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Poetry of Our World: Mai Der Vang & Chris Abani – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

July 31, 5:30 pm

World Music by Criollo Clasico Trio

Bring your own chairs, blankets 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.

Schedule

12 pm      Poetry Writing Workshop
5 pm        Prelude Interview
6 pm        Mai Der Vang
6:30 pm   World Music by Criollo
7 pm         Chris Abani
8 pm
         Book Signing

Tickets

Season Pass  | $15
Online (coming soon)  | $15
At the gate
|$20
Children under
18 | FREE

Parking is always free.

For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.

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.


 

Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She was also the co-editor of the anthology How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). In Fall 2019, she will teach in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Fresno State University.

Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas; Song for Night; The Virgin of Flames; Becoming Abigail; Graceland; and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum; There Are No Names for Red; Feed Me the Sun: Collected Long Poems; Hands Washing Water; Dog Woman; Daphne’s Lot; and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Romanian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bosnian and Serbian.


Thank you to our sponsors

 

Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation

 

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