This Month at Pi

Next Reading:

Stanford M. Forrester

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America as well as the editor of bottle rockets:  a collection of short verse.  Stanford has had poems published internationally in journals and in over 40 anthologies, including in Haiku (part of Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series) and in American Zen: A Gathering of Poets.  He has won many prestigious awards, including first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Japan and second place in the International Robert Frost Poetry & Haiku contest. He was the 2001 recipient of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award.  He has read his haiku and taught workshops in several countries.  Recently he’s had 4 haiku published in a Norton Anthology: Haiku in English The first 100 years, and his haiku beat out 20,850 other poems to win the honor of being printed on a bottle if ito-en tea.

NOTE:  Beginning in September, Pi will meet on the third Wednesday of the month. 

(and not on the third Thursday of each month as we have up until now.)

Previous Readings:

Brendan Walsh

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Walsh is the author of four collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in Wisconsin Review, Baltimore Review, Glass Poetry, Mudfish, and other journals and magazines. He has taught in South Korea, Laos, Connecticut, and South Florida. He has been awarded a Fulbright Grant, several Pushcart Prize nominations, the Anna Sonder Prize of the Academy of American Poets, the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, and a Freedman Prize for poetry in performance.

Dolores Hayden


Dolores Hayden, award-winning poet and historian of American landscapes, engages the lives of daredevil pilots—women and men from the earliest years of aviation—in Exuberance, her third poetry collection. Hayden’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Common, Ecotone, Raritan, Shenandoah, the Yale Review, Southwest Review, Best American Poetry, and Poetry Daily. Author of American Yard (2004) and Nymph, Dun, and Spinner (2010), she’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club, and residencies in poetry from Djerassi, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Noepe. Professor of Architecture and American Studies Emerita at Yale University, Hayden has also been a Guggenheim fellow and won an American Library Association Notable Book Award for nonfiction.

December 20, 2018


Gian Lombardo

Gian Lombardo has published six collections of prose poetry, the latest of which are Machines We Have Built (Quale Press, 2014), Aid & A_Bet (BlazeVOX ebook, 2008) and Who Lets Go First (Swamp Press, 2010). His translation of the first half of Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la nuit was published in 2000, and a translation of Eugène Savitzkaya’s Rules of Solitude in 2004, as well as translations of Archestratos’s Gastrology (2009), and Michel Delville’s Third Body (2009) and Anything & Everything (2016). He teaches book and magazine publishing at Emerson College. He also directs Quale Press.

August 24, 2017


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.

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

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 

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.”