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Find Evidence of Flossing at Rock Garden in Branford

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by Guilford Poets Guild member Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, November 18 from 11am – 2pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this November book signing event.

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.

The event 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.

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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

Harris/Roane Duo at the Guilford Free Library

The Harris/Roane Duo, featuring song stylist and Guilford Poets Guild member Julie Harris and guitarist Stephen Roane, will be performing their 7th concert on the Patio of the Guilford Free Library on Thursday, August 24th at 7 PM. “Music Under the Stars” features summer hits from The Great American Songbook, plus a few country and western tunes along with a bossa nova or two from Brazil. This is usually a SRO performance, so come early and bring your own chair!