Monthly Archives: November 2017

Stony Creek Book Signing with GPG Member Jen Payne

Currently featured in a nationwide blog tour, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Seaside Home & Gifts in Stony Creek on Saturday, December 2 from 2pm – 5pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this pre-holiday book signing event.

em>Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. It features 73 poems and more than 80 original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.

In addition to featuring books by local authors like Payne, Seaside Home & Gifts offers a unique selection of locally and New England made products by skilled artisans as well as customized gifts for special occasions.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seaside Home & Gifts is located at 172 Thimble Islands Road in Branford, CT. For more information please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

IMAGE: 034-0915 – Municipal Parking Lot, Damariscotta, Maine; by Jen Payne, September 2015


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Jen Payne our very own Person of the Week

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Jen Payne; photo by Christine Chiocchio

In case you missed it, Jen was featured in the October 25, 2017 Guilford Courier as Person of the Week. Pam Johnson’s introduction tells us:

No doubt about it, Jen Payne has a way with words. From her place among invitation-only Guilford Poets Guild to her newest book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the shoreline author and artist brings together words and images to champion the natural world and remind us of what she terms “our divine and innate connection with nature.” The book also provides telling social commentary and photos showing “evidence,” warning of a growing disregard for nature’s gifts and for each other.

Here’s a link so you can read the entire article. Congratulations Jen!

Poetry’s Greatest Hits with Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall

THE CLINTON ART GALLERY’S Poetry Place Sunday Series final event for 2017 will feature Guilford Poets Guild members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall in their engaging presentation of “Poetry’s Greatest Hits: An Afternoon of Narrative Poetry & Song” on Sunday, November 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. This event will take place in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street, in the heart of Clinton.

Local poets are invited to read at the Open Mic, a popular and well attended part of the Sunday Series giving local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the variety of workshops, in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net.

Find Evidence of Flossing at Rock Garden in Branford

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, November 18 from 11am – 2pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this November book signing event.

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. It features 73 poems and more than 80 original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Rock Garden is located at 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT. For more information and to purchase copies of the book, please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

GPG Poet Norman Marshall Wins John Brown Society Silver Medallion

On Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM, Guilford Poets Guild member Norman Thomas Marshall and Dr. Louis A. DeCaro will receive the John Brown Society Silver Medallion for ”outstanding cultural and intellectual contributions to the understanding of the Abolishment Movement and the continuing struggle for equality for the poor and despised.” The Awards will be conferred by Larry Lawrence, president of the John Brown Society. The ceremony will be held in Manhattan, in the Community Room of 125 West 109 Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, just west of the C/B subway lines (exit from the rear of the “Uptown” train).

Click here for more about Norman’s work including several video clips!

Nan Meneely to read at TOGETHER WE RISE 2017 Poetry Series

TOGETHER WE RISE 2017 Poetry Series will host its tenth reading on Sunday, November 12, from 2-4 PM at Two Wrasslin’ Cats, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, CT, with a poetry program exploring the high cost of war and our abiding desire for peace.

The featured reader will be Guilford Poets Guild member Nan Meneely, whose acclaimed book, Letter from Italy, 1944, based on letters from her father when he was serving in World War II, was the only book of poetry awarded in the Legacy Non-fiction category of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It was noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013.

In addition to the reading by Nan Meneely, there will be a read-in by audience members of poems exploring the high cost of war and our abiding desire for peace. A selection of poetry about war and peace will be provided. Participants are invited to read from this selection, or bring poems on the current topic to read, or simply come to listen and enjoy. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Janine Broe at Jrfreeland1@yahoo.com, Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472, or go to www.togetherwerisect.com.