The Poetry Programs of Hill-Stead Museum
The historic Sunken Garden at Hill-Stead filled again August 7, 2013, with old friends and new who gathered to listen to the exceptional jazz trio Indra and America’s favorite poet, Billy Collins. With 1600 in attendance for closing night, the crowd overflowed onto the lawns around the house and gathered along the stone walls to enjoy the communal experience of music and poetry in this beautiful place. Richard Blanco captured the unique sense of community the festival generates in these words about his recent reading, “It is our collective work, intentions, and most importantly our love for that which is good and great, lifting the human spirit beyond the ordinary challenges of our lives, and inspiring understanding and compassion. Namely, the arts, and poetry in particular in our case. It was a night I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
We encourage you to keep poetry vibrant in your lives over the coming year. Be sure to check out the new issue of Hill-Stead’s poetry journal Theodate and submit your work. If you’re a Connecticut high school student, consider submitting to the Fresh Voices Competition before March 11. Send us your email to get on our list so you can learn about our year-round events.
We had a packed schedule last summer for our 20th anniversary season. If you missed some events or would like to relive the great moments, have a look at our highlights shows done for local public access television. Nutmeg TV aired our series of five half-hour shows this spring, but you can watch them at your convenience online: click here to see the shows listed, then click on the word “View” next to the name of the show. Simsbury Community Television aired the same series of shows and has now made them available on its YouTube channel: Disc 1 (Anniversary Weekend, part 1,including Richard Wilbur), Disc 2 (Anniversary Weekend, part 2), Disc 3 (Dana Gioia and Christian Wiman), Disc 4 (Natasha Trethewey and Donald Hall), Disc 5 (Tony Hoagland and Mark Doty).
Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011 – Have you purchased your copy of the 20th anniversary anthology yet?
To join Hill-Stead’s poetry mailing list, contact Amanda Guay at 860.677.4787 ext 111 or email@example.com.
Have you heard about the Live Poets Society? Join this growing circle of poetry lovers and we’ll arrange for priority seating and special opportunities to meet the poets. Or contribute to the Phyllis Joffe Memorial Poetry Fund, an endowment established by Sara Niego in 2010 in honor of her mother, the late Phyllis Joffe, who for many years was co-producer of festival radio broadcasts.
DONATE HERE –Help keep the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival alive for years to come!