A Night of Poetry in Response to Black Lives Matter Issues

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

A Night of Poetry in Response to

Black Lives Matter Issues 

Thursday, February 18, 2015

When is it time for poets to step forward

 and take a stand on social issues?

Maybe that time is now.

 

On Thursday, February 18, 2106, the Pi Poetry series presents A Night of Poetry in Response to Black Lives Matter Issues.  The following poets and social activists will read poetry that addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time:

Dawnise Traore, of BLMNH (Black Lives Matter New Haven)

Toya Washington

Ifeanyi Awachie

Sarah Pemberton Strong, of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

Shaunda-Sekai Holloway

Antoinette Brim

Mark McGuire-Schwartz

This month – for the first time – we will bring together many voices to focus on a single theme.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  Free.  Refreshments.  (And participants are invited to bring something 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

 

 

 

Evelyn Atreya, Thursday, January 21, 2016

Evelyn is president of the Guilford Poets Guild.  She is on the board of the Connecticut Poetry Society. Her first book, Regarding Rock, was recently published by Grayson Books. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut River ReviewCaduceusLong River RunSan Diego Poetry AnnualPlainsongs and in a chapbook, Olives, Now and Then, honoring Donald Hall on his 83rd birthday.

Evelyn returned to Connecticut in 2000 after spending thirty-five years in Ann Arbor, where she was a researcher in child development at The University of Michigan. She now lives in Guilford, Connecticut where, in addition to her involvement in poetry, she is active in community service through the Guilford Rotary Club and The Leete’s Island Garden Club. Arts advocacy is important to her because she believes the arts not only nourish our spirit, but they are important to our survival and healing.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  Free.  Refreshments.  (And participants are invited to bring something 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

Our 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Favorite Poem Panel, Thursday, December 17, 2015

Featuring Doug Mathewson, Laura Altshul, and Victor Altshul

Doug Mathewson is a Connecticut based writer and editor of short fiction. He is a multiple Pushcart Award nominee, and has been nominated for Best of the Web, and Queen’s Ferry Crossing awards.  Most recently, his work has appeared in the Boston Literary Magazine, Bop Dead City,  The Binnacle,  Jersey Devil, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Cloud City Press. He is the former fiction Editor of Full of Crow, the street zine MUST, and San Francisco’s Pandemonium Press.  He is currently Senior Editor of Blink Ink, a quarterly print journal of 50 word fiction.

Laura Altshul taught for years at many levels including college and kindergarten. She never attended kindergarten herself, went straight to first and missed all the fun; kindergarten remains her favorite grade. She has written stories and essays as well as poems; her poem “Last Visit” won first prize in the Al Savard Memorial Poetry Contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society in 2014. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband; together they have seven children and ten grandchildren. Searching for the Northern Lights is her first poetry collection.

Victor Altshul is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and has authored a number of papers and book chapters in his field. As a runner, he is the veteran of twenty marathons; and as a rower, of twenty Head of the Charles Regattas. He is also an opera singer, having sung the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in La Bohème, and of the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. His books of poetry include Stumblings and Singing with Starlings was published in 2013. He and his wife, Laura, have seven children between them and even more grandchildren who, “while quite marvelous, are too numerous to count.” The Altshuls live in New Haven, Connecticut.

For Favorite Poem Night, Open Mic readers are encouraged to bring a favorite poem (although reading your own poem is still acceptable).

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  Free.  Refreshments.  (And participants are invited to bring something 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

November 19, 2015 features our first Translators’ Panel including Mark Schafer, Eleanor Goodman, and J. Kates

Mark Schafer is an award-winning translator and visual artist, and a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has translated poetry, fiction, and essays by Latin American authors from Mexico to Argentina, including David Huerta, Gloria Gervitz, and Alberto Ruy Sánchez (Mexico), Belén Gopegui (Spain), and Virgilio Piñera (Cuba). His website is www.beforesaying.com.

Eleanor Goodman’s book of translations, Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant and was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and the Lucien Stryk Prize. A book of her own poetry, Nine Dragon Island, which was shortlisted for the Drunken Boat First Book Prize, will be published this year.

Kates is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, a Translation Project Fellowship, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation for the Selected Poems of Mikhail Yeryomin. He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde, Metes and Bounds and The Old Testament and a full book, The Briar Patch. He is the translator of books by Tatiana Shcherbina, Mikhail Aizenberg, Jean-Pierre Rosnay, Regina Derieva, Aleksey Porvin,  Nikolai Baitov, and Genrikh Sapgir. He is a former president of the American Literary Translators Association..

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.

 

Karen Skolfield, September 17, 2015

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, and Vermont Studio Center. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.
On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something 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

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