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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 Celebration of Art at Clinton Art Gallery

You are invited to a celebration of art, featuring GPG member Pat O’Brien, Lorraine Reiss, and Mary Volk. Pat, Lorraine, and Mary are poets who frequently attend and read their poetry at the gallery’s Sunday Series Poetry events. In addition to their poetry, they are artists! Clinton Art Gallery is proud to feature their art during the month of November 3rd to 24th.

Their Opening and Reception on Sunday, November 3 will take place between 2:00-4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. An additional reception will take place on Clinton’s FIRST THURSDAY, November 7, between 4:00-7:00 pm

Clinton Art Gallery, 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT. Parking: parallel parking on street ~ or ~ the old CVS parking lot ~ or ~ municipal parking lot across the street

October 13: Poetry Reading at Mercy by the Sea

Members of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut River Poets will be featured in a reading on Sunday, October 13 at 4:30 at Mercy By The Sea, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT.

The members of both groups include published, established poets including several area poets laureate.The inspiration for these poems will be the original artwork by Old Saybrook artist Judy Perry that is on display in the Mary C. Daily Gallery located at Mercy By The Sea through November 12, 2019. The title of Perry’s solo show is “She is Water, Healing Sources, Healing Forces.” The paintings include women’s faces, seascapes (like the one shown above), and marsh scenes created in watercolor and pastel.

In Julie Weavers recent blog she described Judy’s work as “a combination of loose but methodical strokes forcing one to linger on the surface of the painting, marveling at the sculpted pigment. Perry is what I would call a sculptor trapped in a painters body.”

Join CT River Poets and the Guilford Poets Guild as they are inspired by Perry’s artwork creating paintings with words in ekphrastic poetry. The joining of two creative venues results in a powerfully emotional experience. There will be a full moon labyrinth walk following the reading, all are invited.

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.

Guilford Poets Guild to Perform at the Guilford Performing Arts Festival

Thursday, September 26, 1:00 p.m.
at Breakwater Books

Get a preview of the Guilford Poets Guild’s 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment, during this special reading by Guild members. Click here for more information.

Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Gemma Mathewson for September Reading

The Guilford Poets Guild welcomes poet Gemma Mathewson for its September Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Gemma offers her biography as only a poet can…in monosyllabic pairs:

birth: down and out, childhood: black and blue, adolescence: sturm und drang,
high school: hard to take, college: peace and luv, education: hit or miss,
social life: hide and seek, friendships: ebb and flow, saving grace: rock and roll,
downfall: rise and shine, twenties: lost and found, marriage: give and take,
children: first and last, cars: scratch and dent, 30s: good and bad,
40s: sick and tired, 50s: love and death, 60s: here and now,
grandchildren: hug and kiss, heart: ice and fire, ambition: slim to none,
standards: hard to please, fear: wrack and ruin, joy: heart to heart,
style: rag an bone, enthusiasms: read and weep & hunt and peck & point and click
& pen and ink, energy: dribs and drabs, strategy: hand to mouth,
motto: “each by each,” yearnings: far and wide, finale: wait and see

Gemma is co-host of Pi (Poetry Institute, New Haven) with Mark McGuire-Schwartz and co-produces Poetry of Immigrants public access TV Shows with Frank Crowley. Her book The Museum of Rain, a collection of poems spanning the last 14 years, will be released later in the fall. You can read more of her work on her website: gemop.wordpress.com.

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: September 26 – Guilford Performing Arts Festival, Guilford Poets Guild at Breakwater Books; October 10 – Norman Thomas Marshall & Elizabeth Possidente Second Thursday Poetry Series; 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.

Poetry Reading at Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place

On Sunday, August 18, The Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place will present a reading by Antoinette Brim, Reginald Flood, and GPG member Jen Payne. This will be the fifth reading in the 2019 Sunday Series, which each month draws an extremely enthusiastic audience, who delight in listening to the work of some of the State’s finest poets, including a variety of talented and entertaining open mic readers. As always, the August 18 reading will take place in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center, 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, beginning at 2.00 PM. In addition to enjoying excellent poetry, the audience has the opportunity to browse through a rich display of arts and crafts for sale at the gallery, and learn about the many writing and art workshops offered at the gallery, which was recently awarded a Best on the Shoreline 2019 Reader’s Choice Award. The reading is free and open to the public, and audience members are encouraged to come early, as seating is limited. Wine, cool drinks, snacks, and sweets will be served, and books will be available for sale and signing following the reading.

Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir, and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as in anthologies. A printmaker and collage artist, Brim recently exhibited both poetry and monoprints in Jazz: An exhibition of Poetry, Prints, and Photography at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery in New Haven, and Sheroes, in partnership with the Alliance of Women Veterans at the Grove in New Haven. A sought-after speaker, editor, educator, and consultant, Brim is an Associate Professor of English at Capital Community College.

Antoinette Brim is a native of south-central Los Angeles, who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his family. He is the author of Coffle (Willow Books 2012) and Refugeed (Willow Books 2018) and has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Jen Payne has published three books: LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), and the chapbook Waiting out the Storm (2019). Her poetry has been featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Kehler Liddell Gallery (New Haven), and in Chapter & Verse: Return, a curated poetry event. Her work has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, and WOW! Women on Writing; in the international anthology Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Coffee; and in The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut Poetry Society, and is the owner of Words by Jen, a graphic design and marketing company in Branford.

For more information contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.