Due to the pandemic the Bridges organization regrets that it is not able to hold the in-person conference planned for Aalto University in August 2021. The conference and its mathematical poetry reading became virtual. Videos of poets reading their work will be linked below. We hope that you enjoy the virtual reading as much as you would if we were all there in person!
Coordinated by Sarah Glaz, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut and poet, the poetry reading at Bridges 2021 features poetry with strong links to mathematics, a great variety of topics, and a wide range of poetic styles. The program starts with fourteen prominent poets reading selections from their work, followed by an open mic and shorter readings period where past Bridges poets and Bridges 2021 participants read their own mathematical poems. Additional information on the Bridges 2021 virtual conference and the poetry reading will be posted here and on the Bridges Organization site in August. Works by past and present Bridges poets are included in the Bridges Poetry Anthologies. More information about the Bridges poets may be found on The Bridges Poets Anniversary Year News. Information on past Bridges Poetry Readings and Bridges Poetry Anthologies appears on the Bridges Organization site and at The Bridges 2020 Poetry Anthology site.
This page and several of the linked videos are best viewed on a wide screen. In case the screen is narrow, please scroll right and left to display both columns of the featured poets' table and fully display all linked videos.
Poetry lovers, here is a treat for you!
The January 2022 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics features a poetry folder consisting of Fibs composed by the Bridges 2021 virtual poetry gathering participants.
For your enjoyment, read the poems at this link:
Poetry in the Glade: Bridges 2021 Fib Collection
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About the Coordinator and the Invited Poets
Including links to the videos and printable sample poems of the Bridges 2021 Virtual Poetry Reading
Bridges 2021 Virtual Poetry Reading
Video of Sarah Glaz welcoming the audience and reading: The Death of Euclid and Archimedes
Printable sample poem: Twenty-Eight Lines for the En-Priestess Enheduanna
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
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.
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 several issues
on mathematical poetry, 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 three chapbooks
available, Some Years Ask (Moria Press), Theory
Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press), and Given (Origami Poems
Project). 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.
Susan Gerofsky is
an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and
Environmental Education at the University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her
interdisciplinary research is in embodied,
multisensory, multimodal mathematics education
through the arts, movement, gesture and voice. She
works in curriculum studies, environmental
garden-based education, the language and genres of
mathematics education, and media theory.
Dr. Gerofsky is academic advisor and
co-founder of the UBC Orchard Garden, a student-led
campus learning garden. She is active as a poet,
playwright, musician and filmmaker, and also works
with dance and fiber arts. You'll often find her
cycling around town with a baritone horn or an
contributed to the award-winning book, Poetic
Inquiry: Enchantment of Place (Vernon Press, 2017) and has a verse
A Renaissance Folk Play, published in The
David Greenslade recently retired as a grammar and writing tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He writes in Welsh and English and has taught at a number of universities. He has also led writing workshops in prisons and other challenging environments. David authored several collections of prose poetry. His collection Lyrical Diagrams (Shearman Books, 2012) juxtaposes diagrams with poetic-mathematical texts. He has received British Council support for his work and is a winner (twice) of the Planet Welsh Internationalist Essay Award. In 2019 he curated an exhibition of Welsh and Romanian Surrealist Art at the Welsh Senate. His latest publication as editor is Imagined Invited (Hafan Books, 2020) an international anthology of poetry and surrealist collage. Currently he shares his time between Wales and Romania where he continues to write, exhibit and nurture international projects.
2021 Virtual Poetry Reading
Bridges 2021 Virtual
JoAnne Growney, Emeritus
Professor of Mathematics at Bloomsburg University,
Pennsylvania, now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland,
where she writes poems, guides poetry workshops, blogs
about math-poetry connections, and enjoys activities
with grandchildren. From childhood JoAnne loved
both poetry and mathematics -- but mathematical
studies offered needed scholarships. When again
there became time for poetry, mathematics was one of
With numerous poems in math and literary
also has published several poetry collections. Hypothesizing
that everything connects, she delights in the
elegant language of both mathematics and poetry and
frequently applies mathematical constraints to help
shape her thoughts into poems. Her
blog "Intersections --Poetry with Mathematics" offers
a varied selection of poetry and commentary by poets
from around the world -- and a few items of her own.
Lisa Lajeunesse is a
professor of Mathematics at Capilano University in
North Vancouver. As an undergraduate, she studied
mathematics and music. Before embarking on
graduate studies in mathematics, she worked for ten
years with Telesat Canada on the launch and control of
Canada's communication satellites. At Capilano
University, she has developed and taught 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 other
art forms. During a sabbatical in 2016/2017 she wrote
a textbook for these courses, which prompted her to
attend Bridges for the first time. Since then, she has
adapted popular logic puzzles to encode poetry so that
the solving of each puzzle unlocks a poem. A sample of
Lisa's poetry may be found at her website.
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 eleven years Mike has presented artwork and poetry at the Bridges conferences. More information on Mike's projects can be found at his website.