Sunken Garden Poetry

Sunken Garden Poetry

Preludes (pre-performance lecture/discussions on featured poets) take place 5–6:00 pm; music begins at 6:15 pm; poetry begins at 7:15 pm. In inclement weather, events take place under the tent. Come picnic with us and enjoy a relaxing evening on this lovely estate. I will probably not be able to get there until about 6:15 - 6:30 or so. If anyone wants to get there at an earlier time and hold the fort for us, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

JULY 24 – Richard Blanco / music by Martin Hayes

$10.00 admission fee

Gats open at 4:30

Prelude on Richard Blanco  (5:00-6:00 pm) led by Bessy Reyna. Bessy has been involved with Hill-Stead’s festival since 1993. She has read twice at the festival, presented writing workshops and participated in the Hartford Poetry Outreach. Her most recent publication is “Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover” (tunAstral, Mexico, 2010)

richardblanco-nico tucci cropped smRICHARD BLANCO

President Obama’s inaugural poet 2013

“The poems … croon about journeys from Cuba and Spain to Florida and Maine; mourn languages, lovers, and names that were or could have been…If all loss is like exile, Blanco tells us, then searching for love (in the self, in others) is healing, is finding home, because ‘love is thicker than any country.’” —Rigoberto González

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States”—meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba in Madrid where he was born. Only forty-five days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then eventually in Miami where he was raised and educated.

His acclaimed first book of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center for its continued exploration of the universal themes of cultural identity and homecoming. A third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2012.

His poems have appeared in top literary journals including The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review; and several anthologies including The Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and at various conferences and venues including the Miami Book Fair, The Southern Writers Conference, The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and The Poetry Center at Smith College.

Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; he is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A builder of cities as well as poems, he holds a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

In January of this year, Blanco read his work at the second inauguration of President Obama.

Click here to hear Colin McEnroe’s interview with Richard Blanco on National Public Radio.

Musician MARTIN HAYES. ©Photo by Derek SpeirsMartin Hayes

Martin Hayes is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the violin, his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He is the recipient of major awards: most recently the prestigious Gradam Ceoil, Musician of the Year 2008 from the Irish language television station TG 4; previously Man of the Year from the American Irish Historical Society; Folk Instrumentalist of the Year from BBC Radio; a National Entertainment Award (the Irish ‘Grammy’); and six All-Ireland fiddle championships before the age of nineteen.

Martin Hayes was raised in Maghera, Feakle, East County Clare, a region rich in traditional music, where the music which he learned from his father, P. Joe Hayes, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas forever after. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Finnish composer Arvo Part, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with.   He has traveled the world with his musical partner, guitarist Dennis Cahill, from Chicago, and their resulting collaboration continues to reveal the often hidden emotional depth of the music. The three duet recordings of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill have been widely praised and cherished by fans throughout the world.

 

Books and CDs available for sale 5:30–8:30 pm.

Venue: All performances will be at Hill-Stead Museum, rain or shine.  Hill-Stead’s poetry tent will be up all season for use in inclement weather.

Admission:  For 2013, entrance fee is $10 per person.  Now young people 18 years and under are free! Parking is free.  **Payment at gate by cash or check only, no cards please.

Seating:
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden.

Parking: Free on-site parking available.

Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the West Lawn, at picnic tables and in the Sunken Garden on performance evenings. Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food and beverages on site from Tallulah’s Caterers of West Hartford.  www.tallulahscatering.com

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  • ARLENE

    Thank you for organizing this event... if not for Meetup I'd have missed out on a midsummer evening of exquisite fiddle music and poetry and the chance to meet some really nice people whom I hope to see again!

    July 26, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    It was a lovely evening, picture perfect weather, great music & poetry. What a crowd! I ended up in a different area, so missed meeting everyone. But thanks for getting me there! Hope to connect at another event.

    July 25, 2013

  • Susie

    It really was such a beautiful night and a great idea. Thanks do much. Let me know if you'd like to organize a group to come see me in the musical fiorello!

    July 25, 2013

  • Lita

    The Sunken Garden,what a treat for the senses with poetry and violins! Thanks for choosing this Cathy: )

    July 25, 2013

  • Therese

    Thank you, Cathy, wonderful poetry, music and gardens!

    July 25, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Thank you Cathy for organizing these amazing meet ups!!!

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • kerry w.

    Wonderful place...good night for the soul. Thanks Kathy for planning. Thanks Dave for baking. Hee hee

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Susie

    Wonderful

    July 24, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Just Outstanding!

    July 24, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Amazing night with a record crowd lulled to silence by the tranquility of the grounds, the music, and poetic words, the perfect summer night!!!

