The Guilford Poets Guild will present poet Barbara Purcell at the Second Thursday reading on May 12 at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 pm.
Barbara Purcell is a young and up-coming poet whose full-length book Black Ice Poems has already garnered five stars on Amazon. Her “fresh and gritty” poems have been read at various venues in New York City. “She writes straightforwardly of bulemia, nude modeling, love betrayed, and early warning signs of things amiss. There are no fake notes here,” according to critic Colette Inez. Purcell also teaches yoga.
The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information call 453-8836.
In front, Karolina Heleno, Sonya Zhou, and Sarah Eppler-Epstein; in rear Emily Espinal, Jaclyn Triebel, Jesse Iassogna, and Conor Reichart.
The student winners of the annual poetry contest at Guilford High School, whose names were revealed during the high school’s annual Poetry Day, will be the featured readers at the Guilford Poets Guild’s Second Thursday Poetry Reading at the Greene Art Gallery on Thursday, April 14 at 7 pm. First prize went to Sonya Zhou for her poem, “metro-north,” second prize to Sarah Eppler-Epstein for “Miscalculations,” and third prize was given to Helen Brechlin for her poem “Back Broken.” In addition, in a separate contest funded by GPG member Gordy Whiteman, Jaclyn Triebel was awarded a prize for the best poem about Guilford (“Guilford Train Station”). Honorable mentions for the poetry prize went to Emily Espinal, Rebecca Hasenfeld, Karolina Heleno, Jesse Iassogna, and Conor Reichart. The evening reading is open to the public, and the first half hour will be an open mic. Refreshments will be served. The Greene Art Gallery is at 29 Whitfield Street (Guilford) behind Whitfield’s restaurant. We hope to see you there!
See the publicity we received about this contest in the Guilford Courier for April 28, 2011.