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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Blue Ribbon Panel includes
and Ralph Nazareth
Moderated by Mark McGuire-Schwartz
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.”
August 2013 with J. Kates
- 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.
July 2013 with Monica Ong
Monica Ong investigates cultural silences that shape the medical-emotional landscape of her family diaspora, extending from China, to the Philippines, to North America. Her experimental image-poems juxtapose diagram and diary, bearing witness to underrepresented histories of the body.
After completing an MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Monica’s research continued at the Writing the Medical Experience Workshop at Sarah Lawrence College and the Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop at the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop. She is also a Kundiman poetry fellow.
Recently nominated by Tidal Basin Review for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize, her work has been also published in the Lantern Review, Drunken Boat, Glassworks Magazine and Loaded Bicycle. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally for over ten years.
June 2013 with Poet Antoinette Brim
Antoinette Brim, author of two collections of poetry, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry and memoir has appeared in various journals and magazines including the “Tidal Basin Review,” “95Notes” and “Southern Women’s Review,” as well as anthologies, including “Villanelles,” “44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States,” “Not A Muse,” and “Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta.” She is an Assistant Editor of the NAACP Image Award nominated “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History.” Brim also is a former guest host of Literary Nation Talk Radio (Little Rock) for which she interviewed a variety of entertainers, literary figures, political pundits and community developers. A sought after speaker, editor, educator and consultant, she teaches at Capital Community College in Hartford.
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012 as a Lannan Literary Selection. James is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Starting in September, he will be an Assistant Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Brian Clements is the author of several books of poems—most recently Jargon, prose poems from Quale Press. He is the editor of the anthology an Introduction to the Prose Poem and founding editor of the journal Sentence: a journal of prose poetics and of the small press Firewheel Editions. He coordinates the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University.
Charles Rafferty is the Director of the MFA in Writing at Albertus Magnus University. He received a 2009 NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. He is also the author of four full-length collections of poetry: The Man on the Tower (which won the Arkansas Poetry Award ” University of Arkansas Press, 1995), Where the Glories of April Lead (Mitki/MitkHe Press, 2001), During the Beauty Shortage (M2 Press, 2005), and A Less Fabulous Infinity (Louisiana Literature Press, 2006). He has placed poems The Southern Review, Measure, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, Phoebe: The George Mason Review, DoubleTake, Poems & Plays, and Louisiana Literature. His work has also appeared in several anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Rhyming Poems: A Contemporary Anthology (University of Evansville Press), and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press). By day, he works as an editor for a technology-consulting firm.
Yibing Huang studied at Beijing University from 1983 to 1993, receiving his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature. During the same decade he also quickly established himself as a poet under the penname “Mai Mang,” and was closely associated with a new generation of young poets who were based in Beijing. He moved to the U.S. in 1993 and holds a second Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor Huang’s poetry has been published in China since the 1980s, and is included in many prestigious anthologies, such as The Anthology of Beida Poetry, The Best Chinese Poetry 1998 , The Annual Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry 1998, The Anthology of Major Chinese Poets in the 1990s, and The Best Chinese Poetry 2003 . His published works include the Chinese-English bilingual book of poetry, Stone Turtle: Poems 1987-2000, and a substantial collection of his early poetry, Approaching Blindness,which came out in the fall of 2005.
After years of producing lunch hour poems in offices at Yale, SUNY Albany and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nan retired into the poetry life in Guilford, CT., where she leads the Guilford Poets Guild and administers the annual Connecticut River Poetry Seminar for Frost Place alums. Her poetry and prose, including a number of poetry book reviews, have appeared in a variety of publications and newspapers, and one poem was startlingly enlivened recently by the East Haddam Stage Company. Her book, Letter from Italy, 1944, provides the libretto for an oratorio by the same name composed by her sister, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, which is now in rehearsal for an April performance by the Greater Middletown Chorale.
Ken Cormier is a teacher, performance poet, independent radio producer, and musician. He is the author of two collections of stories and poems: Balance Act and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood. He has released three CDs of original music: God Damn Doghouse, Radio-Bueno, and Nowhere Is Nowhere. Ken’s live performances have been described as “a William Burroughs exorcism through a Karaoke machine.” Ken co-founded and edited The Lumberyard, a radio magazine of poetry, prose and music, which aired weekly in Connecticut from 2005-2008. Ken is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Quinnipiac University.
Julia Story is the author of Post Moxie, which was the recipient of Sarabande Books’ 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and Ploughshares’ 2010 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review, Octopus, and Denver Quarterly
Featuring Favorite Poem Blue Ribbon Panel
Christine Beck, Randall Horton, and Nan Meneely
Our fourth annual Favorite Poem Evening is here! Our Blue Ribbon Favorite Poem Panel members will read some of their favorite poems and tell us why these poems have special meaning for them. And you can participate also. Come and read one of your favorite poems and hear others read theirs!
Open Mic participants are encouraged this month to read a favorite poem, rather one of their own. As usual, one poem per reader. Tell us why the poem is special to you. Four minute limit. Of course, reading your own work is also fine.
