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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 guilfordpoetsguild.org.

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.

 

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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:

Testament
The Friend from the City
Street Encounter
Mulberries

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 presents Manchester, CT Poet Laureate Julia Morris Paul

 

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The Moses Gunn Play Company presents Dear Liar

 

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents Dear Liar featuring GPG members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall.

GPG presents Manchester, CT Poet Laureate Julia Morris Paul

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its October Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring Julia Morris Paul, Manchester’s Poet Laureate, on Thursday, October 11from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.

Julia Morris Paul is Manchester, Connecticut’s first Poet Laureate. She is president of the Riverwood Poetry Series Board of Directors, serves on the boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. In addition to publication in numerous literary journals, both national and international, including anthologies, several of her poems have been performed in stage productions. Her first book, Shook, is published by Grayson Books. She is an elder law attorney.

Upcoming poets in the Guilford Poets Guild’s Second Thursday Poetry Series GPG Trio: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir & Gordy Whiteman (November 8), and a Holiday Roundtable featuring Dr. Seuss (December 13). For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

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.

Guilford Poets Guild Presents Award-Winning Poet Sarah Freligh

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its April Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning poet Sarah Freligh on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.

Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis. Her fiction and poetry work have appeared in Sun Magazine, Hotel Amerika, BOAAT Journal, diode, SmokeLong Quarterly, and in the forthcoming anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories (W.W. Norton, 2018). Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.

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.

Second Thursday Poetry Series: Dick Allen Memorial Tribute

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 14, 2018

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, guilfordfreelibrary.org.