Poetry’s Greatest Hits with Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall

THE CLINTON ART GALLERY’S Poetry Place Sunday Series final event for 2017 will feature Guilford Poets Guild members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall in their engaging presentation of “Poetry’s Greatest Hits: An Afternoon of Narrative Poetry & Song” on Sunday, November 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. This event will take place in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street, in the heart of Clinton.

Local poets are invited to read at the Open Mic, a popular and well attended part of the Sunday Series giving local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the variety of workshops, in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net.


Find Evidence of Flossing at Rock Garden in Branford

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, November 18 from 11am – 2pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this November book signing event.

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. It features 73 poems and more than 80 original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Rock Garden is located at 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT. For more information and to purchase copies of the book, please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

GPG Poet Norman Marshall Wins John Brown Society Silver Medallion

On Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM, Guilford Poets Guild member Norman Thomas Marshall and Dr. Louis A. DeCaro will receive the John Brown Society Silver Medallion for ”outstanding cultural and intellectual contributions to the understanding of the Abolishment Movement and the continuing struggle for equality for the poor and despised.” The Awards will be conferred by Larry Lawrence, president of the John Brown Society. The ceremony will be held in Manhattan, in the Community Room of 125 West 109 Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, just west of the C/B subway lines (exit from the rear of the “Uptown” train).

Click here for more about Norman’s work including several video clips!

Nan Meneely to read at TOGETHER WE RISE 2017 Poetry Series

TOGETHER WE RISE 2017 Poetry Series will host its tenth reading on Sunday, November 12, from 2-4 PM at Two Wrasslin’ Cats, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, CT, with a poetry program exploring the high cost of war and our abiding desire for peace.

The featured reader will be Guilford Poets Guild member Nan Meneely, whose acclaimed book, Letter from Italy, 1944, based on letters from her father when he was serving in World War II, was the only book of poetry awarded in the Legacy Non-fiction category of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It was noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013.

In addition to the reading by Nan Meneely, there will be a read-in by audience members of poems exploring the high cost of war and our abiding desire for peace. A selection of poetry about war and peace will be provided. Participants are invited to read from this selection, or bring poems on the current topic to read, or simply come to listen and enjoy. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Janine Broe at Jrfreeland1@yahoo.com, Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472, or go to www.togetherwerisect.com.

Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to Read November 9

The Guilford Poets Guild is honored to welcome Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to its Second Thursday Poetry Series on November 9. The event, presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library, will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the library. It begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., and follows with Garry’s presentation.

Alan Garry started writing poetry over 35 years ago. After a brief measure of success, he stopped writing for the next 20 plus years. He has the dedicated professionals at the West Haven, VA Connecticut Healthcare to thank for his decision to begin writing again. His work has been published in Red Fox Review, The Penny Paper, Helix, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Avocet, Theater Topics, Main Street Rag, The Cape Rock, Cumberland River Review and the recently published anthology, Laureates of Connecticut – An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. As the winner of the Wesleyan Honors College Connecticut Poetry Circuit Competition, he has read his work at Yale University, Trinity College, Connecticut College and many other Connecticut colleges and universities. His play, Gathering Shells, co-written with Crystal Brian, the theater director of Quinnipiac University, has been produced at the Long Wharf Theater and The Little Theater in New Haven, as well as the Abingdon Theater in New York City.

The mission of the Veteran Arts Foundation is to heal through the arts. Garry came to his role as Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation originally as a disabled veteran. Through the years, he has conducted poetry workshops for veterans participating in in-patient programs and read his work at various art shows sponsored by the VA. His poetry was featured throughout the run of The Body of an American, a play recently produced at Hartford Stage.

There will be books for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served. Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience.

The final 2017 Second Thursday Poetry Series presented by the Guilford Poets Guild will be held on December 14, a Holiday Roundtable featuring Found Poems. For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Poets Laureate in the House!

On Thursday, October 12 – as part of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival – the Guilford Poets Guild welcomed five state Poets Laureate to the Guilford Free Library: Tarn Granucci (Wallingford), Joan Hofmann (Canton), Laurel Peterson (Norwalk), and our own Patricia O’Brien (Old Saybrook) and Gordy Whiteman (Guilford). The group was joined by special guest Dick Allen, past Poet Laureate of Connecticut. Although Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison was unable to attend, several of her poems were shared with the enthusiastic audience, which also enjoyed diverse open mic presentations by several local poets. (Pictured left to right: Granucci, Peterson, Hogman, Allen, O’Brien and Whiteman.)


GPG Member Jen Payne is Person of the Week

Jen Payne; photo by Christine Chiocchio

Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne is the current Shoreline Publishing Person of the Week. Her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind will be featured at a book launch celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m., and then again at an artist talk/book reading on Oct. 15 from noon to 2 p.m., both events at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street, Branford (and the events are free and open to the public). Her book is available online at www.3chairspublishing.com, at local booksellers, at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, and at Rock Garden LLC in Branford; also online at Indiebound.org, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Here is a link to the article in the newspaper.