Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Connecticut Poet Laureate is coming

The Guilford Poets Guild is excited to present Dick Allen as featured reader for our Second Thursday Poetry Series, Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford (behind Whitfield’s restaurant on the Guilford Green).

Allen is one of the founders of Expansive poetry, a movement that started in the 1980s, and his numerous poetry collections include Present Vanishing: Poems (2008) and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected (1997). He has won the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry, the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Poetry Prize, the May Caroline Davis Poetry Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the San Jose Bicentennial Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the Director of Creative Writing and Charles A. Dana Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Bridgeport until his retirement in September 2001. In 2010 he was named poet laureate of Connecticut and will serve in that position through 2015.

There will be an open mike from 7-7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.