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Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Margaret Gibson

September 12, 2021, 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Musical performance by The Meadows Brothers!

Margaret Gibson’s reading will begin at 6 pm


The closing day of the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival includes a poetry workshop; readings by and discussions with contributors to the 2021 anthology Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Change, moderated by Margaret Gibson; and a musical performance. We conclude with presenting poet and Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson, reading from her latest book The Glass Globe.

The Festival will take place on Hill-Stead’s expansive and picturesque West Lawn, allowing attendees to be safely socially distanced. Seating will be limited, but a livestream ticket option is also available for those who may prefer to tune in from the comfort of home. Your admission allows you to enjoy all of the day’s activities (does not include admission to the workshop).

Please bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic if you like.


1:30 pm   Gates open
2 pm         Open Mic (see below to register to read)
3 pm         Readings and discussion from Waking Up to the Earth
4:45 pm   Musical Performance
6 pm         Margaret Gibson reading
7 pm         Book signing

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Open Mic @ the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival
September 12, 2pm
Registration is free with admission to the festival  Purchase festival ticket
One registration per participant; readings are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes
Register here

Finding Poetic Wilds: A Green Poetry Workshop with David Leff
September 12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
$15 per person; advance registration required
Register here

For additional poetry events, see 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival or our Calendar.


In-person ticket  |  $20 adults; $10 students 18 & under; $25 after September 6 & at the gate
Purchase in-person tickets here
For reserved seating, please join The Live Poets Society.

Livestream ticket  |  $10 per household
Enjoy the world-class Sunken Garden Poetry Festival from the comforts of your own backyard or couch!
Purchase livestream tickets here.

SGPF Weekend Pass  |  $45 per person
Includes admission to the entire weekend’s activities (poetry workshops not included)
Purchase Weekend Pass here; on sale only through September 6

Photo by Mara Lavitt

Margaret Gibson, current State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 13 books of poems, all from LSU Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, 2018. A new book, The Glass Globe, is forthcoming in August 2021. Awards include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon, her second book (1982); the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future (1986); and the Connecticut Book Award for One Body (2008). The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Broken Cup was a Finalist for 2016 Poets’ Prize, and the title poem from the book won a Pushcart Prize for that year. “Passage,” from Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was included in The Best American Poetry, 2017.  She has written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, University of Missouri Press, 2008. Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut.

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 x131.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust

The Goldfarb Family

Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation

With additional support from Becky & Tom Trutter and Hometown Foundation

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