In the historic Sunken Garden on the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead, one of America’s most important poetry events has delighted audiences since 1992. Come join us and experience remarkable performances of live music and poetry in the midst of an exquisite natural setting.
United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Ted Kooser. Ted Kooser is the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry; including Splitting An Order (2014), Weather Central, and Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. His prose books include The Wheeling Year (2014) and Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, which won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. His writing has appeared in many periodicals including The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. He has received two NEA fellowships in poetry, and written three children’s books from Candlewick Press, The Bell in the Bridge (2015), Bag in the Wind, illustrated by Barry Root, and The House Held Up by Trees. For a wonderful video about Ted Kooser, visit Blue Flower Arts.
SOLD OUT Workshop: Ted Kooser is offering a 2-hour poetry writing workshop on Thursday, June 25 at 10 am. Seating is very limited for this unique opportunity with a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. $60 for adults $45 for college students
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner, Hadara Bar-Nadav, is the author of Lullaby, awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, runner up for the Green Rose Prize from New Issues; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. Her chapbook, Show Me Yours, was awarded the 2009 Midwest Poets Series Award. She is also co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th Edition. Recent awards include fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hadara is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Musical performance by Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters. The powerhouse duo of Amy Gallatin and renowned resophonic guitarist Roger Williams joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein. The two are enhanced on mandolin and vocals by Roger’s son, Berklee College of Music student JDand by veteran bassist Eric Levenson, formerly with Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys and later with Boston City Limits.
Admission: $12 advanced on-line purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free.
Schedule: Gates open at 4:30 pm; prelude conversation with headlining poet at 5 p.m., opening poet at 6pm; music begins at 6:30 pm; headlining poet begins at 7:15 pm.
Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden.
Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food and beverages on site.
Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
- Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
- Connecticut Humanities
- Duncaster Retirement Community
- The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust
- The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Harford Foundation for Public Giving
- Greater Hartford Arts Council
- Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
- NBC Connecticut
- National Endowment for the Arts
- SKY Investment Group