Culture Connect Featured Event
At the Sunken Garden Poetry Festivals, renowned poets read selections of their work in the historic and picturesque garden of Hill-Stead estate. Viewers are welcome to bring their own seating. Food is available for purchase from Tallula’s Catering. Evenings begin with music from various artists and poetry follows. Come rain or shine! Admission is $10 per person, 18 and under are free.
August 7th’s festival features music by Indra and poetry from the highly esteemed Billy Collins. Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar; he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” He has served as United States Poet Laureate and his last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.
Come join us for an unforgettable evening!