One of JoAnne's poems won a 2018 contest to be shown on Arlington, VA busses this summer --
the contest theme was "Ripped from the Headlines" --here's the poem:
The Other Place
Scientists find another star system
with eight planets just like ours. Wash. Post headline, 12/17/17
Does that new-found system have an Earth
from which came life that now destructs:
oceans rising, people warring - each refusing
to see another's view? On that distant planet,
do they have mountains? Do they have courage?
Do they have honey bees? Do they have words?
For poetry-math connections
visit "Intersections--Poetry with Mathematics" (JoAnne's blog -- with nearly a thousand postings)
AND browse below.
Hope you find time to read my poetry collection, Red Has No Reason -- one place to buy is HERE.
FREE DOWNLOADS : PDFs (bilingual) -- translations (by Radu Doru and JoAnne) of work by Romanian poets Ileana Malancioiu and George Bacovia.
Also online, also free download, an illustrated edition of Bucharest Tales, poetry and prose of Romania (ed. Lidia Vianu, Contemporary Literature Press, New Europe Writers Series), including my poems "The Bear Cave" and "Looking for Words."
2017 -- Teaching poetry classes (PWRS and Silver Spring Village), writing poems, preparing for July 2017 BRIDGES conference in Waterloo, blogging -- mathy poems here . <-- PLEASE visit!
*** For a view of my recent POETRY activity browse here at my blog:
INTERSECTIONS: Poetry with Mathematics
preparing math-poetry blog (PLEASE VISIT!), teaching poetry workshop for PWRS, enjoying time with grandchildren, trying to find time to WRITE New POEMS!
JoAnne's 2015 Readings/Presentations:
At BRIDGES 2015 (U. Baltimore) (link to program) Thursday, July 30, presenting a brief paper -- celebrating math women with poetry (read it here) Friday, July 31, Poetry reading More info here.
Read for "The Painted Word" -- poetry-art at FOUNDRY GALLERY
April 12 1314 18th Street, Washington DC
April 20, "Versed in Science and Math"-- DC Science Cafe Read with Rick Mullen, at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K
Visited Temple University Math Club for Math-Poetry talk - March 20
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JoAnne went back to Bloomsburg, PA on November 6, 2014 -- and read for RIVER POETS at the Bloomsburg Public Library. She also was in Bloom on May 1 to help RIVER POETS mark its 20th anniversary.
Celebrants included Richard Aston, Dave Barsky, Richard Brook, Susan Brook, Carol Ann Heckman, Janet Locke, Paul Loomis, Mike DeMarco, Susan Stemont, Malin Wagner, MaryLou Wagner
JoAnne gave poetry readings in the DC area on these dates in 2014
BIG THANKS to all who attended and heard my work! Feb 3 (with Stephanie Strickland) 7:30 PM at Cafe Muse in Friendship HeightsFeb 20, 7:30 PM atTakoma Park Community Center (with Anne Higgins,Kathleen O'Toole)Apr 24, 7:30 PM at the Nora School in Silver Spring (with Martin Dickinson, Michelle Wolf)
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An article by Greg Coxson in the online Journal of Humanistic Mathematics provides a wide-ranging introduction to my blog. Thanks, Greg!
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RECENT READINGS --
17 JANUARY 2014 Poetry-with-Mathematics Reading at JMM in Baltimore
17 JANUARY 2013 Takoma Park Community Center,Featured poets : Anne Becker, Virginia Bell, Don Berger, JoAnne Growney
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RED HAS NO REASON - JoAnne's 2010 poetry collection, wearing a brilliant cover by Florence Putterman, is available from Plain View Press or amazon.com (or contact JoAnne).
Reviews of (and selections from) Red Has No Reason :
Montgomery County Gazette - Richard Aston - Marion Cohen - Sarah Glaz - Bob Grumman - Kyi May Kaung - Jan Heller Levi - William Pitt Root - Charlotte Simpson - Sharon Solloway - G V St Thomasino - Jerry Wemple - YouTube
On November 9 I had the pleasure (hosted by Irina Mitrea and Maria Lorenz) of talking with the Math Club at Temple University ("Thirteen Ways that Math and Poetry Connect") and, on November 5, I visited Marion Cohen's "Mathematics in Literature" class at Arcadia University. THANKS for these good times.
For MATHY POEMS of all sorts, visit my poetry-math blog.
Details of the poetry reading at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, sponsored by the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, are available in my blog here and here and, more comprehensively, including poems, in the Summer 2012 issue of JHM, in an article by Charlotte Henderson.
