Mathematical Poetry at Bridges 2019

A reading in the afternoon
  Friday, July 19, time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

  Reprasentationsraum, Kunstuniversitat Linz
Hauptplaz 6, Linz, Austria

The  Program

Coordinated by Sarah Glaz, professor of mathematics at the University of Connecticut and poet, the poetry reading at Bridges 2019 features poetry with strong links to mathematics, a great variety of topics, and a wide range of poetic styles. The reading is hosted by Emily Grosholz, professor of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University and poet. The first part of the program starts with a celebratory reading from Emily Grosholz's two newly published books, followed by invited poets: Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Susan Gerofsky, Lisa Lajeunesse, Marco Lucchesi, Iggy McGovern, Mike Naylor and Eveline Pye, reading selections from their work. The program concludes with a reading of poems by Sarah Glaz, Susana Sulic, and an open microphone period where Bridges participants read their own mathematical poems.  Click here for a  pdf file of the program.  Click here for the venue location on google-maps. More information about the Bridges poetry readings and anthologies is  available at Bridges 2019 Poetry Reading website.

Puzzle and poetry lovers, here is a treat from Bridges Linz!
Lisa Lajeunesse encoded a number of poems written by Bridges poets in Latin square and Graeco-Latin square puzzles.
For your enjoyment, Lisa offers a sample of her puzzle-poems at the link below:

       From Lisa Lajeunesse Puzzle-Poems Pages

About the Coordinator and the Invited Poets

Sarah GlazSarah Glaz's first poetry collection, Ode to Numbers (Antrim House, 2017) is a finalist for both Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards. Sarah is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut specializing in the mathematical area of Commutative Ring Theory. Her poetry, poetry translations, and articles on the connections between mathematics and poetry appeared in a variety journals, edited volumes, and anthologies. She coedited the poetry anthology, Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics (AK Peters/CRC Press, 2008), and was guest-editor of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, Special Issue: Poetry and Mathematics. Sarah serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, and as coordinator of the poetry readings at the annual Bridges conferences and editor of the Bridges Poetry Anthologies.

Sample poem: Fall


Emily Grosholz

Emily Grosholz
is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor at Pennsylvania State University, and has been an advisory editor for the Hudson Review for over thirty years. The Stars of Earth: New and Selected Poems was published in 2017 by Word Galaxy / Able Muse Press, with drawings by Farhad Ostovani. Her chapbook, Childhood, (Accents Publishing, 2014) with drawings by Lucy Vines Bonnefoy, has raised over $3500 in the past four years for UNICEF. Childhood had been translated into Japanese, Italian and French. A German translation by Ulrike Blatter is underway. Her philosophy book Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmology (Springer, 2016) won the 2017 Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science, and her book on poetry and mathematics, Great Circles: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry, appeared with Springer in 2018.                                              

Sample poem: Among Cosmologists


Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya
was born in former Soviet Union and studied physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and philology at Moscow State Humanitarian University. Her Ph.D. degree is on Russian experimental poetry. Tatiana is author of thirteen books in Russian, including Introduction to the Literature of Formal Restrictions and Labyrinths of Combinatorial Literature, and co-editor of the anthology, Freedom of Restriction. Her poetry in English appeared in: Can I tell you a secret?, Across the Russian Wor(l)d, Bridges, London Grip, POEM, Rochford Street Review, and Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Symmetry Association, editorial committee of Another Hemisphere Journal and a guest-editor of Symmetry literary sessions. She organized the Mathematics and Arts seminar, GolosA (Voices) Festival of Combinatorial Poetry, and Festival Symmetry Literary Session.
Sample poem:  Paul Erdos


Susan Gerofsky

Susan Gerofsky,  Mathematics Education professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, brings experience from many fields to mathematics education. Her research is in embodied, multisensory, multimodal mathematics education through the arts, including poetry, dance and movement, film, theatre, gesture and voice. She also works in garden-based environmental education,  language and genres of mathematics education, and media theory. She holds degrees in languages and linguistics and mathematics education, and worked for years in film production, adult education, and as a high school teacher. Dr. Gerofsky has studied and taught in England, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Cuba. She speaks several languages, is an active musician, and a published poet and playwright. She contributed to the award-winning book, Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place (Vernon Press, 2017) and has a verse play published in The Mathematical  Intelligencer.


Sample poem:  Desert Poem


Lisa Lajeunesse is a professor of Mathematics at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She studied mathematics and music for her bachelor degree and her graduate research area was Model Theory, a branch of mathematical logic. Between her undergraduate degree and graduate studies, she worked for ten years with Telesat Canada, launching and controlling Canada's domestic communication satellites. She also taught piano and voice privately and wrote poetry. More recently, she has developed mathematics courses on the connections between mathematics and the arts to reach out to non-science students, and to express her lifelong passion for creative writing, music and the other arts. During a sabbatical in 2016/2017 she wrote a textbook for these courses, which prompted her to attend Bridges for the first time. A sample of Lisa's poetry may be found at:


Sample poem: Ode to Polynomials

Marco LucchesiMarco Lucchesi,  Professor of Comparative Literature at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is a Brazilian poet, novelist, essayist and translator. Marco was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL) in 2011 and became its president in 2018. He is a regular contributor to the newspaper, O Globo, and is the former editor-in-chief of the ABL journal,  Revista Brasileira,  and the National Library of Brazil poetry magazine, Poesia Sempre. His publications include twelve award winning books and numerous works of translation, among others Poemas Reunidos [Collected Poems], Hinos Matematicos [Mathematical Hymns],  Irminsul [his collected Italian poems],  and translations of Rumi, Khlebnikov, Rilke,  Pasternak and Vico. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into more than ten languages. His literary honors include the Prize Alceu Amoroso Lima, a lifetime achievement award in poetry. 


Sample poem: First Test

Iggy McGovern

Iggy McGovern is Fellow Emeritus in Physics at Trinity College, Dublin. He is also a poet, blending formal structure, humor and science. Iggy has published with Dedalus Press three poetry collections: The King of Suburbia (2005), Safe House (2010) and The Eyes of Isaac Newton (2017), and an anthology 20|12: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines (2012). A Mystic Dream of 4 (Quaternia Press, 2013) is his verse biography of the nineteenth century Irish mathematician and poet, William Rowan Hamilton. Among his awards are: the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry, the Hennessy Award for Poetry, and The Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. He has read his poems at international festivals in Europe, North America and Australasia. One of his recent lecture's title is:  Science and Poetry -- not so different?


Sample poem: Algebra

Mike Naylor 

Mike Naylor
is a co-director of Matematikkbolgen and of the Math Creativity and Competency Center in Norway. He gives courses for teachers, students and the public, designs math rooms for schools and develops mathematical games and learning products. Mike presents mathematical ideas in creative ways, including poetry, literature, art, music, video, software, drama, and other performances, and is author of over 100 publications spanning a range of mathematical genres. Mike is known for his Naked Geometry art series and book, and his quarterly column on Mathematics and Creativity in Tangenten magazine. In 2015 he was named a "Math and Science Hero" by the minister of education in Norway. For the past nine years Mike presented artwork and poetry at the Bridges conferences. More information on Mike's projects can be found at his website.

Sample poem: Decision Tree


Eveline Pye

Eveline Pye worked as an Operational Research Analyst for Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines, in Zambia, for almost ten years, and was a Statistics Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland, for over twenty years. Her mathematical and statistical poetry has been published in a wide range of literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies. In September 2011, Significance Magazine, the joint publication of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association featured her work in education and published a selection of her poems as part of their Life in Statistics series. She was poetry editor for New Voices Press and worked for the Federation of Writers (Scotland). A collection of her poems about Zambia, Smoke that Thunders, was published by Mariscat Press in 2015. Examples of Eveline's mathematical poems may be found online at:

Sample poem: Chingola Tankhouse