Fred Marchant in April

fredThe Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Fred Marchant for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Fred Marchant is the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry and recently reissued in a 20th Anniversary Second Edition, with an introduction by Nick Flynn. His most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press), was named by Barnes and Noble Review and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of poetry in 2009. He is also the author of Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000), and a new and selected volume, House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2002).

Fred Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in 2006 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. He is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), a selection that focuses on the work done while he was a conscientious objector during World War II. In 1970, Marchant himself was one of the first Marine Corps officers ever to be discharged honorably as a conscientious objector.

He is Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and of The Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston. A graduate of Brown University, he earned a PhD from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He is also a longtime teaching affiliate of The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and has taught in a wide variety of workshops across the country, ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference to the Veterans Writing Group in Sebastopol, CA.

He is the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.”

The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For more information call 453-8836.

Baron Wormser Returns to Guilford


The Guilford Poets Guild will begin the spring season of their 2014 Second Thursday Poetry Series with a program by Baron Wormser on March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The poet will be leading a discussion of Robert Frost’s poem “The Most of It.” Wormser, who is Director of Education Outreach at the Frost Place in Franconia, NH, has led discussions of Frost’s poems in many venues over many years. Copies of the poem will be available. The program will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Baron Wormser is the author of nine books of poetry (Impenitent Notes from CavanKerry Press came out in 2011), a novel Teach Us That Peace published by Piscataqua Press in 2013, and several books of prose including a memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid (2006). He is a former poet laureate of Maine who also teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information call 453-8836.



Ed Walker and Jane Ulrich now on Video

Thanks to GCTV the video of the reading by Ed Walker and Jane Ulrich on November 14 at the Greene Gallery is now available for viewing online. Here is the link.

Marilyn Nelson’s reading now on video

Thanks to GCTV another reading from our Second Thursday Poetry Series is now available for viewing on youtube. Here is a link to the March 14, 2013 reading given for the Guild by renowned poet Marilyn Nelson, Connecticut’s former poet laureate from 2001-2006. Enjoy!

Celebrating the Seventeen

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289, a book of 17s by Mark McGuire-Schwartz

The Guilford Poets Guild invites all local poets and lovers of poetry to come to their annual Holiday Roundtable on Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford. This year we are Celebrating the Seventeen. The “17” is a poetic form invented by local poet Mark McGuire-Schwartz. His methodology is explained at his website If you have written a “17,” please share it or a poem (your own or simply beloved by you) reflecting the warmth and community of this season. You may also bring a new (or very gently used) favorite children’s book whose place in your heart you can share during the open mic. At the end of the evening, these books will be wrapped for donation to the Branford Community Dining Room. The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For more information call 203-453-8836 or email us at

GPG Duet in November

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Ed Walker

The Guilford Poets Guild presents poets Jane Ulrich and Ed Walker for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Jane Ulrich dropped out of pure academic life when the word “incommensurate” was inserted into the title of her dissertation on Borges, preferring to raise three kids, who were incommensurate in the flesh. She holds Master’s degrees both in Divinity and in Religion and Literature, and has worked as an educational consultant and as a fiction and academic editor. Believing along with Flaubert that “God is in the details” she likes to write poems about small things. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild, and lives in Guilford, CT.

Jane Ulrich

Jane Ulrich

When Ed Walker moved to Guilford in 1977 he joined the group that became the Guilford Poets Guild, but as he and his wife were raising their four children, and he got involved in starting and running a small business here, he disappeared from the Guild. After the kids grew up and he retired from the business, he found time to pay attention to writing once again. A few years ago the Guild welcomed him back. Ed explains that he has spent all of his life in and on oceans. He has been surfing for over fifty years, and has been sailing and cruising out of Long Island Sound for the past thirty years. His journals reflect his life’s journeys—surfing and sailing and searching for meaning in the world we all share, and trying to find his place in it. His poems come out of moments he has captured in the journals he has kept.

The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For
more information call 453-2036.

GPG Poets on Video

Three of the Guilford Poets Guild members, Jane Muir, Nan Meneely and Patricia O’Brien can now be seen reading their poetry on video, thanks to a Youtube presentation of Jane’s GCTV reading, and Simsbury, Connecticut, Community Television’s own website. Here are links to their readings:

Jane Muir on GCTV, October 19, 2013

Nan Meneely interviewed by Rennie McQuilken, Speaking of Poetry Episode 22, Simsbury Community Television, September 5, 2013

Patricia O’Brien interviewed by Rennie McQuilken, Speaking of Poetry Episode 17, February 6, 2013.