Ken Cormier in October

Cormier 2014 v2The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Ken Cormier for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, October 9, 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.

Ken Cormier is the author of Balance Act (Insomniac Press) and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press). His live, multi-media performances have been described as “a William Burroughs exorcism through a Karaoke machine.” Ken also makes radio fiction and documentary pieces, many of which have aired on public-radio affiliates around the US and on the BBC. He teaches Creative Writing at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

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

Another Paintings and Poetry Event

Paintings & Poetry: A Tour in Verse. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join local poets as they present poems inspired by the works of art on view in the exhibitions, The Art of the Everyman: Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum and Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore. A light reception with the poets will follow the event. Included with museum admission.

Kate Rushin in September

Kate%20Rushin%20B&W_bigThe Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Kate Rushin for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, September 11, 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.

Kate Rushin is an award-winning, Connecticut poet/educator with training in theater and radio. She has taught at Wesleyan University, The Oddfellows Youth Playhouse and The Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts where she was dramaturge for the production of “A Raisin In The Sun.” Rushin has featured, twice, at The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, where she is also an artist/instructor in The Hartford Poetry Outreach Program. Her poem, “My Lord, What A Mourning,” in honor of the life of the contralto and long-time Danbury resident, Marian Anderson, was commissioned by The New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas/ Connecticut Freedom Trail Poetry Project. She has read her work on NPR and WNPR. Rushin serves on The James Merrill House Committee in Stonington, CT, and has twice served as judge for Connecticut Poetry Out Loud.

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

Media Coverage of the Youth Poet and Poet Laureate Event

Jane Ulrich, Guilford Poets Guild member has written a terrific summary of our final event, which was published in the Guilford Courier (here is a link). And here is the article as it appeared:

bildeGuilford poets, past and present, were recently honored in an event held in conjunction with the 375th anniversary of Guilford, and co-hosted by the Guilford Free Library and the Guilford Poet’s Guild. Winners of the the Guilford High School Poetry Contest sponsored by the Guilford Poets Guild were announced and awarded prizes, presentations were made on Guilford’s past poets, and Gordy Whiteman was awarded the position of First Poet Laureate of Guilford.

The student winners and their winning poems are: Emma Nanamaker, “Blue Heron,” first prize; Pierre Weber, “The Bear House,” second prize; Ana Blanchet, “Sheltered,” third prize; Josh Stern, “A Sonnet for Guilford,” runner-up; Katie Ellman-Aspnes, “Sunset,” runner-up; and Annie Jonathan, “Where We Come From,” the Gordy Whiteman Prize.

Gwen Gunn gave a brief history of notable poets who have lived in Guilford, reading short selections from the work of S. Ward Loper, Harry Durant, Andrew Benton, Carrie Chatfield, and Mary Bishop Bullard, going back in time to the most famous, Fitz-Greene Halleck.

Julianna Harris spoke about Fitz Green Halleck, a well-known American poet of the early 1800s, who was born in Guilford and who is buried at Alderbrook Cemetery. He was read by Abraham Lincoln in the White House, met Charles Dickens, and his statue on the Literary Walk in Central Park stands alongside such luminaries as Shakespeare, Burns, and Sir Walter Scott.

The evening culminated in the award of the title Poet Laureate of Guilford to Gordy Whiteman, presented by First Selectman Joe Mazza and the Board of Selectmen.

Here is a link to the video of A Celebration of Guilford in Verse.

GPG Celebrates Guilford’s 375th

Statue of Fitz-Greene Halleck in New York's Central Park

Statue of Fitz-Greene Halleck in New York’s Central Park, photo by Carlos Delgado, Wikimedia Commons

At the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. the Guilford Poets Guild presents a “A Celebration of Guilford in Verse.”

Guilford Poets Guild members and student poet winners of the annual poetry contest at the Guilford High School will read poems inspired by Guilford’s past, present, and envisioned future.  There will be no open mic for this event. The evening will culminate with the naming of the first Town of Guilford Poet Laureate. This program is part of the series commemorating the 375th anniversary of Guilford.


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.