Fresh Voices 2021 Finalists Announced

Hill-Stead proudly announces the 2021 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition Finalists!

Their work represents a collective of young creatives of the region. We are honored to have received so many extraordinary poems and grateful to all the teachers and parents who supported them. Our heartfelt congratulations to the following finalists:

  • Prisca Afantchao, Windsor High School
  • Caroline Bartolotta, Rockville High School
  • Julia Baun, William H. Hall High School
  • Madeleine Brouillard, Rockville High School
  • Sara Cove, Rockville High School
  • Nora Holmes, William H. Hall High School
  • JaMara Jean, Westover School
  • Kevin Delgado Manea, Weston High School
  • Lexi Mays, Westover High School
  • Violet McCabe, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Katrina Melnik, Avon High School
  • Cali Miville, Rockville High School
  • Valli Pendyala, South Windsor High School
  • Eleanor Polak, ACES Educational Center for the Arts
  • Cindy Truong, ACES Educational Center for the Arts

Hill-Stead Museum also wishes to thank this year’s Fresh Voices readers, Barbara P. Greenbaum and Victoria Nordlund. Thank you for your thoughtful read and review of each submission and for selecting these finalists to present their poetry in front of a live panel of judges on Wednesday, May 12 at 5 pm.

This year’s Fresh Voices Judges will be Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, and Sophie Spaner.


Wednesday, May 12 @ 5 pm 
The Fresh Voices finalists will read before a panel of judges; we will announce four to six Fresh Voices winners that evening. *

Wednesday, June 23
Young Poets Celebration featuring the Fresh Voices winners. These impressive young poets will open for author and award-winning national poet Chen Chen! *

Please note: *Fresh Voices winners must be available to participate in this performance!

Fresh Voices finalists will be given complimentary passes to the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, held September 10-12, 2021.

The Fresh Voices winning poems will also be featured in our online publication of Theodate, Hill-Stead’s poetry journal. And, for the first time, each winner of the Fresh Voices adjudicated reading will receive a monetary prize award!

On behalf of everyone at Hill-Stead, we look forward to sharing your Fresh Voices and celebrating poetry together!

Thank you to our sponsors and donors who make Fresh Voices possible

Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust

The Goldfarb Family

With additional support from Becky & Tom Trutter


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