Hilltown Families

What makes the artist in you come to life? What holds you back from fully embracing your creative energies? In this column, Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Cheryl Allan Carlyle, invites you...

An animated interpretation and interview with Safia Elhillo about her poem "To Make Use of Water" as part of the new TED-Ed series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated...

An animated interpretation and analysis of William Shakespeare's "All the World's a Stage" as part of the new TED-Ed series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems...

An animated interpretation and analysis of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" as part of the new TED-Ed series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems...

The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, a property of The Trustees, will be hosting a poetry contest in honor of Bryant’s contribution to American literature and his poetry that championed the natural...

Western Massachusetts has been home to many poets and writers who were inspired by this region’s remarkable landscape. April is National Poetry Month. As nature begins to come to life in...

In Barbara Cooney’s book Miss Rumphius, the woman lovingly know as the Lupine Lady spreads beauty throughout her community by keeping a pocketful of seeds to distribute – so...

The bird populations in Western Massachusetts have inspired many poets and writers, including William Cullen Bryant and Emily Dickinson, to pick up their pens and compose verses dedicated to our feathered...

The maple tree and sugar season have been a source of inspiration for artists and poets in New England. Here we take a look at Western Massachusetts landscape painter, Robert Strong...

Did you know that poetry may actually predate the written word? Today, in a world full of written prose, this can be hard to imagine. In a time of strictly oral...

February is National African American History Month in the United States. It is a time to honor the work, achievements, and contributions of African Americans. Literature, art, and community-based resources share...

Today, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is a celebration of the harvest season. The dinner table features the autumn bounty produced by local farms. Customary foods often included in Thanksgiving meals include...

During the American Civil War, poet Walt Whitman spent time visiting hospitalized soldiers wounded on the battlefield. He traveled with soldiers from one hospital to another and visited wounded soldiers...

Food connects us. It’s an integral part of our cultural identity and is often prepared with the idea of sharing, giving, and enjoying together. Nothing indicates the beginning of autumn...

Poetry of William Cullen Bryant “The Planting of the Apple-Tree” Did you know that William Cullen Bryant, a 19th century poet (and Schoolhouse Poet like John Greenleaf Whittier) planted over 800...

In the 1800’s, the traditional academic year was quite different in New England than modern day education. An element of seasonality was incorporated into how the school term was determined. 19th...

In this video by Kylee Reschke, five Fireside Poets from the 19th century are introduced. Discover why they are called the Fireside Poets (also known as the Schoolroom Poets) and why...

CCED seeks to bring international focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy. ACS offers events, contests, and educational resources for members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to...

Celebrated annually as part of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day encourages people to share writing and connect with others by spreading poems throughout their communities. Celebrated by literally...

The first event of its kind, Goshen Rocks: Youth Arts Expo celebrates the creativity of local teens and showcases music, poetry, and visual art. This teen initiated grassroots event is empowering...

Combining science with writing and visual creativity is such a refreshing way to approach a complex topic. American Chemical Society is now seizing the day and holding an innovative poetry competition...

Thursday in national Poem in Your Pocket Day. We love what this community in Virginia organized that celebrates poetry, supported collaborations & volunteerism, and encouraged community engagement & literacy development....

Calling all Amherst-based poets! Original poems can be submitted to this month's Eyes Are the Window poetry contest, created to select poems for a public art display in Boltwood Walk.

Emily Dickinson, born and raised in Amherst, MA, is one of western Massachusetts many notable poets and writers. The Emily Dickinson Museum, comprising of the Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens, welcomes...

Have you heard of Book Spine Poetry? How about Blackout Poetry? These two techniques of creating poetry can encourage youth (and adults!) to get excited about not only poetry, but...

The 2014 American Chemical Society’s Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest invites students in grades K-12 to write and illustrate poems about water. The official theme, “Wonders of Water,” encourages...

In "One Clover & a Bee," Amy shares two poems to read and recite with your kids while crunch through autumn leaves or during indoor transitions...

This month in "One Clover & A Bee: Poems for Families to Learn & Love," Amy's pick for July is a poem by Emily Dickinson...

Take a Poem to the Beach To kick off the summer, here’s a poem by E.E. Cummings. Cummings is known for his inventiveness—his play with language and form. That playfulness is...

Big Ideas (in the Ordinary) I’ve noticed that often when we try to write, we get stuck because we think we need to write about “big” subjects. So we sit and...