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Appointed Connecticut State Poet Laureate on July 1, 2010, Dick Allen has published seven poetry collections and won numerous awards including a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram Merrill Poetry Foundation.

upcoming events

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Aug 09 2015
Celebration of Asian-American Poetry at Hill-Stead Museum: Li-Young Lee and Tina Chang

Hill-Stead Museum presents a culturally rich weekend of Asian poetry, art, music, and conversation. On Sunday, August 9, Tina Chang will lead a community reading at 12 p.m.  with participants of her poetry workshop from the previous day. She will perform at 3, followed by a performance of Chinese classical and folk music by the Celadon Youth Ensemble at 3:30. Finally, Li-Young Lee will perform at 4:15. During this weekend, Hill-Stead will be open for self-guided tours. A special display will feature rarely-seen, original Japanese woodblock prints from the museum’s collection. Hill-Stead’s Asian collection also includes porcelain, fine and decorative arts, and other collectibles amassed by the museum’s founders during their travels. 

12:00pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 08 2015
Poetry Writing Workshop with Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee will be leading a 2 hour poetry writing workshop on Saturday, August 8. Lee is the author of four books of poetry, including, most recently, Behind My Eyes. His earlier collections are Book of My NightsRose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitledThe Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 08 2015
Asian-American Poetry Workshop with Tina Chang

This workshop will explore a wide range of Asian and Asian American poetry, examining culture, influence, dual-nationality, language, and heritage. The broad theme of this discussion will address the space between feelings like an Asian and feeling like an American. Students are also invited and encouraged to submit poems in their native tongue along with English translations for a discussion on the nuances, background, and history of each poem. Participants will encourage one another and work as a group toward a deeper understanding of language and its movement into song as they collectively prepare for a recitation on Sunday. 

12:30pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut

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Connecticut poet laureate

Dick Allen

Dick Allen is the author of several poetry collections, including Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008). He has received fellowships from the...

poems

poem
Even the sky here in Connecticut has it,
That wry look of accomplished conspiracy,
The look of those who've gotten away

With a petty but regular white collar crime.
When I pick up my shirts at the laundry,
A black woman, putting down her Daily News,

Wonders why and how much longer our luck
Will hold.  "
poem

I

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

II

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

III

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part

poem
Her sickness brought me to Connecticut.
Mornings I walk the dog: that part of life
is intact. Who's painted, who's insulated
or put siding on, who's burned the lawn
with lime—that's the news on Ardmore Street.

The leaves of the neighbor's respectable
rhododendrons curl under in the cold.
He has backed the car