Monthly Archives: October 2017

Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to Read November 9

The Guilford Poets Guild is honored to welcome Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to its Second Thursday Poetry Series on November 9. The event, presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library, will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the library. It begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., and follows with Garry’s presentation.

Alan Garry started writing poetry over 35 years ago. After a brief measure of success, he stopped writing for the next 20 plus years. He has the dedicated professionals at the West Haven, VA Connecticut Healthcare to thank for his decision to begin writing again. His work has been published in Red Fox Review, The Penny Paper, Helix, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Avocet, Theater Topics, Main Street Rag, The Cape Rock, Cumberland River Review and the recently published anthology, Laureates of Connecticut – An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. As the winner of the Wesleyan Honors College Connecticut Poetry Circuit Competition, he has read his work at Yale University, Trinity College, Connecticut College and many other Connecticut colleges and universities. His play, Gathering Shells, co-written with Crystal Brian, the theater director of Quinnipiac University, has been produced at the Long Wharf Theater and The Little Theater in New Haven, as well as the Abingdon Theater in New York City.

The mission of the Veteran Arts Foundation is to heal through the arts. Garry came to his role as Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation originally as a disabled veteran. Through the years, he has conducted poetry workshops for veterans participating in in-patient programs and read his work at various art shows sponsored by the VA. His poetry was featured throughout the run of The Body of an American, a play recently produced at Hartford Stage.

There will be books for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served. 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 final 2017 Second Thursday Poetry Series presented by the Guilford Poets Guild will be held on December 14, a Holiday Roundtable featuring Found Poems. For more information, visit

Poets Laureate in the House!

On Thursday, October 12 – as part of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival – the Guilford Poets Guild welcomed five state Poets Laureate to the Guilford Free Library: Tarn Granucci (Wallingford), Joan Hofmann (Canton), Laurel Peterson (Norwalk), and our own Patricia O’Brien (Old Saybrook) and Gordy Whiteman (Guilford). The group was joined by special guest Dick Allen, past Poet Laureate of Connecticut. Although Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison was unable to attend, several of her poems were shared with the enthusiastic audience, which also enjoyed diverse open mic presentations by several local poets. (Pictured left to right: Granucci, Peterson, Hogman, Allen, O’Brien and Whiteman.)


GPG Member Jen Payne is Person of the Week

Jen Payne; photo by Christine Chiocchio

Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne is the current Shoreline Publishing Person of the Week. Her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind will be featured at a book launch celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m., and then again at an artist talk/book reading on Oct. 15 from noon to 2 p.m., both events at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street, Branford (and the events are free and open to the public). Her book is available online at, at local booksellers, at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, and at Rock Garden LLC in Branford; also online at, and Here is a link to the article in the newspaper.