CALL FOR POETS: Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology to be published in the fall of 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and is open to vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). Poets of all ages from the shoreline community-Branford to Old Saybrook-are welcome to submit poems based on the Submission Guidelines listed below and on the Guilford Poet Guild’s website, The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2018.

In addition to selected poems, the anthology will feature poems by members of the Guild as well as winners of the Guilford High School 2018 Poetry Contest, an annual event sponsored by the GPG each year.

The Guild is pleased to welcome editor Edwina Trentham who will select the poems for this new publication. Trentham taught English at Asnuntuck Community College, in Enfield, Connecticut, for twenty-seven years, where she was the Founding Editor of Freshwater Poetry Journal. A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005. She was awarded a 2010 Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She has published work in a variety of periodicals, and her work is included in five poetry anthologies. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the state, and she is a member of Connecticut River Poets.

The Guilford Poets Guild was officially organized in 1998 to produce its first anthology, An Anthology of Guilford Poets. In 2009, the group published The Guilford Poets Guild Tenth Anniversary Anthology. The Guild, which includes many of its original members, meets regularly to share poems and promote a general appreciation of poetry in the community. Throughout the year the GPG hosts a number of poetry readings including its popular Second Thursday Poetry Series, a Holiday Roundtable, the Guilford High School Poetry Contest, and coordinates poetry/art events with the Madison Art Society and the Florence Griswold Museum.

Membership is by invitation, and current members are Carol Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, David Cundy, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Margaret Iacobellis, Norman Thomas Marshall, Nancy F. Meneely, Jane Muir, Patricia Horn O’Brien, Sharon Olson, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Jane Ulrich, Edward Walker, and Guilford’s Poet Laureate Gordy Whiteman.


Submission Deadline: September 5, 2018

  • The theme of the poems should be on the subject “Our Changing Environment” which can be broadly interpreted to cover natural, world, national, local or personal subjects.
  • Poets may submit up to 3 poems, of a length no more than approximately 75 lines each including title and blank lines.
  • Please submit one text file with your poems (Word, PDF, RTF are acceptable formats); the file name should include your first and last name (i.e. JaneDoe-Poems.doc).
  • Do not include your name or contact information on the individual poems.
  • In the body of your email include your name, address, and email address, the titles of your submissions, as well as a 3-4 line bio which, if your poem(s) is accepted, will be included in the anthology.

Email submissions to the Guilford Poets Guild at Selected poems will be notified by January 2019.

(While we prefer to receive poems by email, submissions may also be sent to Guilford Poets Guild, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437.)

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Guilford Poets Guild Presents Award-Winning Poet Sarah Freligh

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its April Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning poet Sarah Freligh on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.

Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis. Her fiction and poetry work have appeared in Sun Magazine, Hotel Amerika, BOAAT Journal, diode, SmokeLong Quarterly, and in the forthcoming anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories (W.W. Norton, 2018). Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.

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 Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282,

GPG’s Be Mused Team Wins Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the Guilford Poets Guild’s Be Mused Team, winners of the Guilford Fund for Education’s annual Spelling Bee held on March 2, 2018. The Be Mused team included, left to right, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, and David Cundy.

Second Thursday Poetry Series: Dick Allen Memorial Tribute


Dick Allen, essayist, educator, and former Connecticut Poet Laureate (2010-2015), was scheduled to read at the Guilford Poets Guild’s upcoming Second Thursday Poetry Series reading. Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas Day at the age of 78. In the spirit of gratitude and celebration of his life and his poetry, the Guild is planning a reading of his poetry on Thursday, March 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Each member of the Guilford Poets Guild will read his/her favorite Dick Allen poem.

Also, in that spirit, there will be three door prizes of one of his poetry books: Present Vanishing; The Day Before; Ode to the Cold War. Guilford Poets Guild has had a long history with Allen, including featuring him at past readings and inviting him to facilitate a poetry workshop for its members. He will be sorely missed.

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 Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282,

GPG Poet Gordy Whiteman at The Poetry Institute, January 18

Gordy Whiteman
Laurel Peterson

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gordy Whiteman was born in Guilford in 1929. He is President of The Guilford Poets Guild and a founding Member of The Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. Currently, he serves as the Poet Laureate of Guilford. Gordy is the author of two books of poetry: Whitfield Crossing and Home – Town -Guilford. His poetry presents a view of America during the mid-1900s -The Great Depression – war – racism – songs and the spirit of the people.

Laurel S. Peterson is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College. Her poetry has been published in many small literary journals. She has two poetry chapbooks: That’s the Way the Music Sounds,) and Talking to the Mirror. She also co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience. Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, was released in, and the second in the series will be out sometime this year. A full length collection of poetry, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer You? was released in 2017. She is the current poet laureate of Norwalk, CT.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER

Guilford Poets Guild members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall have recently created The Moses Gunn Play Company, dedicated to the memory of Moses Gunn. It will present staged and concert readings of dramatic and comedic plays for the Shoreline community. Original and well-known plays will be presented as well as little known masterpieces. Our next presentation will be

by Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, January 3 at 6:00 PM

at the Guilford Free Library
67 Park Street, Guilford.
No admission fee. Refreshments.

Our first presentation was THE VIRGINIA MONOLOGUES, written and performed by Norman Thomas Marshall, directed by Gwen Gunn. A video recording can be viewed at

For more information, email

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Guilford Poets Guild
Second Thursday Poetry Series
April 2017