Mathematical Poetry at Bridges 2020


Celebrating 10 years of poetry readings at Bridges!

                                   The  Program and the Virtual Poetry Reading                                                   

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. 

Coronavirus Update:

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

Sarah Glaz
Sarah Glaz'
s first poetry collection, Ode to Numbers (Antrim House, 2017) was a finalist for both Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards. Sarah is Emeritus 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 of literary and mathematical journals, edited volumes, and anthologies. She coedited the poetry anthology, Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics (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. 

  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 

Tatiana Bonch

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, 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.

   Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya reads: Callisto, the girl from Arcadia and Berenice's hair

Robin Chapman

Robin Chapman is a poet, painter and developmental psycholinguist. She is Professor Emerita of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Emerita Principal Investigator at the Waisman Center, where she studied language development in children with Down syndrome. A fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and co-organizer of the UW Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar, she is author of eleven books of poetry, including, One Hundred White Pelicans (poems of science and climate change), Six True Things (poems of childhood in the Manhattan Project town of Oak Ridge, TN), The Only Home We Know, and, with physicist J.C. Sprott, Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos. Her mathematical poems have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, The Mathematical Intelligencer, and the anthology Strange Attractors.

  Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading

Robin Chapman reads: Mary Laycock, The route to chaos, Nonlinear functions, and Distance, rate, time


Marian Christie
Marian Christie
grew up in what is now Zimbabwe. Drawn to both the arts and the sciences, she wrote poetry from an early age finding inspiration in the southern African landscape.
At university she studied applied mathematics and went on to teach mathematics at schools in the Middle East and Scotland. Throughout her teaching career, she sought creative ways to stimulate students' interest and enjoyment in mathematics, particularly through cross-disciplinary projects incorporating the arts and humanities. Now retired from teaching, she lives in Southeast England where she has recently completed a master's degree in creative writing. In her poetry she frequently interweaves mathematical imagery with everyday experience, at times explicitly, at times more obliquely. Her work has been published in a number of journals, both online and in print.

  Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading

Marian Christie reads: Lightcone, Earth geometry, Autumn sunrise, and Degrees of freedom



Carol Dorf

Carol Dorf 
is fascinated with the boundaries between disciplines, particularly mathematics and poetry. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing where she writes about issues in contemporary poetry, and has edited two issues on mathematical poetry, as well as issues on science poetry and technology poetry. For many years, she taught high school mathematics, and has led poetry workshops as a California-Poet-in-the-Schools, at Berkeley City College, and other art venues. She brought her loves together by introducing poetry into the mathematics classroom and by teaching poetry writing to mathematics teachers. She has two chapbooks available, Some Years Ask (Moria Press) and Theory Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press).  Her poetry appears in Great Weather For Media, The Mom Egg, Sin Fronteras, E-ratio, About Place, Glint, Slipstream, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, and Maintenant.               

  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

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.


  Bridges 2020 Virtual Poetry Reading

Susan Gerofsky reads: Legato gelato, Desert poem, No man my time, and an excerpt from Kepler: A "Renaissance Folk Play" in verse