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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, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

IMAGE: Breath, reprinted with permission by C.B. Wentworth (https://cbwentworth.wordpress.com)

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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.

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, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

IMAGE: Breath, reprinted with permission by C.B. Wentworth (https://cbwentworth.wordpress.com)

Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to Read November 9

The Guilford Poets Guild is honored to welcome Allan Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation, to its Second Thursday Poetry Series on November 9. The event, 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., and follows with Garry’s presentation.

Alan Garry started writing poetry over 35 years ago. After a brief measure of success, he stopped writing for the next 20 plus years. He has the dedicated professionals at the West Haven, VA Connecticut Healthcare to thank for his decision to begin writing again. His work has been published in Red Fox Review, The Penny Paper, Helix, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Avocet, Theater Topics, Main Street Rag, The Cape Rock, Cumberland River Review and the recently published anthology, Laureates of Connecticut – An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. As the winner of the Wesleyan Honors College Connecticut Poetry Circuit Competition, he has read his work at Yale University, Trinity College, Connecticut College and many other Connecticut colleges and universities. His play, Gathering Shells, co-written with Crystal Brian, the theater director of Quinnipiac University, has been produced at the Long Wharf Theater and The Little Theater in New Haven, as well as the Abingdon Theater in New York City.

The mission of the Veteran Arts Foundation is to heal through the arts. Garry came to his role as Poet Laureate of the Veterans Art Foundation originally as a disabled veteran. Through the years, he has conducted poetry workshops for veterans participating in in-patient programs and read his work at various art shows sponsored by the VA. His poetry was featured throughout the run of The Body of an American, a play recently produced at Hartford Stage.

There will be books for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served. 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 final 2017 Second Thursday Poetry Series presented by the Guilford Poets Guild will be held on December 14, a Holiday Roundtable featuring Found Poems. For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Poets Laureate in the House!

On Thursday, October 12 – as part of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival – the Guilford Poets Guild welcomed five state Poets Laureate to the Guilford Free Library: Tarn Granucci (Wallingford), Joan Hofmann (Canton), Laurel Peterson (Norwalk), and our own Patricia O’Brien (Old Saybrook) and Gordy Whiteman (Guilford). The group was joined by special guest Dick Allen, past Poet Laureate of Connecticut. Although Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison was unable to attend, several of her poems were shared with the enthusiastic audience, which also enjoyed diverse open mic presentations by several local poets. (Pictured left to right: Granucci, Peterson, Hogman, Allen, O’Brien and Whiteman.)

 

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Connecticut Poets Laureate

Murder, Gaggle, Convoy, Flock – what does one call a gathering of poets? Perhaps you’ll find out at the Guilford Poets Guild’s Second Thursday Poetry Series on October 12, when we welcome six of Connecticut’s Poets Laureate for a special evening of poetry. The event, presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library, will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the library. It begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., and follows with readings from these Poets Laureate:

  • Susan Allison, Middletown, founder of the Buttonwood Tree Performance Arts & Cultural Center
  • Tarn Granucci, Wallingford, community leader and businessman
  • Joan Hofmann, Canton, Professor Emeritus, Education, University of Saint Joseph,
  • Patricia O’Brien, Old Saybrook, retired social worker, art museum docent
  • Laurel Peterson, Norwalk, English professor at Norwalk Community College
  • Gordy Whiteman, Guilford, president of the Guilford Poets Guild

All six poets are members of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate (CCPL), a group of state and local poets laureate in Connecticut. The mission of the CCPL is to promote the enjoyment of poetry and be a resource for communities. The coalition assists with the appointment of local poets laureate and supports the efforts of these individuals.

There will be books for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served. 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.

Upcoming Second Thursday Poetry Series events presented by the Guilford Poets Guild and the Guilford Free Library include Alan Garry, the Connecticut Veteran Poet Laureate on November 8; and a Holiday Roundtable on December 14 featuring Found Poems.

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

Second Thursday Poetry Series: Nancy F. Meneely and Jen Payne

Enjoy an evening of poetry with Guilford Poets Guild members Nancy F. Meneely and Jen Payne as part of the Second Thursday Poetry Series presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library on Thursday, September 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the library. The event begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., and follows with readings from both poets.

Nan Meneely has been a member of the GPG since 2007. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A.T. in English from Yale and an M.Ed. from UMass/Amherst. She has taught at high school, college and graduate school levels and worked as a trainer in State and Federal government departments. After retiring from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2006, she retired to Connecticut to focus on poetry, helping to administer the work of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut River Poets to support the writing and appreciation of poetry in Shoreline communities. She has published poetry, book reviews and articles in a variety of literary publications and newspapers. Her book, Letter from Italy, 1944, which provides the libretto for the oratorio of the same name, was published by Antrim House in 2013 and was the only book of poetry awarded in the Legacy Non-fiction category of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It was noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013. Nan currently lives in Essex, CT.

One of the GPG’s newest members, Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. When she is not exploring our connections with one another, she enjoys writing about our relationships with nature, creativity, and mindfulness, and how these provide balance in our frenetic, spinning world. In 2014, she published LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, a collection of essays, poems and original photography. Her new poetry book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, will be available in October. (See 3chairspublishing.com for details). Jen is the owner of Words by Jen, a graphic design and creative services company in Branford. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, and the Guilford Poets Guild. Her poetry was featured in Inauguration Nation at Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven, and Shuffle & Shake at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Her writing has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health.

There will be books for sale at the event, and refreshments will be served. Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic!

Upcoming Second Thursday Poetry Series events presented by the Guilford Poets Guild and the Guilford Free Library include readings by the several Connecticut Poets Laureate on October 12; Alan Garry, the Connecticut Veteran Poet Laureate on November 8; and a Holiday Roundtable on December 14 featuring Found Poems. Watch the website for more details.

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


Jen Payne photo by Christine Chiocchio, Branford. Nan Meneely photo courtesy of Guilford Poets Guild