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