This Month at Pi

Next Reading: August 24, 2017

Featuring

Charles Fort

 Thursday, August 24, 2017

(Note: There is no reading on 8/17/17.)

Charles Fort is the author of six books of poetry including: We Did Not Fear the Father  and Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz.  Fort has poems in The Best American Poetry, 2000, 2003, and 2017. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation and Theater of Fine Arts. In 2017, Fort completed, Sorrow Road; 200 Villanelles: including, sequences on Bergman films and Dante’s Inferno. His first novel The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut.

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Next Reading: August 24, 2017

Next reading:  August 24, 2017

Our monthly poetry reading for August will take place on the 4rth Thursday of the month instead of our usual 3rd Thursday.

This is a one-time change only.  In September and subsequent months we will meet on the third Thursday of the month.

 

To belabor what is already obvious:

There will be no Pi Poetry Reading on August 17, 2017.  On that date, Pi will not offer a scintillating Featured Poet, a dynamic Open Mic, a break with yummy refreshments and meaningful conversation.  On that date, we will not have our usual thought provoking poems replete with clever and original word play, heartfelt laughter, touching personal tales, and an altogether rollicking good frolic.  All that will have to wait until 8/24/17.

 

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Past Features: 

Simeon Berry

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simeon Berry won the 2013 National Poetry Series for his first collection of poetry, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), and the 2014 National Poetry Series for his second book of poetry, Monograph (University of Georgia Press).  He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant.  He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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).

Lori Derosiers

Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Lori Desrosiers’ books include  and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, Salmon Poetry, 2016.and a chapbook, Inner Sky. Her poems have appeared in New Millenium Review (contest finalist), Contemporary American Voices, Best Indie Lit New England, String Poet, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The New Verse News, The Mom Egg, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. She won the Greater Brockton Poets Award for New England Poets award for her poem “That Pomegranate Shine” in 2010, judged by X.J. Kennedy. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. She is Editor-in-Chief of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and WORDPEACE, an online journal dedicated to peace and justice, and serves as an editor for several other publications. She teaches Literature and Composition at Westfield State University and Poetry in the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program. She has read her poetry and taught workshops at numerous colleges and conferences. She holds an M.F.A. from New England College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. Her website is http://loridesrosierspoetry.com. 

Maya Pindyck

May 18, 2017

Maya Pindyck is a multidisciplinary poet and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent collection, Emoticoncert, was published by Four Way Books in 2016. Currently a doctoral candidate in English Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, she teaches at Parsons School of Design.

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Ameen-Storm Abo Hamzy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In Arabic, the name Ameen means trustworthy and trusting.  Ameen’s poetry is about trust, it deals powerfully with political and social issues, the human condition, love, humanity, and human sensibilities.  A graduate cum laude of Norwich University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, Ameen is a published poet, producer of poetry venues:  Collin’s Diner Poetry Series  (North Canaan, CT), Poetry is Music Poetry Festival, and  live poetry on WSBS’s Art Beat show. His involvement in multiple artistic disciplines provides Ameen with the sharpness and depth to his poetry that will take your breath away.  His stage presence is mesmerizing, his words are thoughtful and significant.  An activist who is in love with life, his poetry will move you, inspire you, and make you feel warm inside.”