Christine Beck in September

Beckheadshot1-1The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Christine Beck for a poetry reading at the Greene Art Gallery, Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m., 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford (behind Whitfield’s restaurant on the Guilford Green), open mic 7-7:30 p.m. Refreshments served. For more information http://www.guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com or call 203-453-5213.

Christine Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of Blinding Light (Grayson Books 2013) and I’m Dating Myself, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Her collection, The Charlotte Chronicles, won a mini-chapbook award and was published by Centrifugal Eye in 2013. She teaches poetry, creative writing and literature at The University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University and in private workshops. Ms. Beck is a former president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and is currently an officer and leader of local poetry chapters. Her website is www.ChristineBeck.net.

Guilford High School Winners in May

youth 427 2015 color poetry reading-1_edited-1The Guilford Poets Guild presents the Guilford High School Poetry Contest Winners for a poetry reading at the Greene Art Gallery, Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m., 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford (behind Whitfield’s restaurant on the Guilford Green), open mic 7-7:30 p.m. Refreshments served.

Margaret Gibson in April

IMG_0040smThe Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Margaret Gibson for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, April 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.

Margaret Gibson is the author of 11 books of poems, all from LSU Press, most recently Broken Cup, 2014. Her awards include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982), the Melville Kane Award for Memories of the Future (1986), the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry for One Body (2008). The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. She has also written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, 2008, University of Missouri Press. Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut, and lives in Preston, CT. For more information, visit her website and face book page: www.MargaretGibsonPoetry.com and https://www.facebook.com/MargaretGibsonPoetry

The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information email us at gpoetsguild@gmail.com.

John Stanizzi in March

Stanizzi  PhotoThe Guilford Poets Guild presents poet John Stanizzi for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, 47 Park Street, in the Community Room in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

John L. Stanizzi is the author of the chapbook, Windows. His full length collections are Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall (www.antrimhousebooks.com), & After the Bell, (www.bigtablepublishing.com). His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Passages North, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Connecticut River Review, Freshwater, and many other publications. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 Stanizzi was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. John has been a judge for the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud Program, the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Award for Adult Writers. He is the coordinator for Hill-Stead Museum’s Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for high school poets. He taught for many years at Bacon Academy where he also directed the theater program. He has read at many venues throughout Connecticut, including The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, RJ Julia Booksellers, and the Arts Café Mystic. His newest collection, Hallelujah Time!,poems based on the music of Bob Marley, will be out next month. He is currently an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry, Connecticut.

The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For more information email us at gpoetsguild@gmail.com.

Holiday Roundtable

marylou collected poemsThe Guilford Poets Guild invites all local poets and lovers of poetry to come to their annual Holiday Roundtable on Thursday, December 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford. This year we are celebrating the work of longtime Guilford Poets Guild member Marylou Walsh. Members of the Guild will be reading poems from the book of her Collected Poems, published by the Guild earlier this year. During the open mic we invite you to read a poem (your own or simply beloved by you) reflecting the warmth and community of this season. We also encourage you again this year to 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 email us at gpoetsguild@gmail.com.

Guilford Poets Guild Trio in November

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Audrey Fitting, Gwen Gunn, Margaret Iacobellis

The Guilford Poets Guild presents three poets from their own membership (Gwen Gunn, Margaret Iacobellis, and Audrey Fitting) for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, November 13, 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.

Gwen Gunn has had poems published in Connecticut Poets at Work, The Guilford Anthology, Connecticut River Review, Fresh Ink, and Caduceus.  She was an assistant editor at Sachem Publishing and co-edited the poetry magazine Embers.  She has participated in poetry readings in Connecticut and New York.  Her latest chapbook, “Tastes,” will be available at the reading.

One of the original members of the Thimble Island Poets, Margaret Iacobellis has been a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and the CT Poetry Society since 1999.  Currently working on her fourth book of poetry,  Margaret has written about history, relationships, families and the wonders of ocean-viewing, whether it be from the eyes of early settlers first viewing our rock-bound coast or from the vantage point of Floridian sun-worshippers. Her poems have been published in The Guilford Anthology, Connecticut River Review, Long River Run, Caduceus, New River Poets and Connecticut River Review. She is currently working on a collection entitled “Salt Water Fantasies.”

Audrey Fitting credits her membership in the Guilford Poets Guild as her major source of encouragement. Her poems have appeared in The Guilford Anthology, Caduceus, Martha’s Vineyard News, and Connecticut Review. In 2013 she published a collection of her poems, copies of which she will bring to the reading.

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

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. www.kencormier.com

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