Information for ticket holders
We are excited to welcome you to the Sunken Garden on Wednesday, June 21 for Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Please note the following:
Please carpool to the Poetry Festval. Parking will fill to capacity. Beginning at 4 pm, We will run a shuttle bus to and from the parking lot of a local business park located at 1690 New Britain Avenue in Farmington – just minutes away from Hill-Stead. Once Hill-Stead’s lots are filled, visitors must park in the shuttle lot at 1690 New Britain Avenue in Farmington or find parking within walking distance of the Festival. Pay close attention to “no parking” signs on side streets and park only where it is legal and safe to do so.
Pay attention to the weather. In the event of steady rain, the festival takes place under an event tent in Hill-Stead’s Kitchen Garden. In that case, we would expect an overflow of visitors, so please dress in layers and grab an umbrella and poncho if rain is predicted. This event is rain or shine – there will be no refunds issued for weather.
We are pleased to offer you three dining choices this evening: Iron & Grain, Co. and Avon Prime Meats will be located on the front lawn, and Culteavo in The Tea Room located on the east side of the Garden in the Stone Garage. We will also have a bartender serving red and white wine in the Garden. You are welcome to bring your own picnic dinners and beverages to enjoy on the grounds and in the Garden.
The Prelude Interview with Colin McEnroe and Billy Collins will begin at 5 pm in the Garden on the main Poetry stage. Music and poetry performances will begin at 6.
See you in the garden!
Hill-Stead is honored to announce the finalists for the 2017 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition:
Thank you to the record number of students who submitted their poetry this year!
Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Maggie Smith has chosen Ordinary Misfortunes by Emily Jungmin Yoon of Chicago, Illinois, as winner of the 2017 Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize.
Emily will perform her work in at Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on Wednesday, July 19. For tickets, visit Sunken Garden Poetry Festival 2017.
I’m completely taken in by these poems, how they deftly balance lyric and narrative, history and the present, body and mind. These are poems of violence–against women, and against Korean women in particular–but they are also poems about the pain and pleasure in language itself: ‘pear in Korean is a homonym for ship or boat’; ‘A homonym for apple is apology.’ Ordinary Misfortunes is a remarkable collection.
Emily Jungmin Yoon‘s poems and translations appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Offing, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. For her poetry, she has received awards and fellowships from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, The Home School in Miami, the Aspen Institute, New York University, and the University of Chicago. She is the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is a PhD student in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.
Find out what has been happening at Hill-Stead! Read the Fall 2016 Newsletter.
Hill-Stead Director, Susan Ballek, was selected as one of Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40.
Read the full article here:
The 25th Anniversary Season of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features new talent, like Jamaal May and Ocean Vuong, as well as the return of Festival favorites Billy Collins and Mark Doty. The summer begins here.
For more information and to purchase tickets, see 2017 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, or our Calendar.
— 2017 ROSTER —
Wednesday, June 21
The author of ten collections of poetry, Billy Collins was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-03, and Poet Laureate of New York from 2004-06. The evening will feature a special reading by Connecticut State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin and music by Plywood Cowboy.
Jamaal May & Tarfia Faizullah
Sunday, July 9
Award-winning poets, Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah, co-direct Organic Weapon Arts. The evening will feature a Poetry Jam/Urban Poetry Conversation and musical spoken word performance by Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth.
Wednesday, July 19
Cornelius Eady’s work as been nominated for a NAACP Image Award and the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. Eady will be joined by his band Rough Magic for music and poetry to delight and inspire. Also performing: Sunken Garden Poetry Prize winner (TBA this spring), sponsored by Tupelo Press.
Mark Doty & Eileen Myles
Sunday, August 6
Hill-Stead welcomes back beloved poet Mark Doty, New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner. Doty will be joined by acclaimed poet Eileen Myles, with musical guests The Girls from Ruby Falls.
Ocean Vuong & Young Poets Day
Wednesday, August 16
A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, 28-year-old Ocean Vuong is the recipient of several awards including the 2016 Whiting Award. Hill-Stead’s own Fresh Voices Poetry Competition winners will also perform their work in the Garden.
The results are in!
Photograph by Agnes Wnuk
The winner of the Summer Photo Contest is Agnes Wnuk.
Photograph by Dana Sears
Dana Sears was the runner-up.
Winners will receive a FREE family membership and a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Gift Shop!
For more information, see Hill-Stead Summer Photo Contest.
Congratulations to all!
A $50,000 grant awarded by Connecticut Humanities to Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will connect the public to current United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and a showcase of Latino poetry and music. The Latino Poetry weekend will include a Poets and Authors Community Conversation with local writers and is open to all Festival attendees. This year’s Festival also provides exposure to and awareness of Veteran’s poetry and art which will include a 2-hour art workshop by a Veteran “iPhonographer,” and an art show of Veteran’s art in Hill-Stead’s Stone Garage gallery. All event dates will include poetry-writing workshops and interactive Prelude Interviews with headlining poets.
Hill-Stead Museum is thrilled to receive this grant to present the 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. With the support of CT Humanities for this acclaimed public program, the museum anticipates its best Sunken Garden Poetry Festival season yet!
Susan Ballek, Executive Director and CEO, Hill-Stead Museum
Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.
Discover unique gifts and delightful treasures at Hill-Stead’s gorgeous new Museum Shop
The museum recently unveiled a complete renovation of the Museum Shop and welcomed Interior Designer Paula Perlini as the new Buyer and Merchandiser.
The new shop offers a lovely assortment of ceramics, figurines, books, toys, candles, jewelry, prints, local artwork and many more surprises.
Listen to Hill-Stead’s curator, Melanie Anderson Bourbeau, discuss Theodate Pope Riddle’s suffrage journey on Grating the Nutmeg – The Podcast of Connecticut History.
Theodate’s story begins at 32:15
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