Coordinated by Sarah Glaz, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut and poet, the poetry reading at Bridges 2020 features poetry with strong links to mathematics, a great variety of topics, and a wide range of poetic styles. This year marks the 10 years anniversary of poetry readings at Bridges, and we celebrate this milestone with a festive reading and a special poetry anthology. The program starts with fourteen prominent poets reading selections from their work, followed by an open microphone period where past Bridges poets and Bridges 2020 participants read their own mathematical poems. Works by past and present Bridges poets are included in the Bridges 2020 Poetry Anthology (Tessellations Publishing, 2020). More information about the anthology appears on the Bridges 2020 Virtual Conference site and on The Bridges 2020 Poetry Anthology site. For a beautifully printed poetry anthology, which does justice to its contents, we recommend purchasing the Bridges 2920 Poetry Anthology Premier version.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Bridges organization regrets that it was not able to hold the Bridges Conference planned for Aalto University in August 2020. The mathematical poetry reading that was scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 2 became virtual. Videos of poets reading their work are linked below. We hope that you enjoy the virtual reading as much as you would if we were all there in person.
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About the Coordinator and the Invited Poets
Including links to the videos of the Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading
Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading
Sarah Glaz reads: If not loved, then useful, Mathematical models of rejection, and On the way to New Jersey in winter of 2000
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, where she earned a Ph.D. in
Russian experimental poetry. Tatiana is author of
fourteen 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
editorial committee of Articulation and the
board of PEN Moscow, and was guest-editor of a Symmetry
literary issue. Tatiana organized the Mathematics
and Arts seminar, the GolosA
Festival of Combinatorial Poetry, and the Symmetry
Festival Literary Session. http://antipodes.org.au/en.aboutTatianaBonch.html
Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading
Carol Dorf reads: I forgot the turnkey to the void, Afterwards, the house, Winter, Ask for a universe and what do you get, and The geometry of distraction
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. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00283-018-9818-2#citeas