JoAnne participated in the 2012 Bridges Math-Arts conference at Towson University in July. She was featured in a poetry reading -- choosing selections from these Mathy Poems -- and led a Poetry-with-Mathematics Workshop. More workshop details are available here.
Much of JoAnne's poetry activity has been "on sick leave" since 4 March 2011 -- due to the extended and serious illness of a family member.
The workshop paper -- "Using Mathematics to Make Poetry" -- that JoAnne prepared for the July 2011 BRIDGES conference (which she was unable to attend) is available here.
AT AWP Plain View Press Events: Book Signing Thurs Feb 3, NOON PVP Exhibit Table AND Reading Feb 3, 6 PM Int Visions Gallery (2629 Conn Ave, NW)
Tues March 1 at Artisphere (Rosslyn) 8 PM
(July 27-31 in Portugal) 2011 Bridges MathArt Conference
Contact JoAnne to arrange a reading / workshop.
2010 in Bloomsburg: on November 4, at a "River Poets Founders" Reading, JoAnne read with Dick Brook at the Market Street Library. On October 20, JoAnne shared the stage with Karen Weyant at Bloomsburg University -- thanks to Karen and to hosts Jerry Wemple and Claire Lawrence (and to friends who attended) for a special evening.
Recent (2010) DC-area readings featuring JoAnne include June 30 at Kensington Row Bookshop with Elisabeth Stevens and April 29 at Takoma Park Community Center (with Mary Beth Hakem and Bonnie Naradazay).
As part of an ongoing poetry event at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan, March 13, 2010, JoAnne particpated in an math-art-poetry ArtWall performance series event organized by John Sims and with the theme "The Square Root of Love." JoAnne also joined math-poets Stephanie Strickland, Kaz Maslanka, Bob Grumman, and Gregory Vincent St Thomasino on June 11 and July 10 for Graffiti Wall contributions. ALL part of a "Rhythm of Structure" project.
A long term Pennsylvanian, JoAnne frequently returns there for poetry events. BACK HOME in Bloomsburg, she was co-featured with Janet Locke, at the RIVER POETS reading on December 3, 2009 at the Bloomsburg Public Library.
JoAnne is a collaborative poet who enjoys working with visual artists, musicians, mathematicians, dancers, and other fellow travelers—to create work that transcends the individual. Samples of shared projects are found at this website. Click here for a review and a link to a 2009 poetry-month podcast of JoAnne (and Karren Alenier) reading "math-poetry." JoAnne visited Lewisburg, PA and Bucknell University on Oct. 1 2009 for math-poetry events planned by Professor Lynn Breyfogle and her students.
An important one of JoAnne's current collaborations is with Silver Spring sculptor, Mark Behme; here is a link to a SAMPLE of pairings of JoAnne's poems and Mark's enigmatic figures (which were featured at Cafe Muse in Friendship Heights on July 6). 2009 events also included an exhibit at Touchtone Gallery during August-September and a sculpture-with poetry exhibit at the Takoma Park Community Center during September-October.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 JoAnne and Karren Alenier (both of whom are poets included in Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics) provided an evening of mathematics and poetry at the Carriage House Conference Center of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). One of JoAnne's poems is available on You-Tube -- here with the title "San Antonio, January 1993" -- the poem appears in Red Has No Reason with the title "A Taste of Mathematics.".
ONGOING -- poetry gatherings / classes on chosen Thursday afternoons at Silver Spring Drop-In Center.
For a fine and varied collection of love poems for all occasions, look for STRANGE ATTRACTORS: Poems of Love and Mathematics published October, 2008 by A K Peters, Ltd. JoAnne is coeditor with Sarah Glaz (University of Connecticut mathematician and poet). A peek into the anthology and the opportunity search within its contents is available here. This anthology would be a lovely gift for a favorite mathematician.
In addition to her ongoing interests in math-poetry and ekphrastic poetry, the current CLIMATE CRISIS is one of JoAnne's big concerns. This topic is starting to show up in her poems--though she finds it hard to write about poetically. You can find "Mitigation of Toxins" online (INNISFREE March,2007; scroll to “JoAnne Growney”).
2009 activities for JoAnne include an April 16 reading (featuring sculpture by Mark Behme) with Robin Schafer and Mary Beth Hatem at the Takoma Park Community Center, a March 30 visit to the Montgomery College (Silver Spring / Takoma Park campus) of Dr Francine Jamin, a reading (with E Laura Golberg) on March 8 at the Iota Cafe and participation on a panel on TRANSLATION at the AWP Chicago conference in February. (Panel Moderator was Cass Daglish; Heid Erdrich and Roseann Lloyd also participated).
