2011 Features

The Poetry Institute – New Haven

2011  Reading Series

January 20, 2011: Randall Horton

Our monthly reading series kicks off January 20th featuring Randall Horton. 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.

February 17th 2011: Charles O. Hartman

Join us for a reading by Charles Hartman, Poet in Residence at Conn College. Charles O. Hartman has published eight books of poems, beginning with a Godine chapbook in 1982.  Ahsahta Press published New & Selected Poems in 2008 and Island in 2004.  He has also published critical books on computer poetry (Virtual Muse, 1996) and on poetry and music (Jazz Text, 1991), and a pioneering study of the prosody of Free Verse (1980).  He plays jazz guitar, and has recorded two CDs of music and songs.  Aside from the computer programs described in Virtual Muse, he has written software both to teach and to perform metrical scansion.

March 17th, 2011: Dana Sonnenschein

Dana Sonnenschein is a full 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.

April 21, 2011: 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.

May 19, 2011: 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: www.lyacos.net.

June 16, 2011: Mark hosts our Annual Favorite Poem Project Reading

Our annual celebration of  poetry in New Haven with a Favorite Poem Project Reading following our Open Mic.

July 21, 2011: Eli Cleary (Annual Host’s Choice Reading)

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.  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.  Don’t miss it!

August 18, 2011: Walter E. Butts

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.

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October 20, 2011: Brad Davis

Winner of the 2005 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, Brad has published four books of poems (Antrim House), with a fifthforthcoming 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 poetryjournal in partnership with an historic Connecticut institution. Hispoems 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.

November 17, 2011: Mary Elizabeth Lang

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.

December 15, 2011: David K. Leff

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.


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