Favorite Poem Reading, 11/20/19

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The Poetry Institute -- New Haven

Nov 8, 2019, 9:30:09 AM11/8/19

Pi Poetry Series 



Our 11th Annual Blue-Ribbon Favorite Poem Panel




Ruth Hoberman, Tom Menchion, and Vinny Midolo 


Moderated by


Mark McGuire-Schwartz


Wednesday, November 20, 2019


For Favorite Poem Night, Open Mic readers are encouraged to bring a favorite poem (although reading your own poem is still acceptable).


Until her 2014 retirement, Ruth Hoberman was a Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, where she specialized in twentieth-century British literature. She is the author of Modernizing Lives: Experiments in English Biography 1918–1939, Gendering Classicism:  the Ancient World in Twentieth Century Women's Historical Fiction, and Museum Trouble: Edwardian Literature and the Emergence of Modernism. Since her retirement, she has been writing poetry and creative nonfiction, with publications in Calyx, Rhino, Natural Bridge, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Rattle: Poets Respond, among other venues.

Tom’s interest in poetry began in 1999 when, on a whim, he attended a poetry open-mike at a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Here he eventually read the first several poems he had composed. He now reads his work at Pi Poetry Series where he enjoys the benefit of featured readers, published poets, in addition to the open-mike time. Tom hopes that going onward, he will keep finding subjects to write about.

Vinny has been writing poetry since the ripe age of seven years old. He speaks on events that have shaped his life, the ills of modern society, and personal experience that would otherwise remain swirling around in his exhausted synapses. He is currently working on having several projects published and is hopeful they will be done by the summer of 2020. Personal blogs can be followed on Facebook and Instagram by searching permaburnedpoetry.


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





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