Jonas Zdanys, a bilingual poet and translator, is the author of forty
books, written in both English and in Lithuanian. His most recent book is The
Kingfisher’s Reign, a collection of prose poems, published in 2012. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including Lithuania’s Jotvingiai Prize awarded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, the Lithuanian Writers Union Prize for Translation, the Lithuanian Writers’ Society Prize for Best Book of the Year, the Phillips Poetry Award, and the Weinstein Memorial Creative Writing Award. He also was honored with an exhibition about his life and literary work by the National Library of Lithuania.
Vivian Shipley has published numerous books of poetry, including the recent All of Your Messages Have Been Erased. Among her many awards and honors are the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club, the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State, the Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing, and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is editor of the award-winning Connecticut Review, and she is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she has been named Faculty Scholar three times. Vivian is a two time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize.
Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork, selected by Paul Hoover as winner of the2011 Slope Editions Prize, the chapbook Tonal Saw, and, together with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen. She is the 2011 recipient of the Gulf Coast prize in poetry, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. Her poems, collaborations, translations, and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, The Destroyer, The Offending Adam, and The Society for Curious Thought, among other journals. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and MIT, where she teaches and works at the intersection of print and digital media. In addition to writing and studying poetry, Amaranth is a letterpress printer and book artist whose fascination with printed matter informs her work on digital media.
Adam Golaski is the author of Color Plates and Worse Than Myself. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, most recently Barzakh, 1913, The Lifted Brow, Wormwood, and Supernatural Tales. He co-runs the poetry press Film Forum, and is an associate editor for Open Letters. His translation of Sir Gawain & the Green Knight has appeared in installments in Open Letters.
Gray Jacobik is a widely published American poet. A sought-after reader and mentor, she has given more than 200 public performances at colleges, arts organizations, libraries, radio and tv. Her books include Brave Disguises, The Surface of Last Scattering The Double Task and Sandpainting. She is an emeritus professor of literature, having taught at Eastern Connecticut State University. Among her many awards and honors, she served as Robert Frost Poet-In-Residence, The Frost Place, Franconia, NH. Gray is also a literary critic and painter, and a deeply committed advocate for the literary arts. Gray is also a visual artist.
Benjamin S. Grossberg teaches creative writing at The University of Hartford. His books are Sweet Core Orchard, winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath. A chapbook, The Auctioneer Bangs his Gavel, was published in 2006. His poems have recently appeared in New England Review, North American Review, and the 2011 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology.
Cheryl Moskowitz was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to the UK aged 11. She taught on the graduate program in Creative Writing and Personal Development at Sussex University from 1996-2010, she and has worked as an actor, storyteller, therapist, and writer. She has won prizes in the Bridport Prize poetry competition (2010), the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2010), and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (2011). Publications include newly published poetry collection The Girl Is Smiling, the novel Wyoming Trail, and a collection of poetry for children, Can It Be About Me?
Julia Morris Paul has published poems in such journals as: the Connecticut Review, New Mexico Review, Common Ground Review, The Village Pariah, RUNES and Caduceus and in anthologies, including Lavandaria, an Anthology of Women, Wash and Word; From Under the Bridges, poems of homelessness in America and Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge. Her manuscript,Eavesdropping in the Alley, was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Prize and the Blue Lynx Prize. She serves on the boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and Riverwood Poetry Series and is an attorney in Manchester, Connecticut.
James Finnegan has published poems in Ploughshares, Poetry East, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other literary magazines. He is the current president of the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens. With Dennis Barone, he edited Visiting Wallace, an anthology of poems related to Wallace Stevens. In 2001 he started an internet discussion list called New-Poetry and he blogs aphoristic ars poetica at ursprache.blogspot.com
David K. Leff is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Price of Water (2008) and Depth of Field (2010). His nonfiction book, The Last Undiscovered Place, was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. A second nonfiction book, Deep Travel, was released in 2009. A book of essays entitled Hidden in Plain Sight that will be out from Wesleyan University Press in May.
Mary Elizabeth Lang earned her MFA in Poetry from Bennington Writing Seminars and formerly taught English at Southern Connecticut State University. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Ekphrasis; The Prose Poem, an International Journal; Connecticut Review; Connecticut River Review; War, Literature and the Arts; Caduceus; Underwood Review; and Naugatuck River Review. Her first book of poetry, Under Red Cedars, was published by Little Red Tree Publishing in 2008. She also has written and co-authored a number of articles and a book on childcare.
Winner of the 2005 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, Brad has published four books of poems (Antrim House), with a fifth forthcoming from an Oregon publisher. He was the founding editor of Broken Bridge Review that ran for four years before succumbing to the present recession and is currently helping found an on-line poetry journal in partnership with an historic Connecticut institution. His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals: Poetry, The Paris Review, The Cafe Review, Image, Connecticut Review, Puerto del Sol, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tar River Poetry, Christianity & Literature, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. His day jobs have included teaching (Eastern Connecticut State University, College of the Holy Cross, Pomfret School), coaching, institutional chaplaincy, educational consulting, chicken farming, and editing.
