Monthly Archives: August 2018

September Poetry Reading: Award-Winning Poet Monica Ong

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its September Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning poet Monica Ong on Thursday, September 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.

Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. An MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, she has also been awarded fellowships at Kundiman, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, and most recently Yaddo. Based in Connecticut, she currently serves as the User Experience Designer at the Yale Digital Humanities Lab. You can read samples of her work at

Upcoming poets in the Guilford Poets Guild’s Second Thursday Poetry Series include Julia Paul (October 11), GPG Trio: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir & Gordy Whiteman (November 8), and a Holiday Roundtable featuring Dr. Seuss (December 13). For more information, visit

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 Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282,

A Mother, A Son, an the Ties That Bind

On Mother’s Day of 2017, Richard Manders asked his mother, Guilford Poets Guild member Patricia O’Brien, if she’d like to collaborate with him in writing a book about their journey through adoption, separation, reunion, and the years that followed. Thanks to that invitation, the book, The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, And the Ties that Bind was written. Through its collection of chapters, by Richard, Pat, and three family members central to their story, the book narrates a tale that started in 1962 with chaos and heartache that turned a momentous corner in
1982 with a reunion…a story that continues today with love and healing and ongoing wonder.

Pat, a resident of Old Saybrook, is the town’s Poet Laureate, and a long-time activist for adoption reform, including for open records. Rich, a lifelong entrepreneur, resides in Cambridge MA.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Thursday, September 6 at 7PM
Guilford Free Library, Guilford
67 Park Street, Guilford

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is free and open to all. Please register online, or call (203) 453-8522 or in person at the reference desk.

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents The Virginia Monologues

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents The Virginia Monologues (part 2), produced and directed by GPG member Gwen Gunn, written by GPG member Norman Thomas Marshall. Performed by Norman and a mysterious mystery guest.

Sunday, September 9 @ 3PM
(Rain date Sunday, September 16.)

Refreshments and performance in the Gunn/ Marshall garden, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford.

A fundraiser for the 2018-2019 season. We don’t need much but we do need something! $20 suggested minimum donation but don’t stay away just because you’re broke. The poor are welcome!, 203-533-7340 or 610-428-4852

If you cannot attend- Aw-w-w-w-w! But all is not lost!
You can send a check to:
The Moses Gunn Play Company, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.

Deadline Approaching for 20th Anniversary Anthology!


Submissions are still being accepted for the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology to be published in the fall of 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and is open to vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). Poets of all ages are invited to submit poems based on the Submission Guidelines listed below. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018.

CLICK HERE for more information about the 20th Anniversary Anthology

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

  • The theme of the poems should be on the subject “Our Changing Environment” which can be broadly interpreted to cover natural, world, national, local or personal subjects.
  • Poets may submit up to 3 poems, of a length no more than approximately 75 lines each including title and blank lines.Please submit one text file with your poems (Word, PDF, RTF are acceptable formats); the file name should include your first and last name (i.e. JaneDoe-Poems.doc)
  • Do not include your name or contact information on the individual poems.
  • In the body of your email include your name, address, and email address, the titles of your submissions, as well as a 3-4 line bio which, if your poem(s) is accepted, will be included in the anthology.

Email submissions (or questions) to the Guilford Poets Guild at

Selected poems will be notified by January 2019.

(While we prefer to receive poems by email, submissions may also be sent to Guilford Poets Guild, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437.)