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Andrea Gibson at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

August 5, 2018, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Youg Poets Day Features Andrea Gibson

with the winners of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition

Purchase Tickets for August 5

Bring your own chairs, blankets and sun hats for sitting in this outdoor venue. You may also bring your own coolers of food and adult beverages, or purchase from gourmet food trucks and bartender. For reserved seating with chairs provided, please join The Live Poets Society.

For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.


  • 5 pm           Prelude Interview with Andrea Gibson
  • 6 pm           Fresh Voices Poetry Contest Winner
  • 6:40 pm      Musical Guest Merritt Gibson
  • 7:00 pm      Andrea Gibson performs along with their band
  • 8:15 pm      Book Signing


  • $15 advance online purchase, $20 at the gate, ages 18 and under free.
  • Parking is always free.



  • Food, wine and other beverages may also be purchased on site from gourmet food vendors.
  • Food trucks: Iron & Grain Co. and The Moon Rocks Cookie Truck
  • A bartender will be serving red and white wine in the Garden.
  • Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers.

Accessibility at the SGPF

Hill-Stead is proud to make the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival accessible. Wheelchair ramps are available, and many volunteers are on hand to assist the mobility impaired. An accessible section is reserved close to the main stage, and a large-print edition of the program book is available on-site.

For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.

Andrea Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today’s society. In addition to using poetry to express what they feel and provide social and political commentary on real issues, they are involved with many activist groups. They often perform at Take Back the Night events, LGBTQ events, pride events, trans events, anti-war rallies, peace rallies, organizations against the occupation of Palestine, and groups focused on examining the wrongs of capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy. They also work with a group called Vox Feminista whose model is to “comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” on all these issues. Throughout the year, they tour Universities and other venues across the country.

The Fresh Voices Poetry Competition offers students the opportunity to write and prepare poems suitable for presentation and publication. Since 1993, student poets from all corners of Connecticut have entered this competition and mentoring program. Fresh Voices winners perform their work in the Sunken Garden on Young Poets Day each season.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

  • Vanecia Fultz – Rockville High School
  • Rachel Justice – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Sarah Lewis – Hall High School
  • Ellis McGinley – Arts at the Capitol Magnet School
  • Youssef Mezrioui – Rockville High School
  • Alex Nordlund – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts

And thank you to our judges, Dr. Daniel Donaghy and Adriane Jefferson


19-year-old singer/songwriter Merritt Gibson is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School (just like Theodate Pope!) and currently attends The University of Virginia.


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