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 23-26, 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.