Sunken Garden Poetry Festival
Poster by Joe Hilliman
This year, Weekend Edition Saturday again brings you the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. It's the next best thing to attending the festival itself, held in a hollow on the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn.
This is the 12th anniversary of the festival, which is sponsored by Hill-Stead Museum.
August 23, 2003
Listen to Wally Swist recite "Ode To the Omelette"
Wally Swist has written three full volumes of poetry and nine chapbooks. He's been honored with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grant in Poetry, the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award, and two Museum of Haiku Literature awards, the latest in 1997.
Read "Ode To the Omelette"
Night of Fresh Voices
August 9, 2003
Listen to Fresh Voices.
Three competition-winning high school poets present their original verse: Sarah Mikolowsky, Sarah Myers and Paige Steinert. Their experience culminates in "Night of Fresh Voices."
Read "Oceana" by Paige Steinert
Read "Perfectly Parked Cars" by Sarah Mikolowsky
Read "Little Girl" by Sarah Myers
Photo: Chuck Thomas
July 26, 2003
Listen to Tim Seibles recite "Fearless"
Tim Seibles has written several collections of poetry, including Hammerlock, Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy and Kerosene. He has received grants from the NEA and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award.
Photo: Christina Galesi
July 12, 2003
Listen to Margaret Gibson recite "The Great Wave at Kanagawa"
Margaret Gibson was a finalist for the National Book Award Award in 1993, a five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and a Pushcart prize recipient in 2001 and 2002. She has written eight books of poetry, including Icon and Evidence, Earth Elegy, New and Selected Poems and Autumn Grasses.
Read "The Great Wave at Kanagawa"
June 28, 2003
Listen to Jack Agueros recite "Sonnet: The History of Puerto Rico"
Jack Agueros, born and raised in East Harlem, has published three books of poetry including Sonnets from the Puerto Rican and Correspondence Between Stonehaulers. He has also written a book of short stories, three books of stories for children, written and translated theater productions and translated the complete poems of Julia de Burgos.
Read "Sonnet: The History of Puerto Rico"
Photo: Peter Shulman
June 14, 2003
Listen to Maxime Kumin's recitation of "Rendezvous"
Maxine Kumin, winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, has written 14 books of poetry including Looking For Luck and Up Country: Poems of New England, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of a memoir, Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery, four novels, a collection of short stories and four books of essays.
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Web site
Hill-Stead Museum Web site
Last year's festival