Monthly Archives: April 2012

May 16th poetry reception by GPG at Scranton Library

Madison Art Society will hold its 37th annual juried exhibit and sale at the E. C. Scranton Memorial Library from Monday, April 30, through Friday, June 1. The opening reception will be on Sunday, May 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. On Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m., a poetry reception will be held by the Guilford Poets Guild. The juror for the show is David Lussier. As many as 100 works of art will be featured and will be for sale. (Pictured is “Pomegranates,” a watercolor by Joan McPherson.)

Rennie McQuilkin in May

The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Rennie McQuilkin for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, May 10, 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.

Before co-founding and directing the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Rennie McQuilkin taught at secondary schools including Phillips Academy (Andover) and Miss Porter’s School. His poetry has appeared in  The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and other publications. The author of ten poetry collections, he has received a number of awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, five poetry fellowships from the State of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as its 2010 poetry award. He is currently the publisher of Antrim House ( He and his wife, the artist Sarah McQuilkin, live in Simsbury, CT.

The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information call 453-8836.

Youth Poets Winners

Back row: Will Hahn, Taylor Hudak, Megan Powell, Nyazia Lindsay, Ashley Malafronte, Bailey Sullivan, Dan Fisher. Middle row: Evelyn Atreya, Jane Muir, Gordy Whiteman, Julie Harris, Gwen Gunn, Dan Goldberg. Front row: Gemma Mathewson, Nan Meneely, Audrey Fitting, Tony Fusco.

After a meaningful series of readings at Guilford High School for the annual poetry day, the winners of the Guilford Poets Guild Youth Poets contest were feted at the Greene Art Gallery the evening of April 19. Here are the winners and their poems:

First prize: Bailey Sullivan, “In Between Spaces.”
Second prize: Chris Acuna, “My Life with Mary Jane.”
Third prize: Ashley Malafronte, “Keep Breathing.”
Runners-up: Taylor Hudak (“The Green Coat”), Will Hahn (“Ashes”).
Gordy Whiteman Prize First Place: Nyazia Lindsey, “I Love It.”
Gordy Whiteman Prize runners-up: Megan Powell (“A Run Through Guilford”), Dan Fisher (“The Trolley Bed”).

High School Poets Reading at Greene Art Gallery

The student poet winners of the annual poetry contest at Guilford High School, will read at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield St., on April 19 at 7 pm.  Every year in April, National Poetry Month, the Guilford Poets Guild sponsors a poetry contest at the high school. Winners are featured at the Poets Guild monthly reading in April as part of the Guild’s Second Thursday readings–although this year, because of Spring vacation, the reading will be held on the third Thursday of the month. Winning contestants will receive prizes ranging from $100 to free poetry anthologies.  A special prize of $75, funded by Gordy Whiteman, a Guild member, will be awarded to the writer of the best poem about Guilford.

The first half hour of the readings features an open mike.  All Guild readings are free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.

Earlier in the day, Poetry Day will be celebrated at the high school, when students gather to hear poems read by local poets and the winning student poets are announced.