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Claudia Rankine – Opening Night of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

June 19, 5:00 pm

Music by Jeff Barnhart Duo Ivory & Gold

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 and VIP parking, please join The Live Poets Society.

For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.


TBA          Poetry Writing Workshop
5 pm        Prelude Interview
6 pm        Emily Skillings
6:30 pm   Jazz by Jeff Barnhart Duo Ivory & Gold
7 pm         Claudia Rankin
8 pm
         Book Signing


Season Pass  | $15
Online (coming soon)  | $15
At the gate
Children under
18 | FREE

Parking is always free.

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.


Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations.  She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Rankine has won numerous awards for Citizen, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry—also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.


Thank you to our sponsors


Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation



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