Category Archives: Guilford Library

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Gemma Mathewson for September Reading

The Guilford Poets Guild welcomes poet Gemma Mathewson for its September Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Gemma offers her biography as only a poet can…in monosyllabic pairs:

birth: down and out, childhood: black and blue, adolescence: sturm und drang,
high school: hard to take, college: peace and luv, education: hit or miss,
social life: hide and seek, friendships: ebb and flow, saving grace: rock and roll,
downfall: rise and shine, twenties: lost and found, marriage: give and take,
children: first and last, cars: scratch and dent, 30s: good and bad,
40s: sick and tired, 50s: love and death, 60s: here and now,
grandchildren: hug and kiss, heart: ice and fire, ambition: slim to none,
standards: hard to please, fear: wrack and ruin, joy: heart to heart,
style: rag an bone, enthusiasms: read and weep & hunt and peck & point and click
& pen and ink, energy: dribs and drabs, strategy: hand to mouth,
motto: “each by each,” yearnings: far and wide, finale: wait and see

Gemma is co-host of Pi (Poetry Institute, New Haven) with Mark McGuire-Schwartz and co-produces Poetry of Immigrants public access TV Shows with Frank Crowley. Her book The Museum of Rain, a collection of poems spanning the last 14 years, will be released later in the fall. You can read more of her work on her website: gemop.wordpress.com.

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. Refreshments will be served after the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming events include: September 26 – Guilford Performing Arts Festival, Guilford Poets Guild at Breakwater Books; October 10 – Norman Thomas Marshall & Elizabeth Possidente Second Thursday Poetry Series; November 14 – Book Launch and Readings from the GPG 20th Anniversary Anthology; December 12 – Holiday Roundtable.

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of award-winning, published poets from 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. The Guild is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and its third anthology of poems, Our Changing Environment, is due out this fall.

The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. Please register by phone (203-453-8282), online (guilfordfreelibrary.org) or in person. For more information about the Guilford Poets Guild, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Songs for A Summer Night featuring Julie Harris

Please be sure to attend “Songs for A Summer Night,” featuring song stylist and GPG member poet Julie Harris, accompanied by guitarist Stephen Roane on Thursday, July 11, 7PM on the patio of the Guilford Free Library. This marks the tenth anniversary of the Duo’s performances at the Library. They had the honor of inaugurating the summer series in 2009!

The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all.


Moses Gunn Play Company: Two One-Act Comedies

Readings of Two One-Act Comedies Adapted from Anton Chekhov Plays

The Moses Gunn Play Company will present play readings of two one-act comedies, based on plays by Anton Chekhov, on Saturday, June 1, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford.

Veteran Broadway actor Norman Allen is a guest artist for this performance, joining actor Norman Thomas Marshall who also adapted the Chekhov works – “The Harm of Tobacco” and “Swan Song.”

Together they bring the plays to life in this “theatre of the imagination,” which frees the audience to create each play in their minds, without relying on costumes, scenery, props and the like.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

GPG members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall have recently created the Moses Gunn Play Company, dedicated to the memory of Moses Gunn. Together, they 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.

Moses Gunn Play Company: “The Sunshine Boys”

 


Moses Gunn Play Company presents:
“The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon

Saturday, May 4, 2:00 pm

at the Guilford Free Library
67 Park St, Guilford, CT 06437
Free and open to all. No registration necessary.

GPG members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall have recently created the Moses Gunn Play Company, dedicated to the memory of Moses Gunn. Together, they 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.

April 14: The Blood Knot by Athol Fugard

Presented by the Moses Gunn Theater Co. on Sunday, April 14, 2-4 pm
at the Guilford Free Library. Performed by Guilford Poets Guild member Norman Thomas Marshall and Mark Hamilton. Download the flyer for more information.

April 11: Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson

 

The Guilford Poets Guild is honored to welcome Connecticut’s new Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson for its April Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Gibson, just announced as CT Poet Laureate, was a featured poet at the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington, is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose, including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (LSU Press, 2018) and Broken Cup (LSU, 2014). She has received numerous honors, including the Lamont Selection, Connecticut Book Award, and Melville Kane Award. Her collection The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Gibson is a resident of Preston, Connecticut.

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. Refreshments will be served after the reading, and Gibson’s books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

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, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes RATTLE Poetry Prize Winner Rayon Lennon

The Guilford Poets Guild is pleased to welcome poet Rayon Lennon for its March Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Guilford Free Library, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Rayon Lennon was born in rural Jamaica; he moved to New Haven County when he was 13. He currently resides in New Haven. He holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and works as an Adolescent Psychotherapist. His work has been published widely in various literary magazines, including, The Main Street Rag, StepAway Magazine, Folio, The Connecticut River Review, The African American Review, Noctua Review, Indianapolis Review, The Connecticut Review, Callaloo, and Rattle. His poems have won numerous poetry awards, including the ($10,000) 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize contest for his poem “Heard” (the poem was chosen out of 15,000 contest entries and nominated for a Pushcart Prize); His poem, “Heaven Tree,” was nominated for Best of the Net by the Indianapolis Review in 2018. He won the Folio Poetry Contest for three consecutive years—2007, 2008, and 2009. He won the Noctua Review Poetry Contest in 2014 and 2015. He also won Rattle’s Poets Respond contest in 2015. His first book of poems, Barrel Children, was released in March 2016, by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Barrel Children was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for best poetry book. Rayon is close to completing his new poetry book — Homeless at Home; he is also working on a verse novel — Four Paths.

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, guilfordfreelibrary.org.