VIDEO: Guilford Poets Guild Presents Carol Altieri & Karen Johnson

Guilford Poets Guild
Second Thursday Poetry Series
November 2016

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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)

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.

Book Signing with Author/Naturalist Jen Payne

Rock Garden in Branford, December 16, 12-3pm

Dental flossers? Seriously? Come find out the real meaning behind the book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind at a Book Signing with local writer and naturalist Jen Payne, hosted by Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, December 16 from 12 – 3pm.

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Professor Peter Raymond says “This collection of writing and photographs powerfully remind us that our everyday actions effect the environment. Jen Payne’s writing underscores our role as stewards and the positive impact we can make on the world around us.”

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature.

Both books will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Rock Garden is located at 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT.

For more information and to purchase copies of the book, please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

IMAGE No. 014-0415 – Supply Ponds Nature Preserve, Branford, Connecticut; by Jen Payne, April 2015

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)

Stony Creek Book Signing with GPG Member Jen Payne

Currently featured in a nationwide blog tour, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Seaside Home & Gifts in Stony Creek on Saturday, December 2 from 2pm – 5pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this pre-holiday book signing event.

em>Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. It features 73 poems and more than 80 original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.

In addition to featuring books by local authors like Payne, Seaside Home & Gifts offers a unique selection of locally and New England made products by skilled artisans as well as customized gifts for special occasions.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seaside Home & Gifts is located at 172 Thimble Islands Road in Branford, CT. For more information please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

IMAGE: 034-0915 – Municipal Parking Lot, Damariscotta, Maine; by Jen Payne, September 2015


Jen Payne our very own Person of the Week

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Jen Payne; photo by Christine Chiocchio

In case you missed it, Jen was featured in the October 25, 2017 Guilford Courier as Person of the Week. Pam Johnson’s introduction tells us:

No doubt about it, Jen Payne has a way with words. From her place among invitation-only Guilford Poets Guild to her newest book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the shoreline author and artist brings together words and images to champion the natural world and remind us of what she terms “our divine and innate connection with nature.” The book also provides telling social commentary and photos showing “evidence,” warning of a growing disregard for nature’s gifts and for each other.

Here’s a link so you can read the entire article. Congratulations Jen!