Support the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Help us bring your favorite poets to the SGPF in 2017!

Donate Now

2017 marks its 25th anniversary of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival—Hill-Stead’s longest running public program, but we need YOU to help make it happen.

Due to Connecticut state budget cuts, one of our presenting supporters, Connecticut Humanities, is not able to continue their presenting sponsorship support of the SGPF in 2017. We need your donations to help us secure your favorite poets to make this a celebratory anniversary year!

Please help us meet a $10,000 goal by December 31, 2016, which will help us secure your favorite poets now for SGPF 2017. All gifts will directly support the 2017 SGPF

  • A gift in any amount is appreciated and will make an impact.
  • Donors who gift $100 or more are welcomed into the Live Poets Society for 2017, including reserved priority seating. For more information, see Live Poets Society Benefits 2017


Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society

Join this growing circle of poetry lovers and we’ll arrange for priority seating and special opportunities to meet the poets.  Contact Lisa Lappe ( or 860.677.4787 ext. 111) for more information.

Advertise in the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Program

Please consider advertising in the 2017 Poetry Program.

  • Contact Lisa Lappe, ( or 860.677.4787, ext. 111) for information or to reserve a spot.

Become a Corporate or Foundation Supporter

We are grateful to our corporate and foundation support of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. For information on corporate or foundation support of the Festival, please contact our Susan Orred, Director of Development ( or 860-677-4787 ext. 131).

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of the 2017 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival:

  • Connecticut Humanities
  • CT Latino News
  • Duncaster Retirement Community
  • Fox 61
  • Furniture Barn
  • Hoffman Group
  • Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation
  • Seabury Retirement Community
  • Seasons Magazine
  • SKY Investment Group
  • WSHU Public Radio Group