Friday, April 17, 2009

Sunken Garden Young Poets 09

Young Poets Competition
At Hill-Stead Museum's
Sunken Garden Poetry & Music Festival

Dear CT High School English Department Chair or English Teacher:

I'm happy to announce that Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry & Music Festival opens in Farmington on Wednesday evening, June 10, 2009, with readings by former US poet laureate, Robert Hass, and Brenda Hillman. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us. This summer also features poets Marilyn Nelson, Baron Wormers and C. K. Williams. For more information, be sure to consult the museum's website at

This summer marks the 17th season for the Sunken Garden Poetry &Music Festival. Since its inception, the Festival has featured "fresh voices" of all ages. The top two winners of our adult competition will read in the garden, along with college student poet winners of the CT Circuit prize. Founded by a former high school English teacher, our Festival has also featured the best fresh voices from CT's high schools since its inception in 1992.

To do this we need your help. If you are an English Department Chairperson, please share this [notice] with your colleagues. If you are a creative writing and/or poetry teacher and have a student, or students, you think would be interested in being a part of our Festival, please share the [information] directly with them. To enter, students must mail or email up to five pages of original poems, with a maximum of two poems per page, to Hill-Stead before Thursday, May 7, 2009.

They must also return the
  • entry form

  • Once we have received all submissions, we will select 15 to 20 student finalists to read in private reading at Hill-Stead on Friday, May 22, 2009. From this reading, four to six students will be selected to read at a public reading in the Sunken Garden on Wednesday evening, July 8, 2009. The poems of these student writers are also published in a student chapbook and winners receive 10 copies of this book.

    I hope that you will see this as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a young writer and share this flyer with your students. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to reading your student's work.

    With thanks,
    Cindy Cormier

    Cynthia Cormier
    Director of Education and Curatorial Services
    Director, Sunken Garden Poetry &Music Festival
    Hill-Stead Museum
    35 Mountain Road
    Farmington, CT 06032
    860.677.4787, ext. 120
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