Picnics are welcome and food and wine can also be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs, blankets and sun hats and claim a spot among the flower beds, surrounded by eight-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.
For reserved seating with chairs and VIP parking, please join The Live Poets Society.
For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.
1 pm Poetry Writing Workshop
5 pm Prelude Interview
6 pm Kristin George Bagdanov, winner of the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize
6:30 pm Music by Jeff Burnham and the Insiders
7 pm Terrance Hayes
8 pm Book Signing
Season Pass | $65
Online | $15
At the gate|$20
Children under 18 | FREE
Parking is always free.
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.
Kristin George Bagdanov of Sacramento, California is the winner of the 2019 Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize.
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.
Thank you to our sponsors
Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation