Before you attend the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, get in the spirit by watching readings from last year. Simsbury TV has posted five half-hour excerpts from the 2014 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. To see all of them, visit Simsbury TV.
Hill-Stead Museum recently hosted Eve of Poetry in the Libraries to kick off the 2015 Live Poets Society appeal, which benefits our beloved Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. This was the very first time Hill-Stead held a benefit event in the historic libraries. About forty lucky guests enjoyed an hour of live jazz, wine, and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with new and old friends, and toured the museum at their leisure.
Then a very special reading of Hill-Stead’s own poetry collection commenced. The delicate books were handled with care by members of our Poetry Advisory Committee, who served as opening poets for the event.
Ciaran Berry, delivered a gentle rendition of Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats.
John Stanizzi read from Fir-Flower Tablets (an English translation of Asian poetry) by Amy Lowell (1921).
Rennie McQuilkin shared selections from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Second April (1921).
The star of the evening was Sue Ellen Thompson, who shared an intimate reading from her most recent bookThey. The audience was moved to laughter and tears by her personal family stories. Ms. Thompson treated those in attendance to a book signing over coffee and desserts following her reading.
To see readings by Tracy Smith, Philip Schultz, Carolyn Forche, and Richard Blanco from our 2013 Festival, visit Simsbury Community Television online. Thank you to Morrow Jones for producing these programs.