The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Mark McGuire-Schwartz for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, October 11, 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.
Mark McGuire-Schwartz sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, and it shows. He believes that laughter is a gift to be shared. People often laugh out loud when they read his writings. Then again, they laugh at a lot of things he does. In twenty-seven years working as a bureaucrat in state government, Mark strove to raise the level of memos and emails to an art form.
Mark has published poetry and prose in many journals, including Caduceus, Fairfield Review, RogueScholars, Bent Pin Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, 6 Sentences, Whatever Literary Magazine, Connecticut Law Journal, and on the bottoms of rocks. His first chapbook, Loss and Laughs, Love and Fauna, was published in 2009. Mark is author of a short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, which was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. His latest book is called “289, a book of 17s.”
Mark is the Co-Director of Poetry Institute-New Haven. Legend has it that he learned to speak in full sentences and to express complex, subtle thoughts at the age of seven months. However, he still has not been known to do so.
Mark is currently an MFA student at Southern Connecticut State University. After all these decades of writing, he is now trying to learn how. For the past few years, he has been developing a new poetic form, called the 17.
The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information call 453-8836.