Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Poet Marcus Rediker in April

In April, the Guilford Poets Guild welcomes award-winning poet Marcus Rediker for its Second Thursday Poetry Reading. The reading will take place via Zoom on Thursday, April 8 at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. His ten books have won numerous awards and been translated into 16 languages. His most recent work is The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Beacon Press, 2017), which he has adapted to a graphic novel, a children’s book, and a play he is now writing with Naomi Wallace. He is interested in the poetics of what is called “history from below” or “peoples’ history.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Please register on the Library’s website, http://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Poet Marilyn Nelson in March

In March, the Guilford Poets Guild welcomes esteemed poet Marilyn Nelson for its Second Thursday Poetry Reading. The reading will take place via Zoom on Thursday, March 11 at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library.

Please register on the Library’s website, http://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.

A former Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut (2001-2006), Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize, Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal.

The event is free and open to the public.

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HOLIDAY ROUNDTABLE Open Mic

On Thursday, December 10, the Guilford Poets Guild will present its Annual Holiday Roundtable, with a chance to share and listen to a collection of favorite holiday poems. The special reading will take place via Zoom at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library. All are welcome to sign up to read one poem for this open mic formatted event, with a limit of 20 readers.

  1. First, please register for the event on the Library’s website, www.guilfordfreelibrary.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.
  2. Then, if you would like to read a poem, please email the Guilford Poets Guild.

Participating Guilford Poets Guild members for the evening include: Carol Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Margaret Iacobellis, Norman Marshall, Nancy Meneely, Jane Muir, Patricia H. O’Brien, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Edward Walker, and Gordy Whiteman.

The event is free and open to the public.

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Poet Ginny Lowe Connors in November

In November, the Guilford Poets Guild welcomes poet Ginny Lowe Connors for its Second Thursday Poetry Reading. The reading will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 12 at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library.

Please register on the Library’s website, www.guilfordfreelibrary.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.

Connors, a retired English teacher, is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village, as well as The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. As publisher of her own press, Grayson Books, Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. A Board Member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she is co-editor of Connecticut River Review. Connors writes a monthly column for the Hartford Courant: CT Poets’ Corner.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Guilford Poets Guild and upcoming events visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Guilford Poets Guilford Welcomes Poet Charles Rafferty, October 8

The Guilford Poets Guild’s Second Thursday Poetry Reading welcomes poet Charles Rafferty. The reading will take place via Zoom on Thursday, October 8 at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library.

Please register on the Library’s website (http://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org/guilford-poets-guild-reading-by-charles-rafferty/41752/). A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.

Rafferty’s most recent collections of poems are The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017), Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party (Mayapple Press, 2018), and The Problem With Abundance (Grayson Books, 2019). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review and New World Writing, and his story collection is Saturday Night at Magellan’s (Fomite Press, 2013). He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, as well as the 2016 NANO Fiction Prize. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Guilford Poets Guild Zooms Ahead with Poet Priscilla Ellsworth

The Guilford Poets Guild is hitting PLAY after pausing its Second Thursday Poetry Readings for the past several months. Their first featured poet, Priscilla Ellsworth, will read selected poems via Zoom on Thursday, September 10 at 7PM. The event will be hosted by the Guilford Free Library.

Please register on the Library’s website (https://www.guilfordfreelibrary.org/guilford-poets-guild-second-thursday-poetry-series/41632/). A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.

Ellsworth is the author of three poetry collections, and her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a resident of Salisbury, CT and her work has appeared in Cape Rock, Connecticut River Review, Whetstone, and Nimrod. She has been the featured poet in the Connecticut Poets Corner of the Hartford Courant.

The event is free and open to the public. We look forward to “seeing” you!

Holiday Roundtable Poetry Reading Features 20th Anniversary Anthology

On Thursday, December 12, the Guilford Poets Guild will celebrate the publication of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment, with a special reading by 12 members of the Guild. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Guilford Free 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 Community Dining Room. 

Readers for the evening include: Carol Altieri, Evelyn Atreya, Gwen Gunn, Juliana Harris, Norman Marshall, Nancy Meneely, Jane Muir, Patricia H. O’Brien, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, Edward Walker, and Gordy Whiteman. Each poet will read their poems selected for the new publication.