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Remarkable evening.

    July 24, 2013

  • kerry w.

    Beautiful evening put me in a peaceful mood . Thank you Kathy
    For planning and thank you Dave for baking!!

    July 24, 2013

  • Maria

    Beautiful setting,very entertaining,thought provoking speaker and poet.Music was excellent.wish I'd gotten there earlier & heard more.Beautiful night!

    July 24, 2013

  • Henry

    Superb!

    July 24, 2013

  • Ray

    Idyllic setting with deep words.

    July 24, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Sorry got tied up.

    July 24, 2013

  • Eleanor D.

    Cathy- can't get there until at least 6:30. Sorry! But it looks as if others will be there earlier. Ellie

    July 24, 2013

  • Susie

    I see I'm still on the waiting list. But I had planned on going to this event anyhow before I saw it posted as a meetup. What does that mean? I'd love to meet all of you. If you're "full" does that mean I have to sit somewhere else? I guess I don't understand the policy being new to this group.

    July 24, 2013

    • Cathy M

      You have been on the list to go since yesterday...

      July 24, 2013

  • Lita

    Just got confirmed. Looking forward to my first activity with this group.

    July 24, 2013

    • Lita

      I'll probably get there around six. I'll be wearing a hat and looking for an American Flag!

      July 24, 2013

  • Cathy M

    As stated below the venue name and address, I will fly black and white balloons. Hoping to be in the back left corner as you face the stage, but please scan the area as the spot may be snagged by others. I am trying to get there by 6:20, hopefully earlier if work allows. Anyone who can get there earlier and try and save some space, that would be wonderful. See you there!

    July 23, 2013

    • Dave C.

      I am going to try and be early. I'll put an American Flag in fronrt of my chair....

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • Rosemary

      Dave find me in case I don't find you! I will be there early, too!

      July 24, 2013

  • masnoh w.

    So sorry I'm unable to attend.

    July 24, 2013

  • gail

    Have been dealing with insomnia. Think the drive would do me in. Enjoy!

    July 24, 2013

  • Henry

    Sorry, probably can't make it. If I come, I'll be late and unofficial!

    July 23, 2013

  • jane s.

    Hi Dave, I'm interested in ride. Please call me at[masked] or send me your #. I'm up way after midnight. Thanks Jane

    July 23, 2013

  • Elanit L.

    Hi - you can add someone else back in I don't think I'll make it tomorrow... thanks. See everyone in Aug at "Pecha."

    July 23, 2013

  • Dave C.

    I am driving from Shelton at 4-4:15 if anyone wants to ride w me
    Dave

    July 23, 2013

    • jill n.

      Hi Dave. Very interested in sharing a ride. I live in Huntington Cenrer.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    Looking forward to this event. I wouldn't miss a chance to hear Martin Hayes again. The garden is lovely & the poetry is always sublime at Hillstead. I'm sure Richard Blanco will be no exception.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so bummed, I have to work. Guess I'll have to wait for next year.

    July 23, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Please update your RSVP if you have decided you are not going to come as we do have many interested in coming. See you there!

    July 23, 2013

  • Lita

    Hi, This event sounds interesting. I have never been to a poetry reading before but considering it. Is the Sunken Garden easy to find?

    July 22, 2013

    • Cathy M

      The venue name, if you click on Hillstead you will be taken into an option for getting directions.

      July 22, 2013

    • Lita

      Thank you! This event filled fast! I hope to get in.

      July 23, 2013

  • Susie

    I'm going anyhow, just as "me", so it doesn't matter if you're full. I hope to meet some of you guys then.

    July 23, 2013

  • ann

    Sorry...work assignment came up...darn!

    July 23, 2013

  • Francine

    My condo association now has scheduled an important meeting. I am sorry to miss this.

    July 23, 2013

  • Julie

    Have to skip this one, so hopefully this frees up space for someone else...

    July 22, 2013

  • Lori

    Sounds lovely but I now see it's a 90 minute drive each way for me. Enjoy yourselves & ❄I look forward to another time.

    July 20, 2013

  • Jeanne M.

    Have wanted to do this for a while.

    May 20, 2013

  • masnoh w.

    I would love to read some of my poems if you are looking for readers. Thanks.

    May 20, 2013

  • Noelle

    Maybe -- I've always wanted to go to Sunken Garden

    May 20, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Will need some volunteers to get there early and stake out an area. I will not be able to get there until 6:20 or so. Lets try for the area in the back left corner of the garden, like last year...that is, assuming they set up the stage against the sheep field like last year.

    May 20, 2013

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