The Guilford Poets Guild invites all local poets and lovers of poetry to come to their annual Holiday Roundtable on Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford. This year Guilford Poets Guild members will be reading poems inspired by paintings displayed in the gallery. 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 email@example.com or phone 203-453-5213.
The Guilford Poets Guild presents two poets from their own membership (Evelyn Atreya and Patricia Horn O’Brien) for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, November 12, 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.
Evelyn Atreya lives in Guilford where she is president of the Guilford Poets Guild. She is on the board of the Connecticut Poetry Society and is a member of its Greater New Haven Chapter. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut River Review, Caduceus, Long River Run, San Diego Poetry Annual, Plainsongs and in a chapbook, Olives, Now and Then, honoring Donald Hall on his 83rd birthday. Grayson Books recently published her first book, Regarding Rock.
Patricia Horn O’Brien
Patricia Horn O’Brien, a resident of Old Saybrook, is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and recently co-founded CT River Poets. She launched a poetry series at the Florence Griswold Museum where poets from the two groups (joined regularly by students from Old Saybrook High School) present poems inspired by exhibitions at the museum. She has facilitated poetry workshops at the York Correctional Institute hospice program, at Middlesex and Asnuntuck Community Colleges, and at the Consultation Center in Stratford. Her poetry has won prizes from the Trumbull Arts Council, Acton Public Library, Embers magazine, and from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her work has been published in many periodicals including Connecticut River Review, Embers, Pulp Smith, Fairfield County Magazine, Poet Lore, Caduceus, Freshwater, Native West Press, Red Fox Review and Connecticut Review. Her first book of poetry, When Less Than Perfect is Enough, is now in its second printing.
The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Charlie Bondhus for a poetry reading at the Greene Art Gallery, Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m., 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford (behind Whitfield’s restaurant on the Guilford Green), open mic 7-7:30 p.m. Refreshments served.
Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the Publishing Triangle’s 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His first poetry book, How the Boy Might See It is being reissued in the fall in a revised, expanded edition. His work appears in numerous journals, including Poetry, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review, CounterPunch, The Alabama Literary Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He is assistant professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ) and is the poetry editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).
The 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.
The 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.