In the Makeshift Theater
4:30 pm Prelude Event: Poetry Jam and the Roots of Spoken Word featuring a performance by Kate Rushin, Tang Sauce, and Summer Tate
In the Sunken Garden
6:00 pm Ladan Osman performs
6:30 pm Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth perform in the Sunken Garden
7:15 pm Jericho Brown performs
8 pm Book Signing
For additional Poetry Events, see our Calendar.
- $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free.
- Tickets for opening night are $20 advance online and $25 at the gate.
- Parking is always free.
- Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden.
- Join Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating. For more information, Live Poets Society Benefits 2017.
- Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds.
- Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers.
- Food, wine and other beverages may also be purchased on site from gourmet food vendors.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets; the collection was also nominated for the NAACP award for poetry and made The Believer’s top 5 Books of the Year. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.
Ladan Osman is a Somali born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015), winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, among others. Osman’s writing has been translated into over 10 languages. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Tang was born and raised in Hartford, CT. He has been involved in the Hartford arts scene for years in productions like The Wiz, A Raisin In the Sun and Night Fall. He has hosted the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival and has been featured on the cover of CTNOW. Tang also has his own pandora.com station. Tang Sauce brings an old school Hip-Hop flow with a new school perspective, with which he spreads peace, love and positivity.
DJ Stealth—the DJ moniker of Asaad Jackson—began learning the craft at WQTQ 89.9 Qute FM. He approaches the art of DJing the same way one would approach the playing of a conventional musical instrument.