poems, entitled “Stumblings,” was published two years ago. The title refers to his “uncertain passage into old age.  He writes, “I will have turned eighty by the Institute reading.”  The title also refers to “the progressively deteriorating gait of my best friend, who had been stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).”   Victor’s second book, “Singing with Starlings,” is being published later this year.

Third Thursday Poetry

Doors Open at 6:30.  Reading starts at 7:00.

Where:  The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading. 

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  

Free. Refreshments. Open mic.

Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting.