Music by Jeff Burnham and the Insiders
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.
12 pm Poetry Writing Workshop
5 pm Prelude Interview
6 pm Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner
6:30 pm Music by Jeff Burnham and the Insiders
7 pm Terrance Hayes
8 pm Book Signing
Season Pass | $15
Online (coming soon) | $15
At the gate|$20
Children under18 | 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.
Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. Artist-in-residence at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City.