The Guilford Poets Guild is a group award-winning, published poets from Guilford and the shoreline who meet regularly to share poems and promote the love and engagement of poetry within the community. Throughout the year the GPG hosts a number of poetry readings including its popular Second Thursday Poetry Series, a Holiday Roundtable, the Guilford High School Poetry Contest, and coordinates poetry/art events with Guilford Art Center, the Madison Art Society and the Florence Griswold Museum.
Originally referred to as The Shoreline Poets, many GPG members have been meeting to discuss poetry since the 1970s. The Guilford Poets Guild was officially organized in 1998 to produce An Anthology of Guilford Poets, and a number of its original members have continued to meet on a bi-weekly basis ever since.
In 2019, the Guild celebrated its 20th anniversary with the publication of its third anthology of poems, Our Changing Environment.
Membership is by invitation. Current members, most of whom are pictured above, are Carol Leavitt Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Julie Fitzpatrick, Margaret Iacobellis, Karen Gronback Johnson, Norman Thomas Marshall, Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, Jane Muir, Old Saybrook Poet Laureate Patricia Horn O’Brien, Sharon Olson, Jennifer A. Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Jane Ulrich, Edward Walker, and Guilford’s Poet Laureate Gordy Whiteman.
For more information, please call 203-453-5213.