Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | May 27, 2011

New Haven poetry event features one of our members


Third Thursday Open Mic

Featuring our annual Favorite Poem Celebration, with Gemma Mathewson, David Leff, and Michael Kling  

June 16, 2011


Following the blueprint drawn up by former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, each year the Poetry Institute celebrates some of our favorite poems that have touched us and made poetry such an important part of our lives.  Our distinguished panel will share some of their favorites with us, and we encourage Open Mic readers to also bring in favorites of their own.

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, (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.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.  Free.  Refreshments.  Open mic.  Outstanding featured readers.  In a casual setting.   Open to all (even poets).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT

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


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