Category Archives: Connecticut Shoreline

Second Thursday Poetry Series: Dick Allen Memorial Tribute


Dick Allen, essayist, educator, and former Connecticut Poet Laureate (2010-2015), was scheduled to read at the Guilford Poets Guild’s upcoming Second Thursday Poetry Series reading. Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas Day at the age of 78. In the spirit of gratitude and celebration of his life and his poetry, the Guild is planning a reading of his poetry on Thursday, March 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Each member of the Guilford Poets Guild will read his/her favorite Dick Allen poem.

Also, in that spirit, there will be three door prizes of one of his poetry books: Present Vanishing; The Day Before; Ode to the Cold War. Guilford Poets Guild has had a long history with Allen, including featuring him at past readings and inviting him to facilitate a poetry workshop for its members. He will be sorely missed.

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,


GPG Poet Gordy Whiteman at The Poetry Institute, January 18

Gordy Whiteman
Laurel Peterson

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gordy Whiteman was born in Guilford in 1929. He is President of The Guilford Poets Guild and a founding Member of The Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. Currently, he serves as the Poet Laureate of Guilford. Gordy is the author of two books of poetry: Whitfield Crossing and Home – Town -Guilford. His poetry presents a view of America during the mid-1900s -The Great Depression – war – racism – songs and the spirit of the people.

Laurel S. Peterson is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College. Her poetry has been published in many small literary journals. She has two poetry chapbooks: That’s the Way the Music Sounds,) and Talking to the Mirror. She also co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience. Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, was released in, and the second in the series will be out sometime this year. A full length collection of poetry, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer You? was released in 2017. She is the current poet laureate of Norwalk, CT.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER

Guilford Poets Guild members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall have recently created The Moses Gunn Play Company, dedicated to the memory of Moses Gunn. It will present staged and concert readings of dramatic and comedic plays for the Shoreline community. Original and well-known plays will be presented as well as little known masterpieces. Our next presentation will be

by Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, January 3 at 6:00 PM

at the Guilford Free Library
67 Park Street, Guilford.
No admission fee. Refreshments.

Our first presentation was THE VIRGINIA MONOLOGUES, written and performed by Norman Thomas Marshall, directed by Gwen Gunn. A video recording can be viewed at

For more information, email


VIDEO: Guilford Poets Guild Presents Carol Altieri & Karen Johnson

Guilford Poets Guild
Second Thursday Poetry Series
November 2016


Holiday Roundtable Poetry Reading: Found Poems

Poetry is everywhere! That’s the idea behind found poems, a type of poetry, according to Wikipedia, “created by taking words, phrases and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.” Want to hear the results? Come to the Guilford Poets Guild’s Holiday Round Table Poetry Reading on Thursday, December 14, featuring found poems by GPG members. 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.

Throughout the year, the GPG works with the Guilford Library to sponsor the popular Second Thursday Poetry Series, and also coordinates readings with the Connecticut River Poets, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Madison Art Society. Each spring, the Guild spends the day at Guilford High School reading their work and discussing the art of poetry with the students. It also sponsors the annual Guilford High School Poetry Contest.

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,

IMAGE: Breath, reprinted with permission by C.B. Wentworth (


VIDEO: Norman Thomas Marshall presents “The Virginia Monologues.”

Watch GPG member Norman Thomas Marshall’s presentation of “The Virginia Monologues.” These pieces come from a larger work entitled BETWEEN WARS, a testimony of Southern poor whites during the waning days of Jim Crow. It is fiction with enough autobiography to make you wonder why the presenter is not dead or in jail.


Book Signing with Author/Naturalist Jen Payne

Rock Garden in Branford, December 16, 12-3pm

Dental flossers? Seriously? Come find out the real meaning behind the book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind at a Book Signing with local writer and naturalist Jen Payne, hosted by Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, December 16 from 12 – 3pm.

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Professor Peter Raymond says “This collection of writing and photographs powerfully remind us that our everyday actions effect the environment. Jen Payne’s writing underscores our role as stewards and the positive impact we can make on the world around us.”

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.

Both books will be available at the event, which 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

IMAGE No. 014-0415 – Supply Ponds Nature Preserve, Branford, Connecticut; by Jen Payne, April 2015