February Poetry Reading

February 20, 2014 features Dimitri Rimsky!

Dimitri Rimsky grew up in Washington, CT, where he continues to reside. He is a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, class of 1965. He has been a talent agent, mime and graphic designer. He currently is a house painter, sometime web designer and occasional poet. Dimitri has been performing his poetry at various coffee houses and other venues since he was 18 years old. Most recently he has read at the Washington Art Association, the Gunn Library, the Sherman Playhouse and the Hidden Valley Eatery. A selected poem was publish in the Confluencia in the Valley collected works, 2013. 

POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

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.

January Poetry Reading

January September 16, 2014 features Michael Grabell!

Michael Grabell is an award-winning poet, whose first chapbook, Macho Man, won the Finishing Line Press chapbook competition in 2013 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry anthology, Best New Poets 2009, Southwest Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Alehouse, Rattle, and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.  His poetry has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and was runner-up in the River Styx International Poetry Contest.  He has also served as a mentor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.

Grabell is an investigative reporter for ProPublica.  His investigative work has included stories on temp agencies, President Obama’s economic stimulus package, the TSA’s body scanners, the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Lance Armstrong doping allegations, chemicals stored near schools and neighborhoods, and a bus fire that killed 23 nursing home patients fleeing Hurricane Rita.  At ProPublica, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, and USA Today and on NPR, PBS NewsHour, and the CBS Evening News.

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

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.

December Poetry Reading

December 19, 2013 features Charlie Bondhus!

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013 and was published last month to great reviews.  It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks—What We Have Learned to Love, which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008-2009 Stonewall Award—and  Monsters and Victims.  His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including Midwest Quarterly, The Hawai’i Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabama Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Baltimore Review, and others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.  Here is what Carolyn Forché has to say about Charlie’s latest book:

 “All The Heat We Could Carry is a rare, brilliant and necessary book, offering a people who have lived well during the war a species of lyric night-vision, a camouflage night, wherein we are taught to field strip a rifle, but also to think about the soul,/ a puff of wind/ shot from the mouth . . . Bondhus is a true poet, and this is among the best books I have read in a very long time.

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

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.

November 21 features Pi hosts, Alice-Anne Harwood and Mark McGuire-Schwartz

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

November 21 features Pi hosts, Alice-Anne Harwood and Mark McGuire-Schwartz

Alice Anne Harwood is an accomplished poet and emerging playwright.  She’s also the charismatic Festival Director for CTFolk, where live music joins with educational events and environmental stewardship. And she lends her song-writing talents and soaring vocals to New Haven’s indie-folk rock folk scene.  Alice-Anne has also directed the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud program for several years.

 Mark McGuire-Schwartz has been published in many journals and anthologies, including Caduceus, Bent Pin Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Connecticut Law Journal, and on the bottoms of rocks.  After 45 years of writing, he is currently in an MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University to learn how.  Mark has worked for the past few years on developing a new poetic form, called the 17.  His chapbooks include 289, a book of 17s, and Loss and Laughs, Love and Fauna.

 

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.

 

October Poetry Reading

October 17, 2013 features our Fifth Annual Favorite Poem Evening!

Our Blue Ribbon Panel includes

Evelyn Atreya

Jerry Waxman

and Ralph Nazareth 

Moderated by Mark McGuire-Schwartz

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

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.

September Poetry Reading

September 19, 2013 features Lonnie Black!

Lonnie Black was the driving force behind Northeast Magazine’s publication of poetry.  He was a co-founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.   Lonnie is Poetry Director of Artworks Gallery, where he created the program of Three Connecticut Poets, which is now in its 22nd year.  Lonnie has served as poet in the classroom on every level from elementary through post-secondary.  Lonnie lectures and conducts creative writing workshops/master classes throughout Connecticut.   He says that he writes “to celebrate the poignancy of words and to draw attention to regular events shaping our lives.”

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

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.

August, 2013! J. Kates

August features J. Kates

 August 15, 2013

 J. Kates is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a nonprofit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry in 1984 and a Translation Project Fellowship in 2006, as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in 1995. He has published a book entitles The Briar Patch, Selected Poems and Translations, plus  three chapbooks of poems: Mappemonde, Metes and Bounds, and The Old Testament. He has been a translator and editor of many books, including Contemporary Russian Poetry; In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era; and four books of Latin American poetry. J. Kates is a former president of the American Literary Translators Association.