Our Changing Environment, edited by Edwina Trentham, features 48 Connecticut poets including members of the Guilford Poets Guild and winners of the 2018 Guilford High School Poetry Contest. It will be for sale at the event ($20) and is also available from our website and from Breakwater Books in Guilford.

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.

A good time was had by all…

On Thursday, November 14, the Guilford Poets Guild celebrated the publication of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment, with a special reading by poets featured in the book, including Laura and Victor Altshul, Barbara Batt, Sherri Bedingfield, Daniel Boroughs, Jill Carter, Dolores Hayden, Roberta Whitman Hoff, Joan Hofmann, Celeste Markle, John Muro, Isabelle Paris, Michael Pedevillano (reading for Tony Pedevillano), Stephen Roane, Krista Surprenant, Karen Torop, and Mary Buell Volk. Also in attendance was Carin Roaldset, whose photograph speaks volumes on the cover of the new book.

Gordy Whiteman was the superb emcee, weaving anecdotes and introductions for more than 50 new and long-time fans of the Guilford Poets Guild, including the anthology editor Edwina Trentham, and the anthology committee chair and book designer Jen Payne.

On Thursday, December 12, the annual Holiday Roundtable event will feature additional readings from the 20th Anniversary Anthology by members of the Guilford Poets Guild. Please watch for details.

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Poetry Reading Celebrates Guilford Poets Guild’s 20th Anniversary Anthology!

Book Launch!

20th Anniversary Anthology:
Our Changing Environment
Thursday, November 14

On Thursday, November 14, the Guilford Poets Guild will celebrate the publication of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment, with a special reading by seventeen of the poets featured in the book. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Guilford Free Library, and books will be available for purchase ($20.00).

Readers for the evening include Laura Altshul, Victor Altshul, Barbara Batt, Sherri (Sheryll) Bedingfield, Daniel Boroughs, Jill Carter, Dolores Hayden, Roberta Whitman Hoff, Joan Hofmann, Celeste Markle, John Muro, Isabelle Paris, Michael Pedevillano (reading for Tony Pedevillano), Lorraine Riess, Stephen Roane, Krista Surprenant, Karen Torop, Edwina Trentham, and Mary Buell Volk.

From more than 200 poems submitted by Connecticut poets, 50 were selected for inclusion in the Anthology. In addition to selected poems, the book features poems by members of the Guilford Poets Guild, as well as winners of the Guilford High School 2018 Poetry Contest, an annual event sponsored by the GPG each year.

The publication was coordinated by the GPG Anthology Committee: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir, Jen Payne, Elizabeth Possidente, and Gordy Whiteman. Selecting and organizing this 128-page compendium was done by editor Edwina Trentham. 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 is a member of Connecticut River Poets.


Guilford Poets Guild’s 20th Anniversary Anthology
Our Changing Environment
8 x 8 paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 978-0-578-55715-1
$20.00 (plus $2.75 shipping per book)

Our Changing Environment will also be available at upcoming GPG events, and from Breakwater Books in Guilford.


The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. Please register by phone (203-453-8282), online (guilfordfreelibrary.org) or in person.

 

GPG Members Norman Thomas Marshall & Elizabeth Possidente Featured at October Reading

The Guilford Poets Guild’s October Second Thursday poetry reading will feature two of its own accomplished poets—Norman Thomas Marshall and Elizabeth Possidente. The reading will take place on Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Norman Thomas Marshall is a veteran of 55 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 on Sesame Street. Marshall and his partner GPG member Gwen Gunn present original and well-known plays for the shoreline community through their Moses Gunn Play Company.

Elizabeth Possidente retired from her career as a creative arts/dance-movement therapist and has returned to poetry after many years of journaling and jotting on paper scraps, etc. She has published poetry in the Connecticut River Review and professional articles in her field, and read at Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and her first collection of poems The Orange Plate is in process.

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. Refreshments will be served after the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming events include: November 14 – Book Launch and Readings from the GPG 20th Anniversary Anthology; December 12 – Holiday Roundtable.

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of award-winning, published poets from the shoreline who meet regularly to share poems and promote the love and engagement of poetry within 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 Guilford Art Center, the Madison Art Society and the Florence Griswold Museum. The Guild is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and its third anthology of poems, Our Changing Environment, is due out this fall.

The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. Please register by phone (203-453-8282), online (guilfordfreelibrary.org) or in person. For more information about the Guilford Poets Guild, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.