Author Archives: Jen Payne

New Haven Bioregional Group POTLUCK & POETRY

On Saturday, January 26, the New Haven Bioregional Group will host Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne for a poetry reading and book signing featuring her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind. The event, held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven (608 Whitney Avenue, New Haven), begins with a potluck supper at 6PM, followed by the reading at 7PM.

Come listen to a selection of poems that are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Oliver, they explore the human condition juxtaposed to the natural world and the possibility of divine connection.

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20th Anniversary Anthology Cover Contest Winner Announced

The Guilford Poets Guild is pleased to announce photographer Carin Roaldset as the winner of our 20th Anniversary Anthology Cover Contest. Carin’s photo Footprint, pictured above, was a favorite among Anthology Committee members.

Many of you might know Carin from her work on such books as A Measure of Joy – Opening to the Energy of Reiki by Gay Stinnett, Letters from Cornfield Point by Sally Ann D’Aquila, and Here After by poet Mary Volk.

Carin belongs to the CT Valley Camera Club and the Essex Art Association. Her art has been displayed in a number of juried shows and she had several solo and group exhibits on the Shoreline. She lives in Old Saybrook with her husband Stein.

The GPG’s 20th Anniversary Anthology will be published later this year. Watch for details coming soon!

IMAGE: Footprint, ©2018, Carin Roaldset, Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, Connecticut, November 24, 2018.

Holiday Roundtable Poetry Reading: The Seasons – Fall Into Winter

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its annual Holiday Round Table Poetry Reading on Thursday, December 13. Members of the Guild will read poems around the theme of “The Seasons – Fall Into Winter.” The evening, 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. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped children’s book, new or gently used, to be donated to the Branford Community Dining Room.

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of shoreline poets who meet regularly to share poems and promote appreciation of poetry in the community. Its current members are Carol Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, David Cundy, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Margaret Iacobellis, Karen Gronback Johnson, Norman Marshall, Nancy F. Meneely, Jane Muir, Patricia H. O’Brien, Sharon Olson, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Jane Ulrich, Edward Walker, and Gordy Whiteman.

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,

Deadline Extended – CALL TO ARTISTS for GPG’s Anthology Cover

Shoreline Artists – this is your chance to be seen! The Guilford Poets Guild is hosting an art contest for the cover of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, to be published in 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and artists are encouraged to submit images that fit the theme in its vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal).

All mediums will be considered. For reference, the printed Anthology book will measure 8″ x 8″ square. Images can be sized to fit or will be cropped to fit as needed.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

Please submit your image as a high-resolution JPG and email to with your name, address, and a short 3-4 line bio.

Winners will be announced in February 2019.

For more information, visit

Please forward to artists you know.

A Guilford Poets Guild Trio: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir, Gordy Whiteman

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for a special reading by three of its members: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir, and Guilford Poet Laureate Gordy Whiteman. This special Second Thursday Poetry Series reading will be held on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.

Juliana Harris has contributed poetry to The New York Times, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Best Times, Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Kansas City Star, among other publications. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she has lived in Guilford since 1979 where she is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild. She has recently published a collection of her poems entitled Portraits. She is the author of two novels and is currently at work on her first mystery.

Poet Jane Muir says, “I was born six weeks before the Great Depression. It’s been all uphill since then, financially at least. I’ve seen the world change immensely. In my childhood, whenever a plane flew overhead the whole family would run outside to see it. Now astronauts have been to the moon. I graduated from what was then Connecticut College for Women; now it’s co-ed. I worked in publishing and advertising in New York City and after marriage was, as most women in those days, a stay-at-home mom. Don’t think that wasn’t work! Then I went to work at a local paper, a job I really loved. I moved to Guilford in the mid-nineties, took courses in poetry at Southern Connecticut State University, and joined the Guilford Poets Guild, where currently I’m the oldest member. In age, that is.” Muir’s new book, Bulletin from Suburbia, is due out before Christmas.

Gordy Whiteman was born to Guilford in 1929. He is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and serves as its co-president with Jane Muir. He is the author of Whitfield Crossing, and Home Town Guilford. Whiteman is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and serves as Guilford’s first Poet Laureate.

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 Guild’s Holiday Roundtable featuring Dr. Seuss poems is scheduled for Thursday, December 13. For more information, visit

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,


The Moses Gunn Play Company presents Four Suburban Legends

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents FOUR SUBURBAN LEGENDS, three short comedies and one not-so-comedy (also short) by Frederick Stroppel:

The Friend from the City
Street Encounter

Saturday, November 10 @ 2:30PM
Guilford Free Library, on the Green

Check out this video episode of Suburban Legends.

FREDERICK STROPPEL is a playwright/screenwriter whose latest play, Fall River, had its world premiere at Penguin Rep in October 2017. Small World, a comedy about Walt Disney and Igor Stravinsky, directed by Joe Brancato, completed a successful run in NYC at Theater 59E59 in September 2017. His evening of one-acts Senior Moments will be performed at the legendary Moscow Arts Theatre in the fall of 2018.

Other theater work includes Fortune’s Fools, produced off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater in 1995; the musical Tales From The Manhattan Woods, staged by Opera NY in 2004 at the Wings Theatre; Actor!, The Christmas Spirit, The Hunter’s Moon, and Teddy and the River.

For film, he has written the screenplays for A Brooklyn State of Mind, Dark Side of Genius, and the short film Glacier Bay, which has won over a dozen festival awards including Best Screenplay. Recent award-winning short films include Mother of the Week and A World of Pleasure. He is the creator of the comedy web series Suburban Legends, for which he has written and directed all 22 episodes.

He is also a veteran children’s television writer, having served as the head writer for Nickelodeon’s Oswald and Wow Wow Wubbzy!. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America East.

GPG Poet Featured at Sunday Series Poetry Readings

The Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place Sunday Series October 21 Reading will feature Poets Margaret Gibson and Guilford Poets Guild member Elizabeth Possidente

The seventh reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, October 21, and will feature Connecticut poets Elizabeth Possidente and Margaret Gibson. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 pm and will include the Sunday Series popular open mic, which offers local poets the opportunity to share their work with a highly appreciative audience. Before and after the reading and during the break, the audience will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful art work and crafts on display and also discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery.

The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and books will be on sale for a book-signing following the reading. For more information, contact Pat Barone at or 203-627-4148.