Poetry Reading and Book Signing
Sunday, September 7, 3–5 pm
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
In honor of the publication of her new collection of poems, From the Front of the Classroom, Hill-Stead is pleased to host a reading and book signing with author, performer and educator Elizabeth Thomas.
Taking the reader through her childhood, young adulthood and marriage to her passionate involvement with teaching and poetry, this collection reveals the rich inner life that has made Elizabeth Thomas such an inspiration.
"In a culture that expects results from its educators, Elizabeth Thomas has found a way to make a unique connection in her book, as in her classroom," comments former student Alex Lopez. Jeff Ostroff, Principal at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, says the poems "resonate with life so that the poet in all of us may sing."
A widely published poet and advocate of the arts, Elizabeth Thomas has read her work throughout the United States and has been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams. She devotes much of her energy and time to designing and teaching writing programs for schools and organizations across the country, promoting literacy and the power of the written and spoken word. As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival.
She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry (www.upwordspoetry.com),
a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.
Come to the museum early on September 7 and take advantage of First Sunday activities — tour the museum at your own pace starting at 12 pm, hear a gallery talk at 1 pm on Accoutrements of the Toilette, enjoy a guided estate walk at 2 pm, then relax and treat yourself to a special poetry reading with Elizabeth Thomas at 3 pm in the Makeshift Theater. Book signing and refreshments to follow. First Sunday activities are free to members or with museum admission; the poetry reading is free to the public.
To learn more about the book or to order a copy, visit Antrim House at www.antrimhousebooks.com.
Browse www.hillstead.org for more information on this and other activities.