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Celebration of Indian Poetry & Culture: Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Rajiv Mohabir – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

July 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

Music by Trupti Modi Shah
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Join us for a Celebration of Indian Poetry & Culture

  • Hill-Stead Museum will be open for tours from 4-6pm, with student harpist Shaila Patel playing among the paintings.
  • Trupti Modi Shah of Music4U will sing both traditional and Bollywood song stylings on the Sunken Garden stage from 4-5pm and again between the poets at 6:30 pm.
  • Rachna Ramya, Director of The Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance, will perform with her students in the Makeshift Theater at 4 pm.

Picnics are welcome and food and wine can also be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and choose a spot among the flower beds, surrounded by eight-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.

Set up your chairs in the garden and come enjoy Henna Art by Renu Sharma and a local Indian artist display before the poets take the stage at 5 pm for our Prelude, and Rajiv Mohabir officially opens the evening with his reading at 6 pm!

Delectable catering by Haveli Indian Restaurant & Cocktails begins at 4 pm as well as the fresh offerings of Farmington Farm Truck to whet your appetite.

For reserved seating with chairs and VIP parking, please join The Live Poets Society.

For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.


2 pm        Poetry Writing Workshop
4pm         Music and Dance
5 pm        Prelude Interview
6 pm        Rajiv Mohabir
6:30 pm   Music by Trupti Modi Shah
7 pm         Aimee Nezhukymatathil
8 pm
         Book Signing


Season Pass  | $65
Online | $15
At the gate
Children under 18
Parking is always free.

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Supported by Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society and the India Association of Central CT.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic; Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She is professor of English and creative writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.

Rajiv Mohabir is an Indo-Caribbean American author of two acclaimed poetry collections — The Taxidermist’s Cut and Cowherd’s Son — and four chapbooks. He is winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Kundiman, The Home School, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from Queens College, CUNY and his PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i. Rajiv is currently on staff at Auburn University in Alabama, GA.

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.

Hill-Stead makes every effort to ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing people feel welcome. ASL interpreters are provided at the main Poetry stage (depending on interpreter availability) or by request in advance by calling 860-677-4787 x111.

Thank you to our sponsors


Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation


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