A Mother, A Son, an the Ties That Bind

On Mother’s Day of 2017, Richard Manders asked his mother, Guilford Poets Guild member Patricia O’Brien, if she’d like to collaborate with him in writing a book about their journey through adoption, separation, reunion, and the years that followed. Thanks to that invitation, the book, The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, And the Ties that Bind was written. Through its collection of chapters, by Richard, Pat, and three family members central to their story, the book narrates a tale that started in 1962 with chaos and heartache that turned a momentous corner in
1982 with a reunion…a story that continues today with love and healing and ongoing wonder.

Pat, a resident of Old Saybrook, is the town’s Poet Laureate, and a long-time activist for adoption reform, including for open records. Rich, a lifelong entrepreneur, resides in Cambridge MA.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Thursday, September 6 at 7PM
Guilford Free Library, Guilford
67 Park Street, Guilford
http://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is free and open to all. Please register online, or call (203) 453-8522 or in person at the reference desk.

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The Moses Gunn Play Company presents The Virginia Monologues

The Moses Gunn Play Company presents The Virginia Monologues (part 2), produced and directed by GPG member Gwen Gunn, written by GPG member Norman Thomas Marshall. Performed by Norman and a mysterious mystery guest.

Sunday, September 9 @ 3PM
(Rain date Sunday, September 16.)

Refreshments and performance in the Gunn/ Marshall garden, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford.

A fundraiser for the 2018-2019 season. We don’t need much but we do need something! $20 suggested minimum donation but don’t stay away just because you’re broke. The poor are welcome!
Johnbrowndrama@gmail.com, 203-533-7340 or 610-428-4852

If you cannot attend- Aw-w-w-w-w! But all is not lost!
You can send a check to:
The Moses Gunn Play Company, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.

Deadline Approaching for 20th Anniversary Anthology!

 

Submissions are still being accepted for the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology to be published in the fall of 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and is open to vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). Poets of all ages are invited to submit poems based on the Submission Guidelines listed below. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018.

CLICK HERE for more information about the 20th Anniversary Anthology

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

  • The theme of the poems should be on the subject “Our Changing Environment” which can be broadly interpreted to cover natural, world, national, local or personal subjects.
  • Poets may submit up to 3 poems, of a length no more than approximately 75 lines each including title and blank lines.Please submit one text file with your poems (Word, PDF, RTF are acceptable formats); the file name should include your first and last name (i.e. JaneDoe-Poems.doc)
  • Do not include your name or contact information on the individual poems.
  • In the body of your email include your name, address, and email address, the titles of your submissions, as well as a 3-4 line bio which, if your poem(s) is accepted, will be included in the anthology.

Email submissions (or questions) to the Guilford Poets Guild at guilfordpoets@gmail.com.

Selected poems will be notified by January 2019.

(While we prefer to receive poems by email, submissions may also be sent to Guilford Poets Guild, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437.)

June 14: 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 March Second Thursday Poetry Series reading. Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas Day 2017 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, June 14 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.

This program was originally scheduled in March. 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.

May 10: Guilford High School Poetry Contest Winners

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its Second Thursday Poetry Series featuring the winners of the Guilford High School Poetry Contest on Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Every year the Guild sponsors the poetry contest at the high school to which dozens of students submit poems. Winners are given cash prizes and invited to read at the Guild’s Second Thursday readings.

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.

CALL FOR POETS: Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology to be published in the fall of 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and is open to vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). Poets of all ages from the shoreline community are welcome to submit poems based on the Submission Guidelines listed below and on the Guilford Poet Guild’s website, http://www.guilfordpoetsguild.org. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018.

In addition to selected poems, the anthology will feature poems by members of the Guild as well as winners of the Guilford High School 2018 Poetry Contest, an annual event sponsored by the GPG each year.

The Guild is pleased to welcome editor Edwina Trentham who will select the poems for this new publication. Trentham taught English at Asnuntuck Community College, in Enfield, Connecticut, for twenty-seven years, where she was the Founding Editor of Freshwater Poetry Journal. A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005. She was awarded a 2010 Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She has published work in a variety of periodicals, and her work is included in five poetry anthologies. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the state, and she is a member of Connecticut River Poets.

The Guilford Poets Guild was officially organized in 1998 to produce its first anthology, An Anthology of Guilford Poets. In 2009, the group published The Guilford Poets Guild Tenth Anniversary Anthology. The Guild, which includes many of its original members, meets regularly to share poems and promote a general appreciation of poetry in 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 the Madison Art Society and the Florence Griswold Museum.

Membership is by invitation, and current members are Carol Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, David Cundy, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Margaret Iacobellis, Norman Thomas Marshall, Nancy F. Meneely, Jane Muir, Patricia Horn O’Brien, Sharon Olson, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Jane Ulrich, Edward Walker, and Guilford’s Poet Laureate Gordy Whiteman.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

  • The theme of the poems should be on the subject “Our Changing Environment” which can be broadly interpreted to cover natural, world, national, local or personal subjects.
  • Poets may submit up to 3 poems, of a length no more than approximately 75 lines each including title and blank lines.
  • Please submit one text file with your poems (Word, PDF, RTF are acceptable formats); the file name should include your first and last name (i.e. JaneDoe-Poems.doc).
  • Do not include your name or contact information on the individual poems.
  • In the body of your email include your name, address, and email address, the titles of your submissions, as well as a 3-4 line bio which, if your poem(s) is accepted, will be included in the anthology.

Email submissions to the Guilford Poets Guild at guilfordpoets@gmail.com. Selected poems will be notified by January 2019.

(While we prefer to receive poems by email, submissions may also be sent to Guilford Poets Guild, 395 Nut Plains Road, Guilford, CT 06437.)

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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.