Our Poets

Carol Leavitt Altieri is retired from teaching English, American literature in New Haven Public Schools. Published five books of poetry and winner of  the CT Environmental Award for helping to save the Griswold Airport Property in Madison, CT. She loves hiking, reading and the whole world of nature.


Evelyn Atreya lives in Guilford where she is a member and past president of the Guilford Poets Guild. She is a member of the Connecticut Poetry Society and attends its Greater New Haven Chapter workshops. Her poems have appeared in Caduceus, Long River Run, San Diego Poetry Annual, Plainsongs, Connecticut River Review, and in a chapbook, Olives, Now and Then, honoring Donald Hall on his 83rd birthday. Her first book, Regarding Rock, was published by Grayson Books in November 2015.


David Cundy, a member of the Guilford Poets Guild, has read at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, and at Triple Canopy’s The Making of Americans Gertrude Stein Marathon. David is also an author-illustrator, most recently of a collection of anagram-based poems. His children’s book Animals Spell Love (David R. Godine, 2017), which teaches children how to say “I love you” in sixteen languages, features a poem by the Chinese poet Du Fu. David has interviewed some of America’s most esteemed poets, including the late Galway Kinnell, former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Marie Ponsot, and reviewed collections by the late Nobelist Wislawa Szymborska, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jean Valentine, among others.


Gwen Gunn has had poems published in Connecticut River Review, Fresh Ink, and Caduceus, among other places. She co-edited the poetry magazine Embers. With her partner Norman Marshall she performs Poetry’s Greatest Hits.


Juliana Harris remembers writing her first poem when she was a freshman in high school for a school assignment. The poem went on to win a prize in a statewide contest and she has been writing poems and essays ever since. Her work has appeared in publications across the country and her two novels are available on Amazon.com: The Fork in the Road and Pacific Heights. An award-winning professional actress, she is also a singer/songwriter and is currently at work on her third CD. She receives constant artistic stimulation from her participation in the Guilford Poets Guild and has compiling a chapbook of her poems, Portraits, about her family with the help and support of Guild members. She joined forces with guitarist Stephen Roane to form The Harris/Roane Duo in 2008. The Duo has performed concerts across the state and are recording their third CD.


Margaret Iacobellis is one of the original members of the Guilford Poets Guild. Her poems have been published in Tidelines of South Florida, the Guilford Poets Anthology of 2009 and in Long River Run. Her book Saltwater Fantasies was published in 2014. She is currently working on a new collection entitled Westering.


After living almost her whole life in CT, Karen Gronback Johnson and her husband have recently retired to a farm in the mountains of Virginia. In her previous life Karen was a member of the clergy in East Haven, a police chaplain, and co-founder of East Haven United, a non-profit agency working to bring unity to the town. She has been affiliated with members of Guilford Poets Guild since 1978.


Norman Thomas Marshall is a veteran of thirty-two years as a professional actor. He has participated in more than three hundred productions — stage, film, television and radio — as actor, producer or director. Marshall has shared the stage and screen with such notable performers as F. Murray Abraham, Raul Julia, Moses Gunn, Bette Midler, Peter Reigert, Burt Reynolds, Telly Savalas, Barbara Streisand and Fritz Weaver. He has also appeared numerous times in a variety of daytime television dramas and is a familiar voice for some of the animated spots shown on the popular children’s TV program Sesame Street. (Photo by Pam Johnson, Guilford Courier)


Nancy Meneely has been a member of the GPG since 2007.  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 noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013. Nan currently lives in Essex, CT.


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. I know these bios are supposed to tell about all the prizes you have won, etc. The only prize I remember winning was $5 at one of those scratch off things at the A&P.” Muir’s new book, Bulletin from Suburbia, is due out before Christmas 2018.


Patricia Horn O’Brien  is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and has worked and volunteered as a social worker throughout her adult life. She’s a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and co-founded CT River Poets. She initiated the ongoing program, Paintings and Poetry, at Florence Griswold Museum. Her recent book, a memoir, The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, and the Ties that Bind, chronicling the surrender of her son for adoption in 1962, her search for him, and their reunion in 1982, is available on Amazon or from the author at patriciaobrien1937@gmail.com. Pat is the author of When Less Than Perfect is Enough and Poet Laureate of Old Saybrook.


Sharon Olson‘s book Will There Be Music is forthcoming (February 2019) from Cherry Grove. Her previous book The Long Night of Flying was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2006. A retired librarian from California, she currently lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey where since 2015 she has been a member of Cool Women Poets critique and performance group. She has also been a member of the Guilford Poets Guild since 2008. You can see more of her writing on her blog Slopoet Tells All.


Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. She enjoys writing about our relationships with each other, with our natural world, and with our innate creativity. Jen has published two books, LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014) and Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017). Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Kehler Liddel Gallery (New Haven), and her work 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. Jen is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut Poetry Society. You can find more of her work at www.randomactsofwriting.net.


Elizabeth Possidente, MA has returned to poetry after many years of jotting on envelopes, paper scraps etc while she worked as a Creative Arts Therapist and raised a family. She has published articles in her field and in the Connecticut River Review. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild.


Poet Jane Ulrich says “For those of us who do not live on the big stage, change happens in the small moments, and that is what I write about. The larger details of my life are irrelevant.”


Ed Walker was born in Brooklyn and moved to Guilford, CT in 1977, with his wife Laury, where they raised four children and a few Labrador retrievers. Ed has a degree in English and one in Business and was founder and CEO of East River Energy, Inc. He is an active member of the Guilford Rotary Club, the Guilford Poets Guild and he enjoys surfing, sailing, playing guitar, and writing poetry.


Gordy Whiteman was born in Guilford in 1929. He is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and currently serves as co-president. Whiteman is the author of two volumes of poetry: Whitfield Crossing and Home Town Guilford. He is a founding member of The Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and currently serves as Guilford’s Poet Laureate. If he can keep his short-term memory intact, he hopes to complete a third book of poems in the sometime soon.

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