September 2011 reading at pi-New Haven!
W.E. Butts is New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate (2009-2014). He is the author of nine poetry collections, including Radio Time (Cherry Grove, 2011), and Sunday Evening at the Stardust Café, which was chosen as a finalist for the 2005 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and selected winner of the 2006 Iowa Source Poetry Book Prize.
His poems have recently appeared in Cider Press Review, Poetry East, Saranac Review, and Tygerburning, the online journals www.connotationpress.com and www.towerjournal.com, and the anthology, An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate (Ice Cube Press). The recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, he teaches in the low-residency BFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.
It’s summertime! Join pi-New Haven co-chair, Eli Cleary, for AN INTERACTIVE READING of her latest work in progress, Course & Speed. Eli’s poems have been published in a few journals here and there and nominated for a prize or two. In this reading, we travel through the forest, across the cove and into the spider’s web, one poem at a time. Or maybe you’d prefer we go the other way? You, the audience, will be in control of the order and direction of our virtual summer voyage! It’s sure to be a special poetry night in New Haven from start to finish! Don’t miss it!
Our Annual Favorite Poem Project Panel!!!!
Mark McGuire-Schwartz hosts Gemma Mathewson, David Leff, and Michael Kling
Gemma Mathewson was born under a new moon so it took her awhile to cast a shadow. Poetry, for her, is a kind of skywriting. It involves melding the twin vertigos of altitude and disclosure, in the medium of vapor. The participant is one person for one moment who remembers to look up. Lately, her poetry focuses thematically on a futile attempt to perfect the third wish. You can read her poetry at, gemop.wordpress.com (The Museum of Rain).
David K. Leff is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Price of Water (2008) and Depth of Field (2010). His nonfiction book, The Last Undiscovered Place, was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. A second nonfiction book, Deep Travel, was released in 2009.
Michael Kling is a freelance writer and editor, a website publisher, and a former magazine editor. He has had poems published in Shemom, Orphic Lute, and The Comstock Review and other journals. He lives in Stratford with his wife and seven-year-old twins.
May 2011 Reading at pi-New Haven! Featuring Dimitris Lyacos
Dimitris Lyacos is a leading contemporary Greek poet and playwright. His highly acclaimed trilogy Poena Damni (Z213: EXIT, Nyctivoe, The First Death), written over the course of eighteen years, has been translated into English, Spanish, Italian and German and has been performed across Europe as well as the USA. A wide range of interdisciplinary projects including drama, contemporary dance, video and sculpture installations as well as opera and contemporary music have been based on his trilogy. Excerpts have been published by numerous literary periodicals, principally English-speaking, throughout the world. Z213: EXIT, translated in English by Shorsha Sullivan, appeared recently in the UK by Shoestring Press. For more information visit the author’s site: http://www.lyacos.net.
Featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, writer, photographer, and painter living in New York. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Rachel Eliza is recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, New England Humanities Council, and others. Author of two chapbooks, Turn of Heaven (Paris Boulevard Press) and According to Beauty (Paris Boulevard Press) and a collection, Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010), her newest collection, Mule & Pear, is expected from New Issues Poetry and Prose in 2011.
Featuring Dana Sonnenschein
Dana Sonnenschein is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she’s been teaching writing and literature (from folklore through Shakespeare) since 1994. Her most recent poetry collection, Bear Country, won the 2008 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Stevens Manuscript Prize. Her previous works include another poetry book, Natural Forms (Word Press, 2006) and two prose poem chapbooks, Corvus (winner of the Quentin R. Howard Prize, Wind, 2003) and No Angels But These (Main Street Rag, 2005). Her poetry has appeared recently in Feminist Studies, Epoch, Lumberyard, and Silk Road. Over the last two years, however, she’s changed genres and written a novel about Lady Macbeth, enabled in part by residencies awarded by the Ragdale Artists Community and Vermont Studio Center.
Featuring Charles O. Hartman
Join us for a reading by Charles Hartman, Poet in Residence at Conn College. Widely published, Professor Hartman studies and practices poetry, jazz, and computer programming, and all three find their way into his classroom. He is co-founder with Wendy Battin of the Contemporary American Poetry Archive (CAPA), where out-of-print volumes of poetry are preserved on-line and can be accessed free of charge by anyone with internet access.
Of his work, Jazz musician Steve Swallow writes, “Charles O. Hartman is a musician’s poet. Those of us who spend our time looking for melodies, and for ways to hang them together, recognize that same impulse in his work; his poems sound like the best Tin Pan Alley songs, graceful and concise. His cadences are as unforced as Lester Young’s, and his language as refined. These verses sing.”
Randall is the author of The Definition of Place and the Lingua Franca of Ninth Street, both from Main Street Rag. His poetry prizes include The Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and The Bea González Prize for Poetry. He has an MFA from Chicago State University and a PhD from SUNY Albany. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He also serves as Senior Editor for Willow Books and Editor-in-Chief for Tidal Basin Review.
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*For a list of feature poets participating in the ALL Word of Mouth series prior to March 2008, please refer to the Arts and Literature Laboratory Website.