On January 7, 2009 in Washington, DC at the national Joint Mathematics meetings, several of the anthology poets gathered to read their work from STRANGE ATTRACTORS. MANY THANKS from from reading organizers JoAnne Growney and Doug Norton to these anthology poets who gathered for the reading: Karren LaLonde Alenier, Judith Baumel, Marion Deutsche Cohen, Jennifer Crow, Kathryn DeZur, Sarah Glaz, Bob Grumman, Israel Lewis, Kaz Maslanka, Wilmer Mills, Wendy Mnookin, Kyoko Mori, Deanna Nikaido, Becky Dennison Sakellariou, and John Vieira. Math conference attendees who also offered poems on the reading theme, "Poems of Love and Mathematics." These included Patrick Bahls, Rad Dimitric, Charlotte Henderson, Rosanna Iembo and Ruth Favro.
2008 poetry activities for JoAnne included participation in the Bathroom Poetry Project and in the Exquisite Corpse Exhibit at Silver Spring Gateway’s Heliport Gallery. . An Exquisite Corpse Poetry Reading featured JoAnne along with poets Karren Alenier and Christopher Conlon; Karren's blog shows highlights.
JoAnne has worked with Gateway's Heliport Gallery to plan poetry events that coordinate with gallery exhibits. Click here and scroll down for information about collaborative activities with Heliport Gallery.
March 20-23, 2008 the 4-day SPLIT THIS ROCK festival of " Provocation and Witness" -- for which JoAnne was a volunteer--happened in Washington, DC. The conference happened again March 10-13, 2010.
September, 2007 JoAnne participated (as enthsiast and featured reader) in the day-long STILLWATER POETRY FESTIVAL along Fishing Creek, north of BLOOMSBURG, PA.
August 2007 JoAnne joined other Pennsylvania poets (Jerry Wemple, Marjorie Maddox, and Barbara DeCesare) anthologized in COMMONWEALTH (a Penn State University Press collection of contemporary Pennsylvania poetry) reading at CAFE MUSE (at Friendship Heights Village Center,sponsored by WordWorks).
Spring 2007 Ongoing events with Gateway's Heliport Gallery30 November 2006 JoAnne considered "math and poetry" with the Math Honor Society at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD.
28 October 2006 EPaDel Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at West Chester University. Marion Cohen joined JoAnne in a Saturday morning reading of MATHEMATICAL POETRY.
10 October, 2006 for the RIVER POETS Reading Series (Phillips Emporium, 10 East Main Street,Bloomsburg, PA). Two special features of that reading were "Helena's Emporium" and "remembering a backyard spruce."
14 September 2006 at the Nora School in Silver Spring. At the Nora School website are links to videotapes of the participating poets' readings. (Sometimes there may be difficulty with this viewing; Mozilla Firefox browser may work better than Internet Explorer. SCROLL DOWN to the poetry information and click on JoAnne's name.)
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JoAnne Growney lives in Eastern Village, a co-housing community along the MD-DC border. More information about her neighborhood may be found on the website maintained by the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association.Born in Indiana County, Christmas-tree capital of the universe, JoAnne studied mathematics at Westminster College (PA), Temple University, and the University of Oklahoma. More recently she earned an MFA from Hunter College in Manhattan. For twenty-five years she lived in Bloomsburg and taught mathematics at Bloomsburg University. She was an active member of the Bloomsburg community, helping to found River Poets and Five & Dime Cultural Center. She has four grown children and eight grandchildren—in California, Maryland, or Virginia.
JoAnne is available to teach workshops and offer readings.
Please contact her.
Other poetry books by JoAnne :
Angles of Light (Finishing Line Press,2009)-- the book wears a stunning cover by Jessica Baker -- at amazon.com or contact JoAnne for a copy.
My Dance is Mathematics (Paper Kite Press, 2006) -- the poems are online here -- or contact JoAnne for a print copy.
The poet collaborates with Silver Spring sculptor, Mark Behme; here's a SAMPLE of JoAnne's poems and Mark's enigmatic figures and here's a fascinating interview of we two by poet, artist, and activist Kyi May Kaung.
For several years JoAnne has held poetry workshops for Peer Wellness and Recovery Services (which offers support, friendship and activities for clients fighting mental illnesses.