Hill-Stead News


Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Major Jackson has selected Chaun Ballard as the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize!

Chaun Ballard will be reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on July 11, 2018.  For details, see our Calendar.

Flight by Chaun Ballard

Chaun Ballard was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Bernardino, California, and has an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. For eight years now, he and his wife have been teaching in the Middle East and West Africa. Chaun Ballard’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ANMLY (FKA Drunken Boat), Columbia Poetry Review, Frontier Poetry, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, and other literary magazines. His work has received nominations for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize.


The poems in Flight unspool a rich and charmed history of survival into songs that celebrate the miracle of endurance in a country defined by the peculiar phenomenon of race; many of the poems in this collection explore (or allude to) the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson with a brilliance that is underscored by the poets’ extraordinary sense of sound to etch a new reality in our ears. Here the poet employs the perennial powers of poetic forms (pantoum, ghazals, and sonnets, not to mention the Stevens imitation of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird) to refresh staid conversations and to lyrically give voice to the good fortune of travel and language. Whether reveling in having reached middle-age or recalling that fateful day, September 11th, Flight issues its own battle cry and imaginatively addresses one of the great complexities of our time.

—Judge’s Citation by Major Jackson


Symptoms by Nava EtShalom
Adoption by Adam Falkner
Dislocated Cities by Lisa Hiton
Speyer by Lisa Hiton
Where’s The Heat by Maggie Millner
Subnivean by Emily Pittinos
One Sentence To Save in a Cataclysm by Stephanie Strickland
Hallelujah in a Dead Tongue by Mark Wagenaar
What Follows by H.R. Webster


In the Herald of Improbable Fortunes by Robert Campbell
Desert Selkie by Avra Elliott
Year of the Girl by Karen Harryman
The Old Works by Whittney Jones
Sublingual by Joan Kane
Big Man by Michael Marberry
Sympathy by Dusty Neu
Respira by Valorie Ruiz
This Late Hour by Joe Wilkins
The Escapist: Poems by Marco Yan

We’d like to recognize and thank so very appreciatively our extraordinary panel of preliminary readers: Maureen Alsop, Claudia Cortese, Noah Falck, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Michael Robins, Henk Rossouw, Shelly Taylor, and Allison Titus.



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After 70 years as a world-class art and history museum in Farmington, Hill-Stead is expecting to welcome its 1,000,000th visitor during mid-December. Come to Hill-Stead during the next few weeks and find out if you win our special commemorative “Theodate Mug” designed exclusively for the milestone event!

If you have ever wanted to visit this magical place, now is a perfect time. The historic house is all decked out with holiday decorations and delightful trimmings around every corner. December is also the last month to view the fabulous Broadway costume exhibition: From Page to Stage: Broadway Costumes from the Goodspeed Musicals Collection.

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WE GET IT! It has become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Hill-Stead Museum seeks to change that with FREE field trips—including busing—for East Hartford, Manchester, and Rockville/Vernon schools.

  • Reserve your field trip or outreach program today by calling Kate Ebner, Director of Educational Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext. 142 or email ebnerk@hillstead.org.

These free programs are made possible by the generosity of the SBM Charitable Foundation, which awarded Hill-Stead Museum $32,500 in support of educational programming.

The SBMCF is delighted to continue our funding support of the Museum to provide such a wonderfully successful education enrichment program for East of the River students

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Tours and activities at Hill-Stead Museum are customized to provide an unparalleled educational experience. Last year, over 800 students participated in this dependable and unique program. The museum plans to serve the same number of students during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Reserve your field trip or outreach program todayPlease call Kate Ebner, Director of Educational Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext. 142 or email ebnerk@hillstead.org.

On behalf of Hill-Stead Museum, we are truly grateful for our partnership and looking forward to providing learning opportunities for you and your students.

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